Westside substation ribbon cutting set for Thursday

June 28, 2011 The new Independence County Sheriff’s Office substation is now open and a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday. The substation is located in the front area of Citizens Bank Branch at Highway 106 and Central Avenue.

JPs shuffle budget amounts

June 28, 2011 ASH FLAT — Various parts of the 2011 budget were tweaked a bit when the Sharp County Quorum Court met in regular session recently, said County Judge Larry Brown.The court approved spending about $10,000 for the juvenile probation officer to trade cars, reflected an insurance settlement in the 911 central dispatch budget for repairs to a radio tower damaged by lightning and placed funds in the courthouse maintenance budget to reflect a grant for a heat pump.

Fracas leads to arrests

June 28, 2011 ASH FLAT — Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and marijuana charges were filed Tuesday against Rudolph Anthony Zbasnik following a fracas at a Hardy motel, said Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts.Zabasnik is also charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony. The methamphetamine charge is also a class Y felony, while the marijuana charge is a class C felony.

Archery team raising funds

June 28, 2011 The Eagle Mountain Magnet archery team is raising funds to attend a world archery tournament for schools in October, according to a news release.“These children have worked hard by coming in before school, staying after and practicing on weekends to hone their skills and proficiency,” the release said.As a fundraising event to help the school, Just Chillin’ will be donating a percentage of their proceeds tot he team from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 5.

Ogilvie to speak to Izard historians

June 28, 2011 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant, which started almost 150 years ago as a small trading post and blacksmith shop, will be the subject of the next Izard County Historical Society meeting on July 10, according to Roger Harvell, president.Craig Ogilvie, whose ancestors settled in the area before the Civil War, will present the program at 2 p.m. in the Mount Pleasant school cafeteria as part of the historical society’s summer meeting. The meeting is open to the public, Harvell said.

Evening Shade man had guns illegally

June 28, 2011 ASH FLAT — An Evening Shade man involved in a domestic violence incident at his home one week ago has been charged with being a felon in possession of firearms after officers learned he owned eight guns, said Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts.Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said in an affidavit filed with the charge, a class D felony, said that while officers were at Harold Cook’s home, Cook said that he wanted to find his pistol so he could turn it over to his mother.

Grant to go toward Sulphur Rock truck

June 28, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Sulphur Rock Volunteer Fire Department has received a $7,400 Rural Community Grant to put toward the purchase of a fire truck, said Gov. Mike Beebe and Arkansas Rural Services Director Butch Calhoun.The grant comes from $165,986 presented to rural communities from Cycle 3 of the Department of Rural Services’ 2011 fiscal year budget.The check was presented to Sulphur Rock Fire Chief James Moody during a recent conference hosted by the Arkansas Rural Development Commission and the Arkansas Department of Rural Services.

Winds cause minor damage in several counties

June 28, 2011 A thunderstorm that swept through Independence and Sharp counties and surrounding areas early this morning brought with it high winds but little damage. Independence County Office of Emergency Management coordinator Glen Willis said a large pine tree fell and punctured the roof of a residence at 16 Riverview Road in Batesville while another tree fell on a trailer near 230 Locust Street at Newark. Willis said he did not know the extent of damage at that location but said no one was injured in either incident that occurred shortly before 7 a.m.

Blanchard Springs sets week’s programs

June 28, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is astronomy, and programs are:

Folk center to host Handcrafted Evening in the Park

June 28, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center crafts people will host “Handcrafted Evening in the Park” from 6:30 to 10 p.m. July 8.Artisans will have special crafts, demos and perhaps some treats for their evening visitors, according to a news release. Admission to the Craft Village is free. The concert that evening is $10 for adults or $6 for children 6 to 12; children under 6 are free.