Weiner board votes to join Harrisburg

March 1, 2010 WEINER (AP) — Weiner School District officials have found a merger partner a lot closer to home.The Weiner School Board voted unanimously Friday to join the nearby Harrisburg School District for at least one year, taking up the Harrisburg School Board’s offer to voluntarily annex the Weiner district.Earlier this month, the state Education Board had rejected Weiner’s proposal to join with the Delight School District, 200 miles away in southwest Arkansas.The Weiner and Harrisburg districts are both in Poinsett County, about 16 miles apart.

Prengaman discusses changing journalism

March 1, 2010 Journalism is changing. It used to consist of a notepad and pen. Today, it involves not only a notepad and pen, but also graphics, photos, video and interaction.Peter Prengaman, the multimedia editor for The Associated Press’ South Desk, spoke Thursday evening at Lyon College’s annual Patterson Lecture about how journalism is becoming an interactive experience.Based in Atlanta, Prengaman oversees multimedia content for a 13-state region that stretches from Louisiana to Delaware. He recently covered the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Battery charges abound in Izard County

March 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies ended up Tasing a man who allegedly assaulted a Melbourne woman, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Police were dispatched the night of Feb. 22 to a residence on West Street in response to a possible domestic disturbance. Upon deputies’ arrival the victim, Amanda Justice, said she had been assaulted by a man named Tommy Mullins. Mullins had escaped but was later found under the house. “Mullins was ordered to come out from under the floor and when doing so Mullins showed signs of aggression and resisting,” Lawrence said.

Traffic stop reportedly yields marijuana

March 1, 2010 A state police sobriety check Feb. 7 turned up several bags of marijuana, and $703 in cash, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy John Scarbrough with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.At approximately 10 p.m. troopers from the Arkansas State Police were conducting a sobriety check point on Gap Road when Sgt. Phillip Pickett made contact with 20-year-old Jaime Rodriguez, and asked for his vehicle insurance papers, according to Scarbrough.

Savoys, Cajun band to appear at UACCB

March 1, 2010 Marc and Ann Savoy and the Savoy Family Cajun Band will perform in concert at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville at 8 p.m. March 27. Ann Savoy will read from her book, “Cajun Music: A Reflection of the People,” at appropriate intervals during the concert. The book has been hailed as “the definitive guide to Cajun music,” according to a news release.

Marriage conference set

March 1, 2010 Batesville First Assembly Family Connections Ministry will host a “Love & Respect” marriage conference Friday and Saturday. Different churches in the community are participating and the material is non-denominational, according to a news release. Door prizes will be awarded.On Friday, doors open at 5:30 p.m. for child care and registration. Supper will be served at 6, and the conference will start by 6:45.On Saturday, doors will be open at 9:30 a.m. for child care and breakfast. The conference will start at 10 and will be done by 2:15 p.m.

Beginning Steps to meet

March 1, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday in conference room A at the Josephine Raye Rogers Women & Imaging Center at White River Medical Center. All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

Melbourne Elementary to hold kindergarten registration

March 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — Melbourne Elementary will hold kindergarten and new student registration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19.Kindergarten registration will be held in Linda Box’s classroom. To be eligible for kindergarten, the child must be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 15, 2010. If the child has attended a state-approved preschool program for 100 days during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years and his/her birthday is on or before Sept. 15, 2010, they are also eligible to enroll this year.

Delinquent tenants arrested

March 1, 2010 ASH FLAT — Two delinquent tenants at a rental property in Evening Shade were arrested on drug charges after their landlord reported he was having problems with them, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Mark Counts said.He said the sheriff’s department received a complaint Tuesday from real estate agent Paul Bacon in reference to tenants that had been evicted from his rental property at 1818 Highway 167 in Evening Shade.Counts, Sheriff Dale Weaver and Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry responded to the address and found the apartment still occupied by the tenants.