Memorial Day ceremony set

May 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. May 31 at the Izard County Veterans Park, located on Haley Street next to Ozarka College in Melbourne.The main speaker will be Son Lamb. Master of ceremonies will be Tate Lawrence.There will be prayers, patriotic songs and wreath laying.Taps and color guard will be provided by Company B Army National Guard of Batesville.The event is open to the public.

BAAC to screen ‘Shrek’

May 25, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will begin its Summer Outdoor Movie Series on Sunday.“Shrek” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in Couch’s Garden at Lyon College in Batesville (behind Brown Chapel).

Appliance rebate program moving slowly

May 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A national program offering rebates to consumers who buy energy-efficient appliances has been slow to catch on in Arkansas.The program began just over two months ago with Arkansas being given $2.74 million for rebates to consumers who buy certain Energy Star-rated appliances. About $860,000 has been claimed so far, leaving nearly $1.88 million.

Teens caught inside pool compound

May 25, 2010  Police say three Batesville teens are facing possible charges of commercial burglary after some of them were caught inside the fence surrounding a city swimming pool. Deputy Pat Collins said he was on patrol in the early morning hours Friday when he saw his car lights reflect off the license plate of a car parked around behind the swimming pool at the North Complex on East Main Street.“The vehicle was parked in such a way it was obvious it was attempting to be hid from traffic traveling on East Main Street,” Collins said.

Mentor makes a difference for UACCB students

May 25, 2010 One student at the University of Arkansas Community College is making a difference in the lives of others by easing the transition to college life. Craig Tobias is a mentor helping first-year students.Graduating this May with an associate’s degree in general education with a business focus, Tobias will earn another degree, in accounting, in two more semesters.  He plans to study small business and management at Lyon College or the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Trial begins for county judge

May 25, 2010 PINE BLUFF (AP) — Current and former Jefferson County employees have testified that they used county equipment on county time to work on property owned by former county Judge Jack Jones.The workers testified Monday in Jones’ trial on charges of theft of property, tampering with evidence and conspiracy. Prosecutors say Jones used county employees and equipment to benefit himself, his family and friends.

Census worker arrested after spat with police

May 25, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Police in Fayetteville have arrested a U.S. Census worker for felony second-degree battery following a traffic stop.A police report says 53-year-old Marie Evans of Canehill was arrested about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. The report says Evans yelled at the officer after he stopped her for speeding and began kicking him as he tried to calm her.Police say an acquaintance arrived at the scene and said Evans has a medical condition that may have contributed to her behavior.

Ballet, dance academy host “Swan Lake”

May 25, 2010 Batesville Ballet, Etc. and the Izard County Dance Academy will present “Swan Lake and Other Dances” in a set of performances scheduled for Batesville and Melbourne.The Izard County Dance Academy will perform “Swan Lake” at 7 p.m. on Friday at the John E. Miller Auditorium on the campus of Ozarka College in Melbourne. Batesville Ballet, Etc. will make its presentation at 7 p.m. June 4 and 3:30 p.m. June 5 at Brown Chapel on the campus of Lyon College in Batesville.  Mountain View Ballet, Etc. held its production on Sunday.

Water, sewer rates top agenda

May 25, 2010 NEWARK — The Newark City Council will meet in special session at 6:30 tonight in the municipal building to discuss water and sewer rates, Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston said.Guidelines for a recently-hired code enforcement officer will also be discussed.

ASU-Beebe receives tools

May 25, 2010 BEEBE — Because of the Toolbox for Education program Arkansas State University at Searcy will receive the tools necessary for its automotive technology program thanks to Lowe’s and Kobalt Tools. Lowe’s has donated $1,100 worth of Kobalt tools to the school as part of the national program that seeks to help the next generation of trade professionals develop their skills. Lowe’s and Kobalt Tools has partnered with SkillsUSA through Toolbox for Education.