Bank COO found dead in car

February 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The president and chief operating officer of a Conway banking company has been found dead in his vehicle in west Little Rock.The body of 61-year-old Home Bancshares Inc. official Ron Strother was found by police Sunday afternoon slumped over the steering wheel in the parking lot of a shopping center along Highway 10. Police say he had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest and a handgun was found in the vehicle.

C-Ridge board accepts resignations, hires staff

February 1, 2010 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School Board met Jan. 20 where it discussed the prekindergarten class at Newark Elementary and agreed that there is still a need for services provided there in addition to the Oil Trough and Cord-Charlotte campuses.The transitional kindergarten program was discussed and the administration provided information about the changes that have occurred since the inception of the program, including mandated testing and retention noted on students’ transcripts.

Ozarka student deployed to Haiti

February 1, 2010 MUONTAIN VIEW — The recent earthquake disaster in Haiti has prompted the United States military to send troops into the devastated country to assist with relief efforts and security. Ozarka College student Jessica Sterlin will be deployed to Haiti in early February.Sterlin is a member of the 189th Airlift Wing at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville. She has been in the Air Guard for 11 years and has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as Hurricane Katrina.

Wood ducks topic of event

February 1, 2010 Lake Charles State Park in Powhatan will host “Build-A-Box Workshop: Wood Ducks” on Feb. 6.A park interpreter will explain how to attract the fowl as hosts. Participants will build their own nest box to take home and hear tips to attract wood ducks to their own yard. Visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com or call (870) 878-6595 for details.

Exhibit focuses on love

February 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Heart and Soul, a themed art show about the affairs of the heart, will take place throughout the month of February at the Arkansas Craft Gallery located in downtown Mountain View. All art on exhibit and for sale will range in media and will include a diverse collection of pieces suitable for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. Call (870) 269-4120 for details, or visit www.arkansascraftguild.org. The gallery is located at 104 E. Main St.

3 named to Harding dean’s list

February 1, 2010 SEARCY — The following local residents are among the Harding University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall semester: Nikita Hitt of Concord, Amanda King of Batesville and Bonnie Young of Batesville.The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, vice president for academic affairs, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade point average and no incompletes.

Comfort Suites awarded

February 1, 2010 The Comfort Suites hotel of Batesville was recently announced as a recipient of a 2010 Platinum Hospitality Award from global lodging leader Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Comfort Suites brand.

CPR classes offered

February 1, 2010 Vital Link ambulance service will offer a health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee is $40.The Heartsaver CPR and first aid class will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 18 in the conference center.The fee is $25, which covers the cost of the textbook and CPR card.To register for either class, call (870) 793-3351.

Earthquake conference set

February 1, 2010 JONESBORO — Arkansas State University will host a regional earthquake awareness conference Tuesday-Wednesday. The conference will bring in experts and researchers in the field of seismology, geology and engineering to present the latest in earthquake research and response issues in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) regarding the threat of earthquake.

Garden show announced

February 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The 19th annual Arkansas Flower & Garden Show will be Feb. 26-28 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Theme for this year’s show is “A World of Gardening,” and features 100 vendors, speakers, how-to gardening demonstrations, a silent auction and the Big Backyard Family Learning Center. There will also be nine to 10 display gardens, the Dreaming in Technicolor advanced standard flower show, and a competition featuring professional florist’s table-top creations.