Strawberry River DAR to meet

February 2, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Members of the Strawberry River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cherokee Village City Hall.February is a busy month with Presidents Day, Black History month and birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Emphasis will be placed on Black History and Lincoln at this meeting.

Varied art scene found in state

February 2, 2010 Though often underplayed, the art scene is alive and well in Arkansas. Blues and banjo musicians, actors and architects, potters and poets, fashion designers and film crews — all have left their artistic imprint in the state over the years.

Ozarka reports record spring

February 2, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College will again report record enrollment with 1,330 students enrolled for spring semester at this time, the largest headcount for a spring semester to date. Full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers are at their highest overall with a 10-percent increase over spring 2009.

ICEDC to host meeting

February 2, 2010 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will host a needs assessment meeting at 6 tonight in the Southside School cafeteria. The meeting is open to the public and will be facilitated by Justice of the Peace Tim Stewart.

Airman to be honored Saturday

February 2, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — A drop-in reception for JC Malensek will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hutchinson Mountain community center. Family, friends and acquaintances are invited. Malensek, 21, will be leaving for Korea, where he will be stationed a year with the U.S. Air Force. He recently completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan, according to his grandmother, Barbara Rorie.

Family Violence Prevention to host dinner, auction

February 2, 2010 Family Violence Prevention will host a “Silent No more ... Dine to End Domestic Abuse” dinner and silent auction starting at 6 p.m. April 9 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Batesville.Batesville native Eric Isaac, co-owner and chef of Ristorante Capeo in North Little Rock and trained at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Italy, will be the evening’s chef. A silent auction will be held prior at 6 with dinner at 7, and proceeds will be used to help increase community education and understanding of domestic and sexual violence, a news release states.

Body is that of Mtn. Home man

February 2, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says a body found in the Ozark National Forest is that of a missing Mountain Home man.Montgomery says 45-year-old Troy Alan Gessner was found shortly after noon Monday by a tree cutter with the U.S. Forest Service. Baxter County deputies and investigators responded to an area known as “Jeep Trail,” a Forest Service Road that intersects with Push Mountain Road. U.S. Forest Service officers also responded to the location. In addition, the sheriff’s office launched its helicopter to assist with the investigation.

Southside man arrested for domestic battery

February 2, 2010 Allegedly pulling his girlfriend’s hair and beating her in front of police landed a Southside man in jail.Deputy Michael Thatch said he was dispatched to 280 Rock Bridge Road around 2 a.m. Monday where a man and woman were reported to be fighting. Thatch said when he arrived he was directed down a hallway to the back of the residence.

Arrest made in hit and run on Newport Road

February 2, 2010 Charges of aggravated assault and third-degree battery have been lodged against Robert W. Lyons, 22, after he allegedly hit another man with a vehicle, breaking the man’s leg.Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said around 10 p.m. Friday he responded with Arkansas State Police Trooper David Jones to a location on Newport Road where a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle.When officers arrived they found Joshua D. Elms, without shoes and socks in 20-degree weather and deep snow, being treated for a broken leg at the edge of a wood line along the road, Stephens said.

Walking to KNBY led Comer to recording, hall of fame

February 2, 2010 In the early 1950s, Chuck Comer walked to his job at KNBY radio every day and kept on walking right into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.And did it with a song, “Little More Lovin’,” that he and his band were “just fooling around with” during a Vaden Records session in 1960.KNBY, in Newport, was at the center of a new wave of music called rock ’n’ roll, including a fused version of hillbilly and blues music that came to be known years later as rockabilly.Then, it was just known as rock ’n’ roll.