Lawmakers nix budget cut

February 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have rejected a hefty cut to Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s budget that would have laid off all but one of his staffers.The personnel subcommittee of the Joint Budget Committee today rejected the proposal to cut Halter’s budget by more than $230,000. The proposal by Democratic Rep. Keith Ingram would have reduced Halter’s budget from $366,695 a year to $129,580.Ingram also proposed cutting Halter’s full-time staff from four to one.

‘Tiaras’ contestant has stroke

February 23, 2010 PARAGOULD (AP) — The mother of an Arkansas first-grader who was featured recently on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” says her daughter has suffered a stroke.Michelle Hernandez told the Paragould Daily Press on Monday that Hope Espinoza had a stroke on Thursday. Hernandez says her daughter is recovering in the intensive care unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.She says the child complained of a headache while she was attending her brother’s basketball game at Paragould Junior High School.

Cave City EHC

February 23, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met at the Cave City Community Center on Feb. 15. Vice President Frances Ball called the meeting to order and the group sang “Arkansas.” Words to Live By were read by Rosanne Stitcher. Roll call was “Your favorite cleaning tip.” Seven members were present.Minutes and treasurer’s reports were presented and accepted. The Educational Lesson was “Homemade Cleaning Supplies.” Much discussion was held with everyone contributing cleaning ideas.

WBC planning garage sale

February 23, 2010 Walnut Ridge — The annual campus-wide garage sale at Williams Baptist College will begin at 7 a.m. March 6 in WBC’s Carter Field House. The event raises money for student mission trips.Students, faculty, staff and others donate items for the sale each year, with merchandise covering the expanse of the gymnasium. All items sell for 50 cents each, with the exception of furniture and other large merchandise.For more information, or to donate items for the sale, contact Josh Goza at (870) 759-4143 or jgoza@wbcoll.edu.

Midland seeks G/T nominations

February 23, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District is accepting Gifted and Talented program candidates for the 2010-11 school year, coordinator Roetta Stoneking said. Parents, teachers and students may nominate a Midland student who demonstrates exceptional intellectual and creative skills and will be entering fourththrough 12th grades. For more information and nomination forms call Stoneking at (501) 345-2413. Nominations will be accepted until March 15.

Buie to compete in Miss Tech

February 23, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE — Fourteen students have registered as contestants in the 55th annual Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant, set for 7 p.m. Friday at Witherspoon Auditorium. Among them are Courtney Buie of Batesville, daughter of Pam and Jerry Buie. She will perform a flute solo of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” during the talent competition. Saving a life, one unit at a time is her critical issue. She is sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota. Admission will be $8 for adults, $3 for children or free with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card.

Women’s event scheduled

February 23, 2010 NEWARK — A Newark Assembly of God Women’s Ministry will hold a Women of Worth banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday in the church’s fellowship hall.Special speakers will be Christy Spurlin and Connie Spurlin, who represent W.A.R.P. 180, a Christian-based outreach program.There will be no charge for the banquet, but donations will be taken. The event is open to all area women. For more information call Michele Morris at (870) 613-2742.

Filing fees announced for Sharp Co. candidates

February 23, 2010 ASH FLAT — Democratic and Republican party chairmen in Sharp County have announced filing fees for prospective candidates for county offices from their respective parties.The filing period opens at noon Monday and ends at noon on March 8.

One flees, one doesn’t; both spending time in slammer

February 23, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A man who fled on foot and one who didn’t were arrested Saturday near Hoxie after the stolen truck they were in was stopped for a traffic violation, Lawrence County sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson reported.Sheriff’s officers and the Arkansas State Police arrested Timethy Rainey, 42, of Nashville, Tenn., and Joseph Parks, 24, of Caneyville, Ky., for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.Rainey is also being charged with fleeing.

Democrats to file at courthouse

February 23, 2010 The Democratic Party of Independence County has announced a schedule for candidates filing for the May 18 preferential primary. The filing period will open at noon Monday. On this day Democratic party candidates will file forms at the Independence County Courthouse between noon and 2 p.m. From March 2-7 candidates should contact county party chairman Marion “Tony” Thompson to make special arrangements to file for office. Thompson can be reached at (870) 793-5032 (home) or (870) 613-6609 (cell).