Students ‘DARE’ to graduate

April 14, 2010 Nearly 125 West Magnet and Central Magnet elementary students graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, otherwise known as DARE, on March 31.West Magnet student Nikki Vinson and Central Magnet student Kale Roby each received $25 Walmart gift cards for winning the DARE essay contest and all graduates received T-shirts. Tim Smith with the Arkansas Army National Guard Drug Demand Reduction Unit from Camp Robinson in Little Rock spoke to the group and Chief David Specht talked about the helicopter the unit uses for such missions.

Pork quality discussed

April 14, 2010 “Pork Quality” means one thing to the industry but may mean quite another to consumers. Lean carcasses, high-yielding cuts, attractive appearance, and stability in cold storage are all characteristics that might be considered in the industry to be some of the most important aspects of high-quality pork.The ultimate objective of pork production is to provide food for people, therefore, the industry must focus upon and understand the definition of quality by consumers.

Harding continues Young Adult Author Series with Sonnenblick

April 14, 2010 SEARCY — The 2009-10 Young Adult Author Series continues April 23-24 at Harding University with Jordan Sonnenblick.Sonnenblick’s debut young adult novel, “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pies,” recounts the comical dilemmas of an eighth-grader’s life while addressing the serious issue of an illness-stricken sibling.

Pageant contestants sought

April 14, 2010 The Batesville High School yearbook staff will host the 2010 Sparkle Pageant at 7 p.m. April 23 in the Batesville School Auditorium.Categories include newborn through 12th grade for both male and female, English/journalism teacher Tammy Gillmore said. The entry fee is $15 and the deadline to enter is April 21.Contestants will be judged on appearance and poise, and are asked to dress in their Sunday best or pageant wear. For more information, call Gillmore at (870) 793-6846.

Bible conference set

April 14, 2010 ROSIE — Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church will host a “Fire From Heaven” Bible conference Sunday through April 21.Services are as follows:• 5 p.m. Sunday — speaker Derek Collins, pastor of Gethsemane MBC in Walnut Ridge• 7 p.m. Monday — Jerry Arnold, pastor of First MBC in Pottersville, Mo.• 7 p.m. Tuesday — Jim Chandler, pastor of Arbanna Baptist Church in Mountain View• 7 p.m. April 21 — Earl Stoner from Surrounded Hill MBC in Newport.

Church to host potluck

April 14, 2010 The Sharp United Methodist Church in Gainesboro will host a potluck supper at 5 p.m. Sunday. Clifford Wright and the Hurricane Creek Blue Grass Gospel Band from Hardy will provide entertainment.The event is open to the public.

Oak Bluff plans picnic

April 14, 2010 The Oak Bluff Community Center will host a spring picnic fundraiser on Saturday.A lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, and desserts will be served at noon, followed by games and prizes. The event is open to the public. Donations will be accepted. For more information call (870) 793-3955.

Doghouse to perform

April 14, 2010 Doghouse will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at Cajun’s Wharf in Little Rock.The band members include Doug Bernard, John Bradley, Ervin Lambert, Mark Tucker and Rob Emery.The band will open for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at Portfest in June.

11 convictions so far for texting while driving

April 14, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The sponsor of a law banning texting while driving in Arkansas says he’s somewhat sad that there have been just 11 convictions under the law thus far.The law went into effect Oct. 1. Two convictions have been reported in both Newport and Jacksonville and one each in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Heber Springs, Conway, Cabot, Sherwood and Pine Bluff.State Rep. Ray Kidd of Jonesboro says the number is kind of sad. But he says the law is mainly intended to bring attention to the danger of texting while driving.

Garbage pickup day changes

April 14, 2010 NEWARK — The garbage pickup day in Newark will change next week, just for that week only, Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston said. Garbage will be picked up on Tuesday rather than on Monday, she said.The regular schedule will resume week after next, Langston said.