UAW retiree meeting slated

May 10, 2011 POCAHONTAS — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Beverly’s Restaurant, formerly the Applebarrel Restaurant, in Pocahontas.Barbara Larken of Blue Cross will be at the meeting.

Kyler Cemetery to have service

May 10, 2011 The annual memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kyler Cemetery, located on Kyler Road south of Batesville.The event is open to anyone who has friends or relatives buried in the cemetery.In case of inclement weather, the service will be postponed to May 22. For more information, call Laura Guth at (870) 251-6338.

BBQ dinner to raise money

May 10, 2011 PLEASANT PLAINS — Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department will have a chicken/pork barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Station 1.The meal will include barbecue chicken or pork, baked beans, coleslaw, bread, cake and a drink. The event is open to the public.

Tourism tickets on sale

May 10, 2011 The Ozark Gateway Leo Rainey Tourism Appreciation Banquet will be at 6 p.m. June 6 at Arkansas State University–Newport.This year’s event will feature a presentation from Miss Arkansas 2010 Alyse Eady as well as awards presentations. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance; space is limited. Attendees are asked to R.S.V.P. by May 27. For more information, call (870) 793-9316 or email

Timberwolf pageant planned

May 10, 2011 NEWARK — The Timberwolf beauty pageant will be May 28 starting at 11 a.m. at the Newark Elementary Cafeteria. Proceeds will go to the Cedar Ridge cheerleaders.Entry fee for dressy/formal division is $20 and an additional fee of $10 to enter the Photogenic division.Divisions are as follows: Tiny Miss (0-24 months); Tiny Mister (0-24 months); Little Miss (2-4 years); Little Mister (2-4 years); Petite Miss (5-8 years); Young Miss (9-12 years); Junior Miss (13-15 years); Miss Timberwolf (16-18 years).

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.