Mountain View — The Ozark Folk Center will host the 2010 Heritage Herb Spring Extravaganza Friday and Saturday.
Cost is $55 for one day or $95 for two. At-the-door registration will be permitted between 8 and 10 a.m. on both mornings.
The Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center will sponsor present Pat Crocker from Ontario, Canada, as special speaker.
Winners of competitions at the 31st Arkansas Scottish Festival have been announced as follows:
Women’s heavy athletics competition — Susan Mills, first; Breezy Meyer, second;
Master’s heavy athletics Division — Timothy Mullally, first; Alan Cash, second;
United States Piping Foundation Professional Piobaireachd Qualifier winner — Jimmy Bell of Batesville
United States Piping Foundation March/Strathspey/Reel (MSR) Qualifier winner — Jimmy Bell of Batesville
Best Attire — Clan MacLeod
Best Display — Clan Douglas
Best Hospitality — Clan Donald
Best Participation — Clan MakGill
John and Stephanie Carroll and Dawson of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at Harris Hospital in Newport on April 12, 2010. The baby weighed 8 pounds, .2 ounces and has been named Quentin John Carroll II.
Grandparents of the child are Raymond and Marilyn Carroll of Jonesboro, Mike Mitchell of Batesville and Missy Rosson and Kevin Rosson, both of Dublin, Ga.
Great-grandparents are Bob and Birdie Hill and Charles and Bobbie Mitchell, all of Batesville, and Louis and Kathy Blue of Dublin.
Nathan Simmons and Crystal Winston of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on April 6, 2010. The baby weighed 6 pounds, .03 ounces and has been named Penelope Karma Simmons.
Grandparents of the child are Eddie Simmons, Tina Simmons, Julie Hembrey and Daniel Winston.
Great-grandparents are Maxine Pulley, James Pulley, Darlene Allen, Frankie Allen, Joann Simmons and Virginia Winston.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas, like all other states, is taking steps to address a nursing shortage that is expected to get worse before it gets better.
One of the first bills approved in the regular session last year, Act 9 of 2009, aims to increase the number of nursing students in Arkansas. The act dramatically increased the amounts of college loans a nursing student is eligible to receive, from $6,000 to $20,000. Under Act 9, the state Board of Nursing will cancel the full amount of one year’s loan for each year the nursing graduate practices in Arkansas.
An hour south of Tucson you’ll find deserted silver mines used to make Confederate bullets in the latter days of the Civil War. The settlers of the region tried and failed to gain the federal government’s protection for their business interests. They were at war with the Apache tribe and desperate to have federal troops present so they could excavate in a place named after the Aztec word for “silver-bearing.” The feds ignored them.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed a special justice to consider the appeal of three men convicted in the 1993 murders of three West Memphis boys.
Beebe announced Wednesday that North Little Rock attorney Jeff Priebe (PREE’-bee) would serve as a special justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court for the appeal filed by Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. The governor made the appointment after Associate Justice Elana Wills recused from the case.
A 31-year-old Tennessee man died about 6 a.m. Wednesday when the tractor-trailer rig he was driving overturned on U.S. Highway 63 near the Sharp-Fulton county line about four miles north of Hardy, according to Arkansas State Police Cpl. Ronnie Stewart, who investigated the accident.
Brian Dewayne Walls of Cordova, Tenn., was southbound and attempting to negotiate a curve when he lost control of the vehicle, running off onto the shoulder of the road, the report said. The driver then overcorrected, causing the 18-wheeler to cross both lanes of the highway before overturning.
The first Batesville municipal candidates to file Wednesday afternoon for an elected city position was David Shetron. He is filing for alderman, Ward 2, Position 1.
The only other candidate to file was Lindsey Castleberry, who is seeking the position of city attorney.
Candidates have until noon May 17 to file for a position on the ballot.
The Independence County Election Commission will meet Friday to set up the voting equipment for early voting and the preferential primary election. The meeting will be at 10 a.m. at the courthouse.
Early voting begins Monday, 15 days before the primary election, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and ending at 5 p.m. on May 17.
Early voting will be held in the conference room in the Independence County courthouse.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary kindergarten and new student registration will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday
Kindergarten registration will be held in the kindergarten rooms. To be eligible for kindergarten, the child must be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 15.
Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child’s early physical screening development assessment, record of immunizations, Social Security Number and birth certificate.
In late 2005, as a soldier in the 39th Infantry of the Arkansas National Guard, Ben Keener came home from his first tour of duty in Iraq. Like many soldiers returning from a tour of combat duty, he was looking for a job.
By early 2006 he found himself employed in another job where he faced daily challenges, as an employee with the Independence County jail. A job he enjoyed until duty called again in early 2008.
Keener returned to Iraq for his second combat tour which lasted until December of that same year.