Records go online

November 1, 2010 Want to look up a divorce, judgement or deed?Starting today, the Independence County Circuit Clerk’s Office is going digital with an online docket search at www.independencecircuitclerk.com.Circuit Clerk Debbie Finley said anything that is filed in circuit court and is a matter of public record will be available on the website. This includes judgements, liens, deeds, mortgages, civil, criminal and domestic relations (divorces, etc.) cases. Juvenile cases will not be available, of course, and Social Security numbers will be redacted (deleted from public viewing).

Cause of blaze still unknown

November 1, 2010 Insurance investigators, state and local police were on the Lyon College campus today to continue an investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed Edwards Commons on Tuesday. The blaze remains under investigation. No official determination has been made regarding the cause.“We don’t know yet if any of the building can be salvaged, but it’s likely it will be torn down,” Lyon public relations director Bob Qualls said.

Ozarka hosts College and Career Planning Day

October 29, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Admissions Department hosted the annual College Planning Day on Oct. 26 in the John E. Miller Education Complex. College, university, financial and armed forces representatives, as well as various other agencies were set up to offer information to local high school seniors throughout the morning.

Man who caused wreck dragged from house

October 29, 2010 When a police officer tracked Lonnie Massey down for leaving the scene of an accident, he wasn’t going without a fight. In fact the officer had to physically drag the drunk Massey out of his mother’s house, according to an affidavit filed Tuesday in Independence County Circuit Court.

Traffic light work continues

October 29, 2010 CAVE CITY — Street work in Cave City in connection with correcting a traffic light that has been malfunctioning whenever lightning is in the area is ongoing, but the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department still has not let city officials know when the work will be completed, Recorder-treasurer Kathy Wooldridge said this morning.

Service News: Navy Seaman Recruit Andrew A. McLoy and Anthony S. McLoy

October 29, 2010 NORFOLK, Va. — Navy Seaman Recruit Andrew A. McLoy, son of Mary E. Moore of Floral and Anthony S. McLoy of Jonesboro, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, McLoy completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Albert Sidney Johnston, UDC

October 29, 2010 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135 United Daughters of the Confederacy met recently at the Batesville Country Club for a Dutch treat luncheon.President Dora Kate Lee led the pledges to the United States flag, Arkansas flag, first national flag of the Confederacy and Christian flag, followed by the UDC Ritual.

Foster wins crown

October 29, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Emily Ann Foster, 13-year-old daughter of David and Lisa Foster of Pleasant Plains, was recently crowned Arkansas State Seasonal Splendor Supreme Queen in a beauty pageant in Jacksonville.Foster competed against contestants from across the state in pageant attire, outfit of choice, costume of choice and talent.She was also awarded the Supreme Title in the talent category for her tap routine.

Church hosting ‘crusade’

October 29, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Assembly of God Church will host its 2010 Children’s Crusade Sunday through Nov. 3 at the church located at 549 Heber Springs Road.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and is open to the public. Activities will include games, puppet shows, discussions and music. For more information call (870) 793-7552.

Checks from fairs are ready

October 29, 2010 MELBOURNE — The North Central Arkansas District Fair premium checks are in and available for pickup, said Nancy Orr, Sharp County board member for the fair.Checks may be picked up at the following locations:• Izard County — the district fair office at Melbourne;• Sharp County — Ozark Title Service in Ash Flat;• Van Buren County — Corrine Weatherly’s clothing business in Clinton.