Boat marker to add 115 jobs

October 14, 2010 FLIPPIN (AP) — A company that builds fishing boats says 115 new jobs will be created when it makes a $13 million investment in its plant in Flippin.The Arkansas Economic Development Commission said Wednesday Gov. Mike Beebe was on hand as Fishing Holdings President Randy Hopper announced plans to retool and expand the northern Arkansas facility.Fishing Holdings makes Ranger and Stratos boats, and recently acquired Triton Boats from Brunswick Corp. Officials say the process to integrate production of Stratos Boats and Triton Boats into the Flippin plant is under way.

Quake hits near Greenbrier

October 14, 2010 GREENBRIER (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5 has been recorded near Greenbrier.The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake occurred at 5:07 a.m. today about two miles west of Greenbrier. No injuries or damage have been reported.Greenbrier is about 10 miles north of Conway and 35 miles north of Little Rock.Researchers say quakes of 2.5 to 3.0 magnitude are typically the smallest felt by humans.

Clinton visits – Pres says ‘Look at the game film’

October 14, 2010 When it comes to casting ballots in the upcoming general election, former President Bill Clinton cautioned voters not to fall for Republican propaganda.Clinton was in Batesville Wednesday afternoon to lobby for First Congressional District Democratic candidate Chad Causey and took plenty of shots at the Republican party. “They are playing you, folks — don’t be played,” Clinton said, touting himself as “the most fiscally conservative president you’ve had in your lifetime.”

Driver faces multiple charges after accident on Highway 167 Saturday

October 13, 2010 Kicking the rear window out of a police car is just one of many charges facing a Newark man, who witnesses say caused a rear-end accident on Highway 167 Saturday afternoon.Independence County Deputy Michael Moody said he was dispatched to the accident near Pfeiffer around 4:40 p.m. where witnesses gave him written statements that the driver and passenger in one of the cars had switched places.

Ozarka enters agreement with Russian university

October 13, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — After several online cultural exchanges between Ozarka College and Gorno Altaysk State University (GASU) in Siberia last spring, the institutions have officially entered into an Agreement of Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation.

North Central Arkansas District Fair Best of Show winners announced

October 13, 2010 LaCROSSE — Best of Show winners in the North Central Arkansas District Fair, held recently at the Izard County Fairgrounds at LaCrosse, have been announced.Categories, winners and their counties of residence are: Douglas Jones, Fulton County, open apiary; junior art — Aaron Ranew, Izard, pastel; Sabra Campbell, Izard, watercolor; Damion Bell, Fulton, charcoal drawings; Aaron Ranew, Izard, pen and ink drawings; Rachael Head, Sharp, miscellaneous art; Kelsey Abney, Fulton, creative writing, grades kindergarten through sixth.

Single parent nets scholarship

October 13, 2010 CALICO ROCK — Harp’s Store in Calico Rock made a $,1000 donation to the Izard County Single Parent Scholarship with $500 being awarded this fall to Crystal Brokaw of Sage, and another $500 to be awarded in spring 2011. Brokaw is currently in Ozarka College’s Registered Nursing program through Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium and is set to graduate in December. Harp’s Assistant Manager, Charles Jones awarded Crystal her $500 scholarship on Oct. 1.

Art winners named

October 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — Nine current and former students of Melbourne High School placed in the recent Izard County art fair, art teacher Connie Roberts said.Recent graduate Sabra Campbell received one best of show and three first place ribbons, while Erica Oliger, also a recent graduate, received one best of show, one first place and one 2nd place ribbon.Sophomore Conor Kever received one best of show and two first place ribbons; Jeffery Needle, one best of show, one first place and one second place ribbon;

Tharp named AP scholar

October 13, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Derek Tharp, a 2010 graduate and co-valedictorian of Midland High School, recently received an Advanced Placement scholar for his achievement on AP exams.The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advance placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exam.