Geocaching known as the electronic treasure hunt

January 7, 2011 If you want to wean your youngsters, and perhaps yourself, off the couch or lounger, here’s a neat way to get your gadget fix and some outdoor exercise too.It’s geocaching (pronounced “gee-o-cashing”).The idea behind geocaching is to find hidden caches using a handheld global positioning system (GPS). Sort of an electronic treasure hunt.

Searcy man pleads to murder

January 7, 2011 SEARCY (AP) — A Searcy man has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the shooting deaths of two people at his home.Mark Sullivan entered the plea Thursday in White County Circuit Court. He was charged in the Jan. 8, 2010, killings of 40-year-old Audra Evans and 41-year-old Robin Edward Berry.

Jonesboro police probing return of foster kids’ gifts

January 7, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — A detective for the Jonesboro Police Department says officers are investigating a woman’s complaint that gifts she bought for foster children were all returned to the stores where she bought them.

Sulphur Rock council slates meeting

January 7, 2011 SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at city hall, Mayor Glenda Reding said.Agenda items include the swearing-in of officials and discussion of the council vacancy left by Alderman Charles Doyle, who moved out of the area. The council is looking to fill that position, Reding said, and those interested are encouraged to attend the meeting or contact the mayor’s office.Meetings are open to the public.

Concord city officials to be sworn in

January 7, 2011 CONCORD — Concord city officials will be sworn in at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Concord Community Center with Cleburne County Justice of the Peace Gary Southerland presiding, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.The meeting day is a one-time departure from the usual second Monday of the month regular meeting date because Southerland was not available Monday. That’s the day the Cleburne County Quorum Court meets, Pettit said.

Council sets light agenda

January 7, 2011 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes a sewer connection in Spring Valley, an ordinance to establish rules of procedures, an ordinance to waive competitive bidding on certain items for 2011, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh. The council will welcome two new aldermen, Chris Poole and Paige Hubbard, as well as a new city attorney, Lindsey Castleberry.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Southside board to convene

January 7, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the high school cafeteria annex.Agenda items include principal reports, discussion of old elementary buildings and a review of insurance coverage.Meetings are open to the public.

ADEQ to hold public hearing

January 7, 2011 CALICO ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public meeting and hearing at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Calico Rock City Hall, 265 Second St. to accept public comments on a draft permit for Evergreen Processing, LLC-Twin Mountain Quarry.

Up to 4 inches of snow predicted in southern Arkansas

January 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Up to 4 inches of snow is predicted for parts of central and southern Arkansas this weekend as a cold front and storm system slide into the state.The National Weather Service says the storm system is expected to move into the state late Saturday, and many areas in south Arkansas could see a mixture of rain, freezing rain and sleet.

TV team blazes trail to help wounded soldiers’ families

January 7, 2011 CAVE CITY — The Cave City High School TV team is going boldly where no video documentary team has gone before.The television team filmed documentary footage in December at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to bring attention to the needs of families of severely wounded soldiers.“The (military brass) said it had never been done before — they’ve had documentaries on the soldiers, but not the families,” Vietnam amputee Gary Farmer, who brought the families’ plight to the television team’s attention, told the Cave City Kiwanis Club on Thursday.