Fast, dirty action: Auto racing enjoys popularity throughout state

March 20, 2009 NASCAR racing is one of the most popular sports in the nation. The bright colors, smell of rubber, sounds of screaming fans and engines as the cars careen past create a concoction that seems to hook people to auto racing. In Arkansas, dirt track racing gives fans an opportunity to experience the action of a live race.

School’s week-long spring break starts Monday

March 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — Schools at Cave City and Evening Shade are taking a full week of spring break starting Monday and the last day of the school term will be May 28, Superintendent Steven Green said.The calendar change for the last day of school was made earlier this week.Eighty percent of the teachers and other school employees voted for taking the full spring break and making up two missed days by adding them onto the end of the calendar.

Fees for use of center discussed at Concord

March 20, 2009 CONCORD — During its March meeting, the Concord Town Council authorized Mayor Jim Thomas to use a sliding scale for charging to use the Community Center, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The usual fee is $45 for use of the center. However, some groups want to use the center all day long and some just need to meet there for an hour or so. The fee remains $45 for most uses, but in cases where only an hour or so is needed, Thomas now has discretion to charge a lesser amount, Pettit said.

Family & Friends Briefs

March 20, 2009 Couple to celebrate anniversaryGRANGE — The children of Boyce and Margaret Walling will host a reception for their parents’ 55th wedding anniversary.The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the couple’s home in Grange. All friends and family are invited. The couple requests no gifts. Single’s ministry to meet

WR library to host events

March 20, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — The Lawrence County Library will host events Saturday in relation to March’s being Arkansas Archeology Month.At 3 p.m., Arkansas Archeological Survey Station archeologist Dr. Julie Morrow will present a slide presentation entitled “From Foraging to Farming in Native Arkansas,” which will explore the questions of when, how, where and why the Indians of Arkansas selected and domesticated starchy and oily seed plants, such as sunflower, chenopod and maygrass.

Freshman places in poetry contest

March 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Layla Smalley, a freshman from Southside High School, was first runner-up of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest on March 7. She received $100, with $200 for her school library.

Area Briefs

March 20, 2009 Council to consider contract

Grad fulfills dream

March 20, 2009 Melbourne — Judy Smith is a testament to Ozarka College’s mission of providing life-changing experiences through education, according to college officials.Because of her hard work and determination through many hard knocks of life, Smith now has the career of being an elementary teacher at Evening Shade’s Math and Science Academy, something she has dreamed of for many years.

Paull hired

March 20, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville recently hired Jerri Paull to teach in its registered nursing program. Born and raised in northern California, Paull said she had wanted to be a nurse since she was a child, but “chose marriage and family over her career.” Over the years she gravitated to jobs in health care administration and finally decided to pursue a degree in nursing to enhance work she was already doing.

Rape filed

March 20, 2009  A former Batesville man has been charged with the rape of a 5-year-old girl in Independence County, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.In the affidavit, Independence County Detective Mike Mundy said a report was filed with the sheriff’s office in March of 2008 from a woman who said her underage relative had confided in her that she had been molested by Calvin Ray Morris, who is in his 50s, sheriff’s officers said.