Foxy Ladies

May 28, 2010 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society hosted its annual Spring Fling May 18 at Batesville Country Club.As members entered the foyer dressed in their festive island attire, they were met by Danny Dozier with his ukulele amidst colorful island decor.Norene Trentini, queen mother, welcomed the members and guests with an aloha in keeping with the event’s theme of “A Getaway to the Islands.”A few moments were set aside to recognize the death of Red Hat member Shirley Cobb. Trentini read a poem and a moment of individual silent prayer was held.

McAllister honored with award

May 28, 2010 The Arkansas Historical Association named Tracy Creighton McAllister the 2010 recipient of the James H. Atkinson Award for Excellence in the teaching of Arkansas history in its annual meeting held in April in Jonesboro.The Arkansas Association of Instructional Media recognized McAllister as the 2010 Library Media Specialist of the Year at its recent meeting.

Desha school reunion is Saturday

May 28, 2010 DESHA — Desha School reunion will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Desha Veterans of Foreign Wars.A potluck will be served at noon.The reunion is open to all former students and teachers of Desha School.

Busy day in Lawrence Co.

May 28, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Thursday was a heck of a day for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Capt. Jody Dotson said.“We had a really busy day here,” he said, with officers making six arrests for a variety of offenses ranging from drug-related offenses to sexual indecency with a child.The action started abut 1:30 p.m. when Kay Huddleston, 46, of Pocahontas was arrested for fraud to obtain a controlled substance.

UACCB Kids’ College 2010 set to blast off

May 28, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville is ready to launch another summer of fun and learning with the 2010 Kids’ College program. This year’s activities will be held during the month of July. Incoming first through third grades will be held July 12-16, 2010 with the incoming fourth through sixth grades the following week, July 19-23, 2010.

Cemetery opens for cleanup

May 28, 2010 CUSHMAN — The Wren Cemetery will be unlocked Saturday and Sunday for anyone wishing to clean up or visit graves. The cemetery is located 1 1/2 miles north of Cushman on Hwy. 69. For more information call (870) 793-7223.

Stirling promoted at Ozarka

May 28, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees has promoted Joan Stirling to vice president of planning and institutional research at its quarterly board of trustees meeting May 20.  Stirling was promoted to the director of planning and special projects in 2002. She began her career at the college in 1996 as an adjunct science instructor before going on to a full-time faculty basis in 1997, news release states.

Hydroponic pot found

May 28, 2010 Knocking on the door of a small sandstone house at 6490 Heber Springs Road around 10:15 Thursday morning to announce they had a search warrant, Independence County authorities entered to find a large and sophisticated hydroponic marijuana growing system waiting for them. The remainder of the day was spent dismantling the growing system, meticulously counting and logging each piece of equipment and every plant or scrap of marijuana found before loading it up and transporting it to the sheriff’s office to be secured as evidence.

40-star, 111-year-old heirloom: Flag belonged to great-great-grandfather

May 28, 2010 CAVE CITY — Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, Joyce Keirn of Cave City got her 111-year-old, family heirloom 40-star U.S. flag back from Hang Ups in Moorefield, which put the flag in a display frame for her.Keirn said the flag belonged to her great-great-grandfather Levi Bolin Wiseman, who lived from 1851 to 1927. Family history says Wiseman was a postmaster somewhere when South Dakota and North Dakota were admitted to the Union on the same day, Nov. 2, 1889, creating a need for a 40-star flag.

Capital murder case gets change of venue

May 28, 2010 A change of venue has been granted with Judge John Dan Kemp ruling a capital murder case in Stone County will be heard in Independence county beginning June 15.In addition to capital murder, Mark Clifford Blackford, 21, of Mountain View faces charges of aggravated robbery and theft of property in the death of Kagen Futrell.According to the affidavit filed in the Stone County Clerk’s Office, by Special Agent Dennis Simers with the Arkansas State Police, Futrell was reported to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office as missing by a family member on or about March 27 in 2008.