Body found ID’d as transient

February 16, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — The body of a man found on a bluff above Crooked Creek downstream from Lake Harrison has been identified as that of a transient.Police said Monday the body of 57-year-old Stanley Redman was found Saturday by juveniles hiking on a trail.The body has been sent to the state medical examiner to determine the cause of death. Police Capt. Paul Woodruff says foul play is not suspected and that Redman may have died of natural causes, a fall or from exposure.

Two arrested for public urination, being drunk

February 16, 2010 Two area men were arrested for public intoxication and indecent exposure in two separate incidents early Saturday morning, according to police reports.Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said he arrested Justin Lee Tosh, 23, of Batesville, around 1:30 a.m. after being dispatched to McDonald’s where a complaint had been made regarding someone urinating in the parking lot.

College Goal Sunday to be this weekend

February 16, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will be a host site for College Goal Sunday on Sunday.College Goal Sunday will begin at 2 p.m. in the computer labs located in the Main Classroom Building on the UACCB campus. The event is free and open to the public.College Goal Sunday is designed for those students interested in pursuing education beyond high school. Campus personnel will be available to assist students and their families in completing the application for financial aid and to answer questions about financial aid.

UACCB hires Farris as career coach

February 16, 2010 Jacob Farris has been hired as career coach for the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. In his position as career coach, Farris will work with the Cave City School District and work alongside the guidance counselor to help prepare students for success in postsecondary education, training and their careers.

Neighborhood among best

February 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Capital View neighborhood in Little Rock has been chosen as a “Best Old-House Neighborhood” by This Old House magazine.The magazine selected one neighborhood in each state and one in Canada and chose the Little Rock neighborhood as the Best Place for Families.The magazine calls Capitol View a “classic first-tier suburb” with walking and biking trails along the Arkansas River. Many of the homes overlook the state Capitol while others have a view of the river.This Old House will be on newsstands Friday.

1 killed in Brookland shooting

February 16, 2010 BROOKLAND (AP) — Police in the northeastern Arkansas town of Brookland say one person has been shot to death following what appears to be a home break-in.Police were called to the home about 10 p.m. Monday and say officers found one person dead inside the house and a man outside in the front yard. The man outside the home was taken into custody for questioning.No names have been released.

Ark. lawmakers fret over Medicaid budget cuts

February 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers say they want more influence over how the state will reduce the cost of Medicaid programs by $400 million.Arkansas Department of Human Services Director John Selig told lawmakers the department plans to keep next year’s budget for the program at the same level as this year. But Selig says that means cutting $400 million in the program because of increasing costs and more clients.

Woman earns degree

February 16, 2010 FORT SMITH — The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith awarded 512 degrees and certificates from July through December 2009, according to Penny Pendleton, dean of enrollment management.Graduates included Janie Evans of Concord, who received a bachelor of science in nursing, registered nursing-BSN online completion.

Shaws to sing in Smithville

February 16, 2010 SMITHVILLE — The Shaws, a sisters and brother trio, will present a gospel music concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Smithville Baptist Church in Smithville (Lawrence County).A “favorite snack” fellowship will follow in the church fellowship hall. The event is open to the public.

ICARE seeks donations

February 16, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Animal Rescue Effort will be holding its seventh annual Paws and Claws Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne. Concessions will be available.Those with items to donate are asked to drop them off at the fairgrounds on the following dates: from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, and from 2-6 p.m. Feb. 23. To make arrangements for pick-up, call (870) 368-5000 and leave that message. The group will not pick up large appliances.