Twins double 80 years of memories

March 23, 2010 Geraldine Turner and Allene Caldwell have been described as “two competing chipmunks trying to out-talk each other.” But growing up in Pfeiffer during the Depression with a houseful of siblings, saving countless mementoes over the years, and now about to celebrate their 80th birthdays, the two sisters have a lot to say. ——— Known as the Britten twins, both ladies are under five feet tall, and because of their height many people thought they were younger than they actually were. “’Til age 14 we got into the movies for a dime,” Geraldine said.

School hires principal

March 23, 2010 NEWARK — Students and faculty at Cord-Charlotte Elementary will have a new principal when the 2010-11 school year begins in August.On Tuesday, the Cedar Ridge School Board voted to hire Gregg Cooper as the elementary’s new principal and federal programs coordinator. The board voted 5-1 with member Richard Ward abstaining. Cooper, who will begin July 1, is currently principal at Hillcrest High School in Strawberry. He replaces Principal Mark Gipson, who submitted his resignation in February.

Burned house hit by thieves

March 22, 2010 A house that burned last month has apparently become the target of thieves, according to a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Leslie Latting told police her neighbor said a blue and gray Chevrolet pickup, with two women inside, pulled onto her property and took several items, including a pair of bed s prings, stove and sheet metal. The items were valued at $300. Latting said she would have to check to see if other items were missing.

Soldier’s body arrives in Ark.

March 22, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — The body of a soldier from Bald Knob killed in Afghanistan has been returned to White County.A casket carrying the remains of Sgt. Jonathan J. Richardson, 24, was unloaded from a military jet Saturday at the Searcy Municipal Airport, and transferred to a waiting hearse by an honor guard from Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.Richardson was killed March 9 along with Pfc. Jason M. Kropat, 25, of White Lake, N.Y.Richardson was a fire-support specialist who joined the Army in June 2006.

Entertainers, vendors sought for Sharp County Summerfest

March 22, 2010 ASH FLAT — Bands, singers, musicians and other entertainers are being sought for an inaugural event, 2010 Summerfest, to be held at the Sharp County Fairgrounds, said Robert Brown of Dreamwork Promotions.Dreamwork, owned and operated by Brown, has partnered with friends and businesses to bring the Summerfest to the area.Although a date for the event has not yet been announced, Brown, of Cherokee Village, hopes Summerfest will become an annual festival.

Council may seek bids for audit

March 22, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The council will consider bids for an independent audit and an ordinance to waive competitive bidding for a mini-excavator for the utilities departmennt and Supervisor Marty Thompson will discuss the sanitation department. The agenda also includes a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Board to hear about law, safety program tonight

March 22, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will meet at 7 tonight at the administration building. Items on the agenda include discussion of a future law and public safety program. Representatives from Ozarka College, the Izard County Sheriff’s office and Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative are scheduled to attend, Superintendent Gerald Cooper said.The board will also discuss bids on a bus. Spring break for students starts Wednesday.

Police arrest two

March 22, 2010  A Batesville man, 28-year-old Brandon R. Tyler, was arrested for huffing canned air duster behind a funeral home Wednesday afternoon.According to Deputy Dustin Robbins, employees of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home saw Tyler in the back parking lot of the business on College Avenue around 1:40 p.m. inhaling something from a spray can.According to Robbins, Tyler tried to hide the can, later identified as Legacy air duster, behind a stone wall.

Plan due to stop mud flowing

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A plan on how to stop muddy runoff from flowing into a tributary of the Mulberry River is due this week.The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is to deliver a short-term plan to the state Department of Environmental Quality by Wednesday.

4 lawmakers amend reports

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three state lawmakers have filed amended reports to say groups helped pay for trips to Alaska, Wyoming and Idaho.A fourth amended his report to say he was given tickets to a University of Arkansas football game.State Reps. Mike Burris says the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation of Washington, D.C., helped pay for trips to National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses meetings in Alaska and Idaho. Rep. Randy Stewart reports the foundation helped pay for his trip to the meeting in Idaho.