VFW donates flagpole

July 2, 2010 CHARLOTTE — Independence Day is just days away, but a local ministry works year-round offering independence of a different sort, that from drugs and alcohol.John 3:16 Ministries has built a prayer garden along White Drive in Charlotte, and the latest addition there is a flagpole, donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.David Ray Rose, an instructor at the Charlotte-based ministry, said he is thrilled about the patriotic addition, which almost serves as a centerpiece for the prayer garden.

Bond set for stabbing victim

July 2, 2010 A man who was stabbed with a broken bottle and taken to the hospital was found to already have several drug charges, and was hauled off to jail. As it turns out, he was the instigator in that incident, police now say.On June 26 Independence County sheriff’s deputies responded to White River Medical Center, where John Paul Wilson, 31, of Batesville was being treated for a stab wound, according to a court affidavit filed by Investigator Jimmy Smith.

Burglary suspects caught on camera

July 2, 2010 Sheriff’s detectives have obtained photos of three suspects in the burglary of Carrie Brown’s home on Allen Chapel Road Monday, but have not been able to identify them.Detective Rob Leonard with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects were developed after credit cards belonging to Brown were used in Newport and Jonesboro the same day they were stolen.Brown told Deputy Brandon Taylor that her home was broken into between 6:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. while she was at work.

Harrison project almost complete

July 2, 2010 One more week of delays — just one more — and all five lanes on Harrison Street should be opened to drivers.Mark Lamberth with Atlas Asphalt said crews are finishing the asphalt today, hopefully around noon. That will leave the striping work to get under way Tuesday (Monday is a holiday for the highway department, Lamberth explained).

Fireworks to be Saturday

July 2, 2010 Billed as one of Arkansas’ largest fireworks displays, this year’s Celebrate America will be Saturday at Riverside Park, according to a news release. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets.A.M. Pyrotechnics, located in Buffalo, Mo., has announced the addition of fireworks never seen before in the U.S., the news release states, adding that with an estimated average attendance of 18,000 people citywide, it has easily become the largest annual event in the area.

100 percent of first class college-bound

July 1, 2010 CHICAGO (AP) — For each boy, the new school offered an escape and a chance at a life that seemed beyond reach.Krishaun Branch was getting D’s, smoking reefer a lot, skipping school twice a week. His mother was too busy working to know what he was doing. He liked to fight and hang out in the streets; having relatives in gangs was his armor.

Sharp County Farm Family: The Billingsleys

July 1, 2010 EVENING SHADE — Melanie Nix was working in the concession stand at the livestock arena south of Ash Flat when rodeo clown Billy Bob Billingsley came by, saw her and told his friend Eric Morehead, “I’m going to marry that girl someday.”He wasn’t just clowning around.That was 19 years ago. They’ve been married 15 years.Billy Bob, Melanie and their children were recently named Sharp County Farm Family of the Year for 2010.

ASU offers ‘Bridging the Gap’ program for students

July 1, 2010 JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Student Support Services is announcing the “Bridging the Gap” Summer Bridge program, a comprehensive program that allows students to become better prepared for their higher education experiences at ASU.“Bridging the Gap” is designed to introduce incoming or non-traditional students to the resources required for success in college and to provide them with an individualized introduction to ASU. This program will be held Aug. 17-20, on the campus of ASU-Jonesboro. The “Bridging the Gap” Summer Bridge program is in its 10th year at ASU.

David Mitchell named Faculty of Year

July 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College has announced science instructor David Mitchell as its 2010 Faculty of the Year. Mitchell will represent Ozarka in October at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC) annual fall conference in Hot Springs.Mitchell began his career at Ozarka College as a non-traditional student. He graduated with an associate of arts and continued his education at the University of Central Arkansas, receiving a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and master’s in biology.

UACCB awards scholarships

July 1, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has presented scholarships to several area recent graduates, announced Melissa Sisco, director of Financial Aid.Scholarships are renewable for three consecutive semesters for those students completing at least 12 credit hours each semester with a 3.0 grade point average after the first semester and a 3.25 GPA after the second and third semesters.Chancellor’s Scholarships