Local artist sets CD release party

May 19, 2010 Local recording artist GodFrame will perform at a CD release party at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pocket Park at 315 E. Main St. in Batesville, said Pamela Clark of Raining Prosperity Inc. The event is free and will also feature free food, door prizes and other live performers including DeJuan, Titus III, The Prophet and Worldsound. GodFrame is the stage name of Terrence Ford, who is releasing his latest studio CD, “You Are Infinite.” His previous CD was “Freedom,” which is available at Hastings in Batesville, iTunes, Amazon.com, Ruckus.com and GodFrameMusic.com.

Ark. voters deliver muddled verdict on insiders; Lincoln, Halter in runoff

May 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas voters have delivered a muddled verdict on establishment politicians, thrusting Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a prolonged fight for her political career while handing a sitting congressman the GOP nomination for that seat. Lincoln, already considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Washington, begins a three-week extension of her heated battle with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for the Democratic nomination following Tuesday’s primary. Halter, embraced by labor unions and groups on the left that soured on Lincoln, vowed to make the chance count.

Sherrell wins county judge

May 19, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County will be getting a new county judge while a run-off will be decided for the state representative race. According to a spokesperson with the Izard County Clerk’s Office, David C. Sherrell won the judge seat with 1,742 votes. Karla Rush came in second place with 995. Conway Miller received 535 votes. The seat is being vacated by Judge Rayburn Finley, who is retiring.

Counts steamrolls in sheriff’s race

May 19, 2010 ASH FLAT  — “I’m excited,” Mark Counts said Tuesday night after easily winning the Democratic nomination for Sharp County sheriff. Counts won his race against Dennis Burton with almost 66 percent of the vote — 2,373 to 1,253. Counts, 34, of Cave City is a detective sergeant/criminal investigator in Sheriff Dale Weaver’s administration. He has 13 years of law enforcement experience. Burton, of Ash Flat, is also a veteran in law enforcement, having served as chief deputy under a previous sheriff before changing jobs to become a probation officer. Burton is also a justice of the peace.

Candidates respond while they wait

May 19, 2010 When early voting numbers in Independence and Fulton counties showed Jerrie Lee Grady ahead of Don McSpadden in the prosecuting attorney’s race one hour after the polls closed Tuesday night, Grady was thrilled. “What?” she asked, smiling when approached by a supporter at her watch party at the Batesville Country Club. “I’m really nervous,” she said. “But we’re really excited.”

Two incumbents fall, one squeaks by

May 19, 2010 It wasn’t a good year to be an incumbent. Tuesday night, two incumbents in Independence County were turned out, while a third nearly lost his seat in his five-county district. County Judge Bill Hicks will finish his term come Jan. 1, when challenger Robert Griffin takes over. The two battled it out for the Democratic nomination. No Republicans or independents have filed, clearing the way Griffin through the fall General Election. Also losing his seat was Coroner Hardy Willis. Wesley Gay won the race without a run-off, defeating Willis and fellow challenger John Cooper by a 2-to-1 margin.

Thefts top Izard arrests

May 18, 2010 MELBOURNE — Stealing, drugs and alcohol were among the recent arrests made by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Arrests include: • Phillip Randal Bartlett, 22, of Yellville was arrested May 9 on a warrant charging him with burglary and theft of property. He appeared in Izard County Circuit Court and was sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Correction where he was transported May 10. • William Winston Taylor, 38, of Calico Rock was arrested Sunday on the charge of possession of a controlled substance. He remains in jail on an investigative hold.

Calico Rock hosts NCARED board

May 18, 2010 Calico Rock — The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development board has hired a grant writer. The NCARED board held its May meeting recently in Calico Rock as part of an ongoing effort to gather at locations throughout the eight-county NCARED region it supports.

Lawrence Street Flea Market now open

May 18, 2010 With several thousand square feet of floor and wall space for display, Barbara Allison is serving the local community with antiques, collectables, decor items and more at the Lawrence Street Flea Market, 545 Lawrence St. in Batesville. “We carry a variety of old and new furniture,” Allison said. “If you are looking to decorate an older home or new, we can assist you. “We also offer custom made cabinets for wardrobes, TVs, and bookcases made from recycled doors and wood. These are real popular and sell fast.”

HWY 7 band to perform

May 18, 2010 DESHA — Desha First Baptist Church will host a gospel concert by Hwy 7 Band from Russellville at 7 p.m. Thursday, according to Elvis Garrett. “HWY 7 is one of the most exciting and up and coming Christian vocal bands today,” according to a news release. Hwy 7 has been traveling on the road full time and performing at different venues like New York City (Carnegie Hall); Branson, Mo. (Silver Dollar City); Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Country Tonite Theatre and Dollywood); Nashville, Tenn. (The Gibson Café at Opry Mills) and Eureka Springs, Ark. (the Great Passion Play and Pine Mountain theatres).