Muddy man damages tractor, rice field

May 19, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A mud-covered Colorado man was arrested in Lawrence County on Saturday after getting his truck stuck, breaking into the cab of a tractor and doing thousands of dollars in damage to the field, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department. Brandon Fitzwater, 31, of Florence, Colo., is being charged in Lawrence County Circuit Court with criminal mischief, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and breaking and entering.

Missing hard drive found

May 19, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A hard drive containing personal information about more than 32,000 current and former Arkansas National Guard soldiers has been located. The hard drive had been missing since Feb. 22. The guard said Monday that the hard drive was located at the Virginia home of a relative of the soldier who misplaced it. The guard says the hard drive has been returned to Camp Robinson and destroyed. The soldier was carrying the hard drive as a backup of his work information.

Batesville filings close

May 19, 2010 Filings closed at noon Monday for Batesville municipal offices, with a race for city attorney between incumbent Scott Stalker and T. Lindsey Castleberry. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh and City Clerk Denise M. Johnson did not draw an opponent in their bids for re-election. City council filings are as follows: Ward 1 Position 1 — Tommy Bryant Ward 1 Position 2 — Margarett Henley Ward 2 Position 1 — David Shetron Ward 2 Position 2 — Douglas Matthews Ward 3 Position 1 — Fred Krug Ward 3 Position 2 — Richard O’Neal Ward 4 Position 1 — Davy Insell Ward 4 Position 2 — Chris Poole.

Park to host Dutch Oven Cook-Off

May 19, 2010 Bull Shoals — Bull Shoals White River State Park will celebrate its 55th anniversary by hosting its third annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off June 12 at the park’s day use area overlooking Bull Shoals Lake. “This is a light hearted event that will expose visitors to the rich history and the enjoyment of Dutch Oven Cooking,” park interpreter Julie Lovett said. Set up will begin at 7 that morning. Food categories include bread, main dish, dessert, and showmanship with overall awards to be given: first place receiving $100, second place receiving $75 and third place receiving $50.

Consortium expands, adds two cxolleges

May 19, 2010 The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) has received state approval to increase the number of seats it offers to licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs) who wish to become registered nurses, announced Jill Hasley, program director of the consortium. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing also approved the addition of two more colleges to the consortium. Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) in Mena, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (UACCH) will join ARNEC for the January 2011 class.

Bank VP earns certification

May 19, 2010 Dwight E. Ford, vice president of credit administration and compliance officer at First Community Bank, was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB), a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, in Washington, D.C.

CNA course offered

May 19, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College Continuing Education will offer a certified nursing assistant course beginning June 1 in Melbourne. Cost for this course is $300 and will last one month. Interested persons can obtain more information or enroll no later than May 27 by calling CNA coordinator Tamra Bevill at (870) 368-2079.

Pinkston reunion is Saturday

May 19, 2010 CAVE CITY — The family of Bill and Adar Pinkston will hold the annual Pinkston Family Reunion from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cave City Community Center, according to family members. A potluck meal will be served at noon. The event is open to all family and friends. For more information call Johnny or Louise Curtis a (870) 283-6152.

Gospel singing, fish fry set

May 19, 2010 New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, located at 3655 Bethesda Road in Batesville, will host a fish fry and gospel singing at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Hannahs of Searcy will be the featured entertainers. Donations will be taken.

Local artist sets CD release party

May 19, 2010 Local recording artist GodFrame will perform at a CD release party at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pocket Park at 315 E. Main St. in Batesville, said Pamela Clark of Raining Prosperity Inc. The event is free and will also feature free food, door prizes and other live performers including DeJuan, Titus III, The Prophet and Worldsound. GodFrame is the stage name of Terrence Ford, who is releasing his latest studio CD, “You Are Infinite.” His previous CD was “Freedom,” which is available at Hastings in Batesville, iTunes, Amazon.com, Ruckus.com and GodFrameMusic.com.