Stephens Nature Center highlights downtown Little Rock’s outdoors

February 11, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — When looking for locations to explore nature in Arkansas, downtown Little Rock wouldn’t be on the top of most people’s list. In fact, it probably wouldn’t make the list at all. That would be a mistake … a big mistake. Right in the middle of downtown Little Rock’s River Market District is the Witt Stephens Central Arkansas Nature Center, an environmental oasis amidst the Capital City’s bustle.

Snow forecast for south Ark.

February 11, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Another winter weather system is moving over Arkansas.As much as three inches of snow was expected to fall today and Friday in the southern portion of the state.The National Weather Service says the heaviest concentration will be south of a line from Mena to Hot Springs to Stuttgart.Snow is possible as far north as Little Rock, but forecasters say the capital city should get no more than an inch.

Batesville school open Monday

February 11, 2010 The Batesville School District will be open and classes will be held Monday, President’s Day, according to Superintendent Ted Hall. While the district is allowed two snow days, it has had to cancel classes five days because of winter weather this year, and while it is usually closed for the national holiday, remaining open allows the district the opportunity to make up those days without having to cancel spring break, Hall said. Arkansas schools are required by law to hold classes a minimum of 178 days.

Library, courthouse, trash schedules change

February 11, 2010 The Independence County Library will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Presidents Day, according to a news release.The library will reopen Tuesday morning at 9.The Independence County Courthouse in Batesville and the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat will both be closed Monday for the federal holiday.Garbage/trash pickup at Newark will take place on Tuesday instead of Monday, and the Newark Municipal Building will be closed Monday, city officials said.

Church to host youth expo, wild game supper Feb. 27

February 11, 2010 The Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 629 Allen Chapel Road, will host its annual youth expo and wild game supper Feb. 27, according to a news release.The youth expo, featuring games and demonstrations for children and teens, will run from 2 to 5 p.m. The wild game dinner, featuring a variety of wild game species from all over the country, will begin at 5:30. Immediately following the meal, Hank Hough of Kingdom Dog Ministries will present a testimonial program.

Grants available to businesses in Arkansas offering training

February 11, 2010 The state of Arkansas has announced a pool of $3,377,381 available to business and industry for Incumbent Workforce Training Grants, according to a news release.Businesses that are eligible to apply include any private for-profit or private non-profit business that has been in operation in Arkansas during the entire 12-month period immediately preceding the date of application, is current on all state tax obligations and that proposes training at a facility it operates located in the state.

Treadway announces

February 11, 2010 Bob Treadway, a Democrat and lifelong resident of Independence County who lives in Southside, is seeking his first term as Independence County treasurer. Treadway is a 1985 graduate of Southside High School and graduated from Foothill Vocational Technical School in 1988 with a degree in word processing with emphasis on accounting.Treadway previously worked at Flash Market/Tobacco Warehouse from 1993-2006 as store manager. He also served as a customer service representative for Copy Systems and administrative assistant at Independence Federal Bank.

Batesville man arrested on Texas warrant

February 11, 2010 JONESBORO — An Independence County man wanted in Texas for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was arrested Wednesday afternoon, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bob Clark said.Dalvin Dean Candler, 41, originally of Batesville, was arrested at approximately 3 p.m. as he and a girlfriend were looking at an apartment at 701 Airport Road in Jonesboro.Candler had no ties to Craighead County but had been living in the Jonesboro and Paragould areas for about a week, Clark said.

DEA honors Finley with donation

February 11, 2010 If Rick Finley had a hero it was “Serpico.”Like Al Pacino, who played an honest cop in the 1973 movie, Finley’s life also fell into that same storyline. As an undercover officer his work to combat illegal drugs and corruption would take him from small-town Arkansas to the distant jungles of Central America.That all ended May 20, 1989 when 36-year-old Finley died in a wilderness area of Peru while working “Operation Snowcap.”After graduating from Batesville High School in 1970 Finley wasn’t really sure what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.

Woman rescued

February 11, 2010 The sound of someone trying to kick in the front door of her apartment around 1 a.m. “scared me to death,” Shauna Crump told the Guard early this morning.It wasn’t a burglar at her door, it was Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Thatch who was trying to kick her door in because her house was on fire.“I was leaving a call on North State Street around 1:12 a.m. and drove by and saw smoke coming out the eaves of the house,” Thatch said. “I went to the house and started kicking on the front door because it was dead-bolted.”