Newark plant honored for safety in workplace

November 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recognized Entergy’s Independence Plant in Newark as a Voluntary Protection Program Star worksite, according to a news release. The OSHA VPP Star recognition is one of the highest forms of recognition given by OSHA for safe work performance and practices. The average VPP worksite has a lost workday incidence rate 50 percent below the average for its industry.

Art event planned for Saturday

November 9, 2010 HARDY — The Ozarks Visual Art Showcase will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the old Hardy gym on School Avenue in downtown Hardy.The event is open to the visitors and artisans of all ages. Admission is free.“The Visual Art Showcase will feature the unique and varied talents of some of the country’s finest artists from the Ozark region of Arkansas and Missouri,” a news release states.Visitors may watch demonstrations by the artists throughout the day:• Painting from a limited palette, Eva Haley;• Spray paint painting, by Trish Corder;

Forest Service waives fees on Veterans Day

November 9, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Since 2006, U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces, and their families have been admitted free-of-charge on Veterans Day to public lands managed by the Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior. In keeping with this direction, all day-use fees will be waived on Thursday at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service. Unlike National Public Lands Day, which is always on a Saturday, the Veterans Day fee waiver applies Nov. 11, regardless of the day of the week.

Artist demonstrations planned

November 9, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Artist’s Cooperative has scheduled artist demonstrations for this month, according to a news release. Jessie Majors will demonstrate the art of quilting from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, and Harvey Bufford will demonstrate the art of pottery from noon until 6 p.m. Nov. 20.Proceeds benefit the artists and the Calico Rock Museum project. There are more 20 artists and crafters with their craft, art and merchandise on display and for sale.

Bluegrass festival planned

November 9, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blue Highway, Paul Williams and Louisiana Grass will headline the eighth annual Fall Bluegrass Festival, set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Ozark Folk Center auditorium in Mountain View.Admission is $55 for a three-day pass.Other groups in the weekend lineup are The Keislers, Blue Rain, Link Family, Hickory Hill, Lost & Found, Posey Hill, and Nothin’ Fancy.

Jingle Jangle is Saturday

November 9, 2010 MELBOURNE — Jingle Jangle Christmas will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Bad Boy mower building on LaCrosse Road in Melbourne.Several area vendors will be set up, according to Shannon Cooper, who is one of the organizers.This is the second year for the event.

Christmas workshops offered

November 9, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center is offering visitors a chance to learn how to bring back the good old-fashioned Christmas, according to a news release. “This year, give yourself the gift of a new skill and learn to make gifts that your friends and family will treasure,” the release states. “Get away to Mountain View, Arkansas for three days on Nov. 18-20 and learn how to make traditional crafts in your own style.”

Blue Cross to be at UAW

November 9, 2010 United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Apple Barrel Family Restaurant in Pocahontas, formerly Bonanza Restaurant.Barbara Larkin of Blue Cross will be at the meeting.

Post set up – Search begins for missing man

November 9, 2010 A command post was set up this morning at North Heights Church of Christ to facilitate the search for a missing 29-year-old man, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Duane Grice said Wanda Tosh reported Sunday that her son, Ronnie Paul Russell, has been missing since Thursday. She told Grice that Russell has been depressed because he has been separated from his wife, who had filed an order of protection, keeping him from their residence in Newark.Tosh told Grice that her son appeared suicidal.

Circuit clerks work foreclosure auctions, earning commissions on top of salaries

November 8, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Circuit Clerk Bette Stamps walked outside her office at the Washington County courthouse ready to fulfill her role as a sales commissioner. “Is there anyone here for the 10 o’clock sale?” Stamps asked. No one responded, and Stamps moved quickly through the process of conducting a judicial foreclosure auction. Within a few seconds, she announced that she was accepting a bank’s $95,000 bid on a Springdale house, earning herself $95.