Architect hired for football stadium

December 28, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board agreed Dec. 17 to hire architect Bob Bailey of Little Rock to design and handle the bidding process for a new football stadium, Superintendent Steve Green said.The vote was unanimous. Bailey has been architect for many construction projects at the school over the past several years.In other business Green informed the board about a new federal program called Race to the Top.

County makes holiday arrests

December 28, 2009 MELBOURNE — A woman returned to her home on Knob Creek Road in Melbourne Christmas Eve night to find someone loading her belongings into a truck.  The woman called the sheriff’s department and upon arrival of deputies, the male subject had unloaded his truck, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Michael Ryan Hilton, age 46 of Melbourne, gave conflicting statements as to his reason for being there, Lawrence said.

Data shows teacher pay

December 28, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Salaries for school district superintendents have grown slightly faster than teacher salaries in recent years.Superintendent salaries grew on average by 8.7 percent since the 2005-06 school year, the earliest period for which the Department of Education has such data. Teacher salaries went up 6.2 percent.The Pulaski County Special School District paid out the most in superintendent pay at $411,281 in 2008-09, about four times the state average. The amount in Pulaski County was driven by the buyout of the superintendent last year.

UACCB aviation students receive NASA scholarships

December 28, 2009 Two students in the Doyle “Rog” Rogers Jr., Aviation Maintenance program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville have been awarded NASA scholarships.Nicholas Jackson and Jason Waits were recently awarded the $2,000 scholarships. Jackson will complete the associate degree program in May 2010 and Waits will graduate in December 2010.Jackson said he learned about the aviation program at UACCB from his uncle who was enrolled in the program.

Deal closed for Williford library site

December 28, 2009 WILLIFORD — When completed, the new Williford Library will offer a wide range of services including computer use to patrons of the community.And, it won’t flood.“The property is ours. We closed the deal ... Now we’re doing everything that is necessary to open the library,” Marilyn Bischoff, leader of a group of Sharp County citizens who have been working for the past two years to keep a library in the community, said Dec. 18.“This came out of the efforts of a lot of people,” she said.

Spilled purse results in drug arrest

December 24, 2009 A Batesville woman who spilled her purse in front of an out-of-town cop went to jail Friday afternoon on drug charges.Independence County Deputy Dee McFatter said she was dispatched to Fine Line Body Art tattoo shop just before 5:30 p.m. regarding a woman possibly being intoxicated.“When I arrived I talked to Cleburne County Officer Jim Medlin, who said that he had seen a woman drop a brown purse and things started spilling out,” McFatter said. “He said that he saw a pill on the floor that he recognized as a Xanax bar.”

Open letter to anti-trapping ‘Joe’

December 24, 2009 Several weeks ago I wrote a column about a fur coat made from bobcats and gray foxes that I caught last year on my trapline. I am proud of this coat, my accomplishments as a trapper and the knowledge of the wild I’ve gained from years of trapping.The person who wrote the following letter feels differently. Here’s his letter, exactly as I received it followed by my response. Name: Joe

Officers use decoy deer

December 24, 2009 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A decoy deer tempts illegal deer hunters in Southwest Arkansas.Hidden nearby in the woods is Arkansas Game & Fish Commission wildlife Sgt. Mark Kennemore, waiting for a chance to catch an illegal hunter.As the problem evolved of night hunters or hunters shooting from roads into the woods, the commission developed a way to use decoy animals to catch illegal hunters and make arrests.

Christian singer killed in crash

December 24, 2009 COZAD, Neb. (AP) — One of the people killed on icy roads in Nebraska this week was a Christian singer from suburban Kansas City.The Nebraska State Patrol says 37-year-old Derek Loux of Grandview, Mo., died early Wednesday after losing control of his SUV on Interstate 80 near Cozad.Loux’s wife, Tracie, posted a statement on the family’s blog,, about the accident. Tracie Loux asked people to pray for her family as they deal with the loss of Derek Loux.

Williams recognizes students

December 24, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College has released the names of students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2009 fall semester. The President’s List includes those full-time students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, while the Dean’s List is comprised of those with at least a 3.5 GPA.Local students on the President’s List include:Cherokee Village — Jeremy Hansen, Ashley Huth Mountain View — Kelsey Burns Smithville — Jessica Jarrett.Local students on the Dean’s List include:Ash Flat — Jessica Sellers