School board to meet Tuesday

February 12, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at 1502 N. Hill St. in Newark. That agenda will include a recognition award from the Arkansas Department of Education to Cord-Charlotte Elementary, Educational Excellence trust funds and financial reports and bills.Meetings are open to the public.

Man nabbed for drug violations

February 12, 2010 ASH FLAT — After continuous complaints of suspicious activity at an Ash Flat home, Sharp County Sheriff’s detectives along with Arkansas State Police and Ash Flat Police Department personnel obtained a search warrant Thursday for the home of 57-year-old Rickey Eugene McComas at 23 Johnson Ave. in Ash Flat, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

Cedar Ridge open Monday

February 12, 2010 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District will have school on Monday, Presidents Day, said Michelle Green, administrative assistant to the superintendent.“This date was originally scheduled as a holiday with no school, but it will now be a make-up day for inclement weather. Cedar Ridge has missed six days this year due to inclement weather and they are being made up on days designated as make-up days on the original calendar,” she said.

Quorum court rescheduled

February 12, 2010 Independence County Quorum Court, postponed earlier because of snow, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to county Judge Bill Hicks’ office.The court will meet on the second floor of the Independence County Library building at Third and Main streets in Batesville and is open to the public.

Causey seeks congressional seat

February 12, 2010 JONESBORO — Chad Causey, a Jonesboro native and Democrat, has announced his campaign to represent Arkansas’ First Congressional District. His announcement comes at the beginning of what will be a district-wide listening tour to meet with voters from across the area, he said.

Willis seeks new term

February 12, 2010 Hardy Willis, a Democrat, is officially announcing that he will seek a fourth term serving the people of Independence County as coroner.“It is a tremendous honor to serve the people of Independence County as coroner for the past six years,” Willis said. “I’m honored and humbled that the people of Independence County have elected me three times and my hope is that I have earned their trust for another term. I am committed to you — the people of Independence County.”During his tenure as coroner, Willis has regularly been singled out for his leadership on important issues.

Forgotten purse unites couple

February 12, 2010 CHARLOTTE — When William Coe found a purse in the Witts Spring gym in late fall of 1959, he didn’t know it belonged to his future wife.Helping clean up the gym after ball games was part of Coe’s duties at the school, where he was coaching basketball and teaching science.“She was there keeping score for Snowball. She left her purse by the scorer’s table — she forgot her purse,” William said. “I found the purse and I asked some kids who it belonged to. Helen Sue Yancey kept score for us, and she said, ‘It’s Miss Taylor’s purse.’”

Man dies from explosion injuries

February 12, 2010 Schofield, Wis. — A Southside graduate living in Wisconsin died Wednesday from injuries received in a chemical explosion.According to media reports, 31-year-old Eric Simpson, a worker at Quality Surface Processing and a chaplain for the Iowa National Guard, was taken to St. Clare’s Hospital with severe injuries after a chemical accident at Quality Surface Processing Tuesday morning. Two other workers were treated for smoke inhalation on site.

Police: Ariz. girl escapes virtual prison in home

February 11, 2010 PHOENIX (AP) — A 14-year-old Phoenix girl was fed once every day or two, maybe some crackers or a can of food, police said.She was locked in a bathroom without running water for two months, forced to use a bucket instead of a toilet, police said. She told police her father beat her with metal rods and belts. And her bed? A blanket on the tile floor.Authorities say the malnourished girl managed to escape her virtual prison, and her father and stepmother were arrested for investigation of child abuse, kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.

Grade reports are in for Arkansas schools

February 11, 2010 The Arkansas Department of Education recently reported that 58 public schools in the state inflated 20 percent or more of students’ grades on 2009 end-of-course exams. The review compared grades of high school students taking algebra I and geometry and inflation was said to occur at schools where at least 20 percent of students made an A or B in the class, but failed to score proficient or advanced on the corresponding exam.