Concord church to host benefit for Haiti

February 23, 2010 CONCORD — Concord Missionary Baptist Church will host a “Helping Hands for Haiti” relief benefit Saturday.A spaghetti supper will be served at 5 p.m.A free concert featuring Gary Rounds, Raymond Hughey, Gale Weaver and Kristi Wild will begin at 6.A silent auction and bake sale will also be included.Monetary donations may be dropped off between 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the church.Proceeds will go to the Hands and Feet project, which is a children’s ministry in Haiti that helps those in smaller towns get food and medical supplies.

Shoplifting report yields drug arrest

February 23, 2010 The alleged theft of baby items from the Newark Dollar General store has led to the filing of drug charges against a Rosie woman, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Sims said that on Feb. 4, Deputy Michael Calendar was dispatched to the Newark store where an employee said she saw 28-year-old Maline Lee Green conceal merchandise inside her coat.

Board approves incentive

February 23, 2010 NEWARK — Cord-Charlotte Elementary certified and classified employees will be receiving a few extra dollars thanks to the Arkansas School Recognition Program. The program awards qualifying schools cash incentives for achieving annual improvement performance standards as identified by the Arkansas Department of Education.The Cedar Ridge School District has received $3,557 to be distributed among certified and classified employees.

Local hotel wins hospitality award

February 23, 2010 The Comfort Suites Hotel of Batesville has been named as a recipient of the prestigious 2010 Platinum Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, according to a press release.“The Batesville Comfort Suites hotel’s commitment to excellence and outstanding guest services has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the best hotels among the Comfort Suites brand,” said Steve Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Comfort Suites.

Senate campaign team expands with addition of Lauren Heasley

February 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., today said her campaign staff continues to grow as dedicated men and women from around the state fill out important positions on her team.With the official filing period approaching, Lincoln said building a solid, hard-working campaign staff will be key to getting her message out to Arkansans before the November general election.

Lawmakers nix budget cut

February 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have rejected a hefty cut to Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s budget that would have laid off all but one of his staffers.The personnel subcommittee of the Joint Budget Committee today rejected the proposal to cut Halter’s budget by more than $230,000. The proposal by Democratic Rep. Keith Ingram would have reduced Halter’s budget from $366,695 a year to $129,580.Ingram also proposed cutting Halter’s full-time staff from four to one.

‘Tiaras’ contestant has stroke

February 23, 2010 PARAGOULD (AP) — The mother of an Arkansas first-grader who was featured recently on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” says her daughter has suffered a stroke.Michelle Hernandez told the Paragould Daily Press on Monday that Hope Espinoza had a stroke on Thursday. Hernandez says her daughter is recovering in the intensive care unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.She says the child complained of a headache while she was attending her brother’s basketball game at Paragould Junior High School.

Cave City EHC

February 23, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met at the Cave City Community Center on Feb. 15. Vice President Frances Ball called the meeting to order and the group sang “Arkansas.” Words to Live By were read by Rosanne Stitcher. Roll call was “Your favorite cleaning tip.” Seven members were present.Minutes and treasurer’s reports were presented and accepted. The Educational Lesson was “Homemade Cleaning Supplies.” Much discussion was held with everyone contributing cleaning ideas.

WBC planning garage sale

February 23, 2010 Walnut Ridge — The annual campus-wide garage sale at Williams Baptist College will begin at 7 a.m. March 6 in WBC’s Carter Field House. The event raises money for student mission trips.Students, faculty, staff and others donate items for the sale each year, with merchandise covering the expanse of the gymnasium. All items sell for 50 cents each, with the exception of furniture and other large merchandise.For more information, or to donate items for the sale, contact Josh Goza at (870) 759-4143 or

Midland seeks G/T nominations

February 23, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District is accepting Gifted and Talented program candidates for the 2010-11 school year, coordinator Roetta Stoneking said. Parents, teachers and students may nominate a Midland student who demonstrates exceptional intellectual and creative skills and will be entering fourththrough 12th grades. For more information and nomination forms call Stoneking at (501) 345-2413. Nominations will be accepted until March 15.