Junior Pioneers preparing for wet, wild finale

October 26, 2011 It could be a wet and wild time in Paragould Thursday night.We’ll see what the weather does, but the Batesville Junior Pioneers can pretty much count on some wild happenings out of the Greene County Tech Junior Eagles’ offense.“The main thing we’ve got to do on defense is be awake,” Batesville Coach Doug Walls said. “They use so many formations and do so many different things with their offense. We can’t get tricked or surprised. We’ve worked on all of them that we’ve seen, but with young kids you just never know how they’re going to react.”

Batesville to trick or treat Monday night

October 26, 2011 Businesses on Batesville’s Main Street will be participating in the annual Fun and Safe Halloween event next Monday night, according to Paula Grimes with Main Street Batesville.Starting at 5 p.m., businesses along Main Street, including First Baptist Church which will offer children’s games and free hot dogs, and down to State Street will be offering local children “free candy until it runs out,” Grime said recently.Other major participating businesses, that aren’t located on Main Street, will also be set up in various locations with treats for children too, she said.

Ozarka to host event

October 26, 2011 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will present International Days at each campus in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mountain View and Mammoth Spring starting Nov. 1. These events are free and open to the public.This year’s International experience will focus on Japan, and Mieko Uchida Peek, a Japanese Language and Literature professor at Lyon College, will present “Japanese Manners.” The presentation will focus on cultural differences, including how to eat and how to greet people, as well as differences in the school system in Japan versus the United States.

Trial delayed in firebombing

October 26, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The trial of an Arkansas man charged in connection with an attack on an interracial couple’s home has been postponed.Gary Dodson was originally slated to appear in federal court in Little Rock on Tuesday. His trial has been rescheduled for Dec. 6.Authorities say Dodson and three other men plotted to firebomb an interracial couple’s home in Hardy and that some of the men threw Molotov cocktails at the home. The residence caught fire, but the couple wasn’t injured.

Arrest made in fatal shooting

October 26, 2011 SEARCY (AP) — Police have arrested a Searcy man on charges of aggravated robbery in connection with the fatal shooting of a janitor at an office building.Officers said Tuesday the man was taken into custody late Monday and booked into the White County jail on a $500,000 bond.Prosecutors haven’t formally charged him.The arrest came a day after authorities found 24-year-old Zachary Mitchell with a gunshot wound at Nephrology Associates in Searcy, where he works. Officials say Mitchell died at the scene.

Preschool sets festival

October 26, 2011 The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center will host a free fall festival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 1900 Lyon St.

UACCB sets ceremony

October 26, 2011 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new nursing and allied health building at noon Friday.

ADEQ wants you as important partner

October 26, 2011 Becky Allison, public outreach manager for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, said during a recent stop in Batesville that many of the state’s citizens apparently do not have a good grasp of what the ADEQ does.Many, if not most, also do not know the top two causes of pollution in the state, she said.

Range hosts archers, DU shooting event

October 26, 2011 Winning is getting to be a habit with the Eagle Mountain Magnet School’s archery team. For the second time in three years, the team has taken home the world title. Their recent score of 3,291 set the new elementary school world record, beating the previous world record of 3,287.More than 1,100 archers from the top teams in the nation, as well as teams representing Canada, New Zealand and South Africa participated in this year’s tournament.

A year after devastating fire… Lyon breaks ground on new student center

October 26, 2011 Joshua Palmer remembers walking out of class and seeing the smoke billowing from Edwards Commons and then watching as fire destroyed the building housing the Lyon College dining hall, among other offices, a year ago today. On Friday, it wasn’t disaster but the beginning of something new that the junior music and political science major along with more than 100 from the school and community watched as officials broke ground for construction to begin on a new building to take its place.