Teenager found with toy gun at Mtn. Home elementary

February 25, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Police in Mountain Home are questioning a teenage boy that officers say was found outside an elementary school with a toy gun.Lt. Sam Seamans says police were called just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to Nelson-Wilks-Herron Elementary to a report of a man with a gun in a car in the drop off lane at the school.Seamans says officers instead found the teenager with the toy gun and three other minors in the car.No names have been released.

Parks find social media good way to stay in touch

February 25, 2010 It may seem that social media is a relatively new phenomenon but according to Joe Jacobs, marketing and revenue manager for Arkansas State Parks, it’s been around for centuries. “Some of the earliest forms of social media can be seen in the pictograph, or cave drawings found in Petit Jean State Park,” Jacobs said.Today, new technology and media reaches far more people than simple cave drawings ever could. Arkansas State Parks has found Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to be great tools to interact with park users.

Gov leaves open veto possibility on funds

February 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK, (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe is now leaving open the possibility of rejecting lawmakers’ plans to tap into the state’s unclaimed property fund and the fund that finances constitutional officers to pay for budget needs.Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Wednesday that Beebe hasn’t ruled out rejecting plans to tap into the funds for $2.9 million. Lawmakers this week rejected Beebe’s request to borrow the money from their fund that goes toward local projects.

To some, suicide attack on IRS made pilot a hero

February 25, 2010 DALLAS (AP) — Flames were still shooting from the building when the suicide pilot who crashed his plane into the IRS office in Austin was being hailed in some corners as a hero who struck a courageous blow against the tyranny of the U.S. tax code.While most Americans surely see Joseph Stack as an angry, misguided man whose final act was repugnant, his suicide mission has clearly tapped a vein of rage among anti-tax, anti-government extremists.

Curves to host food drive

February 25, 2010 From March 1 to 31, Curves of Batesville will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations for food banks in the local area, according to Bobby Sanders, owner of the local Curves facility.Each year Curves locations around the country collectively donate millions of pounds of food to feed the hungry, according to a company news release.“We hope the women in the Batesville area will come together and participate in this initiative,” Sanders said.For more information about the food drive, call Sanders at (870) 612-8783.

Strawberry River DAR to meet

February 25, 2010 HORSESHOE BEND — The Strawberry River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Manor House in Horseshoe Bend at 1 p.m. March 6. Hostesses are Frances Oldenburg and Janet Ross.The business section of the meeting will revolve around the election of the slate of officers for the coming two years.

Prayer shawl group to meet

February 25, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

‘Seuss on the Loose’ set

February 25, 2010 Batesville Preschool will host a free “Seuss on the Loose” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St. in Batesville for children and adults.“Join us on a Seussical adventure as we celebrate the birthday of the legendary Dr. Seuss. We will have lots of neat activities and snacks. Bring your child and plan on having a great time,” said Lorrie McClure with the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. 

United Way seeking applications

February 25, 2010 Applications will be accepted for 2011 United Way funding until March 31, according to Robb Roberts, chairman of the Agency Relations Committee for the United Way of Independence County.Applying organizations must be non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organizations providing direct and meaningful service to the people of Independence County and must have been in existence for at least two years, according to a news release.

Lankford to discuss ‘changing story’

February 25, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem & Mineral Club kicks off its 2010 series of meetings at 10 a.m. March 4 with a presentation by Dr. George Lankford at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, according to Paul Grindol, president.During Lankford’s program, “Catching up with the Old,” he will relate how “archeologists keep changing the story,” Grindol said.Lankford will give a brief survey of several issues in North American prehistory and talk about how archaeologists have changed their understanding of them in the light of new evidence and interpretations.