Chili supper is Friday

January 19, 2011 CUSHMAN — Cushman United Methodist Church will hold a chili fundraiser Friday. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and supper from 4 to 6 p.m. The meal is dine in or carry out and will include chili, crackers, corn chips, cheese, dessert and drink. Cost is $5.

Midland to host concert, chili supper fundraisers

January 19, 2011 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland Elementary Gifted and Talented Department will host a “Night of Music” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Midland High School cafeteria in Pleasant Plains.The concert will feature area musicians Danny Dozier, Roger Jefford, John Parks, Jim Vanoven, Kerri Passmore, Renda Reynolds, Hunter Davidson and the Midland Choir. Gary Bridgman will serve as master of ceremonies.Tickets will be sold at the door and are $5 for adults and $2 for students 5 to 18. A silent pie auction will be held concurrently with the concert.

$100,000 bond set

January 19, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A Tennessee man jailed in Walnut Ridge may have bit off more than he could chew.Bond for Mark Mittag, 49, was set at $100,000 Tuesday morning, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson.Mittag bit a jailer while being booked into the detention facility. The jailer was trying to keep Mittag from swallowing a baggie of what turned out to be methamphetamine.Mittag was being booked into jail for theft of property Saturday when he assaulted the jailer.

Snow, ice predicted

January 19, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says up to 6 inches of snow could fall in extreme northwest Arkansas this week, while other areas of the state may see a dusting of snow or freezing rain.Forecasters issued a winter storm warning for Washington, Madison, Benton and Carroll counties for 6 tonight through 6 p.m. Thursday. A wintry mix of precipitation is expected to move into the state, bringing freezing rain and sleet that will likely transition to all snow. Four to 6 inches of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice could fall in those counties.

Educators invited to preview exhibit

January 19, 2011 All area teachers, college faculty, and school administrators have a special invitation to a preview of the nationally touring exhibit “Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustrations” at Old Independence Regional Museum.“This come-and-go event will be held on Jan. 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is free with school identification,” said Amanda Nikkel, humanities educator and volunteer coordinator.

Possible hate crime investigated by FBI

January 19, 2011 HARDY — The throwing of a homemade incendiary device through a window of a house in Hardy, starting a fire, is being investigated as a possible hate crime, Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose said this morning.“This happened at a residence on the north side of Hardy,” Rose said. “We’re not positive it’s a hate crime.”However, Rose called the FBI in to help investigate. “They were here within two hours of when I called,” he said.The married couple living in the house are of different races, Rose said.

‘Draw Me a Story’ Children’s art exhibit scheduled

January 19, 2011 Barbara Satterfield, director of the Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas, will present the free opening program for Old Independence Regional Museum’s national traveling exhibit of children’s book art at 2 p.m. Jan. 30.“As a child, a mother of two and a grandmother of three, Satterfield has loved and continues to be an advocate for children’s books and children’s book illustration,” said Amanda Nikkel, the museum’s humanities educator and volunteer coordinator.

Maples ‘locks up’ Warden of the Year

January 19, 2011 NEWPORT — Newport Complex Warden John Maples Jr. was presented with the 2010 Arkansas Department of Correction Warden of the Year award during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion on Dec. 21.“I was honored and surprised to be recognized because we have a great team of wardens in the state of Arkansas,” Maples said. “I thought being considered in the top three was a great honor, but being winner of this award is the highlight of my career.”His correctional career first began in Texas in 1967.

Purses stolen from two vehicles

January 19, 2011 Car windows were broken and two purses were stolen from parked vehicles in separate incidents Friday according to reports from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Jacqui McSpadden told police she had parked her vehicle at Eagle Mountain Magnet school around 12:30 p.m. and she came back at approximately 3:20 p.m. she found the driver’s side rear window had been broken out and her purse was missing. McSpadden said her wallet was not in her purse at the time of the theft. She estimated the value of the purse at $125 and the value of the window at $250.

Ark. may split counties in congressional district

January 19, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The secretary of state’s office says Arkansas may have to split up counties within congressional districts as it redraws boundaries after the latest census.A.J. Kelly, the deputy director of the secretary of state’s office, told lawmakers on Tuesday that it would be difficult to keep counties intact as it redraws the four congressional districts to reflect changes in population. Legislators must keep the four districts relatively equal in population when they redraw the boundaries.