Harding prof continues to enjoy making pottery

February 10, 2011 SEARCY (AP) — “What you have is earth, fire and water,” he said. “That’s pretty much all you have in pottery no matter what you do.”The speaker was Paul Pitt, a professor of fine art at Harding University, or as he is sometimes known, Coyote Clay. Pitt has been making pottery since 1965 and has an acute fascination with primitive cultures.“I have such an interest in closeness to the earth that primitive cultures really get my attention,” he said. “I really appreciate people who can live off the land and survive without going to Walmart for everything.”

Cave grad heads to D.C.

February 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — A 2007 Cave City graduate and University of Arkansas at Little Rock student is headed to the nation’s capital.Michael Jolley, a computer science major at UALR, is one of three students selected for an internship this summer by The Washington Center, the largest independent, nonprofit academic internship program in the country, according to a news release. Jolley joins students Jamilla Brown of Little Rock and art history major, and Jennifer Guzman of Alexander, an international studies major.

Newark council to meet

February 10, 2011 NEWARK — Despite the weather and road conditions, the Newark City Council plans to meet in special session at 6:30 tonight in the Municipal Building, “if it’s where we can,” said Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston.The aldermen will discuss possible ordinances in regard to code enforcement and animal control, Langston said.

2nd Friday events canceled

February 10, 2011 Events taking place at the Cinnamon Stick and the Batesville Area Arts Council as part of Main Street Batesville’s 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk have been canceled due to weather or illness, said Paula Grimes, MSB director.

Wood-Lawn, WRMC ranked among top 25

February 10, 2011 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has ranked Wood-Lawn Nursing Home of Batesville as of the top nursing homes in Arkansas for 2010, according to a news release. Wood-Lawn, which ranks among the top 25 of 243 nursing homes in the state, received a five-star rating and data was based on health inspections, nurse staffing and quality measures of medical care.

Hog trap, tools, wallet, plastic chairs taken from various locations

February 10, 2011 A hog trap is just one of several items reported stolen to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:• Mark Butler of Newark reported the theft of his hog trap from the bottoms in Newark. Butler told authorities Lane Parks had reported several items stolen from the same location. The trap was chained to at tree that had to be cut down to steal the trap. The trap is gray in color and has the name David McClain carved in the top metal strap.

Center recognized for diabetes plan

February 10, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Stone County Medical Center (SCMC) Diabetes Self-Management Education Program in Mountain View recently received the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate. Receiving this certificate demonstrates that the program meets the ADA’s rigorous educational standards and recognizes that high quality patient education is essential to the effective treatment of diabetes.

Museum unveils brochure

February 10, 2011 The Old Independence Regional Museum has a new brochure, courtesy of Citizens Bank.“We are so pleased with how these brochures turned out,” said Jan Smith, museum board president. “The bank donated 1,000 brochures because it is so important to spread the word about what an asset our museum is and these brochures will help us do just that.”

New dorm dedicated

February 10, 2011 CHARLOTTE — Craighead County residents have Faith.On Saturday, John 3:16 Ministries at Charlotte dedicated its new 12-man dorm, named the Craighead County Faith House. The dorm will give each of its residents — all of whom right now are from Craighead County — a private room for visitation on Sundays, rather than trying to cram several family members into a room shared by two men.

Digging Out

February 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas highway department says almost all major Arkansas highways are covered with ice or snow, making road travel a continuing hazard.The state’s major airports at Highfill and Little Rock were both open this morning.Transportation officials say the only bright spots in the highway system are in southwest Arkansas, where a section of Interstate 30 is clear from around Hope to Texarkana. Arkansas 29 is also clear from Hope south to the Louisiana border.