CC alumnus headed to FSU

June 8, 2010 CONWAY — A 2006 graduate of Cave City High School, Corey Womack had the experience, but had no plans to study filmmaking when he started college at the University of Central Arkansas. “Every once in a while, the teacher (at Cave City) would give us a camera and say, ‘Go make a short film,’” Womack said. “It never really worked, and I got intrigued — why wasn’t it working? Why couldn’t I make this work?“Then I got to UCA and found out they had this film program.”

Former official honored

June 8, 2010 CONCORD — Jim Thomas, who resigned as mayor at Concord last month, told a crowd at a reception in his honor Monday that the thing he regrets the most was being unable to bring a library to the town.It wasn’t for lack of trying, he said.The city had a facility for the library, which would have been placed in a large room in the Concord Community Center.“They said it would hold 7,500 books,” Thomas said, referring to a statement by the Cleburne County Library Board.

Deadly intersection to get crossing guards

June 8, 2010 JONESBORO — The Arkansas 226-railway intersection where two people recently died in as many months will get crossing guards, but that’s not stopping the mother of one of the victims from petitioning state officials for all such intersections to have crossing arms.An Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department panel OK’d the new guards, or arms, at the intersection Wednesday; however, the arms will not be in place for at least a year and could take as long as 18 months to become fully operational, District 10 Engineer Walter McMillan said.

Voters to decide outcome

June 8, 2010 Voters will go to the poll today to decide who will be the winner in both local and state runoff positions.Independence, Izard and Stone counties show voters are still looking to cast their votes with 1,250 early votes cast in Independence County. Stone County early votes totaled 696 and Izard slightly behind with 644.

Quorum court considers 1-cent fairplex sales tax

June 7, 2010 BENTON (AP) — Saline County voters soon could have the chance to vote on a 1-cent sales tax proposal to build the Central Arkansas Fairplex in Benton.The county’s Quorum Court will meet Thursday night to discuss the fairplex idea and decide on whether to send the sales-tax proposal to voters.Under the fairplex proposal, the facility would cost between $50 million and $60 million and would include a convention center and hotel, arena, pavilions and more at the site of the old Watts Field Airport near Interstate 30.

Father, son kayakers’ bodies found in river

June 7, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say the bodies of a North Little Rock man and his teenage son, who had gone kayaking together on the Arkansas River, turned up on a sand bar in the river about a half-mile from where the pair had launched their boats.Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said family members had identified the bodies found Friday evening as those of 45-year-old Wayne Bowman and his 16-year-old son, Hunter Bowman.

Certificates of proficiency given at Ozarka graduation ceremony

June 7, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College has announced the 2010 recipients of certificates of proficiency as follows: Ash Flat — Jamie Fowler, early childhood development; Phyllis K. Sutton, accounting; Beaverton, Ore. — Megan Estabrook (magna cum laude), early childhood development;Brockwell — Beverly Marshall, emergency medical technology;

Technical certificates presented

June 7, 2010 Melbourne — Several Ozarka College students received technical certificates and certificates of profiency at graduation ceremonies on May 13.Students completing their studies with an overall grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a certificate or associate degree program are designated as graduating magna cum laude. Cum laude graduates are those who attained a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74.Technical certificate graduates are as follows: Ash Flat — Ashley Nicole Hall (cum laude), LPN; Phyllis K. Sutton, health information; Thomas Magnum Windsor (magna cum laude), LPN;

Ozarka College announces graduates for 2010

June 7, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College graduates and their guests filled the John E. Miller Auditorium for 2010 Graduation ceremonies held May 13.After the commencement address was delivered by Dr. Jason Wiles, diplomas were announced and awarded by Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mike DeLong, Vice President for Student Services Ron Helm, President Dr. Richard Dawe and Board of Trustees chairman Ben Cooper of Melbourne.

Boards schedule Thursday meetings

June 7, 2010 Quarterly meetings for the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District Board, White River Planning and Development District Board and the Chief Executive Officers Board will be Thursday.Solid Waste Management will meet at 10 a.m. and WRPDD will meet at 10:30. The CEO board will follow. For more information call (870) 793-5233.