Rummage sale is this weekend

February 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Animal Rescue Effort will hold its seventh annual Paws & Claws Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne.All proceeds go to the care of homeless, unwanted and abandoned animals. Concessions will be available.

Pesticide applicator training, row crop meeting scheduled

February 24, 2010 A Farm Pesticide Applicator training meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Independence County Extension Office, staff chairman Stan Carter said.“This is the class that qualifies farmers for a state plant board license to buy restricted pesticides,” he said. “There is a $10 charge for the training. This is in addition to the fee charged by the state plant board for the actual license. Remember that normally you will only have to take the training once every 5 years.”

Remaining suspects arrested

February 24, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — The remaining two suspects in a burglary reported last week in Lawrence County were arrested Monday, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.Sheriff’s officers arrested Morgan Hanusowski, 19, and Douglas Hight, 21, both of Jonesboro, were arrested for residential burglary and theft of property.Another man, Allen Bounds, was arrested Thursday in connection with the same case.

Kindergarten registration set

February 24, 2010 The Batesville School District Parents as Teachers program will hold a kindergarten registration breakfast at 7:30 a.m. March 5 at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St.“Come enjoy a muffin with mom or a doughnut with dad as we begin to prepare for your child’s upcoming kindergarten year,” said Lorrie McClure with Parents as Teachers.

‘Oh, no, it’s the cops,’ man says before fleeing

February 24, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A man who reportedly said, “Oh, no, it’s the cops” and fled on foot was captured a short time later in Portia and arrested for theft, Lawrence County sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.The man, 22-year-old Denny Joe Smith, was developed as a suspect after a Portia resident reported to police that he had $400 stolen from his residence the previous day.Information gathered from the homeowner led investigators to believe Smith might be a suspect, Dotson said.

Nelson seeks re-election

February 24, 2010 Larry Nelson has announced he is seeking a second term as justice of the peace, District 7, on the Independence County Quorum Court in the Democratic primary in May.District 7 is composed of the area east of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, all of Ruddell Hill, all of Bethesda and part of the Cushman area.Nelson serves on three committees: solid waste, county road and parks and recreation.

Girtman announces

February 24, 2010 CAVE CITY — Wanda Girtman of Cave City has announced her intent to seek a fourth term as Sharp County treasurer.“I consider it an honor that the citizens of Sharp County have allowed me to serve as their county treasurer. I truly enjoy the job of Sharp County treasurer and the people I serve,” Girtman said.

Brown seeks re-election as judge

February 24, 2010 CAVE CITY — Larry Brown of Cave City recently announced his candidacy for re-election as Sharp County judge, subject to the May 18 Democratic primary election.“I have appreciated the opportunity to work for the citizens of Sharp County during the past three years,” Brown said. “With five federally declared disasters in the last two years, it has been challenging, but I have enjoyed working with the quorum court, city and county officials.

Ponder seeks Congress seat

February 24, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — Businessman and educator Ben Ponder of Mountain Home has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arkansas’ First Congressional District.Ponder grew up in Mountain Home and graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1993. After high school, he attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville as a Chancellor’s and Governor’s Scholar, earning bachelor’s degrees in communication and architectural studies. While an undergraduate, he was active in Christian campus ministries.