Ark. events mark Heritage Month

May 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK ­— From music festivals to exhibits featuring Civil War artifacts, six Department of Arkansas Heritage local agencies have planned programs and activities to celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month.DAH promotes the annual Heritage Month observance in May. Heritage Month celebrates the state’s history and culture by highlighting a specific aspect of Arkansas’ heritage. This year’s Heritage Month theme, Conflict & Consequence: Commemorating the Civil War, recognizes the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Rep. seeks FBI investigation

May 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Congressman Rick Crawford is asking the FBI to investigate whether his personal financial and medical information was illegally obtained by “Democratic operatives.”The request was made Friday after Crawford was asked by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about when he paid a Columbia, Mo., hospital a debt related to his 1998 bankruptcy.Crawford said in a statement to the newspaper that he’s “distressed and sickened” by the actions of political opponents. He called for the newspaper to cooperate with an investigation and to provide any evidence it may have.

Firefighters to be recruited

May 10, 2011 SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock Fire Department will hold a firefighter/first responder recruiting meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 21 at the Moorefield Fire Station.Fire Chief Paul Moody said the department has a real need for volunteers in order for it to be effective in the community.

Pleasant Plains man arrested

May 10, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A Lawrence County sheriff’s officer arrested Bret Little of Pleasant Plains Saturday on a revocation of probation warrant for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), said Sheriff Jody Dotson.On Feb. 11, 2010, Little was placed on probation for 48 months, Dotson said.“Little failed several drug tests and then failed to report to his probation officer as directed,” Dotson said. “A warrant was issued for Little.”Little is being held at the Lawrence County Jail on a $10,000 bond and has a Lawrence County Circuit Court date of May 18.

Election panel eyes redistricting

May 10, 2011 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at noon Wednesday at the county courthouse.Dr. Randy Willison, superintendent of the Batesville School District, will be on hand to discuss redistricting.

Concord seniors set musical

May 10, 2011 CONCORD — The first Concord senior citizens music night will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Concord Community Center, said Jayne Pettit, the city’s recorder-treasurer. The event is open to the public.“Whoever wants to come and pick and sing can bring their instruments,” Pettit said. “They are hoping to make this music night a monthly feature.”Finger foods will be available.The seniors also have a weekly luncheon at noon on Thursdays for $2 per person for the seniors’ group and also have a 6 p.m. potluck on the last Monday of each month, she said.

Tutor workshop scheduled

May 10, 2011 The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project will conduct a tutor-training workshop at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jubilee Family Church, 45 Thunderbird Drive in Batesville. Volunteer tutors are matched with adult students who are learning to read or who are learning English. Tutors meet with their students for two hours each week at a time and public location of their choosing.

Anytime Fitness to host benefit for Chelsea Willis family

May 10, 2011 Anytime Fitness of Batesville will host a benefit for the family of Chelsea Willis to assist in funding so they may accompany her to Athens, Greece this summer where she has been invited to compete in the 2011 Special Olympic World Summer Games. For the benefit Anytime Fitness will be raffling off tickets for a one-year gym membership with tanning included. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The drawing will be held June 10 at Anytime Fitness, located at 3505 Harrison St.

Heber Springs gets grant for wastewater treatment

May 10, 2011 HEBER SRPINGS (AP) — Heber Springs has been awarded a $1.4 million federal grant for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford announced Monday that the Economic Development Administration grant will assist in rebuilding Cleburne County’s wastewater system that was damage by storms, floods and tornadoes in 2008.The EDA estimates the grant will create 310 jobs and leverage $16.5 million in private investments.

Pace awarded Lamar Williamson Prize

May 10, 2011 Dr. R. David Pace, associate professor of chemistry, has been awarded the 2011-12 Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His selection was announced at the commencement ceremonies Saturday at Lyon College.The Williamson Prize is given annually by Lyon College to the faculty member deemed to be the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane and Christian values, and contributions to the community.