Volunteer meeting set

October 7, 2010 The North Central Volunteer Network will hold its next quarterly meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the United Way of Independence County, 1325 Harrison St. (located in the First Community Bank), in Batesville.Lunch is brown bag. “Strategies for Managing Change” will be the topic. Rebecca Burton, program developer with the Department of Human Services Division of Volunteerism, will discuss practical steps that can be taken for accepting that change is inevitable and how to create positive outcomes in the process. Time will also be given for general discussion.

Man charged for explosives

October 7, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — Conway police say a man charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threatening is now under investigation for allegedly having explosives.The wife of 28-year-old Danny O’Neel called police after she discovered explosives in their home. Police said Wednesday that officers found factory-made explosives that were allegedly taken from O’Neel’s employer, an oil and gas firm.Police were able to secure the explosives and put them into storage. Officials wouldn’t describe a quantity or type of the explosives.

Pastor humbled by recent trip to Bolivia

October 7, 2010 VILONIA(AP) — While observing children sprawled out on a concrete floor sleeping alongside their mother behind the walls of a Women’s Correctional Facility in Bolivia, Jim King was thinking about his 2-year-old granddaughter. “Every little girl looked like my little granddaughter,” said King, pastor of the First Assembly of God in Vilonia. “I kept thinking ‘what if she was born in that place?’”

Police recover stolen trucks, equipment

October 7, 2010 Within a half hour of their theft being reported from the Pleasant Plains area Tuesday, a tractor-trailer, John Deere excavator and a pickup truck were recovered by the Arkansas Highway Police.In a report to Deputy Gary Franks around 7 a.m., Ronald Dalmut, supervisor for Arklahoma Pipeline Inc., said that when he arrived for work he discovered a 2004 Peterbilt semi truck, a low-boy style trailer loaded with a John Deere 200C excavator, and a 2002 Ford pickup were missing from the job site.The trucks, tractor, and trailer value was estimated at $92,700 by Dalmut.

Near crash with cop leads to chase

October 7, 2010 A foot chase through briars and brush, following a twisting neighborhood car chase, left one Independence County deputy with minor injuries and three people in jail Tuesday morning.The chase and arrests were the result of a 1998 Buick Century making a sudden left turn onto a side street and nearly striking Deputy Ernie Gillihan’s police car.Gillihan said he was traveling in the outside lane on St. Louis Street and as he approached the intersection of Case Street, the Buick suddenly pulled in front of him and made a left turn onto Case, so he swerved to avoid a crash.

Cushman Miner’s Day is Saturday

October 7, 2010 CUSHMAN — “Miner’s Legacy Inspires Cushman’s Future” is the theme for Cushman’s 19th annual Miner’s Day celebration, which is Saturday, said organizer Yvonne McMahan.The festival celebrating the community’s mining heritage offers great food, arts and crafts booths, door prizes, hayrides, face painting and bouncy houses for children, a children’s ID kit, a parade, turtle races, live entertainment and a bass tournament, as well as a Cushman Reflections display set up by local historian and author Becky Wood, McMahan said.

Walls, trusses go up on 2nd house

October 7, 2010 Each Saturday morning — as long as it’s not raining — the Westside community awakens to a cacophony of hammers pounding and drills buzzing. Right in the thick of things is Byron Skinner.Skinner, site supervisor for the second Habitat for Humanity of Independence County house, is one of about a dozen or so volunteers who show up each Saturday to work on the two-bedroom, one-bath house for Ralph, Lisa and Eli Lewis.

New youth club formed

October 6, 2010 A new Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Club is forming in Cave City, according to Modern Woodmen Representative Richard Hawkins II.The new club will hold its first activity at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the home of club leader Julie Woodward at 805 Matlock Road. The club will be sponsored by Hawkins.The new club is open to children up to age 11 and all are invited to the first meeting to learn the benefits of membership.

Sulphur Rock FD to meet

October 6, 2010 SULPHUR ROCK — Sulphur Rock Fire Department will hold its regular and yearly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the fire station.The fire department has asked that everyone in the fire district attend.

State park hosts ‘Hope & Despair’ Exhibit

October 6, 2010 PARKIN — Parkin Archeological State Park is currently hosting Marjorie J. Hunter’s exhibit “Hope and Despair: FSA Photography in Arkansas during the Great Depression.” The exhibit will be displayed through Dec. 31. On Tuesday, the park will present a special presentation by Hunter, a history teacher at West Memphis High School and a student in the Heritage Studies PhD program at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, the public is welcome, and refreshments will be provided.