Harding students still planning stay in Chile

March 1, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — Thirty-three Harding students are still scheduled to travel to Chile on Tuesday, less than a week after a massive earthquake struck the South American country.Students say they are still enthusiastic about the trip. Now, on top of a rigorous study load, they want to spend their extra time volunteering to rebuild and help families struggling after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake.Dean of International Programs Jeffrey Hopper will join them in April. He says he wouldn’t let the students go if he thought they would be at risk.

Pine Bluff entities seek to increase Web access

March 1, 2010 PINE BLUFF (AP) — Public entities in Pine Bluff are pushing to increase access to computers and high-speed Internet technology in the region.The city and the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Library System are among the entities making the push, which includes an estimated $1 million grant application to enhance broadband capabilities.The Arkansas State Library plans to apply for the U.S. Department of Commerce grant money through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

Weiner board votes to join Harrisburg

March 1, 2010 WEINER (AP) — Weiner School District officials have found a merger partner a lot closer to home.The Weiner School Board voted unanimously Friday to join the nearby Harrisburg School District for at least one year, taking up the Harrisburg School Board’s offer to voluntarily annex the Weiner district.Earlier this month, the state Education Board had rejected Weiner’s proposal to join with the Delight School District, 200 miles away in southwest Arkansas.The Weiner and Harrisburg districts are both in Poinsett County, about 16 miles apart.

Prengaman discusses changing journalism

March 1, 2010 Journalism is changing. It used to consist of a notepad and pen. Today, it involves not only a notepad and pen, but also graphics, photos, video and interaction.Peter Prengaman, the multimedia editor for The Associated Press’ South Desk, spoke Thursday evening at Lyon College’s annual Patterson Lecture about how journalism is becoming an interactive experience.Based in Atlanta, Prengaman oversees multimedia content for a 13-state region that stretches from Louisiana to Delaware. He recently covered the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Battery charges abound in Izard County

March 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies ended up Tasing a man who allegedly assaulted a Melbourne woman, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Police were dispatched the night of Feb. 22 to a residence on West Street in response to a possible domestic disturbance. Upon deputies’ arrival the victim, Amanda Justice, said she had been assaulted by a man named Tommy Mullins. Mullins had escaped but was later found under the house. “Mullins was ordered to come out from under the floor and when doing so Mullins showed signs of aggression and resisting,” Lawrence said.

Traffic stop reportedly yields marijuana

March 1, 2010 A state police sobriety check Feb. 7 turned up several bags of marijuana, and $703 in cash, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy John Scarbrough with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.At approximately 10 p.m. troopers from the Arkansas State Police were conducting a sobriety check point on Gap Road when Sgt. Phillip Pickett made contact with 20-year-old Jaime Rodriguez, and asked for his vehicle insurance papers, according to Scarbrough.

Savoys, Cajun band to appear at UACCB

March 1, 2010 Marc and Ann Savoy and the Savoy Family Cajun Band will perform in concert at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville at 8 p.m. March 27. Ann Savoy will read from her book, “Cajun Music: A Reflection of the People,” at appropriate intervals during the concert. The book has been hailed as “the definitive guide to Cajun music,” according to a news release.

Marriage conference set

March 1, 2010 Batesville First Assembly Family Connections Ministry will host a “Love & Respect” marriage conference Friday and Saturday. Different churches in the community are participating and the material is non-denominational, according to a news release. Door prizes will be awarded.On Friday, doors open at 5:30 p.m. for child care and registration. Supper will be served at 6, and the conference will start by 6:45.On Saturday, doors will be open at 9:30 a.m. for child care and breakfast. The conference will start at 10 and will be done by 2:15 p.m.

Beginning Steps to meet

March 1, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday in conference room A at the Josephine Raye Rogers Women & Imaging Center at White River Medical Center. All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.