Tourism Week celebration

May 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — In recognition of the positive economic, social, and cultural impact of the travel and tourism industry, Arkansas will celebrate May 8-16 as Tourism Week. May 11 has been designated Arkansas Tourist Appreciation Day in honor of the travelers who actually make that impact happen. In 2009, nearly 23 million visitors traveled in Arkansas, spending an estimated $5.4 billion, which generated $280 million in state taxes and $102 million in local taxes. The Mammoth Spring Welcome Center will be among the state’s Welcome Centers commemorating Tourism Week.

H-Bend to host Dogwood Days

May 3, 2010 Horseshoe Bend — The 24th annual Dogwood Days in Horseshoe Bend will be Saturday and will include more than 90 events, exhibitors and vendors throughout the day, according to the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce. A Kiwanis Club-sponsored pancake breakfast at the airport will be from 8-10 a.m., where attendees can sign up for the Young Eagle’s Fly In and take a ride on an airplane. Weather permitting, at least five airplanes will take children ages 8 to 17 (with parent’s permission) up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lawmaker wants more control over colleges

May 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Sen. Jimmy Jeffress of Crossett says he wants state lawmakers to have more control over state colleges and universities. Jeffress says he’ll try next year to repeal Amendment 33 to the state Constitution that makes public colleges and universities largely autonomous. The Legislature does have some control — including control of appropriations. Jeffress is not happy with tuition and fee increases and says he wants more accountability in higher education. He says he would like to see a centralized state board to which all the institutions’ boards of trustees answer.

Scholarship honors DEA agent

May 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Members of the Drug Enforcement Agency Survivor Benefit Fund has presented the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a gift of $5,000 for the Rick Finley Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of the undercover officer who earned a master’s degree from UALR’s Department of Criminal Justice. The survivor fund established the fund and has made gifts in previous years.

Food drive is Saturday

May 3, 2010 The Batesville Post Office will hold its annual food drive for Batesville Help and Hope on Saturday. Last year Batesville carriers collected more than 6,000 pounds of food for the nonprofit organization, said Doug Davis, who serves as the food drive coordinator for the NALC Local Union 1684. “People can put their donations in their mailbox, hang them from their mailbox or put them under their mailbox,” Davis said. If customers wish to donate money, they may make out their checks to NALC with “food drive” in the comments portion of the check.

Arrest made in cemetery vandalism

May 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — An arrest has been made in connection with the destruction of a memorial bench at the Spring Creek Cemetery in Calico Rock, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The bench that had been placed near the grave site of Willis Hankins by Sally Austin was destroyed along with a monument. Alodia Hankins of Stone County was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor that carries punishment up to a year in the county jail and/or a $2,500 fine. Hankins posted a $2,500 bond and was released with a court date.Progress edition coming

Prayer, flag burning event set

May 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — A National Day of Prayer observance will be held Thursday at the Izard County Sheriff’s by the Melbourne Area Ministerial Alliance, according to spokesman Ricky Burke of that organization. The short event will be held at 12:05 p.m. to allow people to attend during the lunch hour. In addition, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, a ceremonial flag burn will be held in conjunction with the event. Anyone having unserviceable American or Arkansas flags are invited to bring the items to the sheriff’s office that day for proper disposable.

Wreck near Higden claims life

May 3, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — A Greers Ferry man died about 2:38 a.m. Saturday in Cleburne County when the vehicle he was driving struck an 18-wheeler headed the opposite direction, according to Arkansas State Trooper Sean Riegle. Daniel Williams, 22, was westbound on state Highway 16 about one mile east of Higden when the 1999 Ford Mustang he was driving crossed the center line and hit a 2007 International tractor-trailer. A passenger in the Mustang, Alexis Brown, 19, of Higden was injured and taken to Baptist Hospital in Heber Springs.

Bond set at $100,000 for alleged drug dealer; Calico woman accused of beating small child

May 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Salesville man has been charged in Izard County for the possession/manufacturing of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and delivering that substance, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. David Michael Fiss, 20, was arrested Thursday on those charges and the additional charge of failure to pay fines. Lawrence said that Fiss was living in the Calico Rock area at the time he committed the alleged offense. Circuit Judge Tim Weaver set bond at $100,000. Fiss remains in the Izard County jail in lieu of bond.

EDC reports progress, promotes involvement

May 3, 2010 With limited construction already under way, the Economic Development Commission of Independence County learned in its regular meeting Thursday that no date has been set for a “ground breaking” ceremony for a new call center being built in Batesville. “We’re waiting on the ceremony to be coordinated with the governor’s office,” EDC Director Ed Mabry said. Mabry said Gov. Mike Beebe had been out of state and was trying to get his schedule worked out to be in Batesville