Newark trailer fire believed arson

March 8, 2010 A fire that destroyed a mobile home and damaged a camper trailer at Newark Saturday afternoon is being investigated as possible arson, according to local fire and police authorities.Members pf the Newark Fire Department responded to a fire call at 2000 Finch St. around 2 p.m. where they found the resident of the camper trailer, Lydia Lou Black, 47, trying to go back into the burning residence to get her shoes, and believing she may be drunk, called for a police officer to investigate, according to Deputy Charles Moss.

Last minute filings continue

March 8, 2010 Independence CountyDemocrat candidates filing for office include: William A. Cash, Justice of the Peace District 9; Lackey Moody Jr., JP District 11; Patty Cash, committee member.Township constables include:• John Brent Gleghorn — Ruddell • Jim Rudd — Magness• Joe Young — Salado• Harold Vaughn — Relief• Randy Lamons — Greenbrier-Desha.

BPA awards renovation grants

March 8, 2010 The Batesville Preservation Association recently awarded restoration matching grants to two local organizations. Both grants are for $1,000.Receiving funding at the organization’s quarterly board meeting were Etta’s Attic, a new antique mall at 143 E. Main, and Lyon College.

Crowd instrumental in trashing ordinance

March 8, 2010 MELBOURNE — A proposed land use ordinance that wasn’t even finished and was not on the agenda drew 200 or more people to last week’s Izard County Quorum Court meeting, catching local officials by surprise, said County Judge Rayburn Finley.Many, if not most, of those attending were afraid passage of the ordinance would restrict their rights to do as they wish with their own property, Finley said.“The courthouse was full. There was standing room only; they were standing around the walls,” he said.

Is this the end of the Ozark Hawg BBQ? Event won’t be held this spring

March 8, 2010 The Batesville Ozark Hawg BBQ Championship will not be held this spring, but this may or may not spell the end of the annual two-day event held at Riverside Park.Since 1991 — except for the “great flood-out of 2008” — the Batesville Kiwanis Club has hosted the Memphis-in-May sanctioned event, according to event chairman Lyndal M. Waits, deeming it “Memphis-style BBQ competition at its best.”

AGFC offers free assistance for wildlife habitat projects

March 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK – It is highly probable that thousands of Arkansans have land they would like to improve for wildlife. They have a readily available resource for fish and wildlife technical assistance in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and an important factor is that this help is free. Trained AGFC professionals are stationed all over the state, and they’re called private lands biologists, often shortened to PLB. Contact one of them, make an appointment and you’re started toward improving the land for wildlife’s benefit.

Jim Hinkle of Mountain View named to head NWTF board

March 5, 2010 EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The  National Wild Turkey Federation’s National Board of Directors recently named former Arkansas Game and Fish commissioner Jim Hinkle president of the board.Hinkle will serve a two-year term with the conservation organization. Hinkle, of Mountain View, has served as vice president of the board since 2008. He is currently a member of the Nominating, Finance, Compensation and Strategic Planning committees. Hinkle was appointed to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 1996. His term expired July 1, 2003.

Three Rivers queens crowned

March 5, 2010 NEWPORT — An Independence County student will go on to the Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant this summer after winning the Miss Three Rivers Outstanding Teen title recently.Colby Thomas, the teen winner, is the 15-year-old daughter of Danny and Mincie Thomas of Bradford and is a sophomore at Midland High School. She was crowned by the 2009 Miss Three Rivers Outstanding Teen, Mollie Parker of Jonesboro. At the state pageant last year, Parker won the Overall Lifestyle and Fitness Award and was named third runner-up.

Mobile homes to leave

March 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More than 15,000 manufactured homes sold at a government auction are to soon be moved them from their storage site in Hope.A partnership submitted the winning bid of $27.4 million to buy the travel trailers, mobile homes and park model trailers. They were sold despite objections from the manufactured-housing industry and the Arkansas congressional delegation.Opponents say the homes could flood an already struggling manufactured housing and RV market.

Gun found in pond at park

March 5, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Police in Texarkana say a gun has been found in the pond of a city park and may be connected to a current criminal investigation.Police did not say what type of gun was found at Spring Lake Park or what investigation it may be linked with.The weapon was found just after 1 p.m. Wednesday by divers who had also been at the park on Tuesday and on Jan. 11.Police Officer Kristi Mitchell says the gun will be examined locally at the Bi-State Justice Building and may be sent to the state crime lab for additional testing.