Angel Tree has 1,100 names

November 24, 2008 The United Way of Independence County has some 1,100 names for the 2008 Angel Tree, said Colin Patterson, United Way board member. Names may be picked up at the following locations: •?Citizens Bank Main Branch, (870) 793-4441;

Ravenden Springs cave believed to be first school in state

November 24, 2008 RAVENDEN SPRINGS (AP) - Almost 200 years ago, children trekked through woods into a dark canyon in the easternmost reaches of the Ozark Mountains. They did this regularly for years, assembling in a cave to learn.

Accreditation earned

November 24, 2008 Cherokee Village - White River Medical Center North Complex in Cherokee Village has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology. The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice, according to a news release.

Two arrested for drunk driving

November 24, 2008 A man who reportedly ran other drivers off the road near Newark was later taken to jail for drunk driving Thursday. Cpl. Duane Grice with the Independence County Sheriff's Office said he was on patrol around 7:30 a.m. when police dispatch advised officers that a green Toyota car was just passing the power plant at Newark and had run two cars off the road.

Car fire ruled as arson

November 24, 2008 A blaze that destroyed a car on Brushy Road early Saturday morning has been ruled as arson, according to the Independence County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Michael Anderson said in his report that the green Chevrolet Camaro was fully engulfed in flames when he arrived on the scene at 300 Brushy Road shortly after midnight Friday.

39th to return

November 24, 2008 HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade begin returning home from Iraq Tuesday night, signaling the end of the unit's second deployment to Iraq.

Izard County authorities make arrests

November 24, 2008 MELBOURNE - The Izard County Sheriff's Office has made forgery, battery, drug and other arrests recently, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Jeffrey Todd Engle, 39, of Mount Pleasant has been charged with seven counts of first-degree forgery. The charges stem from allegations that Engle stole checks from a relative's home while the relative was out of town.

Police urging motorists to buckle up

November 24, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas State Police will be working alongside law enforcement agencies across the state during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday period, reminding all highway travelers to buckle up.

Thanksgiving meals served free of charge

November 24, 2008 Southside - Southside 4-H and friends will be serving a Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. This event will be free of charge and open to the public. Those that might not have family in the area, or are down on their luck are encouraged to attend.The meal will be served on Thursday at the Southside Elementary School Cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Family & Friends Briefs

November 24, 2008 Caroling in Caverns to begin MOUNTAIN VIEW - Caroling in the Caverns - a Christmas Concert begins Saturday and runs through Dec. 21 at Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View. Participants can see the astonishing cave formations and hear the sounds of caroling resounding through the caverns as musicians perform old-time favorites Christmas songs.