No fines for overdue books

April 2, 2010 The Independence County Library is observing National Library Weeks with fine-free days for the next two weeks.Library employees ask that all overdue items be returned, without penalty of a fine, April 5-17.Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (870) 793-8814.

It was never make believe Newport’s Jack Nance: Making music happen

April 2, 2010 Editor’s note: This is Part Two in a series on Jack Nance, a Newport native. In addtion to Conway Twitty, Nance worked with top entertainers including Dionne Warwick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Monkees, the Moody Blues, the Fifth Dimension, the Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night, the Temptations, Herman’s Hermits and others. The “others” included a group of youngsters called the Jackson Five as they rose to prominence. One of them, 12 at the time, went on to become the most famous of pop stars — King of Pop Michael Jackson.

Doing Time

April 2, 2010 Twenty years ago signs to the entrance where the prison would be located touted it as the Miller-Clinton Prison. Quorum courts and city halls were filled to capacity and the construction site had to have 24/7 security to cut down on the vandalism. In 1990, the unit opened with 12 inmates and 64 staff members. Now it contains over 550 inmates and more than 200 staff members. Future plans call for a $4 million-$5 million addition and will require additional employees.

Sister wants answers

April 2, 2010 A skull found in Independence County has been identified as that of a Searcy man who had been reported missing six years ago.William Earnest “Pee Wee” Green, 25, was reported missing in February 2004 by his family. Green’s parents are William Earnest Green of Beebe and Karon Kissinger of McRae and his sister is Tabitha Cox of Searcy. Green had attended Searcy High School and would have graduated with the class of 1997 but dropped out to get his General Education Diploma.

Mabelvale students dig into school garden project

April 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Students at Mabelvale Magnet Middle School learned their first lesson Wednesday as they dug into the site for the school’s new garden: It’s tough to push a shovel through Bermuda grass.The class of 2014 laughed as it stomped shovels through the school’s courtyard, tearing dozens of divots into the turf. Next school year, that sunny acre of grass will be the first pilot site for one of the largest studies to examine whether gardening at school can help adolescents get healthier and get along better.

Park to host World War II exhibit

April 1, 2010 Jacksonport — Jackson-port State Park’s latest exhibit, “Work, Fight, Sacrifice,” will allow visitors to experience World War II through the eyes of the residents of Jackson County.“From the home front to the front lines, these citizens strongly supported the war effort,” curator Angela Jackson said. “Join park staff and local veterans on April 10th to celebrate the day-long exhibit opening event to unveil the park’s latest courthouse gallery exhibit.”

Vendor space available

April 1, 2010 SALEM — Vendor space is available for booths at the Fulton County Homecoming Festival Street Market.The 61st annual festival is scheduled for May 28-29 in Salem and the Street Market will be held May 29. Any type of marketable items may be sold but the festival committee reserves the right to refuse certain items (water guns, popping items, silly string, etc.). For more information or to reserve a booth space call Ninnie Thomas at (870) 371-0381 or e-mail

ASU to present concert

April 1, 2010 Jonesboro — The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the ASU Concert Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Neale Bartee. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

KCCJ launches Web site

April 1, 2010 KCCJ 106.9 LPFM has launched a new Web site, station plays contemporary Christian music as well as contemporary worship music, said Butch Kelley, pastor of Jubilee Family Church in Batesville. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the city of Batesville. For more information call (870) 793-9124.

Church to have bake sale

April 1, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside United Methodist Church will have a bake sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.The church is located off Highway 167 across from Southside School on Magnolia Street. All money raised will go to the March of Dimes.