H-Bend to hold Independence Day festivities

June 28, 2010 HORSESHOE BEND — The city of Horseshoe Bend will celebrate Independence Day with two days of events this weekend, according to a news release.The parade will be held on Saturday, with line-up at 9:15 a.m. on Church Street by the Methodist Church. The theme is “Salute to the Troops.” To participate, call the chamber office at (870) 670-5433. For more information, call Jill Boyer at Scenic Realty at 670-5129.

Dog walkers change time

June 28, 2010 Even in the “dog days” of summer, dog walkers are still needed.The Humane Society of Independence County’s Dog Walking Club has changed its meeting time to 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Batesville North Complex. Volunteers are needed to help walk shelter dogs.“We are starting to get more and more walkers now that summer is here,” volunteer Sue Augustus said. The group last week got pretty warm walking, and requested moving the walk time earlier to try and beat the heat. So, this week they are starting to walk at 7:30 a.m., and will continue that through the summer.

Couple will be honored

June 28, 2010 OIL TROUGH — A reception honoring the marriage of Shelby Jean Simmons of Oil Trough and Ted L. Grady of Wheatland, Calif., will be held at 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Oil Trough Church of Christ fellowship hall.All family and friends are invited to attend.The couple requests no gifts.

Alumni reunions set

June 28, 2010 Newark/Cedar RidgeNEWARK — The Newark Kangaroos/Cedar Ridge Timber-wolves alumni reunion will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Cedar Ridge High School gymnasium in Newark.A short program will be at 10 a.m. followed by fellowship.Lunch will be catered by Fred’s Catfish in the high school cafeteria.The reunion is open to everyone who attended or worked for Newark, Cedar Ridge or any schools that consolidated with either school.Concord

Service News

June 28, 2010 NORFOLK, Va. — Navy Seaman Recruit John W. Lawrence, son of Gay Lee Long of Cabool, Mo. and Richard E. Lawrence of Mountain View, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Lawrence completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

‘Outstanding’ staffer accepts new position

June 28, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College recently named Career Pathways Outreach Specialist Laura Lawrence as the 2010 Outstanding Staff.She will represent Ozarka in that capacity in October at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year College (AATYC) annual conference. Lawrence has also recently accepted a new position at the college as director of financial aid. She will transition to her new position July 1.“The opportunity to serve students is very exciting to me and it is satisfying to see students accomplish their educational goals,” she said.

UACCB summer registration set for July 6

June 28, 2010 Students still have the opportunity to complete courses this summer at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, officials announced.

Fort Smith police to be on cable TV show

June 28, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — Fort Smith police officers will be featured on a cable television series.Mickey Stern, the co-CEO of Base Productions, says the Tru TV cable network saw early rough cuts of the show “POV PD” and has ordered more episodes. Stern says filming for the show is taking place in Fort Smith and Cincinnati.Since last summer, Fort Smith officers have used small cameras attached to their caps to record their work while on patrol. Stern said Base Productions will probably film officers for the entire span of a one-year contract with the police department.

Plane collision into empty home not a crash

June 28, 2010 WILTON (AP) — The Arkansas State Police say a small airplane’s collision into an empty mobile home in southwestern Arkansas will not officially be considered a crash.Senior Cpl. Roger Whitmire says pilot John Tackett was attempting to take off about 2:15 p.m. Thursday when heavy rain began falling and limited his vision. Whitmire says Tackett veered off the runway to the left and into the empty home.He says it isn’t officially considered a crash because the plane had not left the ground.Tackett was treated and released at an Ashdown hospital.

Woman killed by train

June 28, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say a woman was killed after she was struck by a train in College Station.Pulaski County Sheriff’s Lt. Carl Minden says the woman was attempting to cross the tracks on foot at a crossing near 3M and Carter roads shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday when she was struck by the train.Minden says the victim was taken to UAMS Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.He says authorities haven’t confirmed the woman’s identity.