Independent faces hurdles

October 21, 2010 Who is Trevor Drown?He doesn’t have political clout. He doesn’t have a lot of money. He doesn’t have name recognition.What he does have, is his name on the November ballot. When Drown was approached about tossing his name in the ring against Sen. Blanche Lincoln and John Boozeman, the 40-year-old began studying the feasibility of it.

Church plans event

October 20, 2010 The Tonemasters Quartet of Jonesboro and Doc and Connie Spurlin and Rusty will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Baptist Church, located at 2600 N. St. Louis St. in Batesville.Admission is free, but donations will be taken to benefit Women’s Addictions Resistance Program 180 in Batesville. WARP 180 has been in existence since 1990 and seeks to help women with addictions to make a 180-degree turn in their lives.For more information call (870) 307-1815 or 1-800-771-4575.

Pumpkin painting offered

October 20, 2010 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will present “Paint-a-Pumpkin” for all ages from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Disposable aprons are available for painting projects.The event is free.For more information, contact the nature center at (870) 933-6787 or The center is located at 600 E. Lawson Road in Jonesboro.

Tent revival planned

October 20, 2010 Second Chance Church will host a tent revival at the park in Sulphur Rock at 7:30 p.m. Friday.Evangelist Rick Estell from Dayton, Ohio will be the guest speaker. For more information call (870) 613-0805 or 613-6462.

Sample ballots online

October 20, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Secretary of State Charlie Daniels encourages Arkansans who have yet to vote early in the Nov. 2 General Election to preview their sample ballots online before going to the polls.Voters in the 63 participating counties —  including Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Sharp and White — can see ballots online at

Oxford presents Down East Boys

October 20, 2010 OXFORD — The Down East Boys of Reidsville, N.C., will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Oxford Baptist Church, 300 N. First St. in Oxford, sharing the gospel in song and in their faith as they share their testimony. The group formed nearly two decades ago, carrying on a legacy since James D. Vaughn organized the first gospel quartet in the early 1900s.

Earthquake near Norman believed to be aftershock

October 20, 2010 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A magnitude 2.8 earthquake centered near Norman is believed to be the latest aftershock from a quake recorded last week in the area.The tremor recorded seven miles southeast of Norman at 12:53 p.m. Tuesday was initially reported as a 2.6 magnitude by the Oklahoma Geological Survey. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Police looking for sex offender

October 20, 2010 Local authorities are looking for a registered child sex offender who has not updated his current address as required by law.In a court affidavit, Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said Joseph C. Franklin, 66, is a child sex offender registered with the state since 1996 and with Independence County since December 2009.

Sulphur Rock to conduct smoke test

October 20, 2010 SULPHUR ROCK — The city of Sulphur Rock will conduct smoke testing of its sewer lines on Saturday, Mayor Kendall Batson said. The testing will help locate any breaks or defects in the system. Batson said there is a possibility residents might see smoke coming from the vents of houses or manholes, but there is no need to worry, he said. The smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue and creates no fire hazard. “We just want citizens to be aware that we are smoke testing,” Batson said.