Federal judge says firing of juror violated law

February 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge says a Benton pre-school center violated federal law when a cook’s assistant was fired after telling her employer she had been selected for a jury pool in federal court at Little Rock.“The moral of the story is, you do not take action against employees for serving on jury duty,” said Morgan “Chip” Welch, lawyer for Elizabeth Waleryzak Curtis, fired by The Learning Center.

Two face charges in bomb incident at Branson shops

February 22, 2010 BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities arrested a couple in Branson on Thursday after they discovered two explosive devices at Branson Landing, an upscale waterfront shopping area in the tourist town.A security guard found the first device, along with screwdrivers and crowbars, in a backpack near an ATM, Branson Police Chief Caroll McCullough said Thursday.Springfield Fire Marshal Kevin Binam described it as a homemade device consisting of three, taped-up cardboard tubes of explosives, each the size of a road flare.

Storage unit burglarized; fire set at car lot

February 22, 2010 Police have no suspects in a storage unit burglary or a car lot fire that occurred over the weekend.Deputy Anthony Carter took a report Sunday from Darrell Baker regarding the theft of household items from a storage unit on Harrison Street.Baker told Carter that when his wife went to the storage unit around 5 p.m. to pick up some items and couldn’t get the lock to open she called him for assistance. Baker said he couldn’t get the lock open either.“Mr. Baker noticed that it was not the same lock they had placed on the unit,” Carter said.

Calico couple arrested for drugs

February 22, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Thursday visit to the residence at Route 62 Box 1, Calico Rock resulted in the arrest of a man and woman on drug-related charges. Kelvin Edward Walde, 21, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, refusal to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct. He posted a $3,810 bond the following day and was released from the Izard County jail. Elizabeth Jean Hall, 35, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains in jail in lieu of bond.

Student art exhibited

February 22, 2010 Acrylic, watercolor and mixed media works created by art students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville are on display in the new gallery space in the Roy Row Sr., and Imogene Row Johns Library and Academic Building. The art will remain on display until March 18.

ASU presents string quartet

February 22, 2010 Jonesboro — The Fowler Center Series presents its seventh event of the 2009-10 season with multifaceted string quartet Brooklyn Rider in performance at 7:30 p.m. March 13 Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, Jonesboro.“Brooklyn Rider has become increasingly known for its creative programming and exciting collaborations which serve to illuminate music in new ways and invite audiences into a shared experience,” according to a news release. “Uniquely able to address a wide and inclusive range of music, they are as willing to explore the world of Haydn as they are in the music of today.”

Cave tour announced

February 22, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — A photography tour of Dripstone Trail at Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View is set for Feb. 28. This is a special opportunity to photograph the upper level of the caverns and is limited to the first 10 people who return advance payment, according to a news release. Tours meet at the visitor center at noon and will photograph for four hours. Tripods are welcome, and a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Tours are by reservation only, and are not instructional.

CPR class offered

February 22, 2010 The Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class will be offered by Vital Link from 6 to 10 p.m. March 8 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee of $25 covers the textbook and CPR card.To register call (870) 793-3351.

Soul’d out to perform

February 22, 2010 RUSSELL — Soul’d Out Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Russell Missionary Baptist Church, 313 E. Main St. in Russell (White County).Based in Georgetown, Ohio, Soul’d Out Ministries was formed in 2001 as a trio and then reformed as an all male quartet in 2004. Soul’d Out is a full-time ministry touring 25 states each year, performing in churches, theatres, fairs/festivals, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, as well as the main stage at the National Quartet Convention.

Bowlers needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters

February 22, 2010 Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas will host a “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” April 17 and is currently recruiting teams for the fundraising event.“Our ‘Big’ volunteers invested almost 19,000 one-on-one mentoring hours with children in northcentral Arkansas last year,” said Scarlett Barnes, event co-chairwoman. “Support Batesville programs match children with carefully-screened, caring Big Brothers and Big Sisters who make a positive impact in the lives of children. Supporting each match takes an investment of $1,000 annually.”