‘LSD’ located in Teddy bears

May 3, 2010 These Teddy bears may have been cute, but they also sent one man to jail Thursday. The Independence County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call stating that 19-year-old Kalob West of Locust Grove Road and 18-year-old Tiffany Blue of McGuire Street were selling drugs out of a local motel. Police then contacted the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force about the information, and DTF contacted the Independence County District Court Probation.

Mystery bones found on Main

May 3, 2010 When a local heating and air technician crawled under the old Goodwin Drug Store, he uncovered a mystery. As he made his way through the tight floor crawl space of the building he came face to face with what could be human bones. Gilbert Lopez, who is remodeling the store with his wife Melody for a new business, said the heat and air technician found the bones Tuesday under a newer addition to the building, and up against a rear corner of the original building, which has a solid concrete floor.

Former sheriff charged

May 3, 2010 A former sheriff spent some time on the other side of the law after being arrested for shoplifting around 7 p.m. Saturday. Former Independence County Sheriff David Lee Hunter, 50, of Batesville, is to appear in court May 19 to answer to the charge, according to a report filed by Sgt. Kirk Green with the sheriff’s department.

Companies adding new jobs

April 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three companies in different parts of the state are adding jobs — or hoping to do so — as Arkansas struggles to dig out from the recession. The biggest boost to employment numbers in recent weeks is at Fort Smith, where labor leaders say Whirlpool Corp. has added 1,100 workers since the first of the year as demand for the plant’s refrigerators continues to rise.

Arkansas soldiers apply farming experience

April 30, 2010 QALAT, Afghanistan — Coalition forces in Zabul Province gained a new tool in the agricultural redevelopment process this month as the Zabul Agriculture Development Team stood up its operations here. The ADT, made up of approximately 60 members of the Arkansas National Guard, arrived in the provincial capitol earlier this month and have been establishing relationships with governmental leaders, agencies, organizations and military representatives who all have a stake in redevelopment throughout Zabul province.

EH Week

April 30, 2010 Independence County Judge Bill Hicks signed a proclamation declaring May 2-8 as Extension Homemakers Week in Independence County. Extension Homemakers are women and men who work to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development and community service, said Extension agent Stephanie Schindler. In Independence County, there are more than 100 EH members representing 10 different clubs. Each club conducts its own community service projects throughout the year as well as participates in the Independence County Fair and district and state EH events.

Town to mark Founders Day

April 30, 2010 POCAHONTAS — Founders Day will celebrate the history of Pocahontas and Randolph County Friday and Saturday. Events include a barbecue cook-off, live music, living historians and a pink tea. For detailed information visit www.SeeRandolphCounty.com or call (870) 758-1875 or (870) 892-0254.

Bikers to be challenged

April 30, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The sixth annual Syllamo’s Revenge Mountain Bike Challenge takes place Saturday in the Mountain View area. The event offers more than 40 miles of biking through the beautiful Ozark Mountains with changing scenery and views of the White River Valley and Sylamore Creek Valley, according to a news release. Call (870) 269-8068 for details.

Woodcarving to be demonstrated

April 30, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — The North Arkansas Woodcarvers 31st annual Woodcarving Show and Sale Saturday and Sunday in Mountain Home features whittlers, woodcarvers, wood turners, vendors, judged competitions, demonstrations, and a carving contest. Participants range from novice to professional. The show is free to the public and takes place at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. Visit www.northarkansaswoodcarvers.org or call (870) 431-8070 for more information.