WBC planning garage sale

February 23, 2010 Walnut Ridge — The annual campus-wide garage sale at Williams Baptist College will begin at 7 a.m. March 6 in WBC’s Carter Field House. The event raises money for student mission trips.Students, faculty, staff and others donate items for the sale each year, with merchandise covering the expanse of the gymnasium. All items sell for 50 cents each, with the exception of furniture and other large merchandise.For more information, or to donate items for the sale, contact Josh Goza at (870) 759-4143 or jgoza@wbcoll.edu.

Midland seeks G/T nominations

February 23, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District is accepting Gifted and Talented program candidates for the 2010-11 school year, coordinator Roetta Stoneking said. Parents, teachers and students may nominate a Midland student who demonstrates exceptional intellectual and creative skills and will be entering fourththrough 12th grades. For more information and nomination forms call Stoneking at (501) 345-2413. Nominations will be accepted until March 15.

Buie to compete in Miss Tech

February 23, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE — Fourteen students have registered as contestants in the 55th annual Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant, set for 7 p.m. Friday at Witherspoon Auditorium. Among them are Courtney Buie of Batesville, daughter of Pam and Jerry Buie. She will perform a flute solo of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” during the talent competition. Saving a life, one unit at a time is her critical issue. She is sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota. Admission will be $8 for adults, $3 for children or free with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card.

Women’s event scheduled

February 23, 2010 NEWARK — A Newark Assembly of God Women’s Ministry will hold a Women of Worth banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday in the church’s fellowship hall.Special speakers will be Christy Spurlin and Connie Spurlin, who represent W.A.R.P. 180, a Christian-based outreach program.There will be no charge for the banquet, but donations will be taken. The event is open to all area women. For more information call Michele Morris at (870) 613-2742.

Filing fees announced for Sharp Co. candidates

February 23, 2010 ASH FLAT — Democratic and Republican party chairmen in Sharp County have announced filing fees for prospective candidates for county offices from their respective parties.The filing period opens at noon Monday and ends at noon on March 8.

One flees, one doesn’t; both spending time in slammer

February 23, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A man who fled on foot and one who didn’t were arrested Saturday near Hoxie after the stolen truck they were in was stopped for a traffic violation, Lawrence County sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson reported.Sheriff’s officers and the Arkansas State Police arrested Timethy Rainey, 42, of Nashville, Tenn., and Joseph Parks, 24, of Caneyville, Ky., for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.Rainey is also being charged with fleeing.

Democrats to file at courthouse

February 23, 2010 The Democratic Party of Independence County has announced a schedule for candidates filing for the May 18 preferential primary. The filing period will open at noon Monday. On this day Democratic party candidates will file forms at the Independence County Courthouse between noon and 2 p.m. From March 2-7 candidates should contact county party chairman Marion “Tony” Thompson to make special arrangements to file for office. Thompson can be reached at (870) 793-5032 (home) or (870) 613-6609 (cell).

Ozarka Diversity Series continues Thursday

February 23, 2010 Ash Flat — As part of its continuing efforts to encourage diversity in the college community, the Diversity Committee of Ozarka College will present guest speaker Fayth Hill Washington at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Lecture Hall at the Ash Flat campus.

Felon charged with gun possession, theft by receiving

February 23, 2010 Bond has been set at $50,000 for 22-year-old Timothy Brady after his arrest Feb. 5 on charges of theft by receiving, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal use of a prohibited weapon, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard.On Feb. 5, Shadrick Crotts told police that his 1998 Chevrolet pickup was stolen while he was inside the Shoe Department shopping.The truck was reportedly unlocked with the keys in it at the time of the theft.

Tommy Estes announces for re-election as clerk

February 23, 2010 ASH FLAT — Tommy Estes of Ash Flat has announced he will seek re-election to the office of county and circuit clerk in Sharp County, subject to the May 18 Democratic primary election.