History commission collects, makes available history, folklore archives

March 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas History Commission continues the tradition of organizing and maintaining the state and local history of Arkansas by collecting manuscript materials, census records, military records, family histories and various county, state and federal records, Arkansas State Parks Director Greg butts said.

State park at Powhatan to get archives facility

March 26, 2010 POWHATAN — Construction will soon begin on an $805,400 archives facility on the grounds of Powhatan Historic State Park in Lawrence County, according to Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts.“The 3,965-square-foot facility will preserve the regional archives in a 1,484-square-foot archival vault featuring modern, ‘space saver’ mobile storage units,” Butts said. “Records will be conserved and prepared for researchers in an adjacent 312-square-foot archival processing room.

Ark. school questions legality of FOI clause

March 26, 2010 PARAGOULD (AP) — A northeast Arkansas school district is arguing that a portion of the state Freedom of Information law that would require it to release documents about the suspension of several high school football coaches is unconstitutional.In fighting a lawsuit brought by the Paragould Daily Press, the Greene County Tech School District argued in a court filing that releasing the documents would violate the coaches’ right to privacy.

Service news

March 26, 2010 Navy Seaman Apprentice Candace D. Markway, daughter of Terry K. Clayton of Ash Flat and Ric J. Markway of Mammoth Spring, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Markway 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.

4-H’er named state beef journal winner

March 26, 2010 Cecile Harris of the Diamond T 4-H Club is the State 4-H Beef Journal winner for 2010. She will receive an all expenses paid trip to Atlanta in November and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. She will be recognized at the State 4-H O’Rama in July at the Bud Walton Auditorium on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Pen Women to meet

March 26, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Branch of the National League of American Pen Women will meet at 10 a.m. April 7 at the Cherokee Village Lutheran Church on Okmulgee Drive.Members and friends who expressed an interest in recording poetry on the radio are reminded to set that appointment date before March 31. Call the station at (870) 856-3249 to make the appointment.Members are also reminded that their annual dues are to be paid by April 10 so that the treasurer has time to send the dues to national by the 15th.

Cemetery to have work day

March 26, 2010 The annual work day for Barnes Cemetery in Independence County will be Saturday. In case of rain, the work day will be April 3.Those attending are asked to bring yard tools.Donations may be made to the Barnes Cemetery Fund at Citizens Bank or Bank of America.

Cave City to host bingo

March 26, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City High School Skills USA team and Cave City Modern Woodmen of America will host a bingo night at 6 p.m. Saturday.Cost is 20 rounds for $20 and all proceeds will be matched up to $500 by Modern Woodmen. The money will be used to help the team purchase uniforms. The event will be held at the high school cafeteria.

MOMS seeking members

March 26, 2010 The MOMS Club of Batesville will host its 11th annual Membership Drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Riverside Park.All stay-at-home, student, part-time and work-at-home moms are welcome to attend the event and bring a lunch.MOMS Club offers weekly play groups, field trips, monthly moms night out and family parties.For more information call (870) 834-0016.

Church has new pastor

March 26, 2010 SMITHVILLE — Smithville Baptist Church has a new pastor, Jay Wilkins, according to a news release.Wilkins and his wife, Jeannie Marie, have three children. Daughter Jennifer Collier, 28, lives at Manila with her husband Matthew, who pastors Bethany Baptist Church of Manila, and their two children, Walter, 3, and Abigail Grace, 16 months. Son Jason, 23, and his wife, Emmali, live at England, Ark., where he serves as the youth minister at First Baptist Church of England. The couple also has a daughter, Jasmine, 8, whom they adopted last May.