• Crater of Diamonds looks to upcoming milestones

    MURFREESBORO — Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro is set to celebrate two milestones this year.
    March 14 marks 40 years since the site’s creation as an Arkansas state park, and some time soon the 30,000th diamond found since the park’s opening will be unearthed.
    The latest count of diamonds found at the park is 29,934 — just 66 short of 30,000. The park plans to commemorate the find.
    Last year, 106,524 people visited the park. It was a record year for diamond finds with more than 500. Thirty of that number were over one carat in weight.

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  • WBC hosts monologue artist

    WALNUT RIDGE — The program “One Man’s Heart: The Word Brought to Life” will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Old Chapel at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.
    The event is sponsored by WBC’s Felix Goodson Library.
    Monologue artist Gary Brown will be featured in the service. Brown, who is pastor of North Main Baptist Church in Jonesboro, will present a monologue in costume as a Bible character.
    Also taking part in the service will be worship leader Paul Bradley of Conway.

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  • Service News: Air Force Airman Tyler C. Long

    FORT MEADE, Md. — Air Force Airman Tyler C. Long graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.
    A 2007 graduate of Batesville High School, Long is the son of Waymon and Kathy Long of Batesville.

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  • Upward Bound accepting applications

    The Upward Bound Math-Science Program at Lyon College is accepting applications for the 2012 summer session, according to a news release.
    This is a six-week residential program for high school students who will be completing the ninth, 10th or 11th grades this spring. The program will be in session June 3 through July 15 for seniors, and June 9 through July 15 for sophomores and juniors. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 2.

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  • Civil War events planned

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned several events for February, including exhibits and lectures. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.
    Among the Civil War sesquicentennial events are:
    • “Civil War Arkansas, 1863-1865,” the ACWSC’s traveling exhibit, will be at the Tolleson Elementary School in Jacksonville through Feb. 12; call (501) 982-7456 for more information.

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  • Court allows lotto suit

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court declined Thursday to stop a lawsuit filed by a Little Rock businessman who claims he owns the rights to the state lottery’s name after justices said a Pulaski County judge didn’t rule on whether the state-run games are immune from the challenge.
    In a 4-3 ruling, justices dismissed the appeal by the Arkansas Lottery Commission seeking to halt the lawsuit.

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  • Cruel tweets lead to teens’ arrests

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — Three teenage girls have been arrested for allegedly posting harassing messages on Twitter.
    Two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old were arrested Thursday on suspicion of making harassing communications. The girls, who weren’t identified because they’re minors, were given citations and will appear in juvenile court at a later date.
    The three were arrested because of a Twitter account called Burnbook10, which posted sexually explicit tweets about several Bentonville High School girls last fall. The account has since been disabled.

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  • Ex-officer guilty in drug probe

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The second of five Arkansas law enforcement officers accused of accepting bribes and looking the other way while drug traffickers shipped marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs throughout the region pleaded guilty to extortion and money laundering Thursday.
    Federal prosecutors in Little Rock agreed to drop the remaining charges against former Marvell Police Officer Robert Wahls in exchange for his guilty plea.

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  • Man acquitted of baby’s murder

    SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — A Roland man has been acquitted of murder — but convicted on a lesser charge — in the shooting death of a 1-year-old who was killed during an apparent robbery.
    A Sequoyah County jury convicted 22-year-old Devin Jeremiah on Thursday of shooting with the intent to kill in the March 2010 death of Elaine Keene of Van Buren, Ark.
    Prosecutors say Elaine was in her car seat when her mother and two other men drove to Jeremiah’s home to allegedly rob him.

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  • Damage from 2011 floods could mean worse in 2012

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Damage from last year’s record spring floods could leave many people along the Mississippi River in even more danger this year, the Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday.
    It says it’s assessing the damage to levees, structures and navigation channels, and will begin notifying affected communities in February.

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  • Bowser-Petersen scholar named

    MELBOURNE — Sherry Reeves, a registered nursing student from Melbourne, has been awarded the Bowser-Petersen Nursing scholarship by the Ozarka College Foundation.
    Reeves is employed at Area Agency on Aging and Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ash Flat as a licensed practical nurse.
    The Bowser-Petersen Nursing scholarship was established in 2011 by Drs. Robert E. and Cheryl Bowser-Petersen of Horseshoe Bend and is available to LPNs currently enrolled in the Ozarka College RN program.

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  • ASU-N honor rolls listed

    NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport has announced the students who were named to the Chancellor’s List and the Vice-Chancellor’s List for academic excellence in the fall 2011 semester. Students must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours, excluding developmental courses, during the semester and earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the Chancellor’s List and a 3.5 to 3.99 GPA for the Vice-Chancellor’s List. Those numbers are based on a 4.0 scale.
    Area students on the Chancellor’s List include:
    Batesville — Diana Barker and Sarah Rosencrans

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