McBride forged rock-solid business, relationships

September 20, 2010 He was more than just a boss. He was a friend.That’s the way Dean Felton described a man he has come to know as family and has spent the past 16 years working for and learning to admire.Today, Felton will join others who share those same sentiments when he says his final goodbye to Oran McBride.———Like the wise man in the Bible, McBride built his house upon the rock. His life begin March 8, 1929, in Rosie and ended Thursday at his home in Bethesda. He was 81 years old.

Campbell named semifinalist

September 17, 2010 Batesville High School student Caitlin Campbell has been named one of 16,000 semifinalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a news release. Campbell will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for the National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, to be offered next spring.To become a finalist, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Ozarka College honors scholarship recipients

September 17, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College scholarship recipients were recognized at a reception on Sept. 2. More than 130 people attended, including 25 scholarship recipients, their families and Ozarka College staff and faculty.

Man dies in W. Memphis dispute over parking spot

September 17, 2010 WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Police say a dispute over parking spaces at a West Memphis apartment complex ended with a fatal shooting.Officers say Timothy Lemont Prackett died as a result of the shooting Wednesday.According to Jonesboro television station KAIT, police say Soloman Davis was arrested at the scene of the shooting at the Steeple Chase Apartments. Officers said he is being held in the county jail awaiting a hearing this morning.

Cops shoot murder suspect

September 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — One of two brothers charged with rape and being sought in an unrelated slaying of a Fort Smith woman was in critical condition with gunshot wounds Thursday after police say the siblings pulled knives on about a dozen officers.Police said one of the 12 to 15 officers who showed up at a Fort Smith apartment late Wednesday night to arrest the brothers shot Elvis Thacker in the abdomen after Thacker stabbed a detective.

Clean-up slated at sandbar

September 17, 2010 The White River sandbar will be the site of an organized clean-up effort at noon on Sept. 25.The public is invited to meet at the sandbar in Batesville to help pick up trash along the sandbar, weather and river depth permitting.The event is hosted by Eli Reasons, 7, of Sulphur Rock, who also hosted the first annual Reasons Music Festival held Sept. 10 at White River Park amphitheater featuring free food, bounce houses and concerts featuring local bands RoseFire and The Awakening. About 200 people attended.

Man wrecks car, arrested for DWI

September 17, 2010 A man who was involved in a drunk driving accident but wouldn’t submit to a blood test is now facing additional charges, according to a police report.Deputy Michael Calendar responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident on Earnhardt Road and Doyle Lane Wednesday just before 9 p.m. Kenneth Evon Stephenson, 46, of B & D Lane, Batesville, had walked away from the vehicle and was found about 100 yards north of the accident scene lying in a ditch on Earnhardt Road.

Stone Co. hospital gets grant to teach diabetes education

September 17, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Stone County Medical Center was recently awarded $97,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assist with a program that educates those living with diabetes.“The disease affects roughly 24 million Americans, and, if not maintained, diabetes can be life threatening and costly,” a news release states.

Dog walking time changes

September 17, 2010 The weather has certainly improved for dog walking, and the Humane Society of Independence County shelter dogs are definitely enjoying the outings and showing such improvement in their demeanor and manners, volunteer Sue Augustus said.“If you have been thinking about wanting to join in, now may be the best time of the year to get started,” she continued. “It is truly amazing the difference it makes in their lives, and the people have really been enjoying the nice mornings at the park.”

Church to mark anniversary

September 17, 2010 CUSHMAN — Cushman Assembly of God Church will celebrate its 75th anniversary Sunday.The Rev. Larry Moore, Arkansas district superintendent of the Assemblies of God, will speak in the 11 a.m. service.A potluck will be served, followed by gospel singing by The Tiptons at 2 p.m.The event is open to the public.