Tax proposal tops agenda

August 2, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor courtroom of the courthouse in Melbourne to consider ordinances for a proposed road sales tax, according to an agenda for the meeting.The one-cent sales tax proposal is expected to be on the November election ballot, county officials said earlier this month.The tax, if approved by voters, would end after six years. The tax money would be used only for road improvements, according to discussions during this month’s regular meeting.

Endswell to open for Kentucky HeadHunters

August 2, 2010 Endswell, a modern rock band from Lawrence County, will open for the country music group The Kentucky HeadHunters at this year’s White River Water Carnival.The band performs many original songs which they have written and cover many modern and classic rock titles.Endswell has been performing for about two years, playing local venues, benefits and band competition.Members include Jordan Brown, lead vocals and guitar; Tanner Middlecoff, drums; Travis Middlecoff, bass and backup vocals; Jeff Harp, lead guitarist and backup vocals; and Brad Harp, guitarist.

Parole absconder nabbed

August 2, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Lawrence County officers locked up Levi Lamb on Tuesday on parole absconding and theft by deception charges, Investigator Jody Dotson said.“Lamb had absconded from parole back in 2008 after he had been questioned by Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies about taking money from a woman in Black Rock and a woman in Smithville for putting new roofs on their residences and then never doing the work,” Dotson said. “When Lamb fled, Lawrence County warrants were issued for the parole absconding and for theft by deception.”

State under heat advisory

August 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Much of Arkansas remains under an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service.The area covered by the warning includes more than 30 counties and stretches across the state from Fort Smith in the west to the Tennessee and Mississippi borders in the east.Forecasters say high pressure will continue to strengthen over the region during the next few days, which will result in limited rain chances and allow for hot temperatures and humid conditions.

Church offers refuge from heat

August 2, 2010 The Central Avenue United Methodist Church will be opening its Family Life Center as a place to stay cool from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until the dangerous heat wave passes, said Paul Seay, pastor.People may come for a while or stay all day, he said.The church is located at 1205 N. Central Ave. For more information call the church office at (870) 793-2365.

Judge clears way for Stone County sheriff’s race

August 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A circuit court judge has paved the way for Democrats in Stone County to vote on a nominee for sheriff.Pulaski County Circuit Judge Jay Moody on Friday denied Republican nominee Russ Aiken’s request for a temporary restraining order to block Tuesday’s special election to resolve a tie in the Democratic primary for Stone County sheriff.Moody said he will rule later on the election’s legality. Earlier in the hearing, he denied a motion to dismiss the case.

Independent candidate filing opens

August 2, 2010 Filing for independent candidates for municipal offices begins at noon Wednesday and continues until noon Aug. 24 at county clerk offices throughout Arkansas.The clerks do not keep a list of open positions in municipalities, so anyone wanting to run for an alderman’s, mayor’s or other position should check with their respective towns and cities for details.Aldermen’s positions are for two-year terms, so all of those are up for election.Mayors and recorder-treasurers positions are for four-year terms, so those do not all come open at once.

Graffiti found

August 2, 2010 Gang graffiti found in city park restrooms this morning, and on traffic signs over the weekend is the work of “wanna be’s,” Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill said this morning.“We have no word whatsoever of any gangs operating in our county,” Cockrill said. “Besides, if you were in a major gang, why would you go around painting it on walls and traffic signs?”The graffiti Cockrill referred to, “SUR 13 and Southerners 13,” was discovered on the walls of restrooms at Riverside Park this morning by cleaning crews.

Fire department eyes permit for burning

August 2, 2010 Batesville “firebugs” may soon have to get a special permit to burn leaves and fallen limbs in their yard.Last week, Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn presented a new burn ordinance to the city council for review.Gleghorn said firefighter Bill Johnson researched what Maumelle, Lowell, Greenwood, Blytheville, Forrest City and other cities to come up with a draft and asked the council to take the ordinance home to review. The ordinance would allow for burning of leaves and other yard waste, with one-day permits.

Cougar Classic golf tourney dates set

July 30, 2010 The second annual Cougar Classic High School Invitational Golf Tournament is set for Tuesday at Cooper’s Hawk in La Crosse and will conclude Wednesday at Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend, Izard County Coach David Harmon announced.The 36-hole tournament is for boys and girls. Conway St. Joseph swept the event last year.The confirmed schools participating in this year’s event are Izard County, Melbourne, Southside, Cave City, West Side Greers Ferry, Salem, Shirley and Trumann.