White River Writers Guild seeks members

September 13, 2010 The White River Writers Guild has recently been formed, according to Earl Belcher of Cave City.“Our objective is to help new and accomplished writers improve their craft through monthly meetings, seminars, helpful critiques and guidance through the steps leading to being published,” he said.There are no dues or fees.For more information contact Belcher at (870) 283-3245, (870) 384-0093 or junie.bell123@gmail.com; or Michael Livingston of Horseshoe Bend at (870) 670-5004, (870) 373-1454 or michael.livingston57@yahoo.com.

Ozarka offers GED classes

September 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — Free GED classes are available at Ozarka College, and registration is ongoing, officials said.The schedule is as follows:• Fulton County — 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Simmons First National Bank Mammoth Spring; 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Viola Elementary School; 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Salem High School;• Izard County — 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 4-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Ozarka College-Melbourne; 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, Calico Rock Community Center;

Spangler, Hussung to be charged as adults

September 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — Additional  Izard County charges have been filed on two males authorities say have been on a thieving spree in Izard and Sharp counties. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the most recent charges involve the theft of property from a residence on Sharp Street in Melbourne.  Chase A. Hussung, age 18 of Hardy and 17-year-old Joshua Spangler, who currently has an Ash Flat address and previously lived in Melbourne, are charged as adults  with residential burglary and theft of property, both class B felonies.

Awards presented at Lyon

September 13, 2010 Gueorgui Tchamkoriyski and Lauren Honeycutt were named Mr. and Ms. Lyon College 2010 at the college’s annual President’s Convocation Tuesday. The Mr. and Ms. Lyon College honor is awarded to seniors who embody the ideal characteristics of a Lyon student.Tchamkoriyski is a senior computer science major from Sofia, Bulgaria. Honeycutt is a senior biology major from Jonesboro. Tchamkoriyski, who is a member of the Scots soccer team, was not present to receive the award because he was traveling with the team.

Council to hear reports

September 13, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall to hear monthly departmental reports, said Mayor Rick Siler.Current bills will also be reviewed.

Chicken dinner to benefit two cancer patients

September 13, 2010 NEWARK — A benefit barbecue chicken dinner and bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the basement fellowship hall of Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church, located at Fourth and Locust streets in Newark.Prices are $6 for a complete dinner; $6 for a whole barbecue chicken; and $3.50 for a half barbecue chicken.Proceeds will go for the medical expenses of Mary Holcombe and Jane Branscum, who are undergoing treatment for cancer.For more information or to reserve orders call (870) 799-8249 or (870) 799-4222.

Appointment to be discussed

September 13, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the community center to consider appointing Jeffery Turner to Position 2 on the council, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.She said she has the required paperwork ready for the council to vote on.Buck Rone held Position 2 until he was appointed mayor earlier this year after Jim Thomas resigned.Routine maintenance, repairs and items that need to be replaced will also be discussed, as will a planned Oct. 1-2 city-wide yard sale.

Ozarka board to meet Thursday for quarterly report

September 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees will hold a regular quarterly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Board Room of the John E. Miller Education Complex.Agenda items include consideration to approve new hires, end-of-year and year-to-date financial reports, Board Policy revisions, partnership with the Gorno-Altaisk University, Core Strategic Plan and election of a Board of Trustee Secretary.For more information, contact Nancy Dust at (870) 368-2006 or ndust@ozarka.edu.

Quorum court set for tonight

September 13, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the second floor courtroom of the Independence County Library building at Third and Main streets.Among items on the agenda will be:• a report on construction progress with the Department of Human Services call center.• resolution announcing grant to expand facilities at the Batesville Help and Hope distribution center.• revised guidelines for county parks and recreation grant applications.• county department head reports.The meeting is open to the public.

Body sent to crime lab

September 13, 2010 The state medical examiner’s office has been given the task of trying to determine if the death of Ronald Edward Berry was from injuries he may have suffered in a recent vehicle accident with a deer, from non- prescribed medications, or from other causes, according to local authorities.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Friar said he was dispatched to the Harrison Street residence of Berry around 5:20 p.m. Sunday after family members reportedly found his body in a bedroom.