Train, truck crash in Greene Co.

June 9, 2011 PARAGOULD (AP) — Greene County authorities say a worker aboard a Union Pacific Railroad train is recovering from injuries after the train collided with a tractor-trailer rig.The Greene County sheriff’s office said the collision occurred Wednesday morning at a rail crossing about three miles north of Paragould, just east of U.S. 49.Authorities said the driver of the truck pulling an empty flatbed trailer was unhurt in the accident. Officials said they didn’t know the severity of an injury suffered by the train’s conductor.

500+ turn out at free clinics in east Ark.

June 9, 2011 HELENA-WEST HELENA (AP) — Temporary clinics opened by the U.S. Defense Department in five eastern Arkansas cities drew more than 500 people looking for free checkups, eyeglasses and dental care.The clinics are part of what’s called Taskforce “Razorback” and opened Wednesday in Eudora, Marianna, McGehee, Wynne and Helena-West Helena. About 5,000 patients are expected to be treated at the clinics that will be open through June 18.

Edible education: Kids’ College class whets students’ appetite for cooking

June 9, 2011 School is out, but several budding young chefs will be coming to college later this summer for an introduction into the culinary world.Many kids probably don’t get a chance to cook but they’d like to learn, said Cooking Made Fun instructor Kimberly Jones, who is one of several teachers signed up for Kids’ College at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. This class is designed to whet their appetites for learning about culinary arts.

ASU may get building after tie vote

June 8, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — A vote on whether to give a closing U.S. Army Reserve Center in Jonesboro to the city or to Arkansas State University ended in a tie.The city’s Local Redevelopment Authority voted 3-3 Monday on which entity should get the property after voting in 2007 to give the building to ASU. The city did not originally apply, but later asked for the property after Police Chief Mike Yates said he would like to use it as a new police headquarters.ASU plans to use the property to house its Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Education, or STEM, center.

Forecasters find 1 more tornado

June 8, 2011 HICKORY PLAINS (AP) — If it seemed Arkansas had too many tornadoes to count this spring, that may have been true.Forecasters said Tuesday they located a tornado track near Hickory Plains in Prairie County, pushing Arkansas’ tornado total for this year to 67. The storm occurred April 25, but forecasters say details got lost in the shuffle with all of the other bad weather. Vilonia and other towns were hit the same night.The Hickory Plains storm was on the ground for more than six miles and was rated EF1, with damage to trees, shingles and a mobile home.

Girl wins pageant title

June 8, 2011 Tyra Stubbs, 13-year-old daughter of Mitchell and Terrie Stubbs, won the state title of Teen Little Miss Arkansas May 29 in the competition at Hot Springs.Girls 13 through 17 years old from across the state competed in casual wear, pageant wear and public speaking.Stubbs is a student at Southside Middle School.

Revival to be held next week

June 8, 2011 New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church will host a revival at 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.Dr. Thomas Campbell, pastor of Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will be the evangelist. Campbell is the former director of the program of alternate studies at Bethel College. He earned a degree from Bethel College and Cumberland Presbyterian Theological Seminary and two degrees from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He is a published author.A meal will be served each night at 6.The church is located at 3655 Bethesda Road.

BHS class of ’46 to have reunion

June 8, 2011 The Batesville High School class of 1946 will celebrate its 65-year reunion on Saturday. The classes of ’45, ’47 and ’48 have also been invited, according to Laverl Moore Mason.Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church annex, also known as the old “Pioneer Playhouse,” Mason said. Lunch will be catered by Elizabeth’s Restaurant.

Sharp Co. Fair pageants set

June 8, 2011 ASH FLAT — Several beauty pageants will be held in conjunction with the Sharp County Fair, which will be July 26-30 at the fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Road just off U.S. Highway 167 about four miles south of Ash Flat, said pageant director Sue Billiot.“To enter any of the county fair pageants you must be a resident of Sharp County or attend a school in Sharp County,” she said. “We are sanctioned by the Arkansas State Fair Queen Pageant so their general rules also apply to our fair.”

Drug court recognizes grad

June 8, 2011 Independence County Drug Court recently held a ceremony in honor of its most recent graduate. Participant Tresia Webster graduated from the program on May 23. More than 30 non-violent offenders who qualify for drug court are enrolled in the program as opposed to serving time in jail. Requirements include five phases of education and treatment like daily or weekly drug testing and court appearances.Independ-ence County Drug Court was established in October 2003 by Judge John Kemp, who also presides over the programs in Cleburne, Stone, Izard and Fulton counties.