St. Pat’s Day event scheduled

February 25, 2010 SIDNEY — The Sidney St. Patrick’s celebration will be March 20 with festivities beginning at 10 a.m., Mayor Justin Davis said.Booth space for vendors is free but those wanting to reserve a space should call Linda Kay Westmoreland at (870) 346-5236, Charlotte Ratliff at (870) 283-2100 or Davis at (870) 613-1956.A parade will be at 1 p.m., an antique tractor show arranged by Danny Smith of Cave City will take place throughout the day and a drawing for $500 in cash will take place about 4 p.m., Davis said.

Fraud warrant issued

February 25, 2010 A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jesse L. Johnson on four counts of alleged credit card fraud, according to a court affidavit by Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.Johnson reportedly used the credit card of Lorene Burrow to make purchases from Dish Network and Verizon Wireless in late 2009.Bittle said the total restitution owed to Burrow’s bank is $3,203.55.The credit card fraud charge is a class C felony. His bond has been set at $10,000 by District Judge Chaney Taylor.—from court documents

Movie to be screened

February 25, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.The children’s movie classic “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.

Calendar, facility improvements top board agenda at Concord

February 25, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school media center to consider revising the school calendar to make up for days missed to ice, snow and slick roads, according to an agenda for the session.High school exterior improvements, an addition to the cafeteria and a master facility plan will also be discussed.The directors will consider renewing the high school principal’s contract and four other employees’ contracts for the 2010-11 school year, as well as consider a letter of resignation from one employee.

Midland to celebrate 25 years Sunday

February 25, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland School District will be celebrating “25 years of Pride and Progress” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the school.The event, open to the public, will include recognition of distinguished alumni from 12 different fields as selected by an outside committee based on nominations provided. “We are hoping to have a great turn-out for this event and hope that many people that have had influence on the Midland District will return for this celebration,” Superintendent Dean Stanley said.

Collector announces

February 25, 2010 SIDNEY — Charlotte Ratliff, Sharp County tax collector, has announced her intent to seek a fourth term.Charlotte, her husband Jeremy and daughter Ashley live on their family farm at Sidney. She is a lifelong resident of Sharp County and is currently serving on the board of directors for the Arkansas Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Allen seeking re-election

February 25, 2010 WILLIFORD — Bartus Allen of rural Williford has announced his candidacy for re-election to the quorum court for District 6 in Sharp County.He is a former school administrator and resides in Sitka where he operates a farm.“I have appreciated serving the people of District 6 in the past and would like to continue,” Allen said. “I will work hard to see that your tax dollars are wisely used.

History director to speak

February 25, 2010 Sojourner Project Director Jo Blatti will speak at 7 p.m. March 2 at the Mabee-Simpson Library on the Lyon College campus about the Sojourner oral history project. The title of her lecture is “If A Stranger Sojourns With Thee in Your Land: An Oral History Project Exploring 21st Century Immigration in Batesville and Surrounding Areas.”

‘Snow’ spring break for Cave City

February 25, 2010 CAVE CITY — No spring break for Cave City students.That was the decision of the Cave City School Board on Monday after the directors learned the majority of the district’s staff voted to hold school during spring break instead of adding days to the end of the school year.It still could be June 1 before school is out for the summer.Superintendent Steven Green said the district missed 11 days to icy, snowy weather and the resulting slick roads. Only seven snow days were built into the school calendar.

Womack to run for Melbourne mayor

February 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — Shannon Womack of Melbourne has announced his intention to run for mayor of Melbourne in the November general election.He is a graduate of Melbourne High School and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Murlie, have been married 47 years. They have two sons and daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.According to Womack, he wants to use his 20 plus years of city government experience along with his business experience in the mayor’s office to ensure that the patrons of Melbourne get the maximum use of their city taxes.