Severs crowned queen

September 8, 2009 Wood-Lawn Inc. hosted its annual beauty pageant at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 in the main dining room of the nursing center.The eight contestants were judged on personality, poise and appearance.Billie Severs was crowned queen. She will represent Wood-Lawn Inc. in the district pageant on Oct. 13 in Jonesboro.Other winners were Maggie Wisdom, first runner-up; Tressie Coots, second runner-up; Phyllis Saucier, third runner-up; Marjorie Marshell, Ms. Photogenic; Nola Jones, life history award; and Bridget Blake, Ms. Congeniality.

Benefit archery tourney set

September 8, 2009 The Eagle Mountain Magnet archery team will hold a 3-D archery tournament Friday and Saturday hosted by Gary Seymore, coach Susan Parker said. Money raised will help the team with expenses when it travels to Walt Disney World in Florida for the archery world finals Oct. 8-11. The tournament will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with elimination rounds beginning at 5 on Saturday at the Eagle Mountain gym. Those age 13 and older who are interested in participating should call Seymore at (870) 834-6046.

Weiner teen dead in shooting

September 8, 2009 WEINER (AP) — A 15-year-old student at Weiner High School has been killed in what police are calling an “apparent accidental shooting.”Police were called to the scene about 2 p.m. Monday and found the teen’s body inside a vehicle. The boy’s name has not been released.Police say the teen’s body will be sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.A memorial was held Monday night at the Weiner United Methodist Church.

Community Fest planned

September 8, 2009 LYNN — The second annual Community Fest will be Saturday at the Lynn campus of Hillcrest School.Activities will include live music, karaoke, a beauty pageant, water wars, bounce houses and arts and crafts.Vendor applications may be picked up at Lynn City Hall or Strawberry City Hall; by e-mailing; or by phoning (501) 454-0815 or (870) 612-3530.

Suspect jailed in shooting

September 8, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police have arrested a suspect who allegedly fired shots at a home where a birthday party for a 3-year-old girl was taking place. Two adults were wounded.Authorities charged Angel Savala with attempted first-degree murder after the Saturday incident. Police say the two people who were shot were treated and released from a hospital.Jonesboro police say two people at the party had been in an earlier dispute with two people in a vehicle, from which the shots were fired. Police say witnesses named both suspects for police.

Saline Co. bids for state fair

September 8, 2009 BENTON (AP) — Organizers in Saline County are preparing a proposal to become hosts of the Arkansas State Fair.The fair has asked for groups to submit proposals for a new fairgrounds complex. The fair is looking for 350 acres, and for the land to be within 35 miles of its current home south of downtown Little Rock.The Saline County Economic Development Corporation is to suggest three possible locations to the Arkansas Livestock Show Association, which puts on the fair each year. The largest of the sites is the existing Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton.

Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour planned for Sept. 18-20

September 8, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The eighth annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour will take place Sept. 18-20, according to a news release.This free self-guided driving tour of artists’ studios in Mountain View, Calico Rock, Pineville and Fox includes the diverse and exciting work of more than 30 local artists in the setting where their art is created, the release states.

Grandparents as Parents informational meeting set

September 8, 2009 The Batesville Early Learning & Enrichment Center will host a Grandparents as Parents informational meeting at noon Thursday in the resource room. The meeting is open to all those interested. Lunch will be served. For more information call (870) 793-0627.

Internet chat leads to sexual charges

September 8, 2009 A California man is in the Independence County jail after his Internet connection with a 14-year-old Independence County girl led to his arrest on sexual indecency with a minor, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.Mundy said in a court affidavit that 18-year-old William R. Silliman was arrested after the girl’s father allegedly caught him having sex with his daughter and called police.

Some students to hear Obama

September 8, 2009 While some of the nation’s schools vowed not to show President Barack Obama’s school address this morning, Batesville Schools, Southside Schools and Cave City High School were not among them. While Batesville sent notes home to parents, who could either agree to let their children watch or not watch the address, this is not something the district sees as a “political concern,” Superintendent Ted Hall told the Guard this morning.“To get a good education and to better yourself,” that’s the important message, Hall added.