VFW will present dinner

March 28, 2011 HIGHLAND — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Highland will have a dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.The meal will include a choice of corned beef and cabbage or chicken potpie with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad bar, beverage and dessert.The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.Proceeds will go to support VFW programs.

Ozarka library slates book sale

March 28, 2011 MELBOURNE — The first annual Friends of the Paul Weaver Library book sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of the John E. Miller Building of Ozarka College, Melbourne. All items will be in good condition and priced to sell, according to a news release. The newly formed Friends of the Library has been collecting books, videos, magazines, compact discs, audio books and recordings for the sale.

Dinner to help Evening Shade Police

March 28, 2011 EVENING SHADE — The Evening Shade Police Department will have a K-9 fundraising dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Evening Shade School cafeteria.The meal will include chicken and dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, yeast roll, dessert and drink. Take-out will be available.The cost is $7 per person. Donations may be mailed to Evening Shade Police Department K-9 Fund, P.O. Box 235, Evening Shade, AR 72532.For more information call (870) 321-1450.

More than just social networking: Facebook linked to depression

March 28, 2011 CHICAGO — Add “Facebook depression” to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors’ group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.Researchers disagree on whether it’s simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site.

Prescott plants to get 100 jobs

March 28, 2011 PRESCOTT (AP) — Firestone Building Products Co. says it plans to add 100 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Prescott.Company officials joined local and state leaders in making the announcement today. The company says 418 jobs at the plant will be retained and that it will spend $20 million to expand the plant, which opened in 1983.Firestone produces a commercial roofing membrane at the plant.

Ark. Guard brigade tests satellite-based system

March 28, 2011 FORT CHAFFEE (AP) — Soldiers with the Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade are starting to test a new satellite-based communications system as they prepare for their latest combat deployment.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday that tents housing computer terminals and satellite links went up last week at Fort Chaffee, allowing soldiers to test the Warrior Information Network-Tactical system for the first time in a virtual war scenario.

Mayor to challenge Census

March 28, 2011 LITTLE FLOCK (AP) — The mayor of Little Flock in northwest Arkansas says he’s planning to challenge a U.S. Census Bureau count that shows the town has exactly the same population as in 2000.Mayor Buddy Blue said he doesn’t believe the number can be exactly the same and believes the town has grown.Census figures released in February show Little Flock with 2,585 residents — the same number as after the 2000 Census. A 2008 Census Bureau estimate indicated Little Flock had grown to more than 3,000 residents.

Release denied for man in bomb threat case

March 28, 2011 TEXARKANA (AP) — A federal magistrate has denied pretrial release of a Magnolia man who’s charged with making a bomb threat to a Tyson Foods plant where he worked in Nashville, Ark.Twenty-nine-year-old Harvey Harper is accused of telephoning the threat to the plant on Jan. 17. He has pleaded not guilty.Prosecutors say Harper confessed that he made the threat because he had met a woman and didn’t want to go to work that day.

Former county judge didn’t report reserve cash

March 28, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A former Washington County Quorum Court judge says he didn’t report millions in cash available to the county in budgets because he wanted to save the money and keep it out of the hands of “politicians.”Former County Judge Jerry Hunton didn’t report in budgets the cash available in the county’s reserve fund between 2005 and 2009.

El Dorado to be new home of Sept. 11 memorial

March 28, 2011 EL DORADO (AP) — A southern Arkansas city will be the new home for a memorial to the approximately 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.Local and state police officers escorted a twisted steel beam that was recovered from the first tower of the World Trade Center through Arkansas on Friday as it traveled on a flatbed truck to El Dorado.El Dorado fire and police chaplain Sterling Claypoole says El Dorado finished an application process and was granted the 700-pound steel object.