Fla. cops caught playing video game during raid

September 23, 2009 BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says he is embarrassed that investigators from a narcotics task force were caught on camera playing a video game while searching a convicted drug dealer’s house.Video obtained by WFLA-TV in Tampa shows several officers enthusiastically playing a Nintendo Wii bowling game after the task force entered the house to execute a search warrant.Sheriff Grady Judd from Polk County said Tuesday the incident is being reviewed and disciplinary action will be taken if necessary.

Man who made toddler smoke pot gets 10 years

September 23, 2009 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who videotaped himself forcing his 18-month-old niece to smoke marijuana has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.Prosecutors say 19-year-old Melvin Blevins was part of a marijuana-trafficking ring, The Columbus Dispatch reported. A video recording showed him giving the toddler marijuana in a pipe while his girlfriend held her.Blevins was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Columbus. He pleaded guilty in March to various drug and weapons charges, including distribution of marijuana to a person younger than 21.

UACCB’s IT department works behind the scenes

September 23, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Information Technology department works in stealth mode; behind the scenes they consistently smooth glitches and update systems and equipment, allowing faculty, staff and students to breathe easier.

School board to OK budget

September 23, 2009 The Batesville School Board will hold a special public meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. The board will approve the 2009-10 proposed budget for submission to the Arkansas Department of Education in Superintendent Ted Hall’s office.

Izard historical society to hear about ‘Pifalls of Genealogy’

September 23, 2009 CALICO ROCK — Diane Siddons will lead a group discussion on the “Pitfalls of Genealogy” at the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society’s fall program. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calico Rock Community Room and is open to the public.Siddons will share problems she has encountered doing genealogy research and reveal solutions she has found. She will encourage members of the audience to share their research experiences, both good and bad, and tell what they learned from them.

Hillcrest records to be destroyed

September 23, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Students who received special education or speech language therapy while attending Hillcrest Schools in 2004 may pick up their files containing confidential information. All records will be destroyed on Oct. 16. This applies to students who have graduated, moved, dismissed or referred for special services. Files can be picked up from 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest High campus at Strawberry by contacting Peggy Sullivan at (870) 528-3856.

Southern Faith to perform

September 23, 2009 Calico Rock — The Calico Rock Music Hall will host local gospel group Southern Faith at 7 p.m. Saturday. The group consists of Pentecostal pastor, Wade Moser; his wife Taffy and daughter Harmony. Also joining the Mosers on stage will be Taffy’s mother, Katherine Smithson, who accompanies the group on the piano; Jerry Stowe, who plays guitar and bass, as well as sings; and J.C. Stowe, on drums. Admission is free, with donations taken midway through the performance.

Church to hold revival

September 23, 2009 SALADO — Salado Baptist Church will hold revival services Sunday through Sept. 30. Ron Toon, associational missionary for Independence Baptist Association, will be the evangelist.Service times are 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Sept. 30.The event is open to the public.

Ozark Folk Center to host Tribute to Jimmy Driftwood

September 23, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Tribute to Jimmy Driftwood is Oct. 3 at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View and performers will include Glen and Nellie Branscum, Clancey Ferguson, The Gardner Boys, Lana and Landon Griffith, Emily Phillips and Joe Jewell & Friends.Driftwood was a prolific folk songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs “The Battle of New Orleans” and “Tennessee Stud.”

Cemetery group to meet

September 23, 2009 GRANGE — Wilkerson Cemetery Association, located east of Grange, will have a meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The meeting is open to all interested parties.A picnic lunch will follow the meeting. For more information call (870) 307-8110.