$5,200 reward offered in arson

August 19, 2009 MELBOURNE — An early morning fire on Aug. 12 destroyed a residence at Riverview North in the Sylamore area, and an investigation has determined that the fire was the result of arson, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.The residence owner, Rick Reeves, is offering a $5,200 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or person(s) responsible for the arson.Anyone having any information is asked to contact the chief investigator of the Izard County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 368-4203.

School begins

August 19, 2009 In spite of construction work in two busy school zones, “there were no accidents and things went pretty smooth” for the opening of Batesville schools this morning, according to Lt. Gene O’Brien with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.O’Brien said officers were placed at the constrcution zone area along Harrison Street and Eagle Mountain Boulevard. intersection as well as other school locations to assist traffic if needed. “School resource officers were also out around the schools to help motorists,” he said.

Date set for court

August 19, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — “Not guilty” was the plea entered in federal court Tuesday by Independence County Coroner Hardy Willis.Willis, along with four others, is charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana.According to U.S. District Attorney Jane Duke, four Independence County residents and one with an unknown address were involved in the conspiracy over a 12-year period.

Cave City to resume classes

August 18, 2009 CAVE CITY — Cave City School District, which has an elementary, middle school and high school campus in Cave City and a math and science academy in Evening Shade, will begin classes Wednesday.Planned holidays are Labor Day, Sept. 7; Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25-27; Christmas break, Dec. 19-Jan. 3; spring break, March 22-26; Good Friday, April 2; and Memorial Day, May 31.Superintendent is Steven Green.Cave City elementary principal is Vicki Musick.

Pleasant Ridge Cemetery holds annual homecoming

August 18, 2009 POUGHKEEPSIE — Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association will hold its annual cemetery homecoming and work day Saturday.The cemetery is located next to Pleasant Ridge Community Church at 108 Pleasant Ridge Road, nine miles northeast of Poughkeepsie.A business meeting will be at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck in the church fellowship hall.The event is open to the public.Donations may be sent to: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Fund, c/o FNBC, P.O. Box 8, Ash Flat, AR 72513; or Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association, 296 Hickory Ridge Road, Poughkeepsie, AR 72569.

Sidney reunion set; 1948-50 graduates will be recognized

August 18, 2009 SIDNEY — All former students and their descendants, plus friends of the old Sidney School District are invited to attend the biennial reunion Sept. 6, according to reunion chairperson Verbyl Caraway.Graduates of 1948, ’49 and ’50 will be honored during the afternoon gathering in the fellowship hall of the Sidney Baptist Church. At the last reunion, in 2007,  the graduates of 1957 were recognized as the final class to finish prior to consolidation.

Lyon student to serve in Mexico

August 18, 2009 DRASCO — Justin Scott Wahlquist, 19, has accepted a call to serve in the Mexico Guadalajara Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a news release.Wahlquist will leave for Spanish language training on Oct. 21. He will serve in Mexico for 24 months.He is the son of Scott and Michelle Wahlquist and the grandson of Bobby and Phyllis Killion, all of Drasco.Wahlquist is a 2006 graduate of Concord High School and is a junior at Lyon College in Batesville, where he is studying mathematics and physics.

Melbourne to start school Wednesday

August 18, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne School District, which has elementary campuses in Melbourne and Mount Pleasant and a high school campus in Melbourne, will begin classes Wednesday.Superintendent is Gerald Cooper. District treasurer is Toni Lawrence.Planned holidays include Labor Day, Sept. 7; deer/shopping day, Nov. 9; Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25-27; Christmas break, Dec. 21-Jan. 1; and spring break, March 22-26.Mount Pleasant preschool director is Sharon Blevins. Other certified employees include Lori Helm, Amy Love, Sherry Smith, Pam Smith and Sandra Webb.

Home-Aid fundraiser announced

August 18, 2009 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will host a benefit entitled “Home-Aid” to raise money to build its second home in Independence County, according to a news release.The event will be Aug. 31 at Josie’s at the Lockhouse in Batesville. Performers include Jericho’s Crossing, a contemporary Christian and country band, and others.