Two manufacturers locate shops in Arkansas prisons

October 12, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Good help is hard to find, unless that help is doing hard time.Two manufacturers are taking advantage of a program in which they develop factories in Arkansas prisons and put convicts to work at market wages.The workers use their earnings to fund the program, pay child support, fines, restitution and build a nest egg. The companies have a captive labor force and a chance to expand their businesses.

Drugs taken in pharmacy burglary

October 12, 2009  Shortly after the Oak Park Pharmacy was broken into Friday the doors were open and it was business as usual.Independence County sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm call at the White Drive pharmacy around 2:50 a.m. where they found a lobby window had been broken out with a rock.Pharmacy owner Lonnie Jackson said an unknown quantity of narcotic drugs, including pain killers morphine and Darvocet tablets, as well as Provigil (used for alertness in adults), Ritalin (an attention deficit drug) and Seroquel (used for mood disorders) were taken.

Mount Zion to host event

October 12, 2009 Mount Zion Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming and oldfashioned day Sunday.Sunday school will be at 9:30 a.m., and the worship service will be at 10:30. A potluck will follow.The Hannahs Music Quartet will perform at the 6 p.m. service Sunday.Donations will be taken.

Church to hold revival

October 12, 2009 NEEDMORE — Old Baptist Church in the Needmore community will hold revival services at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.George Junior Wright will be the evangelist. Royce Ford will serve as music director and alternate speaker. Both men grew up in the Needmore community.The event is open to the public. The church is located on Needmore Road four miles west of Evening Shade.

Newark class reunites

October 12, 2009 NEWARK — The Newark High School class of 1959 reunion was held Oct. 2 through 4.Classmates present were Rose Dyles Fryer, Joella Rogers Fudge, Shirley Pipkins Fuller, Margaret Arnold Bryant, Gloria Jean Hutchinson Burns, Virginia Sue Battles Scott, Anne Griffin Moore, Conroy Barber, Gary Edwards, Phil Norris, Robert Wilson, Kenneth Morrison and Jimmy Dean Grisham.Classmates and spouses met for dinner Oct. 2 at the home of Jack and Anne Griffin Moore. Margaret Arnold Bryant, who teaches china painting, provided hand-painted blue ribbon china as door prizes.

New Testament hosts conference

October 12, 2009 New Testament Holiness Church in Batesville will host a women’s conference at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The theme of the conference is “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”Speakers will include evangelist Ercenia Lewis as well as other speakers. E.D. Childress, pastor of the church, will give the closing message.There will be singing, testimonies, healing, deliverance and an invitation to receive salvation, according to a news release.A salad luncheon will be served at noon Saturday.

Free Self-Defense Class to be taught at ASU-Searcy

October 12, 2009 SEARCY — The Continuing Education Department at Arkansas State University-Searcy will offer a free Women’s Self Defense class at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 on the school campus, located at 1800 E. Moore Ave. Detective Anne Rigsby will conduct this free informative session to women of all ages.“This class focuses on the importance of awareness, prevention, streetwise precaution and most importantly self-defense,” Rigsby said.

Hardy to present Fall Festival

October 12, 2009 HARDY —  Artisans and crafters throughout Arkansas and surrounding states will display their talents in Old Hardy Town Saturday and Sunday.   The event is free to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  The activities will take place in the Old Hardy Gym, the Iberiabank Parking Lot, FNBC parking lot and several other locations along Main Street.

Southside board meets tonight

October 12, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight to consider hiring Evelyn Moore as a food service worker and Becky Moore as elementary custodian. Discussion of the old elementary site, principal reports and a recommendation to adopt the district classified calendar for 2009-10 year are also included on the agenda. The board will meet in the high school cafeteria annex. Meetings are open to the public.

Missing teen hunters found safe

October 12, 2009 JASPER (AP) — Two teenage boys who disappeared while hunting near the Buffalo River in northwestern Arkansas have been found safe.Their names were not released.Authorities say the 15- and 16-year-old boys were dropped off for a day of hunting Saturday morning in Newton County. They failed to show up to meet relatives several hours later at a predetermined pickup spot.