Fine to keep goblins out

October 8, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — White County officials want to put a scare into cemetery vandals for Halloween.Destroying headstones and other markers has become an expensive problem. Last October, about 50 headstones were knocked over or broken at Prince Cemetery near Bald Knob. Juveniles arrested for the vandalism did everything from breaking a 400-pound granite marker to running a pickup truck into the stacked stones of a cairn. Several other graveyards were also vandalized.

Roofer shot by pellet gun

October 8, 2010 MIDWAY (AP) — The Baxter County sheriff’s office says a man has been charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault, accused of shooting a roofer twice with a pellet gun.Authorities said a man called 911 about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday and reported he had been shot with a BB or pellet gun as he worked on the roof of an industrial building at Midway, about six miles northwest of Mountain Home.

Oil Trough Bear Homecoming set

October 8, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The third annual Oil Trough Bear Homecoming begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Oil Trough Community Center with entertainment by Brenda Shaw Palmer & the Beebe Believers, said Jeannie Simmons Fisher, one of the organizers.Those gathering will visit and reminisce about Oil Trough School’s “80 years of memories,” Fisher said.T-shirts with artwork of the old Oil Trough High School building and the words “80 years of memories, Oil Trough High School 1910-1990” on the front will be sold throughout the day.

Sharp Co. offices to close

October 8, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat will be closed Monday due to Columbus Day, which is a federal holiday, County Judge Larry Brown said.The county’s quorum court meeting, originally scheduled for Monday night, will be put off one day. The court will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the main courtroom in the county courthouse.The justices will review written monthly reports from elected officials and departmental chiefs.

Expulsion hearing slated

October 8, 2010 CAVE CITY — An expulsion hearing for a middle school student who brought an inappropriate item to school will be held during Monday’s Cave City School Board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City High School Library, Superintendent Steven Green said.The board will also review a financial report and consider a bond refinancing.Classified hiring and a classified personnel resignation will also be discussed and the directors will consider reaffirming district policy for curriculum realignment.A legal transfer request will also be considered.

Newark meeting rescheduled

October 8, 2010 NEWARK — The regular Newark City Council meeting originaly set for Tuesday has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Newark Municipal Building, said Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston.The meeting date was changed because some city officials had schedule conflicts.

County board to meet

October 8, 2010 The Independence County Facilities Board will convene at noon Oct. 19 at 25 Gap Road in Batesville.The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss a refund issue to be presented by Jane Dickey with Rose Law Firm.The meeting is open to the public.

Boy, 11, dies in 4-wheeler accident

October 8, 2010 HARRISON — An 11-year-old boy was killed Wednesday at Zion in Izard County when the four-wheeler he was operating went out of control on private property, striking a rock and metal cart in a yard before rolling onto its top and sliding into a tree, according to the investigating officer, Arkansas State Trooper Brandon Cook.The accident occurred about 8:45 p.m., according to Cook’s written report.Cook said Darien Richard Muise Jr., who would have turned 12 on Nov. 8, was operating a 2004 Honda 300 FourTrax.

Southside board meets Monday

October 8, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will hold a short monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in the administration building, Superintendent Roger Rich said.It will meet for about an hour and then members will conduct an in-service workshop as required by the Arkansas Department of Education.Meetings are open to the public.

AARP to hear young singer

October 8, 2010 AARP will hold its monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The meal starts at 11 with the meeting at noon. The speaker is a mystery guest, said AARP president Hank Rivers, but members will also hear a 5-year-old girl sing the National Anthem. “This is one that all members and guests should hear,” Rivers said.