Blanchard Springs sets summer programs

July 16, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release. Next week’s topic is planets and stars, and programs are:

Guard rolls out new utility helicopter

July 16, 2009 CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON ­— The Arkansas Army National Guard unveiled its newest workhorse helicopter July 14 at a ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.Two shiny new UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopters have been delivered to the Arkansas Guard straight off the EADS North America manufacturing line in Columbus, Miss. Two more are slated to arrive in October and four more are due in by 2011.

Rendezvous turns violent

July 16, 2009  The reception wasn’t what Wesley B. Raby expected when he stopped in west Batesville Tuesday night to rendezvous with a woman he had met earlier at a local club.Raby met with police at the Hollywood Bowl around 11:40 p.m. and said after meeting a woman at the American Legion earlier in the night, he had stopped by a residence on State Street to meet with her again, and that’s when trouble started.

Family and Friends Briefs

July 16, 2009 Southside to hold VBSSOUTHSIDE — Southside Methodist Church will have its vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday with a program and potluck on Wednesday.This year’s theme is “Camp EDGE: Experience and Discover God Everywhere,” with classes for children age 3 through sixth grade.The church is located off Highway 167 on Magnolia Street, across from the school. 

Area Briefs

July 16, 2009 Blood platelet mobile to take donations FridayThe new American Red Cross apheresis mobile unit will be at Edward Jones at 400 Harrison St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday taking blood platelet donations. Donors must be 16 or older, in reasonably good health and have taken no aspirin within a 48-hour period, apheresis recruiter Norma Newton said. The process can take up to 90 minutes so those interested in donating should allow for that. 

Cave City races develop

July 16, 2009 Sharp CountyTwo races have developed with filings for school board positions at Cave City, according to public records in the Sharp County Circuit Clerk’s office.Kirk Ratliff is challenging incumbent Jeff Eddy for Position 6 and Stephen Stauffer is challenging incumbent Robert Hutchison for Position 7.Both positions are for five-year terms.The filing deadline for the Sept. 15 elections is noon on Friday.

Cave City students place 2nd in nation

July 16, 2009 CAVE CITY — Kevin Hoggard and Dakota Tuggle placed second in the nation, winning silver medals in the Audio Radio Production division of the recent SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City, Mo., advisors Ben Johnson and Lindsey Johnson said.Hoggard and Tuggle also won $10,000 scholarships to the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging.“This school is a year-long program that trains students for work in the audio and video production field,” said Ben Johnson, radio instructor at Cave City High.

Homeowners say renovator skipped

July 16, 2009  Happy with the job they got when they had a barn built some nine months ago, Steven and Cheryl Sturdivant didn’t hesitate to hire the builder again, but this time things were different.Steven Sturdivant filed a police report Monday in which he said the owner of Complete Exterior Renovations, 30-year-old Richard Massey of Newark, had recently taken checks totaling $2,500 to buy building materials but didn’t deliver on the work.

Students find poverty, joy on trip to Africa

July 16, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — They came face to face with sharks, walked with lions, danced with children and learned about apartheid.That’s how Midland High School students Kelby Jones, Meagan Martin, Niki Pulliam and Danae Sellers spent part of their summer.They all agreed: South Africa was a life-changing, learning experience.

Armed robbers hit Westside residence

July 16, 2009 Armed with pistols and looking for money, two men reportedly entered a home at 502 Ferrell St. Wednesday night and forced the six people who lived there to put their hands behind their heads and get on the floor.The robbers then reportedly took $2,190 in cash from Rigoberto Gutierrez, Minixi Esquillin, Daniel Contreras, Carlos Diaz Pizarro, Ralph Valenzuela and Sampson Perez. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said the men, who are all listed as U.S. citizens, and an interpreter came to the sheriff’s office around 10:20 p.m. to report the incident.