4-H’ers named ambassadors

April 7, 2009 Three Independence County 4-H’ers were recently selected as Arkansas State Fair Junior Ambassadors.Cecile Harris, a student at Cedar Ridge School; Leigh Ann Bridgers, a student at Cave City School; and Jackson Mead, a student at Southside School, were chosen as ambassadors because of their good communication, leadership and organizational skills, according to a news release.The students have been involved as junior livestock exhibitors at the Spring Livestock Show and the Arkansas State Fair for many years.

Ozarka to host portrayal based on nursery rhyme

April 7, 2009 Melbourne — The Ozarka College Drama Club will host Arkansas Arts Center’s production of “This Little Piggy Went to Market” on April 28. This tale by Keith Smith is based on the classic Mother Goose nursery rhyme. This production is recommended for children ages pre-school through third grade.

Voluntourism: Clinton School student initiates original venture

April 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — An organization that captures the spirit of both adventure and service is in the works in Arkansas. Nicholas Hall, a 27-year-old student at the Clinton School of Public Service, is in the process of starting the nonprofit, Volunteer to See.The springboard for the concept came from Hall’s second year serving with AmeriCorps in post-Katrina New Orleans where he saw how volunteers contributed to the city’s revival.

Teen charged with possessing drugs

April 7, 2009 Sitting in his car under the carport of an abandoned house Monday night was not the best choice for a 19-year-old Cave City man. He was charged with trespassing and possessing marijuana.Suspicious of a car parked at a house he knew was abandoned, Independence County Deputy Wayne Green said he approached the car around 10:45 p.m. and saw the driver, identified as William S. Gann, slide down in the seat as if to hide.

School board hears about testing, playground equip.

April 7, 2009 The Batesville School Board had a short meeting Monday afternoon, hearing from Richard O’Neal and Debbie Miller.Miller, who is director of curriculum and instruction, gave a brief report of a meeting with members of the Walton Family Foundation. She said the school district will receive help in applying for a grant from the foundation.Miller also said a couple of the district campuses will receive “reward” funding based on the growth that students made in statewide test scores.

BHS band places first in All American Music Festival

April 7, 2009 The Batesville High School band members won two Outstanding in Class and Outstanding Overall awards at the annual All American Music Festival in Orlando, Fla. after they competed against bands from around the U.S. and Canada.

Cleburne officers look for man considered armed, dangerous

April 7, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a man who is considered armed and dangerous, sheriff’s Detective Kim Bettis said.Henry Clayton Grandstaff is accused of stalking and threatening his girlfriend, Joann Davis.Bettis said Davis filed a report Wednesday with sheriff’s Lt. Doug Bolser that Grandstaff was harassing her by telephone.

Trustee dies

April 7, 2009 A member of the Lyon College Board of Trustees, John D. Trimble V, 51, of El Dorado, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado. He had served on the Lyon board since 1997.

Fleeing man caught in wooded area

April 7, 2009 When Adron Brown saw members of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force approaching his truck Monday afternoon, he took off.According to DTF director Afton Fletcher, agents were aware of a parole violation warrant for Brown and just a few minutes after noon they saw a truck that looked like Brown’s pulling out of a driveway in the Pfeiffer area and when they approached it fled north toward Cave City. Brown was later determined to be the driver.