Park schedule announced

August 14, 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:Aug. 216:30 p.m., campground — Pearling and Shelling Industry. White River pearling was a big industry in Jacksonport at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors will see the equipment used by divers and learn how shells were used. Aug. 22

Cedar Ridge starts back next week

August 14, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District students will begin classes Wednesday.The school telephone number is (870) 799-8691, and the facsimile line number is (870) 799-8647. The district Web address is of the administration include Dr. Ann Webb, superintendent; Danny Davis, high school principal; Kathy Magness, Newark elementary campus principal; Mark Gipson, Cord-Charlotte elementary campus principal; and Debbie Goodwin, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

Revered guitar player-inventor Les Paul dead at 94

August 14, 2009 NEW YORK — Musicians worldwide are paying tribute to Les Paul, the music icon whose solid-body electric guitar paved the way for rock ’n’ roll. He died this week at age 94.Paul, a guitar virtuoso, performed with some of early pop’s biggest names and produced a slew of hits, many with wife Mary Ford. But it was his inventive streak that made him universally revered by guitar gods as their original ancestor and earned his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the most important forces in popular music.

Blanchard Springs to host programs on insects

August 14, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release. Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is insects, and programs are:

Harding announces Distinguished Lecture Series

August 14, 2009 SEARCY — The 2009-10 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series will kick off Sept. 17 and includes a diverse line-up of speakers, according to a news release.Presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. inside Benson Auditorium.Nonie Darwish — Sept. 17

Area Briefs

August 14, 2009 C-Ridge board to meetNEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the central office board room. The agenda includes second readings of policy proposals and preschool handbooks, discussion of when to hold an annual report to the public, adult meal prices, adoption of personnel policies and salary schedules and the sale of used school buses. The central office is located at 1502 N. Hill St. in Newark 

Girl dies in ATV crash

August 14, 2009 ASH FLAT — A 12-year-old Bradford girl died in Sharp County on Thursday as the result of an all-terrain vehicle accident, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.“It was a terrible, terrible thing,” he said.

KVMN nominated for ‘station of year’

August 14, 2009 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — KVMN, Cave City School’s educational radio station, is among 10 nominees for Radio Station of the Year in the 15th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards show to be held Oct. 15 at Trinity Music City USA Auditorium in Hendersonville, Tenn., according to a press release from Power Source Music Group.

Hospitals picked for trauma care

August 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Trauma Advisory Council has approved 68 hospitals that applied to become trauma centers.The approval allows the state Health Department to start the process of getting legislative approval for startup grants for the hospitals. The first grants are expected in November and will range from $25,000 to $500,000 depending on the level of the trauma center being created.The levels range from Level I to Level IV with Level I centers providing the highest level of care.

Record class to arrive at Lyon

August 14, 2009 Nearly 300 new students will descend on the Lyon College campus Thursday for “Tartan Transitions,” a five-day orientation program to welcome new students, prepare them for life at Lyon and help them get to know the campus and its faculty, staff and other students.The class of 2013 is a record class for Lyon, consisting of more than 215 freshmen. There are also more than 70 new transfer students set to begin classes.