Ozarka College breaks ground in Mountain View

August 13, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — About 150 people turned out for the groundbreaking ceremony for Ozarka College’s new Student and Nursing Education Center in Mountain View on Tuesday. A reception followed in the current facility.

Show goes on despite 104° heat

August 13, 2010 CAVE CITY — Despite temperatures of about 104 degrees at starting time, a crowd estimated at between 2,500 and 2,600 showed up Thursday evening to get the 31st Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival under way, organizers said.As watermelons were being judged, harmonica virtuoso Kaleena Hutchins with Tommitha Wilson got the music started. Then, Rockin’ Luke Stroud rocked the crowd with his unique piano-pumping style before the Billy Joe French Band took the stage to finish out the night.

Director honored

August 13, 2010 Dr. Glen Knowles, medical director for Vital Link Emergency Medical Service, has been named the Arkansas Medical Director of the Year in Hot Springs at the annual educational conference sponsored by the Arkansas Emergency Medical Technician Association. Knowles and his wife, Nancy, were present to receive the award along with many Vital Link EMTs and paramedics who work with Knowles on a regular basis.

Murder added to arson

August 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — In addition to arson, Donald Dickey now faces a murder charge.Sixteenth Judicial Prosecutor Don McSpadden filed a charge of murder in the first degree today against Donald Dickey of Calico Rock in the death of Mary Dickey. Authorities believe the body found in a burned out home near Calico Rock on July 27, two days after a fire was reported at her residence on Boswell Road, is that of Mary Dickey.

FBI says ‘Granddad Bandit’ captured in Louisiana

August 12, 2010 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The so-called “Granddad Bandit” suspected of robbing banks in 13 states eluded authorities for about two years even as he stayed in plain, unremarkable sight.Michael Francis Mara, 52, had recently moved into a modest home in Baton Rouge with his new wife, a schoolteacher. She told neighbors about his frequent business trips around the country.

Maddening manhunt reaches Arkansas

August 12, 2010 GENTRY (AP) — Law enforcement officers descended on back roads and densely wooded terrain in northwest Arkansas, following a lead that apparently took them nowhere. Word had spread that a local beauty salon may have been robbed by a couple who fancy themselves a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde and have eluded capture since a brazen Arizona prison break.

Service News: Airman Derrick H. Richardson

August 12, 2010 SAN ANTONIO — Air Force Airman Derrick H. Richardson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.He is the son of Sandie Richardson of Batesville and a 2003 graduate of Midland High School.

Service News: Staff Sgt. Tony Hough

August 12, 2010 SEARCY — Staff Sgt. Tony Hough of Hartsville, S.C., was recently assigned to the U.S. Air Force recruiting office, located at 421 South Main St. in Searcy.Hough is a recent graduate of the Air Force Recruiting School in San Antonio, where he was trained in various areas of study, including the job classification system, testing and enlistment processing procedures and public speaking.Hough was elected for the special course and recruiting duty as a volunteer with an outstanding Air Force record, according to a news release.

State offers brochure, website

August 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — There are new tools available to learn more about the fascinating trails in Arkansas’ history.The Heritage Trails System is featured in a new brochure and website produced by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. These resources document land and water routes along the Trail of Tears; the Butterfield Trail, a mail route pre-dating the Pony Express; the Southwest Trail, the first federally sponsored road in the state; and Civil War actions that determined the fate of a divided nation.

Yard sale to be Sept. 10-11

August 12, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Heavenly Highways Yard Sale has tripled in length this year and will be 150 miles of bargains, according to a news release.The sale will be Sept. 10-11. Churches along the route are encouraged to participate and offer parking lot space for those not living directly on the route. The Calico Rock Chamber of Commerce is offering free space in both city parks for those who would like to set up there. Many towns along the way will also be offering special entertainment and restaurant and lodging specials.