Ark., Mo. salamander proposed for endangered list

September 13, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The four-legged Ozark hellbender is big and not very pretty.It’s also very uncommon, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to suggest the freshwater salamander be added to the nation’s endangered species list.The Ozark hellbender lives only in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, the agency says. The animals can grow up to 2 feet long and once were common in the streams of the Ozark Mountains, but their numbers have greatly dwindled.

ASU Fowler Center to offer ‘fiddle-fest’ Barrage

September 13, 2010 JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center announces its first performance in its 2010-11 season. All seating is reserved, and tickets may be purchased at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, or by calling (870) 972-ASU1 or by calling toll-free at 1-888-ASU-FANS. Tickets are also available online from the ASU Central Box Office ( and from Fowler Center (

Polio meeting scheduled

September 13, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — Central Arkansas Polio Survivors will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the new community center, located at 201 Bobbie Jean Lane in Heber Springs.The new therapeutic pool will be the topic of discussion.There will be refreshments and prizes.

White River Writers Guild seeks members

September 13, 2010 The White River Writers Guild has recently been formed, according to Earl Belcher of Cave City.“Our objective is to help new and accomplished writers improve their craft through monthly meetings, seminars, helpful critiques and guidance through the steps leading to being published,” he said.There are no dues or fees.For more information contact Belcher at (870) 283-3245, (870) 384-0093 or; or Michael Livingston of Horseshoe Bend at (870) 670-5004, (870) 373-1454 or

Ozarka offers GED classes

September 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — Free GED classes are available at Ozarka College, and registration is ongoing, officials said.The schedule is as follows:• Fulton County — 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Simmons First National Bank Mammoth Spring; 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Viola Elementary School; 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Salem High School;• Izard County — 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 4-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Ozarka College-Melbourne; 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, Calico Rock Community Center;

Spangler, Hussung to be charged as adults

September 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — Additional  Izard County charges have been filed on two males authorities say have been on a thieving spree in Izard and Sharp counties. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the most recent charges involve the theft of property from a residence on Sharp Street in Melbourne.  Chase A. Hussung, age 18 of Hardy and 17-year-old Joshua Spangler, who currently has an Ash Flat address and previously lived in Melbourne, are charged as adults  with residential burglary and theft of property, both class B felonies.

Awards presented at Lyon

September 13, 2010 Gueorgui Tchamkoriyski and Lauren Honeycutt were named Mr. and Ms. Lyon College 2010 at the college’s annual President’s Convocation Tuesday. The Mr. and Ms. Lyon College honor is awarded to seniors who embody the ideal characteristics of a Lyon student.Tchamkoriyski is a senior computer science major from Sofia, Bulgaria. Honeycutt is a senior biology major from Jonesboro. Tchamkoriyski, who is a member of the Scots soccer team, was not present to receive the award because he was traveling with the team.

Council to hear reports

September 13, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall to hear monthly departmental reports, said Mayor Rick Siler.Current bills will also be reviewed.

Chicken dinner to benefit two cancer patients

September 13, 2010 NEWARK — A benefit barbecue chicken dinner and bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the basement fellowship hall of Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church, located at Fourth and Locust streets in Newark.Prices are $6 for a complete dinner; $6 for a whole barbecue chicken; and $3.50 for a half barbecue chicken.Proceeds will go for the medical expenses of Mary Holcombe and Jane Branscum, who are undergoing treatment for cancer.For more information or to reserve orders call (870) 799-8249 or (870) 799-4222.

Appointment to be discussed

September 13, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the community center to consider appointing Jeffery Turner to Position 2 on the council, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.She said she has the required paperwork ready for the council to vote on.Buck Rone held Position 2 until he was appointed mayor earlier this year after Jim Thomas resigned.Routine maintenance, repairs and items that need to be replaced will also be discussed, as will a planned Oct. 1-2 city-wide yard sale.