Traffic stop nets drug pipe, pot

November 16, 2010 Casually turning into traffic in front of a policeman got an unemployed Floral man busted on drug charges Monday morning.Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan said when the driver of a Buick Park Avenue turned in front of him onto Harrison Street from a Tobacco Warehouse store around 9 a.m., he noticed the car had expired tags.After following the car a short distance, Gillihan said he stopped the driver, identified as 26-year-old Jarrett W. Cousins, near the tennis courts at Fitzhugh Park.

Southside eyes new addition

November 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board on Nov. 9 accepted a low bid from Whittaker Builders of Batesville for $64,081 for the construction of a new preschool building. The new building will be an addition to the current facility in order to accommodate for growth within the program, Superintendent Roger Rich said. It will be built next to the current preschool and include a play area and classrooms.

Grinding spark starts fire that destroys shop

November 16, 2010 Carolin Jennings was outside working on her car when she heard an explosion and looked up to see flames quickly engulfing John Belder’s repair shop at 20 Triangle Lane Trailer Park Thursday afternoon.“When I heard the loud boom, I looked up and saw a lot of smoke and flames and called 911 right away,” Jennings said.The Desha Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire in the mobile home turned repair shop, with assistance from Southside Fire Department, but were unable to save the structure owned by Belder.

Wholesale prices rise on higher gas costs

November 16, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices rose in October for the fourth straight month due to higher gas costs, but there was little sign of inflation as the cost of food, cars and computers all fell.The Labor Department said today the Producer Price Index rose 0.4 percent last month. But excluding the volatile food and energy categories, the so-called core index fell by 0.6 percent, the most in more than four years. That decline was driven by falling prices for new cars and trucks.

Lefler’s moves to stand out

November 16, 2010 One local business is finding its niche by “standing out.” That was one of the reasons for Lefler’s Fashions’ move to at 2489 Harrison St., manager Leeanne Bracket said. But the store will continue to carry the popular cosmetics and fragrances brands of Clinique and Estee Lauder.The business recently relocated in order to “stand out” more, Brackett said. The new location is across the street from Suddenlink, leaving its location in the Eagle Mountain Shopping Center where it had been nestled since its opening three years ago.

Melbourne man receives statewide award

November 16, 2010 Coby Ayers, caseworker for Health Resources of Arkansas, has been awarded the Arkansas Coalition of Juvenile Justice Worker of the Year Award, according to a news release. Ayers is based in Melbourne.At the annual Juvenile Justice Conference in North Little Rock, Ayers was presented with a plaque by Sen. Tracy Steele. Nominations for this award are submitted on behalf of people who work in the Juvenile Justice field, such as probation officers, detention officers, court caseworkers, public education staff.

Center offers help to those who can’t afford

November 16, 2010 Kari Jones cried the first time she saw a doctor who could treat her autoimmune disease.Finding the right doctor wasn’t the problem, but with no health insurance, finding the money was until 2008 when the stay-at-home mother of four found the Christian Health Center of Heber Springs.“It’s an incredible thing when you’ve suffered for so long. ... When I first saw Dr. (Bill) Wells, I just cried because I couldn’t believe I was sitting in front of a doctor,” Jones said.

Ozarka-MV hosting ‘Pennies for Kids’

November 15, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Students at Ozarka College-Mountain View are helping the Stone County Department of Human Services’ Angel Tree program by collecting “Pennies for Kids” during the month of November.Ozarka’s Student Government Association Vice President Crystal Burns explained that students will have the opportunity to cast votes for their favorite instructors and staff with pennies dropped into wrapped Christmas packages representing each Mountain View faculty and staff member.

Gospel concert planned

November 15, 2010 CALICO ROCK — A gospel concert has been scheduled for Saturday at the Calico Rock School Auditorium. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. The concert emcee is Rev. Kevin Bishop of the Calico Rock First Baptist Church. Musical performers will be The Representatives and Cumberland Cross. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Caboose Kids Club members and preschool children will be admitted free. There will be a silent auction and the winner of the double wedding ring quilt will be drawn. Details on the silent auction items will be provided prior to the concert.