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.

Clouse honored by BBBS

April 5, 2010 Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas has selected High School Big Micah Clouse as Big of the month. Clouse was chosen from all the Bigs who serve in the Batesville, Newport, Conway and Russellville programs.

Ark. chef to open cafe

April 5, 2010 ROGERS (AP) — Harrison native Nick Jones has returned to his roots, and he’s ready to share what he learned in a prestigious kitchen in upstate New York.A 2009 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, the 30-year-old is opening Ginnie’s Place, a cafe in the lobby of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary’s.Chef Nick, as he is now known, will supervise interns pursuing degrees and certificates in culinary arts and hospitality through Northwest Arkansas Community College. Planned as a destination for breakfast or lunch, Ginnie’s Place will open June 1.

Walk planned to benefit Brain Injury Association

April 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The fifth annual Brain Injury Association of Arkansas’ Walk for Thought will be April 17 at Murray Park Pavilion #3, 5500 Rebsaman Park Road, Little Rock.Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10.

Extension office to hold Healthy Homes, Healthy People classes

April 5, 2010 Two Healthy Homes, Healthy People sessions will be held April 22 at the Independence County Extension office, located at 1770 Myers St., Batesville. The first class will be from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and will discuss cleaning product safety and green cleaning products. The second class will be from noon to 1 p.m. and will cover household mold — what it is and how to get rid of it. After the second class, there will be an optional 30 minute video on mold.