Ozark Gateway to unveil posters, plans

March 29, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum will host the Ozark Gateway Tourism Council for a noon “brown bag” program April 13.Ozark Gateway president Bob Pest and executive director Cathy Drew will discuss the new Heritage Tourism initiative and unveil the new Heritage Tourism posters, which present the three Scenic Drives designed to make exploring the region and enjoying its historic sites easier, Pest said.

Stuttgart store tops in lottery sales

March 29, 2010 STUTTGART (AP) — The store that has sold the most Arkansas Scholarship Lottery tickets since the lottery began last fall is G&B Liquor in Stuttgart.The store is located on busy Arkansas Highway 165, where rice farmers and millers travel, as well as visiting hunters during waterfowl season.

Jail gets hi-tech fingerprint scanner

March 29, 2010 In just one day the Independence County jail went from a tedious, often difficult and inaccurate fingerprinting system to the latest in digital fingerprint scanning that is connected to state, national and international data banks.The transition from ink and paper fingerprinting to high resolution digital scanning took place Tuesday when Mark Dague, a technician for MorhoTrak, made the final installation adjustments and started training jailers.

Bube to speak

March 29, 2010 Dr. Paul Bube, the Lyon College W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion, will deliver the 2009-10 Williamson Prize Lecture at 11 a.m. Thursday in Nucor Auditorium on the Lyon College campus. Bube will present a lecture titled, “The Problems of Teaching Ethics or Is There Any Virtue in Teaching Ethics Classes?”The Williamson Prize is given annually by Lyon College to the faculty member deemed to be the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane and Christian values, and contributions to the community.

Guion storm 1929

March 29, 2010 Editor’s note: With tornado season on the horizon this is the fourth in a series of memories from those who recall the tornado of April 10, 1929 that left death and destruction in the town of Guion. Many of those injured were taken by train to Batesville where they received medical treatment, food, clothing and shelter. Some of these authors are no longer living. The stories were complied by Jaydine Arnold Morton.The Emmitt Davis Familyas told to Marietta Davis Gillihan

‘Mug Tree’ – Cups are therapy for grieving mom

March 29, 2010 It was an act of desperation that led Clara Byler Weir to nail her coffee mug to a tree in her yard. She thought she was going out of her mind with grief for her dying son, feeling rejected by her community, and the coffee mug was a handy object to vent her frustrations on.That one mug spawned a collection that has since become a memorial to her son, Kerry. Although she’s had a total of three “mug trees,” the collection kept growing, earning her the nickname as “the Mug Tree Lady.”

Telling the Outdoor Story in Pictures

March 26, 2010 Taking a good picture isn’t hard. Even a simple camera can take great shots and provide memories of days in the woods or on the water you can share with your friends and family.Unfortunately, many outdoor pictures end up as out-of-focus shots of a slanted, grinning angler or hunter with a tree growing out of his head, holding up a bloody trophy.

History commission collects, makes available history, folklore archives

March 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas History Commission continues the tradition of organizing and maintaining the state and local history of Arkansas by collecting manuscript materials, census records, military records, family histories and various county, state and federal records, Arkansas State Parks Director Greg butts said.

State park at Powhatan to get archives facility

March 26, 2010 POWHATAN — Construction will soon begin on an $805,400 archives facility on the grounds of Powhatan Historic State Park in Lawrence County, according to Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts.“The 3,965-square-foot facility will preserve the regional archives in a 1,484-square-foot archival vault featuring modern, ‘space saver’ mobile storage units,” Butts said. “Records will be conserved and prepared for researchers in an adjacent 312-square-foot archival processing room.

Ark. school questions legality of FOI clause

March 26, 2010 PARAGOULD (AP) — A northeast Arkansas school district is arguing that a portion of the state Freedom of Information law that would require it to release documents about the suspension of several high school football coaches is unconstitutional.In fighting a lawsuit brought by the Paragould Daily Press, the Greene County Tech School District argued in a court filing that releasing the documents would violate the coaches’ right to privacy.