Home visit lands felon behind bars

July 1, 2010  Tuesday was a bad day for Patrick Skinner of Batesville. That’s when officers from the local probation and parole office showed up to do a surprise home visit.Accompanied by members of the Independence County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, as well as the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, parole officers went to Skinner’s home at 331 Morrow St. Tuesday afternoon where a search was made.“During the search of the residence, investigators located several smoking devices and a set of digital gram scales,” Sheriff Alan Cockrill said in a press release.

Searcy theater to kick off season with magic show

June 30, 2010 SEARCY — Searcy’s Center on the Square opens its 2010-11 theater season with its 10th annual dessert theater, a project of the center’s volunteer organization, with performances scheduled at 7 p.m. July 9, 10, 16 and 17 at the theater, 111 W. Arch St.

Izard sheriff seeks livestock information

June 30, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department is the process of updating its information relating to livestock owners in the county in order that contact can be made with them in the event livestock is reported on the roads and highways.“This is being done in order to have more timely contact with the owners and get the animals removed from the roadways in the county,” Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. “Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated and this information will remain confidential with the dispatch center.”

All-Star Steer Program benefits area youth

June 30, 2010 The Independence County All Star Steer Program, now in its fifth year, offers exhibitors hands-on training and an experience that could possibly help shape their future career.Thanks to the program’s corporate sponsor, Citizens Bank, steers were purchased for the 15 students participating in the program. This marks the third year Citizens Bank has served as corporate sponsor.Each fall, the program allows students the opportunity to select a quality animal and from that point the learning process begins.

Bow shoot boosts single parent fund

June 30, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Single Parent Scholarship Committee hosted two events to raise $1,025 for single parents in Izard County, according to a news release.All proceeds are matched 100 percent by the state of Arkansas. On June 13, the committee hosted a bow shoot in conjunction with the Izard County Stickshooters. Several items were donated by local businesses including a bag target provided by Hidden Creek Outdoors.The second event was held on June 17 when committee members and Ozarka College staff members served hot dog lunches locally.

Guns, farm equipment reported stolen

June 30, 2010 Brian Burleigh was in the process of moving when someone took the opportunity to steal some of his guns, police said.Burleigh told police that while he was gone between 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., someone entered his residence and stole a model 22 Glock .40 caliber pistol with two 15-round magazines, a 12-gauge shotgun, an SKS assault rifle with bayonet, and a 5-foot sword with skull markings. The items were valued at $1,200.Also reported stolen was 42-inch Phillips flat screen TV valued at $650.

Ong publishes research on algae blooms

June 30, 2010 Dr. Han Chuan Ong, Lyon College assistant professor of biology, is the leading author of a research article published in the June 2010 issue of Journal of Phycology. The article reports the completely-sequenced chloroplast genomes of two species of golden brown algae.

East Ark. to get $4.3M in job training funds

June 30, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arkansas State University-Newport will receive $4.3 million to partner with four other Arkansas community colleges to train workers for jobs in automotive and diesel industries including jobs in green technology.

Several area families have planned reunions for this weekend:

June 30, 2010 WrightThe family of the late Tom M. and Cora Ford Wright will have its 34th annual reunion at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Family Life and Education Center at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.The event is open to all family and friends.MizeThe Mize reunion will be Saturday at Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell. All family and friends are invited.Ford

String band to be featured

June 30, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW —  The Ozark Folk Center will host a week of workshops for the old-time string band instruments, both on individual instruments and in an ensemble context, next Monday through Thursday. Evening concerts will feature old-time string band music. Plenty of opportunities for jamming will be available.