Ozarka’s Active Living students complete courses

October 15, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Students who completed the Active Living Every Day (ALED) course at Ozarka College during the past summer and fall semesters met to receive certificates of completion at a luncheon Sept. 28. The ALED course was offered to people over the age of 60 in the Mountain View area. These courses were funded through a Health Aging grant funded by the National Council on Aging.

Women’s conference plan

October 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Church of Christ will hold a women’s conference Oct. 23 and 24 entitled “Rock this House.”Times are from 6:30 to 9:30 Oct. 23 and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24. Snacks will be available. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call (870) 994-2430.Guest speaker will be Kelly Minter, singer, songwriter, author, inspirational speaker and missionary comes from Nashville, Tenn. Her latest book, “No Other Gods,” was written to be a Bible study. To learn more, visit www.kellyminter.com.

Harding to present musical ‘Scrooge’ Oct. 30-31

October 15, 2009 SEARCY — Harding University will usher in the holiday season with a comical ghost story for all ages, featuring this year’s homecoming musical, “Scrooge,” at 8 p.m. Oct. 30-31 in Benson Auditorium.Producer Cindee Stockstill and director Robin Miller described this year’s musical as a “moving storyline that is very enjoyable and fun with uplifting music.”

Fantasticks to be staged

October 15, 2009 Walnut Ridge — “The Fantasticks” will be presented at Williams Baptist College at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. WBC’s Theatre Department is presenting the play, which is based on an 18th century romantic comedy.“This is my third time to direct this musical and it is one of my all time favorites. It is representational, very symbolic, and does not have realistic sets. It is a great comedy,” said Melinda Williams, who heads the theater program at WBC.

Sharp jail needs more staffing

October 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court learned Tuesday during a regular meeting that the county jail is out of compliance with jail standards.The jail is understaffed and also does not have an activity room for inmates, 3rd Judicial District Jail Standards Review Chair Sylvia Ross wrote.

Trail ride to be Saturday

October 15, 2009 CUSHMAN — A “Fall for the Children” trail ride will be held Saturday at the Rafter D, located between Cushman and Mount Pleasant.Foothills Cowboy Church is hosting the trail ride to raise money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.The ride will begin at 9 a.m. with a break for a Dutch oven meal around 11. The afternoon ride will be followed by a Dutch oven dessert and country music entertainment by Gary Gibbs.Prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children and include the ride, the meal and the entertainment. For more information call (870) 698-1713 or (870) 384-0183.

Southside seeks input

October 15, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School board has agreed to seek more input from district patrons before making any decision on the future of its old elementary building. Board members and administration will be available for comments or suggestions concerning the old rock building during Southside’s parent-teacher conferences from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday. While the district also hopes to have suggestion boxes available at each building during the conference, plans are also being made to have an area on the school’s Web site for comments and suggestions.

Death ruled natural

October 15, 2009 Police have ruled the death of a Batesville man found outside his home Wednesday afternoon as being from natural causes.Just before 2 p.m., Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch was dispatched to the home of 81-year-old John H. Newberry at 4776 N. St. Louis St. where his body had been found.Witnesses said they had been visiting nearby when they learned that Newberry hadn’t been seen in awhile and when they went to his home they found him lying outside the door of the travel trailer he lived in.

Missing man found dead at deer stand

October 15, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities say a 71-year-old Mountain Home man who’d been missing since Saturday has been found dead in a deer stand in the woods near Lake Norfork.The body of Tedrick Proctor was located by Baxter County sheriff’s deputies at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Traffic accident leads to drug bust in Hardy

October 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — Investigation of a traffic accident in the Hardy area on Monday led to a drug bust, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Weaver said during Deputy Brian Coble’s investigation, he was asked to do a welfare check of a cabin in the rural Sharp county area.“During the welfare check, Deputy Coble found the cabin in question had been broken into,” Weaver said. “While checking further he located two subjects in the cabin as well as components to a meth lab.”