Thursday deadline for contest

August 4, 2010 The White River Water Carnival photography contest will accept entries until noon Thursday.Categories are landscape/nature, portraiture and miscellaneous. Entry fee is $10 per photograph. Photos will be judged on photographic technique, including composition, exposure, depth of field and emotional impact.A general youth photography category will be held for children age 12 and younger. The fee is $5 per photograph.

Arsons under investigation

August 4, 2010 When Lois Mejeun heard gunshots coming from a nearby residence shortly after midnight Saturday, she sent her grandson to investigate.The mobile home’s residents, John Paul Wilson and Sarah Gregory, were in jail and the home located at 105 Triple D Lane was unoccupied at the time, according to a report from Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar.Mejeun’s grandson Dakota Thompson said he walked into the living room of the mobile home to find the sofa and curtains on fire.

Sharp equalization board open to appointments

August 4, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Equalization Board will meet once in August and once in September in the assessor’s office in the courthouse in Ash Flat, but appointments must be made soon, Assessor Kathy Nix said.The board will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 and Sept. 9.Appointments will be scheduled starting Friday and continuing through the close of the business day of Aug. 16. To schedule an appointment, call (870) 994-2836 during that time period.

Library board to hear about reading program, policies

August 4, 2010 The Independence County Library Board will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the second floor courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter (library) building.Agenda items include discussion of the summer reading program and library policies, White River Regional Librarian Debra Sutterfield said. Meetings are open to the public.

HLC to visit Ozarka for reaccreditation

August 4, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on Nov. 15-17 by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.Ozarka has been accredited by HLC as a college since 1996. Its accreditation is at the associate’s degree level.

GOP meeting to be Thursday

August 4, 2010 The Independence County Republican meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. A White River Regional meeting will be held at the same time.A Dutch-treat meal will begin at 6.

Sharp County bans burning

August 4, 2010 ASH FLAT — A ban on burning has been issued in Sharp County, effective immediately, County Judge Larry Brown said.The ban will remain in effect until further notice.“After checking with Gene Moore, Sharp County fire department coordinator, the state forestry service and others in various parts of the county, the burn ban was detemined to be in the best interests for the people of Sharp County,” Brown said.

Bonds wins special election, legality still in limbo

August 4, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — It wasn’t a tie this time.Unlike the previous runoff election that threw Stone County and state election officials into a quandary as to what to do, challenger Lance Bonds easily defeated Sheriff Todd Hudspeth 1,950 to 1,555 for the Democratic nomination in a special-called election Tuesday.A dispute remains, however.“The judge hasn’t ruled on it. It’s still pending as to whether it was legal for Gov. (Mike) Beebe to call the election,” Stone County Clerk Donna Wilson said this morning.

ICEDC showing positive results

August 4, 2010 It’s been one year since Ed Mabry was formally named the executive director of the Independence County Economic Development Commission, and the quarter-cent sales tax passed by the county is showing positive results.The county held a special election on Dec. 9, 2008 for a quarter-cent economic development sales tax. The tax passed by a comfortable two-to-one margin: 1,674 votes in favor and 855 against.