Man accused of pawning stolen guns

September 10, 2010 Following a forgery incident in 2008, Charles Kelsey Higginbottom became a convicted felon and lost the right to possess or have any dealings with firearms.He is being charged now with being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as theft by receiving after he allegedly pawned guns stolen in Texas, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Robert Moser with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Moser said that on Aug. 25 he and Detective Jeff Sims were assisting Nacogdoches, Texas detectives with a burglary case that occurred in their city.

Despite TV’s dire forecasts, Gulf waters full of life

September 10, 2010 “Dead” pelicans dove for fish and flew in squadrons along the eastern end of Ship Island. “Dead” blue crabs and “dead” cow nosed rays scuttled and flapped away as Capt. Robert Brodie anchored his boat on the sandbar.School after school of “dead” mullet flashed by pursued by “dead” sharks and “dead” crevalle jacks.Dead?  Hardly. Life was everywhere. The black scourge of oil that was supposed to have turned the Gulf of Mexico into a vast “dead zone” was nowhere to be found. What I was seeing was nothing like the television doomsayers had predicted.

Writers win awards

September 10, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Three Cherokee Writers’ Club members won 12 awards at the White County Writers’ Conference, which was held recently.Cheri Lynn Quattrochi of Cherokee Village won first place for the first chapter of a romance, first for an inspirational essay, first for a short story of a leprechaun romance, first honorable mention for poetry (sequence cinquain), second honorable mention for an essay about a family member and second honorable mention for an essay on “the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Duttons to perform at ASU-Newport

September 10, 2010 NEWPORT — The first performance in the 2010-11 Patron Series, The Duttons, will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Center for the Arts on the campus of Arkansas State University-Newport.Tickets are now on sale for the show.

‘Assembled Art Project’ set for September at folk center

September 10, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Assembled art is often a community project. There are parks devoted to found art. Now local residents can have a chance to join in on an assembled art project, according to a news release. The project will be the Ozark Folk Center. “The wire frame long-eared critter next to the Smokehouse is still looking for a name, but she is starting to look rather glorious,” according to a news release.

EHC meeting scheduled

September 10, 2010 The fall Extension Homemakers Council meeting will be Oct. 8 at the Independence County Extension Office.Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 10.Each member is asked to bring two non-perishable food items for Batesville Help and Hope. A potluck will be served.Clubs helping with the meeting are: registration, Happy Helpers; hostess, Bethesda; and table decorations, Charlotte.Items on the agenda include the fall craft fair and approving a new slate of officer candidates for 2011-13.

Concert rescheduled

September 10, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The concert in the park planned for tonight in Rand Park in Calico Rock has been postponed due to the weather.The concert has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 8.

Book sale to be discussed

September 10, 2010 HARDY — The Sharp County Friends of the Library will meet at 2 p.m. Monday in the Hardy Library, according to a news release.Plans will be made for the Oct. 8-9 book sale.The librarian will give an update on a grant that has been approved for adding a children’s wing onto the Hardy library. A question and answer session will follow her presentation. The event is open to the public.

Flood plain tops agenda

September 10, 2010 ASH FLAT — Tax Assessor Kathy Nix will give the Sharp County Quorum Court an update on flood plain maps, changes made and areas affected when the court meets at 6 p.m. Monday, according to an agenda for the regular meeting.The session will be held in the main courtroom in the county courthouse in Ash Flat.Soil Conservation District funding will also be discussed and elected officials’ written monthly reports will be reviewed.

Water board to hear reports

September 10, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear several reports, Manager John Richardson said.Those include one concerning the possibility of the Corps of Engineers performing a feasibility study near an authority site, and a report followed by possible action on equipment needs.Customer Kelly Branscum has asked to address the board in regard to dead trees in her yard.