Preservation alliance seeks nominations

October 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas invites individuals and organizations to nominate projects, groups or individuals for the 2011 Arkansas Preservation Awards.Awarded annually, the Arkansas Preservation Awards highlight outstanding achievement in historic preservation by honoring projects, programs and exemplary practices that foster historic preservation across the state, according to a news release.

Disabilities awareness month prompts educational meeting

October 7, 2011 In observance of October as disabilities awareness month, the Batesville office of the Arkansas Department of Career Education, Rehabilitation Services Division, will host a drop-in educational meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 104 of Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Park to host day camp

October 7, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View will host “Day camp for homeschoolers” on Monday­-Wednesday, according to a news release.  Activities will include clay pot making and cooking. Classes for adults will also be available. Haunted Historic Places of Arkansas is a new feature this year. The camp is $45 for home-schooled students ages 8-12. Pre-registration forms can be found at or at the park in Mountain View.  For more information contact at or (870) 269-3851.

Lyon band to host concert

October 7, 2011 The Lyon College Concert Band and the Lyon College Concert Chorale will host a concert, “Music of the High Renaissance,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Christian Science Society. Dr. Joel Plaag conducts both groups. Dr. Russell Stinson will accompany the group on the Flentrop organ, according to a news release.

Students to share poetry

October 7, 2011 University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville creative writing students will share original poetry at Fox Creek BBQ at 6 p.m. Tuesday, The restaurant is located at 129 Lawrence St. (behind Karpet Korner). This event is free and open to the public.For more information call (870) 612-2038.

Club News: Sharp County 4-H Club

October 7, 2011 Last week youth from across the country celebrated National 4-H Week and promoted the mission of 4-H.Throughout Sharp County children ages 5 to 19 are involved in project work that allows them to attain skills that will benefit them for a lifetime while at the same time serving their communities through numerous community service projects, according to a news release.

Body is that of missing son of Benton alderman

October 7, 2011 BENTON (AP) — Police in Benton say one of two bodies found at a home in Traskwood is that of the missing son of a Benton alderman and a woman has been arrested in his death.Police said Thursday the body of 39-year-old Joe Lee Richards Jr. was one of the two found Wednesday. Richards was reported missing in October 2010.Police say the second body is that of a man, but his name has not been released. Autopsies on the two are pending.Police later arrested 50-year-old Marissa Wright for capital murder in the case. Wright lived at the home where the bodies were found.

FAA ready for turkey drop

October 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — No one in Yellville will say if they expect wild turkeys to fall from planes for this year’s Turkey Trot Festival. But the Federal Aviation Administration says it will be watching.An FAA spokesman said the agency will track any pilot who drops wild turkeys over the tiny north Arkansas town. Offenders could lose their licenses, but spokesman Lynn Lunsford says no one in town will tell them who flies the planes.

Jobs mourners see burglary at Apple store

October 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas couple who went to an Apple store to lay down flowers for Steve Jobs spotted the tail end of a burglary instead of a makeshift memorial.Robert Blake and his girlfriend, Amy Parker, told The Associated Press that when they showed up at the suburban Little Rock store Wednesday night, they didn’t initially realize what they were witnessing.Blake said he thought a man running away from the store was just a fellow mourner. He watched the man get in another car with another man and speed off.

KARK replaces meteorologist who was found with dead man in hot tub

October 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Little Rock television station has replaced a meteorologist who resigned after he was found asleep next to a dead man in an unfilled hot tub.Former Houston weatherman Keith Monahan will become chief meteorologist at KARK-TV. He replaces Brett Cummins, who resigned Sept. 9.Authorities say Cummins was found next to the body of 24-year-old Dexter Williams at a home in Maumelle on Sept. 5. Williams had what appeared to be a dog collar around his neck and police found blood, but no water, in the tub.