City to clean cemetery

March 19, 2010 The city of Batesville will have its annual cleanup of Oaklawn Cemetery all next week.Anyone having plants, ornaments or any other items on the grave sites are asked to remove them for this time period. The city is not responsible for items not removed. Items may be replaced after the cleanup.For more information call City Hall at (870) 698-2400.

Open house to be Saturday

March 19, 2010 Without Limits MMA will have an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, according to Amanda Sellers, owner.The mixed martial arts business is located 464 State St. in Batesville.Refreshments will be served and free classes, shirts and other door prizes will be given. For more information, call (870) 613-1434.

John 3:16 adding indoor playground

March 19, 2010 CHARLOTTE — Thirty days sober, Heath Hutchinson saw something he never pictured — his two sons running up to him with big smiles holding Bibles. It seems like a small thing to some, but it was monumental to Hutchinson, who said before he came to John 3:16 Ministries he didn’t even know how to pray.Hutchinson has been at John 3:16 for about five months now and hopes to graduate sometime next month. “It’s changed my life and my family’s lives. This is the happiest I’ve seen my wife and my parents.”

McSpadden announces

March 19, 2010 Sixteenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden has announced that he will seek re-election in the May Democratic Primary. McSpadden was first elected prosecuting attorney for the 16th Judicial District in 1986 and served until 1992. He did not run for re-election until 1998 when he successfully ran again. He is now serving his third consecutive term to that office. He also served as Batesville city attorney from 1979 to 1986.

Fight for school continues; parents file appeal to ADE

March 19, 2010 WILLIFORD — Students, faculty and parents of the Twin Rivers School District aren’t giving up without a fight. Parents of students at the district, which was taken over by the state in February and ordered shut down July 1, want to file an appeal with the Arkansas Department of Education in hopes that it will reconsider its decision, with one option being that it consider letting Twin Rivers annex or consolidate with Mammoth Spring, a nearby district.

Thornton won’t seek 2nd term Lottery brings $116M in scholarships in 2011 fiscal year, state says

March 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is bringing in slightly more money than projected, which indicates gamblers should lose enough to meet the lottery’s goal of supplying $100 million per year for scholarships, lottery director Ernie Passailaigue said Wednesday.The Arkansas Lottery Commission approved the introduction of a raffle game this summer that will offer more expensive tickets but give players better odds of winning.

Arkansas offers ideas for spring break that won’t break the bank

March 18, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the first part of a series from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism outlining ideas for spring break family fun, all in The Natural State.No plans for a spring break yet? Worried about the expense of a family trip? No sweat. There are many Natural State destinations and activities that offer budget friendly fun for the whole family or just a group of friends. Listed below are a few ideas to help you plan the perfect spring break in Arkansas without breaking the bank.Geocaching Along the Great River Road

Trucking firm in receivership

March 18, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — A Fort Smith trucking company has been placed into receivership and stopped all its over the road operations.C. Bean Transport is now being operated by Bell Receivers LLC of North Little Rock.Bell spokesman Ron Fuller released a statement Wednesday saying the company is working for what is best for employees, their families, the creditors, and investors. Fuller said the company will continue to operate a warehouse in Fort Smith.

Judge says Carroll County has only 1 county seat

March 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A circuit judge has issued an order saying Carroll County has never had two county seats — despite more than a century of belief otherwise.Circuit Judge Kent Crow issued an order Monday saying Berryville is the county seat and has been since 1871. Eureka Springs has for 127 years been considered a second county seat because of an 1883 law creating two judicial districts in the county.