Woman charged with giving drugs to 3-month-old baby

March 30, 2010 ASH FLAT — A woman was arrested Friday in Hardy after an alert Sharp County deputy noticed a baby was not acting normally, Sheriff Dale Weaver said on his department’s Web site.Shannon Marie Asher, 30, is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, a class D felony, and introducing a controlled substance into the body of another person, a class C felony, sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said this morning.

Morgan to celebrate 80th birthday

March 29, 2010 SULPHUR ROCK — Lillie Smart Morgan will celebrate her 80th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sulphur Rock Baptist Church.The reception will be hosted by her daughters, Janet Carter, Brenda Thomas and Melissa Russell.All family and friends are invited.She requests no gifts, but cards are welcome.

Strawberry River DAR to collect items for National Guard

March 29, 2010 HORSESHOE BEND — The Strawberry River Branch Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the home of Bette Wolfe in Horseshoe Bend at 11 a.m. Saturday for a luncheon salad buffet.Officers for the next two years will be installed. They are Nancy Thurston, regent; Grace Gervasi, first vice regent; Jane Sandefur, second vice regent; Bette Wolfe, chaplain; Susan Henley, corresponding secretary; Gail Stone, recording secretary; Carolyn Seaton, treasurer; Jane Sandefur and Susan Henley, registrars; Janet Ross, historian; and Bette Wolfe, librarian.

Jacksonport to host egg hunt

March 29, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will host its 26th annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday. The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday. The Easter Bunny will visit with the children before and after the event for pictures. Colorful eggs containing prizes donated by area businesses will be found amongst the candy the Easter Bunny has hidden.

Divorce support offered

March 29, 2010 Batesville First Assembly’s Family Connections will be offering a divorce recovery support group to the public, beginning Thursday.There will be two classes, one for adults and one for children first through fourth grade, held on Thursday evenings. Supper will be served to all participants at 5:30 p.m. The group will begin at 6.There is no charge for this group, but participants should call (870) 793-5489 to register.

DARE students to graduate

March 29, 2010 Nearly 125 West Magnet and Central Magnet elementary students will graduate Wednesday from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, otherwise known as DARE.Ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. for Central and at 1 p.m. for West. Both will be held at the West Magnet gymnasium at 850 Hill St. The events are open to the public. Guest speakers will be members of the Arkansas Army National Guard Drug Demand Reduction unit from Camp Robinson in Little Rock. They will arrive at West school at 9:30 in the Army Guard helicopter, weather permitting.

Arkansas police find escapee

March 29, 2010 COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Arkansas police have captured a man who escaped from a southeast Missouri jail.The New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department said 28-year-old Jermaine Spears had been free since March 19 when he made a rope out of an extension cord and used it to climb through a window at the jail.He was being held there on suspicion of first-degree assault and second-degree burglary.Head dispatcher Marta Mitchem said Spears’ week of freedom came to an end Friday when police in Blytheville, Ark., arrested him. A resident there had recognized him.

Counties to get help with crime lab refrigeration

March 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Crime Lab is buying seven portable coolers to help county coroners store bodies until investigators can pick them up.Three of the $6,000 coolers are ready for placement, though the counties to receive them have not been finalized yet. The coolers are being purchased with economic stimulus money.Crime Lab director Kermit Channell says the units hold three bodies each. The Crime Lab will retain ownership of the coolers and will be able to redeploy them in the event of a mass casualty event, such as a tornado.

Iconic Memphis store bordering on extinction

March 29, 2010 MEMPHIS (AP) — A longtime Memphis store known for its distinctive colors and circus elephant mascot may soon become extinct.The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Walgreens owns the rights to the Ike’s Deep Discount store name and is in negotiations with USA Drug to purchase the remaining Ike’s stores.Walgreens spokeswoman Tiffani Washington said if the company purchases the stores, they will quickly become Walgreens stores and bring an end to the Ike’s brand.

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.