Pen Women to meet

February 19, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE —  The Spring River Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women will hold its March 4 meeting at the Lutheran Church on Okmulgee in Cherokee Village at 10 a.m.Members are asked to write a short story of 200-400 words on an experience they had during the great ice storm.  Poets may wish to use their genre by submitting verses of eight to 10 stanzas. They are asked to “strive for originality” and to bring copies for attending women to share.

ASUMH, UAMS partner to offer dental hygiene program this fall

February 19, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — Arkansas State University-Mountain Home and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are partnering once again to bring a new health sciences program to northcentral Arkansas. Through the partnership, a bachelor of science in dental hygiene will be available locally beginning with the fall 2009 semester. The Mountain Home Christian Clinic will serve as the clinical site. Funding for the new endeavor is being provided by UAMS’ Area Health Education Center North Central.

Theme set for Homeschool Day

February 19, 2009 The theme for Homeschool Day at Old Independence Regional Museum, set for 9 a.m. to noon April 13, is based on the museum’s newest exhibit, “Living off the Land — Season by Season,” said Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator.“Which plants were used to make natural inks and dyes? What kinds of tools did people use for planting? What is the difference between a hybrid seed and an heirloom seed?“Was it best to plant potatoes in February or on Good Friday? What materials were used for building houses and where were they gotten?

Miami jury deliberates in Joe Cool boat slayings

February 19, 2009 MIAMI (AP) — A jury in Miami is deliberating a second day in the case of a man accused in the 2007 hijacking of the “Joe Cool” charter boat and killing of four people aboard.The panel resumed discussions today after getting the case on Wednesday. They’re trying to decide the guilt or innocence of 21-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo, a former security guard. Zarabozo’s first trial ended in a hung jury on most charges.

Dig set in old case of missing woman

February 19, 2009 SHERWOOD (AP) — Police plan to dig at a wooded site in Sherwood in the hope of finding clues in the disappearance of an Internal Revenue Service worker 23 years ago.Police obtained a court order to dig up what they believe is a shallow grave, located about three miles from where Darla Harper, 25, lived before she vanished. Harper’s co-workers at the IRS, where she was a personnel clerk, reported her missing March 5, 1986, after she failed to show for work.Harper’s 2-year-old daughter was found alone in their Gravel Ridge apartment. She was not harmed.

School board wants to downsize

February 19, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library to consider reducing the number of board members from seven to five beginning with the 2009-10 term, Superintendent Mike Davidson said.Local boards do not have the authority to do that for themselves, but they can vote to petition the state Department of Education to allow the reduction.The directors will also consider renewing administrators’ contracts and consider revising the 2008-09 school calendar.

Service News

February 19, 2009 Maj. Marcus Bowers was promoted by Presidential Order to lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on Feb. 1, according to a news release.Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, promoted Bowers in a ceremony aboard the battleship USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Feb. 5. In attendance were over 100 military staff, friends and family members, including Bowers’ wife, Aida; children, Connor and Sara; and father, Marcus Bowers Sr., of Batesville.

Two arrested for marijuana

February 19, 2009 ASH FLAT — Two men were arrested following a search of a home at 26 Gale St., just north of Cave City, on Wednesday, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.“Officers located approximately 1 pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia,” Weaver said.Arrested were 26-year-old Nicholas Rodriquez and 28-year-old Gavin Lovrien.Formal charges are expected to be filed on both men for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

Charges filed in check forgery case

February 19, 2009 Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Batesville man accused of trying to cash a check on a closed account at the drive-through window of a local bank, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.Bittle said employees of the bank called police when 37-year-old Fred Owen Hicks presented the check and a teller discovered the check was on a closed account.

Midland recommended for full accreditation

February 19, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District recently was monitored by an AdvancED Team for accreditation purposes on a national level. The group encompasses North Central Accreditation and the Southern Colleges Association.The team, which was led by Billy Folkes, a retired professor from Southern Mississippi University, was “very pleased by the progress that the district has made,” according to a news release. Noting good Benchmark test scores and visionary leadership as strengths, the team has recommended the status of full AdvancED accreditation.