Maddening manhunt reaches Arkansas

August 12, 2010 GENTRY (AP) — Law enforcement officers descended on back roads and densely wooded terrain in northwest Arkansas, following a lead that apparently took them nowhere. Word had spread that a local beauty salon may have been robbed by a couple who fancy themselves a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde and have eluded capture since a brazen Arizona prison break.

Service News: Airman Derrick H. Richardson

August 12, 2010 SAN ANTONIO — Air Force Airman Derrick H. Richardson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.He is the son of Sandie Richardson of Batesville and a 2003 graduate of Midland High School.

Service News: Staff Sgt. Tony Hough

August 12, 2010 SEARCY — Staff Sgt. Tony Hough of Hartsville, S.C., was recently assigned to the U.S. Air Force recruiting office, located at 421 South Main St. in Searcy.Hough is a recent graduate of the Air Force Recruiting School in San Antonio, where he was trained in various areas of study, including the job classification system, testing and enlistment processing procedures and public speaking.Hough was elected for the special course and recruiting duty as a volunteer with an outstanding Air Force record, according to a news release.

State offers brochure, website

August 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — There are new tools available to learn more about the fascinating trails in Arkansas’ history.The Heritage Trails System is featured in a new brochure and website produced by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. These resources document land and water routes along the Trail of Tears; the Butterfield Trail, a mail route pre-dating the Pony Express; the Southwest Trail, the first federally sponsored road in the state; and Civil War actions that determined the fate of a divided nation.

Yard sale to be Sept. 10-11

August 12, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Heavenly Highways Yard Sale has tripled in length this year and will be 150 miles of bargains, according to a news release.The sale will be Sept. 10-11. Churches along the route are encouraged to participate and offer parking lot space for those not living directly on the route. The Calico Rock Chamber of Commerce is offering free space in both city parks for those who would like to set up there. Many towns along the way will also be offering special entertainment and restaurant and lodging specials.

Hickory Hill to perform

August 12, 2010 CONCORD — Hickory Hill, a bluegrass gospel group, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at Concord United Methodist Church.The event is open to the public.

Mt. Pleasant slates open house

August 12, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary will host its annual open house on Aug. 19.  The evening will begin in the school cafeteria at 6, with an introduction of the faculty and staff. Teachers will give a brief synopsis of the requirements for each grade level and what is expected of the students on the Benchmark testing in the spring. Afterwards, parents and students are encouraged to visit the classrooms. Refreshments will be served. 

The Weekend Events

August 12, 2010 Friday• Benefit for the Lane Mathews family, 5-8 p.m., Southside Elementary School cafeteria and gymnasium. Cost is $5 per child. Concessions, bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, a bake sale and a silent auction. A live auction will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Clerical error derails JP election campaign

August 12, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court voted unanimously Monday to reimburse a former candidate for money he spent on campaign signs but cannot use due to a clerical mistake in a county office.Dean Beardslee of rural Hardy, who filed earlier this year as a Republican candidate for justice of the peace in District 4, told the court he filed in District 4 because the clerk’s office gave him a map showing that he lived in that district. He said he had also been instructed since 1999, when he moved to his current residence, to vote in District 4.

Sara Low race scheduled

August 12, 2010 The Sara Low Memorial 5K Race will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 11, 2010.A special ceremony at 7:30 a.m. will pay tribute to veterans, active duty soldiers and National Guard members. All veterans and military personnel are asked to come out and be recognized.The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial Flag Field will be on display. Robert Hopper, who sets up the memorial, will be the guest speaker at the event.Norma Lopez, recipient of the 2010 Sara Low memorial scholarship, will sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” and the national anthem.