Tornado leaves 12 dead

April 26, 2010 YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) — Morgan Hayden and Joe Moton stepped carefully through nails, broken glass and pink tufts of insulation, the remnants of their home leveled by a tornado as severe storms killed at least 10 people in rural Mississippi and two in Alabama. The couple had planned to marry today, but with little left besides the clothes on their backs, they weren’t sure what to do. “It’ll work out, though,” 27-year-old Hayden said Sunday, a day after the tornado ripped through as she and Moton, 31, huddled in a bathtub. The bathroom was the only room that wasn’t destroyed.

Troopers undecided on cause of crash

April 26, 2010 LONDON (AP) — A state police spokesman says troopers will be joined today by large-vehicle specialists from the state highway agency in an effort to determine the cause of a church-bus crash that killed a Rogers woman and sent nearly two dozen people to hospitals. Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Sunday that Arkansas State Police investigators had already talked with some of the 35 people aboard the bus to hear their accounts of what happened when the bus crashed Saturday on Interstate 40.

Ozarka community participates in second cultural exchange

April 26, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozarka College Cultural Anthropology students in Mountain View held a second online exchange with students from Gorno Altaysk State University in Siberia on April 6. The exchange was conducted via Skype and was entitled Working Together: Applied Anthropology and Applied Science: Anthropologists and Biologists Working to Benefit Communities. Cultural anthropology instructor John C. Van Orman invited biology instructor David Mitchell and his biology students to join in the conference since the focus of the discussion was measuring and managing water quality.

Freemans to perform

April 26, 2010 JUDSONIA — The Freemans will perform live in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dripping Springs Assembly of God, 636 Dripping Springs Road, Judsonia, in the Bare Stone community. Admission is free but donations will be taken. For more information, call (501) 729-0474 or e-mail

Ice cream sales to support fallen firefighters

April 26, 2010 The fourth annual Baskin-Robbins “31 Cent Scoop Night” will be held nationwide Wednesday to help raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. As part of the event, the company will make a $100,000 donation to the foundation which honors fallen fire heroes and their families by developing programs of assistance. The Batesville store is located at TmarT 8 at 1509 S. St. Louis St. The special price will be in effect from 5-10 p.m. only.

Forestry council sets workshop, Arbor Day celebration

April 26, 2010 The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council (AUFC) is holding a workshop, “Urban Tree Care,” on Tuesday at the University of Arkansas Community College’s Independence Hall, 2005 White Drive. There will be a State Arbor Day Celebration after the workshop. Topics at the workshop will cover tree selection, common insects and diseases and pruning storm-damaged trees. The event is open to the public, and professionals involved in tree programs will receive continuing education credits.

Courthouse to close at noon

April 26, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County Courthouse will close at noon Friday in order for vendors to set up on the court square and for city workers to prepare for Pioneer Day, which is Saturday.

Tanker wreck affects traffic

April 26, 2010 MAMMOTH SPRING — Details remained sketchy at 9:45 this morning but Arkansas State Police public information officer Bill Sadler and Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger both confirmed that an 18-wheeler hauling ethanol overturned on Highway 63 south of Mammoth Spring, severely affecting the flow of traffic. “Hazmat (hazardous material cleanup) teams are out there,” Dillinger said about 9 a.m. “Traffic control officers are out there. I don’t know what happened so I can’t tell you much.”

Superintendent may be named

April 26, 2010 The Batesville School Board will hold a special-called meeting at 5:30 tonight at the district administration building at 955 Water St. Board members will deliberate on superintendent candidates. An applicant may be chosen at this meeting.

Melbourne eyes CNA program

April 26, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will meet at 7 tonight in the district administration office at 303 School Drive. Items on the agenda include the addition of a certified nursing assistant program through Ozarka College, bus bids, elementary classroom additions and the hiring of a law and public safety officer. Meetings are open to the public.