Women jailed

March 22, 2010 MELBOURNE — A disturbance at a residence around 1 a.m. Saturday has resulted in the arrest of two Melbourne women, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Kagni Gillihan, 24, and Terry Sweeney, 27, arrived at the home of Sweeney’s ex-husband on School Street in the wee hours of the morning following a night of drinking, Lawrence said.

New scam targets ATM card holders

March 22, 2010 Local citizens are being warned of a new twist to an old scam, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.The scam is familiar in that the recipient gets a letter, this one from Interac Universal, stating they have won a tremendous amount of money, along with a check from a St. Louis bank for a small portion of that money. The small check is then to be cashed at the recipient’s local bank and a portion of it returned to the company for processing fees, etc.The money goes to the scammer and the bounced check goes to the bank customer.

More snow falls in Okla., Ark.

March 22, 2010 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More snow fell Sunday as part of a powerful storm blowing through Oklahoma and the southern Plains on the first weekend of spring.The National Weather Service said there was moderate to heavy snow across northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri, with some places reporting 8 to 12 inches of snow. The snow and rain was expected to end later Sunday.The storm disrupted travel on highways and other roads. Wind was as much a hazard as the snow itself, one trucker said.

Defensive driving to be taught

March 22, 2010 A defensive driving class is scheduled for April 3 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 2005 White Drive.The class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a refreshment break and light refreshments will be furnished. Class participants who are age 55 and over will receive a reduction on their automobile insurance. Young drivers are also urged to attend this class.The Legislature recently passed new seat belt laws in addition to laws that affect young drivers using cell phones and electronic messaging devices.

Cemetery workers needed

March 22, 2010 SANDTOWN — Clean up at Barnett’s Cemetery at Sandtown will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.Those attending are asked to bring tools.For more information or to make a donation, call (870) 283-2358.

Flux Capacitor to perform

March 22, 2010 Calico Rock — Flux Capacitor will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.According to a news release, Flux Capacitor is local band that formed following the departure of Cellar Door lead guitarist Geoffrey Watts to the Mississippi Gulf coast. The band features four plugged in acoustic guitarists, Erik Edwards (also formerly of Cellar Door), Mason Campbell, Craig Estes and Alex Hicks, performing a selection of songs from the 1990s.

Book signing planned

March 22, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — Author Dee Dee Wike will host a book signing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Jitterbug Coffee House, 109 W. Main St., Heber Springs.She will be available to sign copies of her inspirational Christian book, “Good to the Last Drop: Refreshing Inspiration for Homeschool Moms and Other Busy Women.”

Bethesda EHC

March 22, 2010 BETHESDA — Members of the Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club met Tuesday at the Bethesda Fire Station for their monthly meeting. The meeting began with the reciting of the American Flag pledge and the Homemakers Creed.Roll call was answered by responding to the question “Who is your favorite comedian?” Many of the responses included Red Skelton, Jeff Foxworthy, Lucille Ball and Mark Lowery. Members gave reasons for choosing these comedians that centered on the wholesomeness of their humor as opposed to that of some of the other popular contemporary comedians.

Keet announces run for governor

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK – Former Republican state senator and businessman Jim Keet has announced his candidacy for Arkansas governor. “My top priorities for Arkansas include establishing creative methods to develop our state as one of the nation’s leading business-friendly environments, advancing literacy initiatives at every age and reforming Arkansas’ tax structure to fuel job creation,” Keet said. If elected, Keet’s goals include:• Repositioning the Arkansas literacy rate within the top five states by 2019.

Restoration continues

March 22, 2010 Restoration continues at a local cemetery that predates the Civil War.The Haddock Cemetery Association met recently at the Oak Bluff Community Center to discuss future plans for finishing the restoration. A $500 donation was received to repair the rock wall around the Northern graves, and descendants of the family will contribute additional monies.