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.

Post offices reduce hours

August 17, 2009 Two area post offices — at Cave City and Hardy — have new, reduced window hours for the summer, according to Leisa Tolliver-Gay of the Batesville Post Office.The new hours are already in effect and will remain in effect until Oct. 1.Window hours at Cave City are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday of each week and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.The new hours at Hardy are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday of each week and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

Officer makes arrest

August 17, 2009  When his attention was attracted by a vehicle parked at a Moorefield trucking company late Sunday night, Independence County Deputy Chris Toland felt it was worth checking out.Toland said he was patrolling around 11 p.m. when he saw the vehicle, occupied by a man later identified as Bradley L. Smith, 18, of Concord.While talking with Smith, who reportedly said he was waiting to meet a girl, Toland said he noticed a glass in the back seat of the vehicle that might have been used for drinking alcohol and asked Smith to get out of the vehicle.

Melbourne man accused of damaging road grader

August 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne teenager out of jail on bond is back in jail on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Shelby Joe Roddy, 18, was arrested Thursday, accused of damaging an Izard County Road Department grader by throwing a rock through the glass of the cab department. Damage was estimated at $650.