Police: Ex-school board member is suspect in child porn case

September 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock police say a former North Little Rock School Board member is the target of a criminal child pornography investigation.Police Lt. Terry Hastings says 46-year-old Trent Cox has been identified as a suspect in the case.Cox has not been charged.The search warrant was served last Thursday and Cox resigned from the school board on Friday saying the travel demands of his job were forcing him to miss too many meetings.

Man arrested after mother’s death is released

September 22, 2009 PINE BLUFF (AP) — A Pine Bluff man arrested for an alleged assault on his mother has been released from jail, though authorities say an investigation is continuing into the woman’s death.Fifty-nine-year-old Daniel Olson was arrested after he told police Friday he found his mother, 83-year-old Martha Olson, dead in a bathtub of water.

Writer addresses JA

September 22, 2009 The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries area meeting was held recently in Memphis.Living a life of service and avoiding and resolving conflict were the main messages Independence County Chapter members came away with, according to a news release.

Grant applications due

September 22, 2009 All parks and recreation grant applications must be turned in to the Independence County Judge’s Office by no later than 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 to be eligible for grant monies, according to County Judge Bill Hicks.

Finance workshop to be tonight

September 22, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet in special session at 6 tonight in the high school media center for a school finance workshop presented by First Security Beardsley Public Finance, according to an agenda for the meeting.First, the board will consider a letter of resignation from board member Tim Southerland. A new board member may be appointed during the session.Rose Sparks will present an update on bricks and rocks for a project at the high school.The Beardsley finance workshop will then be presented.

Mountain View makes list

September 22, 2009 TOPEKA, Kan. — Mountain View transcends time in ways that few communities can, according to a news release. The town’s dedication to preserving — and continuing — its Ozark folk culture lands it on Mother Earth News’ fourth annual “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list. Mother Earth News, the leading sustainable-living magazine, features 11 selected communities in its October-November issue, on sale Sept. 22.

Manna House buying walnuts

September 22, 2009 MELBOURNE — For the third year, Manna House Food Pantry will be buying raw walnuts from local farmers, property owners and organizations. Beginning Oct. 1, people can bring walnuts in the shell to Manna House, on the west side of Courthouse Square in Melbourne. Volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday to weigh and write checks for the nuts. The Walnut Buying Project will continue for two to three weeks, depending on the amount of walnuts that are brought in.

ASI presents parade of pictures

September 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Studies Institute Galleries in Little Rock presents “Main Street in Black and White,” a traveling exhibit of historical photographs featuring three downtowns in their heyday, from Oct. 9 to Nov. 13. The exhibit features downtown Batesville, Blytheville and Texarkana. Photographs date from the late 1880s to the 1940s and range from circus elephant parade scenes to World War II marches.

Search for white van shifts to Ind. Co.

September 22, 2009 MELBOURNE — Authorities are still looking for a white van with a black stripe that was used in what may have been an attempted child abduction or abductions in Izard County, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.The van has not yet been located but officers feel they are making headway in the case, Lawrence said.“The investigation is now centered in Independence County,” he said. “We’ve got (a search on for) a vehicle that’s been identified as the van. That’s about all I can say without jeopardizing the investigation.”

Watercolors workshop to be offered by BAAC

September 22, 2009 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a Watercolor Workshop for beginners and intermediate painters with Richard Stephens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23.The fee is $125 for instruction only; a materials/ supply list is available at gallery, 246 E. Main St., Batesville. Preregistration with $50 deposit is required. Call BAAC at (870) 793-3382 to register.