Dennis Crouch enjoyed the recent Grammy award show more than he thought possible.
Crouch not only played upright bass for the night’s biggest winners — Robert Plant and Alison Krauss — on the 51st edition of the show, aired live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, but his peeps (people) also won five Grammys. That included a Grammy in the night’s biggest category, album of the year, for “Raising Sand.”
MIAMI (AP) — A jury in Miami is deliberating a second day in the case of a man accused in the 2007 hijacking of the “Joe Cool” charter boat and killing of four people aboard.
The panel resumed discussions today after getting the case on Wednesday. They’re trying to decide the guilt or innocence of 21-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo, a former security guard. Zarabozo’s first trial ended in a hung jury on most charges.
CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library to consider reducing the number of board members from seven to five beginning with the 2009-10 term, Superintendent Mike Davidson said.
Local boards do not have the authority to do that for themselves, but they can vote to petition the state Department of Education to allow the reduction.
The directors will also consider renewing administrators’ contracts and consider revising the 2008-09 school calendar.
ASH FLAT — Two men were arrested following a search of a home at 26 Gale St., just north of Cave City, on Wednesday, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.
“Officers located approximately 1 pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia,” Weaver said.
Arrested were 26-year-old Nicholas Rodriquez and 28-year-old Gavin Lovrien.
Formal charges are expected to be filed on both men for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District recently was monitored by an AdvancED Team for accreditation purposes on a national level. The group encompasses North Central Accreditation and the Southern Colleges Association.
The team, which was led by Billy Folkes, a retired professor from Southern Mississippi University, was “very pleased by the progress that the district has made,” according to a news release. Noting good Benchmark test scores and visionary leadership as strengths, the team has recommended the status of full AdvancED accreditation.
Moorefield — The Moorefield City Council voted Monday evening to support the sewer tax proposed by Batesville to upgrade their sewer system.
“The city of Batesville and all of Independence County are tied together,” Moorefield Mayor Randy Nash said. “Without this sewer system upgrade we will not be able to attract new industry. New industry means more jobs. And a rate increase will only make the problem worse by placing pressure on companies already in our area. So, I see the tax to support the bond issue as the only option to address this problem.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Searchers on Wednesday found the body of a 3-year-old Chidester boy missing for more than a week, only a few hundred yards down the shoreline from where his mother kept an anxious vigil on White Oak Lake.
Ouachita County Sheriff David Norwood told The Associated Press that rescuers found the body of Dominick Arceneaux, barefoot and clad in blue jean shorts, floating in the water around 11:45 a.m. Dominick’s body rested on the water only 10 feet from the shore, Norwood said.
A prayer labyrinth at Lyon College will be open to the community Feb. 25-27. Visitors will be given instructions and guidance through the walk.
The labyrinth will be made of canvas and measures 18 feet in diameter. Participants will be asked to take their shoes off, so please bring socks. More than one person can walk the labyrinth at a time. The journey usually takes 20-30 minutes.
The theme for Homeschool Day at Old Independence Regional Museum, set for 9 a.m. to noon April 13, is based on the museum’s newest exhibit, “Living off the Land — Season by Season,” said Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator.
“Which plants were used to make natural inks and dyes? What kinds of tools did people use for planting? What is the difference between a hybrid seed and an heirloom seed?
“Was it best to plant potatoes in February or on Good Friday? What materials were used for building houses and where were they gotten?
CAVE CITY — Stainless steel pots and pans, of every shape and size, are stacked into rows big and small.
Hot dog rotisseries, coffee makers, twin-basket fryers and milk-shake machines — just some of what can be found — line rows and rows of shelves from top to bottom.
The brick and metal building, sitting discreetly between the town post office and a thrift store along Main Street in Cave City, might not seem like much on the outside.
University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long made his first trip to Batesville Tuesday night to speak at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Speaker Series in the Batesville High cafeteria.
Long began by thanking local businessman Doyle Rogers for inviting him to Batesville. The two met at an Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches function in Little Rock.
Long was a member of FCA in high school and was president of his group his senior year.
“It was a very worthwhile experience and has left a mark on me even today,” Long said.
With quick penetrations and sharp shooting at one end of the floor, and a wide and woolly 3-2 zone defense at the other, the Wynne Yellowjackets dominated most of the way Tuesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Yellowjackets outscored the Pioneers 24-9 in the first quarter and finished with a 64-36 win in 5A-East District basketball action.
The victory, coupled with top-ranked Forrest City’s win at home against West Helena, moved the ’Jackets into third in the district standings. They are 7-4 in the district and 17-7 overall.