School board filing nears

July 1, 2011 Those looking to run in this year’s school board elections will have their first chance to file July 15. Deadline is noon July 22. Write-in candidates can file beginning July 20. That deadline is noon July 27, according to the Secretary of State’s office.Early voting runs Sept. 13-19. The election will be held Sept. 20. Deadline to register to vote is Aug. 22.Contact your local county courthouse for application information or visit for more election details.

Treasure hunter to speak

July 1, 2011 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The president of the Arkansas Treasure Hunters Club will present the monthly Spring River Gem and Mineral Club’s program at 10 a.m. Thursday in Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, said Ina Gill, publicist. The event is open to the public.Bobby Combs will talk about metal detecting. Combs started in 1975 after buying a metal detector for $19.95 and has been detecting off and on ever since, she said.

Exchange program seeks hosts

July 1, 2011 The Program of Academic Exchange is looking for area families to host exchange students for the 2011-12 school year. PAX community coordinator Lavonda Estep said the nonprofit program is currently interviewing families interested in hosting two students from India and Brazil. Students including those from Germany, Venezuela, Norway, Russia and Thailand are between the ages of 15 and 18, have basic English skills, full medical insurance and their own spending money when they stay with American families.

Veteran designation to appear on driver’s license

July 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas veterans will now have proof of military service on their driver’s license or identification card, beginning July 1, through a controlled statewide implementation of the new driver’s license design. The word “Veteran” will be placed below the individual’s picture on the updated format.The designation was created by “The Nick Bacon Remembrance Act” in memory of the former Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs director and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who died in 2010.

2nd alcohol raid bust

July 1, 2011 The second alcohol raid within a week, and just days after a new police substation opened in west Batesville, saw the arrest of a Baker Street man this morning.Around 10 a.m. police served a search warrant at 421 Baker St. and arrested a man identified as 34-year-old Ricardo A. Reyes, according to his Guatemalan passport.In addition to 44 cases of beer and several bottles of tequila, police said they found other illegal items as well.

Ready for city park’s challenges Owens begins work sooner than expected

July 1, 2011 Jeff Owens hadn’t expected to start his job for another four months, but his old employer found someone to take his place. Fortunately for Batesville, Owens started work Monday as the new Batesville parks director. He had planned to begin in October so he could see the fulfillment of some programs for the Jonesboro parks and recreation, where he has been employed for 10 years. However, the city of Jonesboro agreed to release him.

Evening Shade woman enters plea

July 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Wendy Treybig, 31, of Evening Shade pleaded guilty today to obstructing an investigation related to the Jan. 14, 2011, firebombing of the home of a mixed-race couple in Hardy, the Department of Justice announced. Treybig — along with her live-in boyfriend, Jason Barnwell, 37, of Evening Shade; Gary Dodson, 32, and Jake Murphy, 19, both of Waldron; and Dustin Hammond, 20, of Hardy — were indicted in April by a federal grand jury on civil rights charges and other federal charges stemming from their participation in the firebombing and subsequent cover-up.

‘Macho Man’ Savage died of heart disease

July 1, 2011 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A medical examiner says something went wrong with professional wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s heart before he crashed his car and declared the cause of death as heart disease.The autopsy released Thursday reveals that 58-year-old Randy Poffo, known professionally as Randy Savage, had an enlarged heart with severe blocking of his coronary arteries. With only minor injuries from the crash, the Tampa Bay area medical examiner determined the cause of death to be heart disease.

Speculation on Diana’s 50th birthday

July 1, 2011 LONDON — Princess Diana would have been 50 years old today, perhaps the only certainty about what might have been in a life abruptly cut short by a 1997 car crash in Paris, with a new boyfriend, two months past her 36th birthday.Officially, there are no plans for marking the birth anniversary; Prince William, Diana’s elder son, will be in Canada today with his wife Catherine on their first big international tour as husband and wife.But the “what if?” questions abound as the world looks back on Diana’s life and legacy.

4-Hers support troops

July 1, 2011 ASH FLAT — During the month of June, Sharp County 4-H members took on a mission to say “thank you” to U.S. troops, said 4-H Program Assistant Annie Lester.“During the month, all clubs in the county created handmade “thank you” cards, expressing their gratitude to the brave men and women who serve our country,” Lester said.“At their individual club meetings, construction paper, markers, crayons, glitter, stickers, stencils and much more lined the tables; 4-H members, leaders, parents, grandparents and siblings all got in on the action of creating the cards.