Storm Spotter class offered

October 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Division of Continuing Education will offer a Storm Spotters course presented by the National Weather Service in Little Rock, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 at Ozarka’s main campus in Melbourne in the lecture hall of the John E. Miller Educational Complex. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Some still crying ‘fowl’ on animal ordinances

October 27, 2010 The Batesville City Council took in several points of view but appeared to be unswayed on the animal control ordinances.Tuesday night, the agenda included second readings of three ordinances dealing with fowl, tethering and vicious animals/pit bulls. The ordinances are on the city’s website,, and are also available at city hall. In addition, the ordinances can be mailed upon request by calling (870) 698-2400.

Lyon fire determined suspicious

October 27, 2010 Lyon College freshman Jenifer Hubbard didn’t think there was much cause for concern when she first heard a fire alarm while inside the Edwards Commons building on campus Tuesday afternoon.“I didn’t really think anything of it,” said Hubbard, a biology major who was studying for an exam at the Lyon’s Den snack bar at around 4 p.m. when the alarm sounded and people were being evacuated.

Melbourne asks NCARED for support

October 27, 2010 SALEM — A group in Melbourne is hoping to get some help with expanding a local industry.At the recent North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development (NCARED) board meeting Eric Bray, member of the Melbourne Industrial Development Commission, spoke briefly about an initiative currently under way to raise funds to assist the Mohawk Industries facility in Melbourne in moving forward with expansion plans. Bray estimated the expansion would bring about 30-40 new jobs to the area. He closed his remarks by requesting NCARED support for the effort.In other business:

Suspect in state crime spree jailed

October 27, 2010 Already wanted by over 20 law enforcement agencies regarding theft and credit card fraud, a 26-year-old Little Rock woman is now wanted by local authorities on similar charges, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.On April 30 Deputy Colby Markum took a report from Darlene Crawford who said that earlier in the month a coin case containing her bank debit card was stolen while she was at a local fitness center.

Two charged in theft of gun

October 27, 2010 The attempt to pawn a stolen rifle has led to theft of property warrants being issued for a Batesville pair, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Brian Luetschwager with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Luetschwager said that shortly after midnight on Oct. 19 a Batesville man left his business to find a woman standing next to his car with the driver’s door open.“There was also a small four-door turquoise car parked next to his vehicle two other subjects inside,” Luetschwager said.

Suzy Bogguss to be at Mountain View

October 27, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Suzy Bogguss will perform Saturday at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View.Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the park or by calling (870) 269-3851.

The Core to perform in Calico Rock

October 27, 2010 The Core, an eclectic band from Star City, will perform live in concert at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Calico Rock School auditorium on the elementary campus.“The Core plays a wide variety of musical styles ranging from rock ’n’ roll, pop, country and everything in between,” according to a news release. “Their diverse musical style promises to appeal to many age groups and audiences.”Proceeds will benefit Calico Rock Project Graduation 2011, an all-night lock-in celebration hosted by family and friends of the class of 2011.

Choir concert to be Nov. 4

October 27, 2010 The Lyon College Concert Chorale and Batesville Choral Society will perform excerpts from operas at a concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in Bevens Music Room at Lyon College. Admission will be free and open to the public.The Opera Gala will feature soloists Megan Creech, Dr. Joel Plaag and Diana Turnbo. The venue has changed from First Presbyterian Church to the Bevens Room since the college’s Guide to Cultural Events was published.The choirs will perform excerpts from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Verdi’s La Traviata and Nabucco, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, and several other operas.

NCARED rep attends seminar

October 27, 2010 HARDY — “Economic development is no longer a single community,” said Maria Haley, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “Economic development is regionalism.” Haley was a featured speaker of the three-day seminar of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service LeadAR Program. This is the 10th seminar in the two-year leadership program. Haley gave a presentation titled “An Arkansas Overview of Community and Economic Development” at Arkansas State University-Newport.