Reward offered in shooting of Newark fire truck

March 23, 2010 A reward of $500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for shooting into the Newark Fire Station #2 and damaging a fire truck.Newark Fire Chief James Langston told police that sometime between 7:40 and 10 p.m. Friday, someone shot the garage door of the station with the bullet passing through and hitting a 2009 fire truck.

Sharp County student wins contest

March 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Six pieces of artwork conveying messages about keeping Arkansas beautiful and free of litter have been chosen as winners in the inaugural Great American Cleanup in Arkansas’ Youth poster contest.Kyle Manning, a fifth-grader at Highland Elementary in Ash Flat and representing the Rough Riders 4-H club, won first place in the third- through fifth-grade competition. Winning second place in the kindergarten- through second-grade category, was  Katelyn Baughman, a first-grader representing the White County 4-H Club.

Chadwick receives spirit award

March 23, 2010 Flowers Baking Co. of Batesville has selected employee Greg Chadwick recipient of its 2009 Flowers Spirit Award.The Flowers Spirit Award recognizes employees who are a positive force at work and in their community, according to a news release. The award was inspired by the kindness and generosity of Langdon S. Flowers, past president and chairman of the board of Flowers Foods. Throughout his life, Langdon Flowers encouraged many people within the company and throughout the country and was an active supporter of many charitable and community organizations.

Twins double 80 years of memories

March 23, 2010 Geraldine Turner and Allene Caldwell have been described as “two competing chipmunks trying to out-talk each other.” But growing up in Pfeiffer during the Depression with a houseful of siblings, saving countless mementoes over the years, and now about to celebrate their 80th birthdays, the two sisters have a lot to say. ——— Known as the Britten twins, both ladies are under five feet tall, and because of their height many people thought they were younger than they actually were. “’Til age 14 we got into the movies for a dime,” Geraldine said.

School hires principal

March 23, 2010 NEWARK — Students and faculty at Cord-Charlotte Elementary will have a new principal when the 2010-11 school year begins in August.On Tuesday, the Cedar Ridge School Board voted to hire Gregg Cooper as the elementary’s new principal and federal programs coordinator. The board voted 5-1 with member Richard Ward abstaining. Cooper, who will begin July 1, is currently principal at Hillcrest High School in Strawberry. He replaces Principal Mark Gipson, who submitted his resignation in February.

Burned house hit by thieves

March 22, 2010 A house that burned last month has apparently become the target of thieves, according to a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Leslie Latting told police her neighbor said a blue and gray Chevrolet pickup, with two women inside, pulled onto her property and took several items, including a pair of bed s prings, stove and sheet metal. The items were valued at $300. Latting said she would have to check to see if other items were missing.

Soldier’s body arrives in Ark.

March 22, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — The body of a soldier from Bald Knob killed in Afghanistan has been returned to White County.A casket carrying the remains of Sgt. Jonathan J. Richardson, 24, was unloaded from a military jet Saturday at the Searcy Municipal Airport, and transferred to a waiting hearse by an honor guard from Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.Richardson was killed March 9 along with Pfc. Jason M. Kropat, 25, of White Lake, N.Y.Richardson was a fire-support specialist who joined the Army in June 2006.

Entertainers, vendors sought for Sharp County Summerfest

March 22, 2010 ASH FLAT — Bands, singers, musicians and other entertainers are being sought for an inaugural event, 2010 Summerfest, to be held at the Sharp County Fairgrounds, said Robert Brown of Dreamwork Promotions.Dreamwork, owned and operated by Brown, has partnered with friends and businesses to bring the Summerfest to the area.Although a date for the event has not yet been announced, Brown, of Cherokee Village, hopes Summerfest will become an annual festival.

Council may seek bids for audit

March 22, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The council will consider bids for an independent audit and an ordinance to waive competitive bidding for a mini-excavator for the utilities departmennt and Supervisor Marty Thompson will discuss the sanitation department. The agenda also includes a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Board to hear about law, safety program tonight

March 22, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will meet at 7 tonight at the administration building. Items on the agenda include discussion of a future law and public safety program. Representatives from Ozarka College, the Izard County Sheriff’s office and Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative are scheduled to attend, Superintendent Gerald Cooper said.The board will also discuss bids on a bus. Spring break for students starts Wednesday.