NEWPORT — Police are looking for 18-year-old Austin Ray Smith of Cherokee Village.
Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce issued a bench warrant Tuesday for Smith, who is wanted for residential burglary and theft of property. Residential burglary is a class B felony and theft of property valued at more than $500 is a class C felony.
SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council voted unanimously during its Aug. 15 meeting to spend up to $10,000 to repair and improve roads and ditches, said Ann Heathwaite, recorder-treasurer.
During a report on streets, Andy Scribner noted that on Caldwell Street at the Main intersection the culvert needs to be extended eight feet on each side to allow trucks with stock trailers to make the turn. Mayor Glenda Reding volunteered to talk with Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials and county officials to find out the best solution to the problem.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside Middle School is looking to help students who are behind succeed.
Principal Dion Stevens recently reported to the Southside School Board that the he and teachers have been brainstorming Response to Intervention ideas to implement this year.
Southside is using the program to target students who are two or more grade levels. They are placed in an academic intervention group that meets four days a week for 45 minutes a day during school hours.
Many have floated and many have sunk. Some have paddled to glory, while others came to pieces. But all have been a part of a time-honored tradition at Lyon College simply known as the “Raft Race.”
Cardboard and duct tape are the only allowed items that must be fashioned into some sort of craft that can carry two people across Bryan Lake on the Lyon College campus. The object is to get to the other side of the lake with your raft intact and on the bank.
The annual event occurs each year during new student orientation.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College campus at Mountain View has a new building for students including those pursuing nursing degrees.
The new Student and Nursing Education Center includes a lecture hall that seats more than 90, a cyber café and student center, a conference room, classrooms, a nursing lab and classroom, offices, and a multi-purpose technology room.
More than 150 guests attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 11 at the new facility designed by Polk, Stanley and Wilcox that also features a bookstore and area for tutoring and advising.
An unidentified blonde girl sitting on a porch talking on a cell phone seems to be the only major clue in a burglary.
Ronnie Smith of Floral told Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Brown that he had been the victim of a residential burglary between 7:15 a.m. and 4:16 p.m. Monday. Stolen were a gray Acer laptop valued at $800 and a Kodak Easy Shot digital camera ($100).
MELBOURNE — Planning is proceeding for the North Central Arkansas District Fair, which is set for Sept. 26-Oct. 1 at the Izard County Fairgrounds near Melbourne, said Nancy Orr, who chairs the publicity committee.
The Mounted Shooting Cowboys and Cowgirls will be a highlight of the fair on Sept. 27 and the Cobb Brothers from Mountain View will entertain on Sept. 29, she said.
Josie’s at the Lockhouse will host a free back-to-school bash for students in the River Room (downstairs) Saturday, announced Steve Carpenter, owner.
Hot dogs will be provided by Compass Church, with PepsiAmericas donating drinks.
Karaoke starts at 7 p.m., followed by the Whizzbangers band at 8. “Parents are welcome to come and chaperone,” Carpenter added.
Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary will host a “Back to School Blast” from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday at the school’s gym.
The event is open to Batesville School District students in grades kindergarten through sixth grades. Parents can leave their children at the event and have a night out for themselves, coach Susan Parker said.
Cost is $15 per person and is being presented by the Eagle Mountain archery team. Face painting, games for all ages and snacks will be available.
WALNUT RIDGE — A 25-year-old Imboden area man was arrested Monday for revocation of probation, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson.
“The arrest came after a deputy patrolling the Portia area recognized Bradley in a vehicle and knew that a warrant had been issued for him,” Dotson said. “The deputy stopped the vehicle and placed Bradley under arrest and transported him to the Lawrence County Jail.”
JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has several upcoming programs.
They include: Murder Trial in Jacksonport, 6:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, campground. The Jacksonport courthouse was in operation for 20 years as a place of justice. During that time, two men were hanged for murder. Learn about the history of one of these murder trials.
Ants, Ladybugs and Butter-flies, 2:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, picnic area. Learn about these insects’ habits and life cycles, and make some colorful insect rubbings to take home.
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas will sponsor a free seminar about Arkansas’ experience in the Civil War at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
“Civil War Battles: The Dishonorable Men Who Fought Them and the Weapons They Used” is one in the series of seminars, lectures and workshops in the Exploring Our World series sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at UCA.
Professional development credit will be available for Arkansas educators who attend .