After blast, 4 teens hospitalized

April 6, 2010 NORFORK (AP) — Officials say four teenagers remain hospitalized after being burned in a butane explosion in a house in Norfork over the weekend.An Arkansas Children’s Hospital spokesman told the Baxter Bulletin on Monday that 19-year-old Jessie Bowman was in critical condition and that 17-year-old Tyler Tighe was in serious condition.Two other boys, 16-year-old Wade Statton and 15-year-old Austin Greer were in good condition St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Stewart seeks 6th term in JP District 1

April 6, 2010 Tim Stewart, 229 Baker School Road, Batesville has announced that he is seeking a sixth term on the Independence County Quorum Court representing District 1, which includes the Dennison Heights, Clearview, Allen Chapel, Southside and McHue communities.During his current term Stewart, a Democrat, has chaired the law enforcement committee and also serves on the solid waste, hydro, recreation and grievance committees.

Midland students host literacy night

April 6, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Author Roland Smith makes a living writing fiction books for young adults. On Friday, he was a featured guest at Midland High School’s literacy night, where thanks to technology, he visited and answered questions from students and parents via Skype, an interactive connection using computers and a Web cam. Following the hour-long question-answer session, parents and students attended break-out sessions where they learned about many different student projects.

Court to fill slot

April 6, 2010 With the resignation of Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers Monday morning, the Independence County Quorum Court is now charged with finding someone to serve as interim sheriff until the end of the year at which time a new sheriff will take over.Independence County Judge Bill Hicks said Monday afternoon there are certain procedures that must be followed in finding an interim sheriff.

Prisoner walks away

April 6, 2010 Jailed for failing to appear in court on charges of third-degree assault and interfering with an emergency phone call, an Independence County inmate is considered a fugitive after he walked away during work detail Monday afternoon.Joseph Huss, transport driver to work projects for community service workers and non-felon inmates, told Independence County Deputy Colby Markum that Todd Wayne Bales, 45, walked away from the county yard around 2:30 p.m.

Students earn History Day honors at Lyon College

April 5, 2010 Several local high school and middle school students recently took home honors at Arkansas’ District II History Day at Lyon College.Each year, Lyon serves as host for Arkansas’ District II History Day, which is part of a yearlong education program that culminates in a national contest every June. Lyon has been hosting History Day for teachers and students around northcentral and northeastern Arkansas since 1982.Winners include:

Medieval fortress in the making opens to public May 1

April 5, 2010 LEAD HILL — Limestone walls rise from an Arkansas Ozark hillside marking the birth of what will be — in 20 years — a spectacular castle. Michel Guyot and Noémi Brunet, the French couple building the Ozark Medieval Fortress, will welcome the public on May 1 when their dream fortification opens in the heartland of America.

ASU Wind Ensemble to perform in College Band Directors tour

April 5, 2010 Jonesboro — The Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble will perform Saturday in the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Performance and Tour in Las Cruces, N.M. The performance will take place at 2 p.m. on the campus of New Mexico State University.

ASU professor discusses life on Ozark cedar glades

April 5, 2010 Sandstone or limestone glades, commonly called “cedar glades,” are scattered throughout the Ozark Highlands in Arkansas. The size of individual cedar glades varies greatly from less than a 1,000 square feet to many acres. Cedar glade habitats are mostly dry open areas of exposed, eroded sedimentary bedrock often accompanied by other rocky outcroppings with little or no vegetation. Cedar glades can experience large daily fluctuations in temperature and humidity, and because of the impermeability of the rock, rainwater seldom is retained.