State takes over, to split Twin Rivers

February 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to take over and split up the Twin Rivers School District.Monday’s decision by the Arkansas Board of Education marks the first time the state has taken over a school district for accreditation violations, said Julie Johnson Thompson, a spokesman for the state Department of Education. Two other school districts — Greenland and Decatur — remain under state control because of fiscal issues in October.A new Twin Rivers administrator should be in place by next week, Thompson said.

State nixes Weiner-Delight merge

February 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Delight and Weiner school districts, which are 200 miles apart, lost their bid Monday to merge, ending what the districts saw as a groundbreaking effort to preserve rural schools and shrinking communities.The Arkansas Education Board voted unanimously against the merger proposal, with members saying they were unconvinced the consolidation would improve learning for the students or save the state money.

Ice still problem in state

February 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Icy roads continue to cause problems in parts of Arkansas.Patchy ice is making travel hazardous in the top two tiers of counties in north Arkansas between Fayetteville and Batesville. Roads in central Arkansas in the Little Rock and Hot Springs areas also had ice patches this morning.Arkansas highway department spokesman Randy Ort says motorists need to allow extra time to get to their destinations.Overnight, ice that melted Tuesday refroze, creating a fresh hazard.Temperatures are forecast to rise above freezing today.

Bond set at $50,000

February 10, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Bond was set at $50,000 Tuesday for a 22-year-old Walnut Ridge man who allegedly stole a truck from the Portia Water Department, then tried to break into Imboden Pharmacy on Saturday, according to Capt. Jody Dotson, criminal investigator for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.Dotson said neighbors of the pharmacy called 911 when burglar alarms sounded and described the stolen truck to police. Paul Goodson was arrested a short time later by officers who spotted the stolen truck in Black Rock.

Folk center offers retreat

February 10, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The annual Valentine Dinner and Show at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View will be Feb. 13. The Skillet Restaurant will serve a special meal, followed by an evening show with live music. Reservations are suggested. Call the park at (870) 269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com for details.

Sportshow scheduled

February 10, 2010 JONESBORO — The 25th annual Arkansas Sportshow will be Friday - Sunday at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, featuring more than 75,000 square feet of the latest sporting products designed to captivate hunting, fishing and boating enthusiasts of all ages. Products on display will include boats and motors, all-terrain vehicles, fishing equipment, hunting gear, attractions, outdoor sporting goods and water sports gear. Special seminars are also scheduled.

Chili supper to be held

February 10, 2010 JAMESTOWN — Jamestown United Methodist Church, located at 1799 Locust Grove Road, will have its sixth annual Chili Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.All-you-can-eat chili with dessert and drink is $5. Dine-in and carry-out meals will be available.All donations will go to fund future renovations to the church.

Movie to be screened

February 10, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“Midnight Clear” will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune into 88.1 FM for the audio. “Midnight Clear,” starring Stephen Baldwin, is a modern-day parable about how seemingly insignificant acts of grace can make a profound difference.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.

Bass club meeting rescheduled

February 10, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Bass Club’s meeting originally scheduled for Monday was a casualty of the weather and dangerous road conditions, tournament director Ron Watkins said.The meeting has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Spring Valley Auto Sales at the intersection of Spring Valley Road and U.S. Highway 167.A 2010 tournament schedule will be set. “It is very important that we get as many of last year’s members to attend this meeting as possible because we have a lot of things to cover,” Watkins said.

Discovery Channel: ‘Deadliest Catch’ Capt. Phil Harris dies

February 10, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Discovery Channel says the captain of the “Deadliest Catch” fishing vessel Cornelia Marie has died.Capt. Phil Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while the boat was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. The 53-year-old fisherman was flown to Anchorage for surgery.A Discovery spokesman says the Harris family contacted the network Tuesday evening with word of his death.