Hawkins was famed Rockabilly artist

February 15, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK —Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Delmar Allen “Dale” Hawkins of North Little Rock, singer, songwriter, and producer, was born in Goldmine, La., on Aug. 22, 1936 and died in Little Rock on Saturday, February 13, 2010, according to the hall of fame’s Web site.

Segregationist ‘Justice Jim’ Johnson remembered

February 15, 2010 CONWAY — Jim Johnson, a self-described die-hard segregationist who twice failed in bids to be elected Arkansas governor, has died at the age of 85.Johnson, who served on the state Supreme Court in the late 1950s and early 1960s, was widely known to veterans of Arkansas politics as “Justice Jim.” The judicial title appeared on the ballot with his name when Johnson was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1966, losing to Republican Winthrop Rockefeller.

Luger said he’d ‘either win or die’

February 15, 2010 TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The father of a Georgian luger killed during a training run at the Vancouver Olympics said today that his son worried the track was too dangerous, but insisted on competing because he had come to the games to try to win.“He told me: Dad, I really fear that curve,” David Kumaritashvili, a former Soviet-era luger, told The Associated Press at his home in the snow-covered slopes of Georgia’s top ski resort. He said the two spoke by phone shortly before the fatal run.

GED testing scheduled

February 15, 2010 The General Educational Development Test is administered in Independence County at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Test dates for spring 2010 are as follows: Feb. 19 and 26, March 5, 12, and 19, April 2, 9, 15, 16, 23 and 30, and May 7. GED Testing is offered free to the public.Half of the approximately 8 hour test is administered each week but at least one test date per month offers the entire GED Test. Students must pass the Pre-GED Test, have a government issued photo ID, and pre-register in order to be eligible to take the official test.

GPS Workshop planned

February 15, 2010 Jacksonport — Jacksonport State Park will conduct GPS workshops from 9 a.m. to noon March 13 and April 17 at the Jacksonport Courthouse.“Geocaching is a great sport for friends and families,” said park interpreter Donna Bentley. “You can explore the outdoors and have fun with family and friend searching for caches at Arkansas State Parks.

Prayer shawl group to meet

February 15, 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.

Archery teams win

February 15, 2010 More than 1,500 students from 72 schools competed in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament Feb. 5-6 at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.Seven schools in Independence County came home winners, placing in the top 10, and have qualified to compete in the national tournament scheduled for May 6, 7 and 8 at Louisville, Ky.

Walk Across Arkansas to kick off

February 15, 2010 The Independence County Exten-sion Office is hoping to attract teams of walkers for a program called “Walk Across Arkansas, according to Stephanie Schindler, Independence County family and consumer sciences Extension agent.“If folks can come from all over the world to walk across our beautiful state and enjoy its scenery, couldn’t you and a group of friends walk across the Natural State for health,” she said. “Walk Across Arkansas is an eight-week health program that will spark some friendly competitions in Independence County.”

Interlocal law committee discusses court expenses

February 15, 2010 Hiring a public safety officer may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but so far it is costing the city money.That was one of the topics discussed when members of the Independence County/Batesville Interlocal Law Enforcement Committee discussed issues facing local courts and law enforcement during a meeting Friday morning.The city’s traffic safety officer budget is going into the hole, by the time the officer’s salary and operating expenses are met, officials said.