Bluegrass festival set for March 10-12

March 4, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Bluegrass musicians and enthusiasts will gather in Mountain View March 10-12 for the ninth annual Mountain View Spring Bluegrass Festival, according to a news release.Produced by the Mountain View Bluegrass Association Inc., the three-day festival is a twice- yearly event that takes place at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Aldermen to discuss festival

March 4, 2011 SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the city hall to discuss the community’s annual festival, Trolley Car Days, Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite said.The aldermen will also review current bills.

Area Agency board to meet

March 4, 2011 The White River Area Agency on Aging Inc. board will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the regional office, 3998 E. Harrison St., Batesville.For more information call WRAAA at (870) 612-3000.

Unemployment dips; 192K jobs added

March 4, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers hired in February at the fastest pace in almost a year, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent — a nearly two-year low.The economy added a net 192,000 jobs. Factories, professional and business services, education and health care were among the sectors that hired. Retailers, though, trimmed jobs. State and local governments, squeezed by budget gaps, slashed 30,000 jobs, the most since November.

Drop box set up for old or unwanted medications

March 4, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Are you waiting for the next announcement of an offer for the safe disposal of your unused, out-of-date or unwanted medications in Lawrence County? You need to wait no more.The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department now houses a safe and secure coffer for county residents wishing to dispose of unused and/or unwanted medications.

2 firms to suspend injection wells

March 4, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two natural gas companies have agreed to temporarily suspend use of injection wells at the central Arkansas site where earthquakes keep occurring.Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy and Clarita Operating of Little Rock told the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission today that they have halted operation of the wells near Greenbrier and Guy pending the panel’s next regular meeting on March 29.

Man gets 20 years for slaying

March 4, 2011 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A jury in Garland County has convicted a Pearcy man of manslaughter for shooting to death a burglar who was trying to steal an all-terrain vehicle.Thursday jurors sentenced 36-year-old Robert Ryan Sipe to 20 years in prison — consecutive 10-year sentences for manslaughter and illegal use of a firearm.In February 2010, Sipe caught 34-year-old Brian Luman stealing the vehicle in the middle of the night. Sipe fired one shot that hit the gas tank, then shot Luman in the back, causing his death.

Brothers make Dean’s list

March 4, 2011 Nick Palese and Jake Palese of Batesville have been named to the Dean’s list for the 2010 fall semester at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The brothers are the sons of T.J. and Laura Palese. To qualify for the Dean’s list students must earn a minimum 3.5 out of a 4.0 grade point average while completing at least 12 hours of coursework.

Miller named to list

March 4, 2011 STILLWATER, Okla. — A total of 4,509 students were named to the 2010 fall honor rolls at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.Full-time undergraduate students who completed six or more hours with a grade point average of 4.0 were placed on the President’s Honor Roll.Students with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher with no grade below a C were placed on the Dean’s Honor Roll.Named to the dean’s list was Jasmin Nicole Miller of Cherokee Village, a 2007 graduate of the Arkansas School of Math & Sciences.

GOP gives scholarship

March 4, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The state Republican Party on Tuesday announced a $1,000 scholarship opportunity for eligible college students. The Elizabeth G. Redman scholarship provides financial support to politically active students attending a college or university.To apply, students must be an active member of the College Republican National Committee, and a junior or senior in a college or university, majoring in political science, pre-law or journalism.