McCurley earns scholarship

August 20, 2009 Melbourne — Levi McCurley, who graduated in May from Melbourne High School, has been selected to receive the Academic Excellence Scholarship to attend Ozarka College this semester, according to a news release.

Popular GPS exhibit lands at Smackover

August 20, 2009 SMACKOVER — A traveling exhibit is putting Smackover on the map.“GPS Adventures Arkansas,” which will be at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources until Dec. 30, introduces visitors to GPS (Global Positioning System) technology while also serving as a cache for geocachers.

Sharp County road closed

August 20, 2009 ASH FLAT — Strawberry River Road east from the Game and Fish Commission boat ramp to the Lawrence County line will be closed until further notice, due to road construction, Sharp County Judge Larry Brown announced Wednesday.

Early notification sign-up to be Saturday at Oil Trough

August 20, 2009 OIL TROUGH — Residents of the Oil Trough Fire District may sign up for the Alert Express All Hazards early notification system between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Oil Trough Community Center, Fire Chief John Long said.The service is free, but recipients must sign up, giving the name of the fire district they live in along with their names, addresses and up to two phone numbers (landline or cell) they wish to be called on. The first number listed will be the primary number.

Telestials to perform locally

August 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Telestials, a longtime gospel singing group, will perform Saturday at the Cave City Park, said Billy Snow, a member of Crystal River Bluegrass, which will open the show.The free concert starts at 7 p.m. Those attending should bring lawn chairs.The group was established in 1963 with a trio of women calling themselves the Harmony Trio, singing at church functions. In 1966 the group recorded its first album in Atlanta, followed by the name change and the addition of male vocalists.

Trap sharpshooters featured

August 20, 2009 SIDNEY — A trap shoot sponsored by the Cave City First Assembly of God Church will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the George Carter & Ronnie Perkey Shooting Range at Sidney, according to a news release.Signs showing the way to the range will be posted.The event will feature sharpshooter Tommy Browning and daughter Kayle, who is on the U.S. Olympic shooting team, the release states.The cost is $5 per person at the gate and $5 per person to shoot. Shooters must bring their own shotgun shells, which must contain regulation shot.

Air let out of tires on Searcy school buses

August 20, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — Someone let the air out for the start of the first day of classes in the Searcy School District.Superintendent Tony Wood says tires were deflated on 22 of the school’s buses in the district’s bus shop before the buses were to roll Wednesday morning.Wood says one front tire on each bus was deflated but four drivers had their buses at home so those buses ran on time.

Former bank employee charged with felony theft

August 20, 2009 A 41-year-old former employee of the Citizens Bank of Batesville is free on $10,000 bond after being charged with two counts of felony theft from a relative’s banking account, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

Brief standoff follows discovery of marijuana

August 20, 2009 ASH FLAT — A brief standoff ensued in Sharp County after Sheriff Dale Weaver, from a helicopter, spotted marijuana plants growing behind a house at the end of Sunset Lane just south of Martin’s Creek Road.The sheriff said his department was conducting its annual marijuana eradication mission and while acting as an airborne spotter, he saw a small patch of marijuana plants near the residence shortly after noon Tuesday.“Detectives and deputies acting as ground support quickly moved in to the property at No. 71 Sunset Lane,” he said.

Lyon again in top of U.S. News rankings

August 20, 2009  The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” ranks Lyon College in the “top tier” of national liberal arts colleges. This is the third year in a row that Lyon has made the top tier of the magazine’s national rankings.