Ark. state senator says he’ll challenge Lincoln

September 1, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Sen. Gilbert Baker said today he’s seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln next year.Baker told The Associated Press he’ll join the crowded field of Republican candidates hoping to run against Lincoln, a Democrat seeking a third term in the Senate. Baker becomes the sixth Republican to announce a Senate bid.

Talk with girlfriend’s husband ends in arrest

September 1, 2009  Arrested on public intoxication charges early Monday morning, Chad W. Milligan, 37, of Batesville, reportedly said he had fallen down and that was the reason he had a busted lip at the time of his arrest.Deputy Dee McFatter was sent to an address on Haynie Drive around 5:30 a.m. regarding a drunk man there with Missouri warrants.McFatter said when she arrived Milligan came stumbling across the yard toward her police car.

Lake Charles sets programs

September 1, 2009 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will offer several upcoming programs, according to a news release.The park is located at 3705 Highway 25, Powhatan. For more information, call (870) 878-6595 or e-mail lakecharles@arkansas.com.The Nature Center will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, showcasing some live animals that call Arkansas home. The center is located near the beach in the Day Use Area and is free to the public.

Happenstance to perform

September 1, 2009 NEWPORT — The 2009-10 Noon Concert~Lecture Series at Arkansas State University Newport will begin Sept. 10 when Happenstance performs, according to a news release.“Happenstance is a three-piece acoustic group that plays original compositions, sings three-part harmony and throws in an unexpected cover song every now and again,” the release states. “The fun they have playing is infectious and the audience leaves with a smile on its face and a song in its heart.”

Ozarka to offer Gourmet Night

September 1, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College’s department of culinary arts announces the first “Gourmet Night” for the 2009-10 year will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17. Dinner guests will order from a select menu of items served in the formal culinary arts dining room in the John Miller Education Complex.

Magic show set in Heber Springs

September 1, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Scott Davis will perform a magic show at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

Folk Dance Days planned

September 1, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center will host the 30th annual Dance Festival Sept. 11-13. Fees are as follows: $65 for Sept. 11, 12 and 13; and $40 for Sept. 12 and 13.Forty-eight workshops will cover all levels of clogging, step dancing, Scottish, English, contras, squares, waltzes, polkas, international and more. There will be community dances Friday and Saturday nights from 10 to midnight, a jig dance contest at 6 p.m. Friday, a clogging show at noon Saturday, a dance show at 7 p.m. Saturday, and a Dance Roundup from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Folk center to fire kiln, host demonstration

September 1, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park will host the seventh annual firing of the 100-cubic-foot traditional groundhog kiln. The actual firing of the pottery takes from 27 to 30 hours, according to a news release. The kiln then needs to cool for two days. Monday was the opening day and the entire day was spent unloading the treasures from the kiln.

Jail search leads to drug charges

September 1, 2009 Originally jailed on a shoplifting charge Wednesday afternoon, Melinda Renee Gilmer, 39, of Locust Grove, was later charged with drug possession after a jail employee reportedly found a bottle of pills in her purse.Deputy Nathan Stephens said the bottle contained seven white oval pills with IP 112 on one side and was identified by poison control as being Hydrocodone. Five blue diamond shaped pills found in a small Zip Lock style bag were identified as Viagra, he said.

Habitat for Humanity gears up for second event

September 1, 2009 The first “Home-Aid” fundraiser was a success, and now the local Habitat for Humanity is preparing to break ground on its second house.Monday night, area businesses, industries and individuals came together for the Habitat for Humanity of Independence County. The event, which featured a live auction and concert by Jericho Crossing at Josie’s at the Lockhouse, raised $4,085, said Heather Fulbright, Habitat board treasurer. She estimated between 140 and 150 people attended.