Blanchard Springs schedules programs

August 2, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is bears, and programs are:

Several thefts reported

August 2, 2010 Police, along with the owner, are checking salvage yards for the chrome muffler and smokestack taken from a 1995 Peterbilt tractor while it was parked in the back parking lot of the Phillips 66 station just south of the Sharp County line. Joe England of Cave City said he parked the truck at the station around 3 a.m. Wednesday and when he returned about the same time on Thursday morning he noticed something odd about the truck but couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong.

Zion man charged with battery

August 2, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Zion man was arrested last week and charged with three counts of third-degree domestic battering and child endangerment, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.On the night of July 26 James Edward Burton Jr., 41, of Campbell Road and his wife argued and the argument became physical, involving the wife and the wife’s sister. Lawrence said this is not the first time a physical fight has taken place at this residence. Burton was released the next day from jail after posting a $400 bond. He was given a court date. In other arrests:

Correction to White River Water Carnival pageants

August 2, 2010 Incorrect dates were given for two events of the White River Water Carnival for Friday and Saturday. The Water Carnival pageants will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday night and the Water Carnival Pageant finals will take place at 7:30 Saturday night.

Tax proposal tops agenda

August 2, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor courtroom of the courthouse in Melbourne to consider ordinances for a proposed road sales tax, according to an agenda for the meeting.The one-cent sales tax proposal is expected to be on the November election ballot, county officials said earlier this month.The tax, if approved by voters, would end after six years. The tax money would be used only for road improvements, according to discussions during this month’s regular meeting.

Endswell to open for Kentucky HeadHunters

August 2, 2010 Endswell, a modern rock band from Lawrence County, will open for the country music group The Kentucky HeadHunters at this year’s White River Water Carnival.The band performs many original songs which they have written and cover many modern and classic rock titles.Endswell has been performing for about two years, playing local venues, benefits and band competition.Members include Jordan Brown, lead vocals and guitar; Tanner Middlecoff, drums; Travis Middlecoff, bass and backup vocals; Jeff Harp, lead guitarist and backup vocals; and Brad Harp, guitarist.

Parole absconder nabbed

August 2, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Lawrence County officers locked up Levi Lamb on Tuesday on parole absconding and theft by deception charges, Investigator Jody Dotson said.“Lamb had absconded from parole back in 2008 after he had been questioned by Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies about taking money from a woman in Black Rock and a woman in Smithville for putting new roofs on their residences and then never doing the work,” Dotson said. “When Lamb fled, Lawrence County warrants were issued for the parole absconding and for theft by deception.”

State under heat advisory

August 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Much of Arkansas remains under an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service.The area covered by the warning includes more than 30 counties and stretches across the state from Fort Smith in the west to the Tennessee and Mississippi borders in the east.Forecasters say high pressure will continue to strengthen over the region during the next few days, which will result in limited rain chances and allow for hot temperatures and humid conditions.

Church offers refuge from heat

August 2, 2010 The Central Avenue United Methodist Church will be opening its Family Life Center as a place to stay cool from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until the dangerous heat wave passes, said Paul Seay, pastor.People may come for a while or stay all day, he said.The church is located at 1205 N. Central Ave. For more information call the church office at (870) 793-2365.

Judge clears way for Stone County sheriff’s race

August 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A circuit court judge has paved the way for Democrats in Stone County to vote on a nominee for sheriff.Pulaski County Circuit Judge Jay Moody on Friday denied Republican nominee Russ Aiken’s request for a temporary restraining order to block Tuesday’s special election to resolve a tie in the Democratic primary for Stone County sheriff.Moody said he will rule later on the election’s legality. Earlier in the hearing, he denied a motion to dismiss the case.