Shelter to close; HRA sells building

August 18, 2009 MELBOURNE — Safe Passage, a domestic violence shelter serving Izard and Fulton counties, will soon be closing its doors, but assistant director Christy Puckett hopes that it won’t be for good. Puckett and staff at Safe Passage received word Thursday from Health Resources of Arkansas, which owns the property, that the building has been sold, Puckett said. The shelter has been given until October to move.

Coroner, four others indicted

August 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Five people have been indicted by a grand jury on drug conspiracy charges, and the Independence County coroner is among them.According to U.S. District Attorney Jane Duke, four Independence County residents and one with an address unknown were involved in the conspiracy over a 12-year period.

Concord district returns to campus this week

August 17, 2009 CONCORD — Concord School District will begin classes Wednesday.Superintendent is Dr. Michael Davidson. District treasurer is Perralee Simpson.Planned holidays include: Labor Day, Sept. 7; Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25-27; Christmas break, Dec. 21-Jan. 1; spring break, March 22-26; Good Friday, April 2; and Memorial Day, May 31.Graduation is planned for May 14.The number of students enrolled last year was 483. There were 35 graduates with 92 percent of the senior class graduating. College attendance rate among 2008 graduates is 50 percent.

Hillcrest to welcome students back to school

August 17, 2009 LYNN — The first day of school for all students of Hillcrest School District will be Wednesday. Buses will run, and breakfast and lunch will be served.Kindergarten students must be registered.Open house will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.Hillcrest has campuses at 180 School St. in Lynn and 146 South Main St. in Strawberry.The Lynn campus telephone numbers are (870) 528-3462 and 528-3110, and the facsimile line number is 528-3766.The Strawberry campus telephone number is 528-3856, and the fax is 28-3383.

Midland to resume classes Wednesday

August 17, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland School District will begin classes Wednesday.Dean Stanley is superintendent. District treasurer is Linda Allgood.School board members are: Bryson Wood, president; Clint McCance, vice president; Connie Blevins, secretary; and Robert Beel, James Grider, Bobby Rhew and Deborah Frazier.The board meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the board room on the high school campus.

Diabetes workshops offered

August 17, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will conduct a Diabetes Workshop series in Mountain View.All three sessions will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Stone County Extension Service Conference Room, located at 205 Martin St., Mountain View. The first session will be Aug. 29 and will cover carbohydrate counting. Rosemary Rodibaugh, Extension nutrition specialist, will have low-carb cooking demonstrations and recipes.

Church plans homecoming

August 17, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Milligan Campground Cumberland Presbyterian Church will have its homecoming Sept. 6.A potluck will be served at 12:30 p.m. There will be singing in the afternoon.Those attending should bring lawn chairs.To reach the church, take Highway 230 between Strawberry and Cave City and turn on Milligan Campground Road. For more information call Geraldine Poskey at (870) 528-3292.

Rings Chapel to celebrate 120th anniversary

August 17, 2009 CAVE CITY — Rings Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 120th anniversary at 10 a.m. Saturday.The morning message will be brought by former pastor William C. “Chuck” Roach, a state missionary at Heber Springs. The afternoon message will be brought by the current pastor, Royce Ford.There will be a history of the church given, a time for sharing and special music.A potluck will be served at noon.Anyone who has memories of the church to share may send them to P.O. Box 152, Cave City, AR 72521 or call Ford at (870) 793-5767.

Batesville board meets tonight

August 17, 2009 With classes set to begin on Wednesday, the Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 tonight in the high school cafeteria.Included on the agenda are presentations about the census and the Alert Now Program. Health Awareness awards will be presented to Eagle Mountain Magnet, while new employees for the 2009-10 year will be introduced to the board.Meetings are open to the public. 

Teacher, friend say Baldwin never mentioned deaths

August 17, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — A high school teacher testified Friday that one of the men convicted in the 1993 deaths of three West Memphis boys was a good student who showed no sign of having participated in the brutal killings.Marion High School art teacher Sally Ware testified that Jason Baldwin was a good student who won an art award the week of the killings of Steven Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore.A childhood friend of Baldwin’s, Joseph Samuel Dwyer, said Baldwin never told him or other friends about any involvement in the boys’ deaths.