Main Street Arkansas to accept new members

January 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Main Street Arkansas will accept new communities in the Arkansas Downtown Network (ADN) this spring and applications are available, according to a news release. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

10 inmates riot at county jail

January 7, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — On New Year’s Eve, the Baxter County jail was something akin to the old Louis Jordan lyrics, “Beans and Cornbread had a fight, Beans knocked Cornbread outta sight.”A jail riot has resulted in charges against 10 current and former inmates, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said.The incident began when inmate Travis Lee Cagle apparently became upset with the contents of the evening meal being served and began cursing and yelling, Montgomery said.

4th Friday Food Day Class to begin this month

January 7, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — It has long been an Ozark tradition to make do with what you have on hand, according to a news release from Jeanette Larson at the Ozark Folk Center. Those are good lessons for today’s world too. But that doesn’t have to mean eating anything less than healthy, hearty, delicious meals.Soups are a traditional winter food that are easy to make and that fit easily into modern life, said Larson, who will demonstrate how to make soup from scratch.

Concord meeting rescheduled

January 7, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday has been postponed one week, primarily because of bad weather, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The meeting is rescheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Concord Community Center.During the session, the aldermen will consider a proposed 2010 budget and a working agreement between the city and its new marshal, Chris McMunn.Monthly departmental reports and a review of current bills complete the agenda.

Police look for runaway teen

January 7, 2010 Police have no leads regarding the whereabouts of 16-year-old Zachary Matthew Russell who ran away from his Setzer Road home in Newark on Dec. 15.According to the boy’s mother, Natasha Russell, she came home from work and found the boy and all his belongings missing.Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said officers have checked with local friends and his father in Evening Shade, as well as relatives in Louisiana, and they all say they have no idea where Zachary Russell may be.

Board OKs contract for addition

January 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board approved a contract for a new addition to the high school when it met briefly Wednesday afternoon. It also signed a memorandum of understanding to participate in Arkansas’ Race to the Top initiative, a nationwide, competitive bid program in which states could receive more federal stimulus funds by showing what progress is being made to improve education.The potential funding range for Arkansas is estimated to be between $60 million to $175 million with some of that being allocated to participating districts.

AARP members to have lunch

January 7, 2010 The Batesville AARP chapter will meet Tuesday at Western Sizzlin.The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. Dave Gruger of Hardy will be the guest speaker, discussing antique telephones.The event is open to the public. The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to anyone age 55 and older.

Japanese program receives grant

January 7, 2010 The Freeman Foundation has presented Lyon College with a grant of $28,000 in order to enhance the study of Japanese language and literature. The foundation funds projects that promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Asia, and it has awarded Lyon College a total of $166,000 since 2003.

Area schools deal with highs, lows in 2009

January 7, 2010 From the Batesville School District’s venture into unchartered territory, to the Cushman Bulldogs’ final farewell, Eagle Mountain Magnet archers world-champion win and the welcoming of a new elementary for Southside, news in education was ahead of the class in 2009. Unchartered territoryThe fall of 2009 found Batesville looking to acquire a charter status for its junior high, but the idea was soon dropped after the district agreed to review the idea further and allow for more public input.

Felony drug charges filed

January 7, 2010 NEWPORT — Five people have been charged in Jackson County with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.According to Chief Investigator Sgt. David Platt, with the Jackson County Criminal Investigation Division, Marcus Shane Boyster, Donnie A. Carlton, Christopher Fischer, Heather Marie Smart and Lauren Elaine Billingsley have been formally charged and are scheduled to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Jan. 22.