Filing fees announced for Sharp Co. candidates

February 23, 2010 ASH FLAT — Democratic and Republican party chairmen in Sharp County have announced filing fees for prospective candidates for county offices from their respective parties.The filing period opens at noon Monday and ends at noon on March 8.

One flees, one doesn’t; both spending time in slammer

February 23, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A man who fled on foot and one who didn’t were arrested Saturday near Hoxie after the stolen truck they were in was stopped for a traffic violation, Lawrence County sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson reported.Sheriff’s officers and the Arkansas State Police arrested Timethy Rainey, 42, of Nashville, Tenn., and Joseph Parks, 24, of Caneyville, Ky., for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.Rainey is also being charged with fleeing.

Democrats to file at courthouse

February 23, 2010 The Democratic Party of Independence County has announced a schedule for candidates filing for the May 18 preferential primary. The filing period will open at noon Monday. On this day Democratic party candidates will file forms at the Independence County Courthouse between noon and 2 p.m. From March 2-7 candidates should contact county party chairman Marion “Tony” Thompson to make special arrangements to file for office. Thompson can be reached at (870) 793-5032 (home) or (870) 613-6609 (cell).

Ozarka Diversity Series continues Thursday

February 23, 2010 Ash Flat — As part of its continuing efforts to encourage diversity in the college community, the Diversity Committee of Ozarka College will present guest speaker Fayth Hill Washington at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Lecture Hall at the Ash Flat campus.

Felon charged with gun possession, theft by receiving

February 23, 2010 Bond has been set at $50,000 for 22-year-old Timothy Brady after his arrest Feb. 5 on charges of theft by receiving, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal use of a prohibited weapon, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard.On Feb. 5, Shadrick Crotts told police that his 1998 Chevrolet pickup was stolen while he was inside the Shoe Department shopping.The truck was reportedly unlocked with the keys in it at the time of the theft.

Tommy Estes announces for re-election as clerk

February 23, 2010 ASH FLAT — Tommy Estes of Ash Flat has announced he will seek re-election to the office of county and circuit clerk in Sharp County, subject to the May 18 Democratic primary election.

Jody Dotson runs for Lawrence Co. sheriff

February 23, 2010 LYNN — Jody Dotson of Lynn has announced his candidacy for Lawrence County sheriff, subject to the May 18 Democratic primary election. Dotson has lived in Lawrence County most of his life. He attended school at Lynn and has been with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, where he is a captain, for 10 years.Dotson also has worked for the Walnut Ridge Police Department.He graduated from basic police academy in 2002 at Black River Tech College and also graduated with a degree in criminal justice with honors from Black River Tech College in 2004.

Weaver seeks re-election to JP District 5

February 23, 2010 Bobby Weaver has announced that he will seek re-election as Independence County justice of the peace, District 5.“I would like to express the utmost gratitude to the registered voters of District 5 for allowing me the opportunity to represent and serve them for the past 14 months,” Weaver said. “I have voiced and brought forth to the quorum court and county judge any concern or point of interest that has been provided to me by the citizens of the district.

Wyatt announces

February 23, 2010 Tracey Wyatt has announced her candidacy for county clerk of Independence County.Wyatt currently serves as chief deputy clerk.Incumbent Karen Wooldridge will retire at the end of her present term.A life-long resident of Independence County, Wyatt is a graduate of Batesville High School and Gateway Technical College (now the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville). She has worked in the clerk’s office for the past 12 years. According to Wyatt, she has gained experience in every aspect of the clerk’s office.

Sherrell announces for county position

February 23, 2010 MELBOURNE — David Sherrell has announced that he will be a candidate for Izard County Judge in the May 18 Primary Election.Sherrell said he intends to focus on rebuilding and maintaining the county’s roads if elected. “I want to go to work for the people in the county,” Sherrell said.Sherrell and his wife Fern, have been married for 31 years. Both are lifetime residents of Izard County and now live in the Oxford area. The couple have two children and five grandchildren.