9.5-foot python captured on porch of NW Ark. home

August 31, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Washington County sheriff’s deputies say they’ve captured a snake that might have endangered small children or pets.A telephone call from a resident near Farmington reported a large snake on the front porch of the caller’s home.But the snake was not a rattlesnake, water moccasin or copperhead, all native to Arkansas. It was a 9.5-foot Burmese python, a constrictor that disables its prey by coiling around them and squeezing.

Military store moves to Main

August 31, 2010 After just eight months in business, J & J Military Surplus had to find a larger store for its growing business, according to manager Faye Kerr, who owns the business with her husband, Jim.Not only does the store have a new location, now at 159 W. Main St., there are new business hours as well, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lock 2 party too much for driver

August 31, 2010 Stopped by police for allegedly driving with half his car across the center line and running over an intersection highway median shortly after midnight Saturday, a local man is now facing drunk driving charges in a Batesville court.Michael Moody, an Independence County sheriff’s deputy, said he while he was driving toward Desha he saw Scott Lee Thomas, 18, of Jill Circle, hit the island at the intersection of highways 14 and 25.

False ID gets man jail time

August 31, 2010 Claiming memory loss from a car accident, and giving false names to police following an alleged shoplifting incident, led to the arrest of a Batesville man for several outstanding warrants Saturday afternoon.Independence County Deputy Dustin Robbins said he was called to the Batesville Walmart store around 1:30 p.m. where store employees had detained a man with no identification for trying to steal three headlight bulbs.

Folk center sets dance festival

August 31, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center is hosting the 31st annual Dance Festival Sept. 10-12. Fees for the festival are $70 for all three days or $50 for that Saturday and Sunday.Among some of the festivities that will take place are:• 48 workshops: all levels of clogging, step dancing, Scottish, English, contras, squares, waltzes, polkas, international and more.• Community dances Friday and Saturday night at the lodge: 10-midnight.• Jig dance contest: Friday night 6 p.m., Large Auditorium

Church plans homecoming

August 31, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Milligan Campground Cumberland Presbyterian Church will have its annual homecoming beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday. The event is open to the public.A potluck will be served at noon under the trees, weather permitting. Those attending are asked to bring food, drinks and lawn chairs, organizer Geraldine Poskey said. Special singing, including entertainment by Charles Landers, will begin at 1:30 p.m.To reach the church, take Highway 230 between Strawberry and Cave City and turn on Milligan Campground Road. For more information call Poskey at (870) 528-3292.

Yard sale to help family

August 31, 2010 CORD — A benefit yard sale will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Lindsey’s Bait and Tackle, located at 8040 White Drive in Cord.Donations are welcome.All proceeds will go toward expenses for an area woman who needs a kidney transplant.

Magic show set for Saturday

August 31, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — Scott Davis will perform “Magic for the Masses” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

Main Street Searcy to present Mark Wills

August 31, 2010 SEARCY — Nashville recording artist Mark Wills will be performing at Main Street Searcy’s annual Get Down Downtown festival on Sept. 25 on the Hoffmann Architectural stage on the Courthouse Square.Admission is free. Those attending may wish to bring lawn chairs.Get Down Downtown is a two-day event featuring musicians, artists and vendors from throughout the Mid-South. This year’s festival will be Sept. 24-25 in the downtown and Spring Park areas in Searcy.

Families plan reunions

August 31, 2010 The annual Fulbright/Moser family reunion will be held Sunday at Mount Pleasant School cafeteria.Registration will be at 10 a.m. A potluck will be served at noon. All family and friends are invited to attend. Meanwhile, the Tate/Twilley reunion will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Izard County Fairgrounds. A meal will be served at noon. All friends, family and neighbors are invited.