Land sale is June 18

June 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A public auction for the sale of tax delinquent land in Independence County will be held at 10 a.m. June 18 at the Jess B. Carpenter building at 368 E. Main St. in Batesville, according to Mark Wilcox, Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands.Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Principal completes leadership training

June 8, 2009 NEWARK — The Arkansas Leadership Academy announced that Danny Davis, principal of Cedar Ridge High School in the Cedar Ridge District, has completed Phase II of the Master Principal Institute.Davis said of the experience in Phase II of the Master Principal Institute, “It has been priceless. I have learned so much that will help me be a better leader and principal. I have met countless people across the state that will help lead our schools, teachers, stakeholders, and our students, to make our schools great.”

Ozarka students complete courses

June 8, 2009 Melbourne — Students who completed the series of courses at Ozarka College during this past spring semester met to receive certificates of completion at a luncheon on May 26. The courses, entitled Active Living Every Day and Healthy Eating Every Day, were offered to people over the age of 60 in Melbourne and Horseshoe Bend. These courses were funded through a Health Aging grant funded by the National Council on Aging.

CC student recognized

June 8, 2009 CAVE CITY — The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that Brittany Michelle Norris, 16, of Cave City has been recognized as a student of excellence in foreign language.The academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.Norris was nominated for this honor by Nikki Baker, a Spanish teacher at Cave City High School. Norris is the daughter of Gene and Patricia Norris of Cave City. Her grandparents are Bill and Buelah Norris of Cave City and Oval and Elizabeth Napier of Sidney.

Service News

June 8, 2009 San Antonio — Army Pvt. Mitchell Hill has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 8, 2009 Bullington-King reunion setCORD — The Bullington/King Reunion will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at McAdams Park at Cord and the Cord Fire Department building.Attendees may bring their own lunch and drink or use the Crossroads Station for snacks or order a sandwich, according to Joyce Densford. Vital Link to offer CPR class

Jacksonport State Park announces activities

June 8, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail are as follows:Thursday10 a.m., park pavilion — Discovery Hour. The swim beach at Jacksonport State Park can be an entertaining diversion for a hot afternoon, but it can also be quite hazardous. Discover the safety tips when spending time at the swim beach this summer with this entertaining and educational activity.

Stolen vehicle recovered near cave

June 8, 2009 Independence County authorities have recovered a 1993 Jeep Cherokee reported stolen recently in Mountain Home.Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Les McCollum said that Reserve Deputy Hira Herrington came to his office around 3 p.m. Thursday to discuss an abandoned vehicle he had found near Blowing Cave Wednesday night.“I ran the VIN (vehicle identification number) on the vehicle, a blue/tan Jeep Cherokee and it returned stolen out of Baxter County,” McCollum said. “The Jeep was registered to Kevin Short of Mountain Home.”