Floral Fire District holds special election

February 8, 2010 Residents in the Floral Fire District of Independence and Cleburne counties will be going to the polls Tuesday to have their say in regard to a change in their fire protection.The fire district members will be voting on whether to form a state-approved fire protection district that would allow for the collection of taxes to support improvements to firefighter’s equipment.

Judge seeks state aid for triplets

February 8, 2010 An Independence County Judge who filed for Social Security income for his triplets was denied.According to documents filed in the county clerk’s office, District Judge Chaney Taylor is now seeking a petition for review and a request for oral argument on triplets Sophie G. Taylor, Ty E. Taylor and Chaney W. Taylor III.

Rockabilly revival: Center of rock ’n’ roll universe

February 5, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series about Vaden Records artists from the 1950s to the present. A concert featuring surviving Vaden artists will be from 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the Trumann Recreation Complex. Admission is $5.TRUMANN — Few of the thousands of rockabilly songs recorded in the ’50s ever made the charts. Musical tastes changed in the early 1960s and rockabilly as a music style all but died out as it became more and more indistinguishable from rock ’n’ roll.

Deaths, robberies top police news in 2009

February 5, 2010 Local law enforcement authorities were able to start 2009 by closing the case of a woman who had been reported missing the previous December.Jennye L. Davis, 31, of Newark went missing on Dec. 12 after arguing with her estranged husband.Davis’ father, Frank Wells, found his daughter’s body in the woods near his home on Jan. 7. The state crime lab later declared her death as suicide by hanging.

Soapmaking workshop scheduled

February 5, 2010 POWHATAN — Bubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble, a soapmaking workshop, will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 20 at Powhatan Historic State Park in Lawrence County, Park Interpreter Kristyn Watts said.The registration fee is $20 per person.

Flyfishers to hear about project for ‘warriors’

February 5, 2010 JONESBORO — Rick Trowbridge, Southern Region Coordinator for Project Healing Waters, will be the guest speaker at the Northeast Arkansas Flyfishers’ meeting Tuesday at the Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center at 600 E. Lawson Road in Jonesboro, according to a news release.“Project Healing Waters helps Wounded Warriors adjust back into society through fishing and talking to other soldiers about their experiences,” the release states.Fly tying is at 6:30 p.m. Dennis Reed will be the featured fly tyer.The meeting will begin around 7.

College student says car was rammed on highway

February 5, 2010 Three women say their car was rammed, then blocked off by other vehicles early this morning.Lyon College student Julie Arnold of Bono said she had received a call from friends asking for a ride from the American Legion on Highway 69 north of Batesville, so she left with two other friends, Lauren Castleberry, also of Bono, and Katie Beineke of Jonesboro. By the time the three arrived at the Legion, friends had already left.

Felon arrested in road hunting incident

February 5, 2010 An arrest is pending in the case of a road hunting incident that occurred Nov. 15, according to an affidavit filed in Independence County Circuit Court.According to Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Brent Everett, Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Ryan Nast received a complaint of road hunting on Cedar Grove Road.A witness told Nast a small gray pickup, with two men inside, drove south on Cedar Grove Road, turned around, then slowly drove north where it stopped and someone shot a deer. The witness said he recognized the passenger as Harold Girtman.

Ozarka’s Culinary Arts to host Valentine Dinner

February 5, 2010 Melbourne —  The Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department will hold its annual Valentine gourmet dinner on Feb. 11th.  This dinner will be reserved seating only in the lobby of the John E. Miller Auditorium.

Calvary calls interim pastor

February 5, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church, Batesville, has called the Rev. Frank Shell as interim pastor. The church’s former pastor, Stefan Eubanks, left last July. Shell will be filling the pulpit, bringing the message each Sunday morning, Sunday evening, as well as leading the Wednesday midweek prayer meetings. Calvary’s worship services are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays with the midweek prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.The church is located at the corner of 18th and Lyon streets in Batesville. More information can be found at www.calvarybatesville.net.