McLoy honored on list

February 10, 2010 POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Abigail McLoy, daughter of Mary Moore of Floral, was named to the College of the Ozarks fall 2009 Dean’s List.McLoy is a 2008 Southside High School graduate.To qualify for the Dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.6 minimum grade point average during the semester and carry at least 15 credit hours.

NCA fair scholarship offered

February 10, 2010 SALEM — The North Central Arkansas District Fair will award two scholarships to graduating seniors in the six-county district fair area. Students in Cleburne, Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties who have participated in county, district or state fairs and meet the scholarship criteria are eligible to apply.Scholarship applications are available online at or are available from their local Extension agent or vo-agriculture teacher. Applications must be received by the NCA District Fair by March 1.

Charlotte EHC

February 10, 2010 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers club met Jan. 13 at the home of O.V. Henley, all members were present.The meeting started with 25 ways to use coffee filters, followed by a program about “the invisible disease, depression.” Members discussed the project they made at the nursing home for New Year’s and what they plan to make for the next holiday, Valentine’s Day.The club will meet this month and the program will be about drug interaction; members should call ahead for time and date.

Cupid in the Caverns concert tickets available

February 10, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Tickets are still available for “Cupid in the Caverns” this weekend, one of the new Concerts in the Caverns sponsored by Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce.Traditional love songs will be on the play list Saturday and Sunday in honor of Valentine’s Day. A 2:30 p.m. show on Saturday is already sold out, but tickets are available for a 4:30 performance on Saturday and 2:30 and 4:30 shows on Sunday. The Cathedral Room of Blanchard Springs Caverns is the setting for these special events featuring local musicians.

Pros, cons of snow in garden

February 10, 2010 If temperatures are going to be cold, we might as well have snow.You might think that snow has nothing to do with gardening — that once a white blanket drops over the landscape, all garden activity and thoughts of gardening cease. Not so: Your gardening activity might cease, my gardening activity might cease, but some things still go on garden-wise.SNOWY BENEFITS

Man tells deputy searching pockets: ‘Be careful, I got a syringe in there’

February 10, 2010 Tee Jay Smart, 20, of Tuckerman was arrested for possessing an instrument of crime following a traffic stop around 7:40 Saturday night in Newark.Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar said while on downtown patrol he stopped a Dodge Neon for no license plate and during a computer check of the occupants of the car, learned that a passenger, Smart, was wanted in Craighead County for a parole violation.

Voters say no to tax

February 10, 2010 With a resounding NO in a special election held Tuesday, voters in the Floral Fire protection district, in both Independence and Cleburne counties, turned down a proposal to change their current fire protection plan.Residents in Grassy Township in Cleburne County and the Relief/Liberty Townships of Independence County voted on a request by local fire officials to change from a “dues payment” plan to support the local fire department, to a “taxable” plan based upon property ownership within the fire district.

Hicks seeks re-election

February 10, 2010 Bill Hicks is seeking re-election to a fourth term as Independence County Judge. Hicks started his career with the Independence County Road Department in 1994. In 1999, he was promoted to the position of director/coordinator of the Office of Emergency Services for Independence County, where he remained until 2005 when he took office as county judge.

Renovations under way

February 10, 2010 Batesville’s city hall is nearly three decades old, so a makeover is perhaps overdue. Tuesday night, the city council agreed to waive competitive bidding and authorized the purchase of $45,000 worth of improvements for the third floor of the municipal building, including roofing, flooring and even a few walls being moved.Alderman Doug Matthews asked if the city had obtained any estimates, and Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said they had. Also, some of the work will be done by city employees, with savings up to $5,000 to $9,000.

CenterPoint employee honored

February 10, 2010 NEWARK — When Lane Parks saw Molly Tunstall trying to crawl through the window of her burning home on Macedonia Road, he didn’t hesitate.A former firefighter, Parks was recognized by the Newark City Council and fire department Tuesday night for his heroic actions in saving the woman’s life the evening of Jan. 28.Newark Fire Chief James Langston explained that Parks was on his way home around 5:15 p.m. from his job with CenterPoint Energy when he came upon what was believed to be a vacant house emitting heavy smoke prior to bursting into flames.