Two men arrested; no gun found

February 25, 2010 No gun was found but charges were filed after a call was placed from McDonalds claiming two men had pulled a gun while at the drive-through window.According to a report filed by Officer Ernie Gillihan, the caller said two men in a silver Chevrolet Impala had pulled through the window and pulled a gun.Officers began searching the area, and Officer Shawn Stephens found the vehicle at 511 Ferrell St. along with the two men who were walking into the residence.

Even Obama needs a BFF

February 24, 2010 EDITOR’S NOTE: An occasional look at the Obama effect in the capital and beyond.

District show scheduled for April

February 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — The North Central District Spring Show will be April 1 and 2 at the Izard County Fairgrounds, but the entry deadline for all departments is March 22, according to fair board member Nancy Orr.“The horses will be shown on April 1 at 7 p.m. and the goats, sheep and cattle will show April 2,” Orr said. “The entry forms are available online but can be picked up at your local Extension office or from your FFA chapter.”A $15 late charge will be assessed for entries not turned in by deadline.

Election to be held Tuesday

February 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — All landowners within the boundaries of the Sharp County Conservation District should be aware that an election will be held between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for three directors of the district, according to a news release.The voting place is the Sharp County Conservation District office at 21 C Court Road in Ash Flat.“Only owners of land within the district who are registered to vote under the election laws of Arkansas are eligible to vote,” the release states.

Disaster areas declared

February 24, 2010 WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, President Obama approved 24 Arkansas counties as primary disaster areas due to severe storms and flooding that occurred Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, according to a Farm Service Agency news release.Those disaster areas include Jackson and White counties.In addition, 25 other counties are qualified for disaster aid as contiguous counties. These include Cleburne, Independence, Lawrence and Randolph.

Tickets available in Mt. View

February 24, 2010 An additional outlet for tickets for the second annual Friends in Great Places concert has been announced by Danny Dozier, who assists the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in setting up the event.Tickets are now available at the Centennial Bank in Mountain View.The concert, featuring a variety of musicians, will include country, folk, bluegrass and blues music. It begins at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at UACCB and benefits the college’s Nursing and Allied Health facility that is currently under construction.

Man’s death ruled suicide

February 24, 2010 Police have ruled the Tuesday afternoon death of a rural Independence County man as a suicide.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Sharp was dispatched to 3100 Sunset Ridge around 2:30 p.m. where he met with David Cossey, who said his uncle, 81-year-old Charles W. Patterson who lived alone at the residence, was dead inside the house.“Patterson’s sister, Clara Cossey, explained that Patterson had been sick but had gotten over the illness, but had been diagnosed with depression and was taking medication for it,” Sharp said.

Latus completes degree

February 24, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE — Linda Marie Latus of Sulphur Rock graduated in December from the University of Arkansas bachelor’s degree-completion program offered in human resource development, announced Tom Smith, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions.The human resource development program allows working adults to remain with their families and in their jobs while they take classes offered online to complete a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

McElyea earns BSN

February 24, 2010 ALBANY, NY — Vivian Lynn McElyea of Searcy has earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Excelsior College.Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults, according to a news release. It does so by providing working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and universities.

Student named to scholars list

February 24, 2010 Batesville High School senior Natanya Clark has been named to the 2010 Presidential Scholars Program.The daughter of Richard and Barbara Clark, she is one of more than 3,000 students chosen for the program in which candidates were selected from 3.2 million students expected to graduate this year in the United States, according to a news release.