Attorney: Webb on ‘witch hunt’

May 6, 2010 A case involving a former Cedar Ridge school teacher who was fired in May of 2008 began after a jury was seated Wednesday morning. Attorney Scott Emerson of Jonesboro began by asking potential jurors if sexual talk would make them uncomfortable, saying the case filed on behalf of Earlene Howard would have talk of a sexual nature. The civil complaint filed in Independence County Circuit Court states the Cedar Ridge School Board fired Howard after Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb began a “broad, sweeping and surreptitious investigation” into Howard’s personal life.

Viola student honored

May 5, 2010 MELBOURNE — Roman Mabes of Viola recently received a gold medal in the Job Skill Demonstration competition, according to a news release. Ozarka College’s Automotive Service Technology (AST) program participated in the 44th annual Arkansas Association of SkillsUSA 2010 Championship Conference, held at the Hot Springs Convention Center on April 13-14.

Lemley garners scholarship

May 5, 2010 NEWPORT — Brent Lemley of Floral has been awarded the Arkansas State University-Newport Incentive Scholarship for the fall 2010 semester. The son of Deborah and Jeff Strother, Lemley will graduate in May from Southside High School. He will be in the High Voltage Lineman Technology program. The ASU-Newport Incentive Scholarship is based on high school academic achievement and ACT scores.

Student recognized

May 5, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Tyra Stubbs, a sixth-grade student at Southside was recently awarded an iPod Touch by Southside Middle School Principal Dion Stephens. Stubbs received the prize for having raised more than $700 for a middle school fundraiser. The students raised nearly $12,000 for the middle school, officials said.

Culinary student takes bronze

May 5, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College’s Culinary Arts Department participated in the 44th annual Arkansas Association of SkillsUSA 2010 Championship Conference, held April 13-14 at the Hot Springs Convention Center, according to a news release. Haley Hamby of Calico Rock won bronze gold medal in the Dining Room Service competition. This event tests students on their ability of hosting, table setup and serving guests in a full-course dining situation, the release states.

Southside student wins

May 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Southside seventh-grader Tyler Hurst received third place in a recent Arkansas Heritage contest for his drawing of the Cotter Bridge located in Baxter County, according to a news release. As one of 130 winners, Hurst, who placed in the seventh-grade division, will receive a trophy and a certificate. Winning and honorable mention entries will be displayed at the Old State House in Little Rock throughout May, which is Arkansas Heritage Month. Winning artwork can be seen by scrolling down the page at

Subway sandwich shop stops at Southside

May 5, 2010 Internationally acclaimed Subway restaurant is now open at 10 Allen Chapel Road in the former Wilson’s Wil-Save Pharmacy building. In its second week of operation, shop owner Mark Morgan said the new, and larger than normal, Subway business has been “warmly welcomed.” “The people in the Southside community have been stopping in and telling us how they have waited for so many years for Subway to locate south of the (White) river,” Morgan said.

Volunteers sought for livestock shows

May 5, 2010 ASH FLAT — Three Arkansas Junior Cattlemen Association shows sponsored by the Sharp County Fair are set for May 15 at the livestock barn at the fairgrounds, and the Blue Ribbon Committee will be operating the concession stand that day, said fair board member Nancy Orr. Money raised from concession stand sales will be returned to junior exhibitors who register and display articles during the fair, which will be July 26-31, Orr said.

Phylloxera affects pecans, hickories

May 5, 2010 By Stan Carter County Extension Agent Staff Chairman If you’re one of the many homeowners who is seeing galls on the leaves and small twigs of their pecan and hickory trees, don’t panic. The trees are not going to die. The galls are caused by phylloxera, an insect. As this small insect feeds on leaves and soft stems, tissue forms around it, creating a protective coating in which the insect lays its eggs. If you cut inside one of the galls, you’ll find a large number of little gnat-like insects.

Boat launch ramp at Jacksonport closed

May 5, 2010 JACKSONPORT — The boat launch ramp at Jacksonport State Park closed Tuesday and will remain closed as a safety precaution while the Mary Woods No. 2, the park’s historic sternwheeler, is raised from the bottom of the White River where it sank on Jan. 30, park Superintendent Mark Ballard said. He emphasized that the boat launch ramp will reopen just as soon as the salvage operation is complete, hopefully prior to Memorial Day Weekend. An alternate boat launch ramp site is in Newport on Arkansas Highway 14 just south of the White River bridge.