Black mold found in ‘green’ fire station

August 16, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The newest fire station in Fayetteville, touted as the “greenest” ever built in the city when it was opened in 2008, has been shut down while officials decide what to do about an infestation of mold.Fire Chief David Dayringer said Friday that firefighters at Station 3 had been moved to Station 1 downtown. Dayringer said Station 3 had been staffed by a captain, a driver and a firefighter per shift.“We moved a total of six individuals and one ladder truck,” he said. “We started checking for mold after the guys over there noticed moisture on the walls.”

Church to present singing

August 16, 2010 POUGHKEEPSIE — Pleasant Ridge Community Church, located eight miles northeast of Poughkeepsie, will have a singing at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Lunch will be provided before the singing.The featured singers will be the Howell Family. The event is open to the public. For more information call (870) 528-4909 or 528-3568.

Heber Springs to host concert

August 16, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — Odell & Friends will perform a folk concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

Southside navigates new programs

August 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Middle School students this year will receive a little extra help in literacy and math with two new programs designed to improve comprehension.Math Navigator and Literacy Navigator are two resources the school will implement to try and help students, who are below or below basic proficiency in math and literacy on benchmark assessments like the ACTAAP, become proficient.ACTAAP stands for the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program.

Large class of new students expected to arrive Friday

August 16, 2010 Lyon College is expecting another large class of new students to arrive Friday and all available housing will be used to accommodate the burgeoning enrollment.Last year, Lyon enrolled a record-breaking class of 217 freshmen and 80 transfer students. This year, the college will again welcome more than 200 freshmen and more than 70 transfer students.

‘Back-to-school list’ not needed at Southside

August 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — When mom of four and high school math teacher Tammy Brown received the AlertNow message on her phone from Southside School District, there may not have been an emergency, but there was cause for excitement.For many parents and teachers at Southside, news that the district will foot the bill for all students’ basic school supplies this year came as a welcomed surprise.

Davis, Corter win weight challenge

August 16, 2010 When it comes to losing weight, many of the success stories will say it helps if the whole household gets involved.Red Davis would agree. From January to July, he lost 78 pounds, winning the city of Batesville’s “Yes We Can Weight Loss Challenge.”Davis, utility construction supervisor for the city, was the winner in the men’s division and the overall challenge winner.

2-year-old dies

August 16, 2010 NEWPORT ­— A 2-year-old child is dead and the father, Richard Ingram, 21, has been arrested, according to a news release from Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department.Friday, the Newport Police Department 911 center received a call of a baby not breathing at 123 Lacy Drive in Newport. Officers and an ambulance arrived and found Damarrius Thomas not breathing. Thomas was transported to a local hospital where emergency resuscitative efforts were performed and later transferred by helicopter to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Election invalid!

August 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A special election held to decide who will hold the Democratic title for Stone County sheriff is invalid.That decision was handed down today after oral arguments were heard before Judge Jay Moody, according to attorney Daniel Brightwell who represents the Stone County Election Commission.Brightwell said the hearing lasted a little more than two hours.

Five NE Ark. counties to discuss regional jail

August 13, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — Lawrence County sheriff Dan Ellison says he’ll meet with officials of four other nearby counties to talk about building a regional jail in northeast Arkansas.Ellison says his jail has major problems with overcrowding, as do other counties in the area.Ellison said he and the Lawrence County judge plan to meet Aug. 25 at Walnut Ridge with officials from Randolph, Clay, Sharp and Jackson counties.