Boys arrested for vandalizing cemetery

February 15, 2010 MELBOURNE — Three Calico Rock juveniles have been arrested for criminal mischief, according to a news release from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The boys, two age 11 and one age 13, were cited Friday and given a court date. They are accused of destroying grave site ornaments at the Roselawn Cemetery. In other sheriff’s department news:

Batesville School Board to meet Tuesday

February 15, 2010 Batesville School Board will recognize West Magnet Elementary as a “Higher Performing School” when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagle Mountain Magnet gym. Included on the agenda is a facilities report, Eagle Mountain curriculum report and report from Debbie Miller, Batesville School District director of curriculum and instruction.Meetings are open to the public.

Marshal’s job to be discussed

February 15, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the Concord Community Center to consider hiring a part-time marshal, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The regular meeting was originally scheduled for last Monday but was postponed due to bad weather and icy roads.The recent hiring of Chris McMunn of Cedarville as a full-time marshal did not work out, with McMunn and the city failing to come to an agreement, Pettit said.

BSA to host banquet

February 15, 2010 The Lyon College Black Students Association will host a “Keeping the Dream Alive” banquet to celebrate Black History Month at 7 p.m. Saturday in Edwards Commons on the Lyon College campus. Mike Steele of Advantage Communications in Little Rock will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for children under 12. RSVP by Tuesday to the Student Life Office at (870) 307-7314.

Ozarka to host transfer fair with statewide recruiters

February 15, 2010 Melbourne — Next week, the Ozarka College Student Services Department will host a Transfer Fair in the John E. Miller building at Melbourne. College recruiters from many colleges and universities from around the state of Arkansas will be at Ozarka from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 24.

Hawkins was famed Rockabilly artist

February 15, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK —Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Delmar Allen “Dale” Hawkins of North Little Rock, singer, songwriter, and producer, was born in Goldmine, La., on Aug. 22, 1936 and died in Little Rock on Saturday, February 13, 2010, according to the hall of fame’s Web site.

Segregationist ‘Justice Jim’ Johnson remembered

February 15, 2010 CONWAY — Jim Johnson, a self-described die-hard segregationist who twice failed in bids to be elected Arkansas governor, has died at the age of 85.Johnson, who served on the state Supreme Court in the late 1950s and early 1960s, was widely known to veterans of Arkansas politics as “Justice Jim.” The judicial title appeared on the ballot with his name when Johnson was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1966, losing to Republican Winthrop Rockefeller.

Luger said he’d ‘either win or die’

February 15, 2010 TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The father of a Georgian luger killed during a training run at the Vancouver Olympics said today that his son worried the track was too dangerous, but insisted on competing because he had come to the games to try to win.“He told me: Dad, I really fear that curve,” David Kumaritashvili, a former Soviet-era luger, told The Associated Press at his home in the snow-covered slopes of Georgia’s top ski resort. He said the two spoke by phone shortly before the fatal run.

GED testing scheduled

February 15, 2010 The General Educational Development Test is administered in Independence County at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Test dates for spring 2010 are as follows: Feb. 19 and 26, March 5, 12, and 19, April 2, 9, 15, 16, 23 and 30, and May 7. GED Testing is offered free to the public.Half of the approximately 8 hour test is administered each week but at least one test date per month offers the entire GED Test. Students must pass the Pre-GED Test, have a government issued photo ID, and pre-register in order to be eligible to take the official test.