County health nurse retires

March 21, 2011 MELBOURNE — After years of working in the health field, the woman known by co-workers as the “southern belle from the Delta,” is retiring.Sharon Black will retire from the Arkansas Department of Health after 36 years of service, according to a news release.  Black, or “Sharon Gene” as her co-workers affectionately call her, began her career March 30, 1974 in Drew County as a public health nurse in the same building where she was born.

McIntosh work featured

March 21, 2011 HARDY — Words & AfterWords will debut the artwork of artist Dewana McIntosh on Saturday.“We host many talented artists at Words/AfterWords in Hardy, Ms. McIntosh is one of the youngest and probably most diverse talents we have seen.  Her work spans oil, watercolor, paper-on-canvas, and ink. We have had her work premiering in the facility for several weeks now and it is getting great comments,” said Greg Bess, owner and proprietor of Words/AfterWords.  

Museum to host Home School Days

March 21, 2011 Old Independence Regional Museum will host spring Home School Days on April 18 and 25 from 9 a.m. to noon, with sign-in beginning at 8:30. Registration and a program fee of $5 are due by April 11.

Two-year-old found wandering Desha neighborhood

March 21, 2011 Found wandering a neighborhood in just a pull-up diaper, a 2-year-old boy was eventually reunited with his mother Saturday morning after police arrested a man identified as the child’s father.Juan Neri of Moody Street in Desha called police around 11:30 a.m. after he found the small child wandering around in his yard.“Neri said he heard his dogs barking and when he looked outside he noticed the small child walking around in his backyard,” Deputy Anthony Carter said.

Renaissance Days planned for April

March 21, 2011 The sixth annual Renaissance Days at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville is scheduled for April 15-16. This year’s theme is Renaissance RivalryAccording to the event’s organizer, Marla Bennett, Renaissance Days grows every year. Area high schools participate, allowing students to have a fun day off and learn at the same time, she said. Bennett teaches English at UACCB and holds a master’s degree in 17th century British literature and Renaissance.

WRMC campaign raises over $500K

March 21, 2011 White River Medical Center (WRMC) employees prove that just one hour can make a huge difference. When offered an opportunity to financially support the hospital’s new Ground Floor Renovation and Patient Tower Expansion Project, employees willingly rose to the challenge and pledged over $515,000.More than 730 employees — over half of the 1270 WRMC employees — gave during the six-week Employee Investment Campaign kick-off.

Workers flee nuclear plant

March 21, 2011 FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Gray smoke rose from two reactor units today, temporarily stalling critical work to reconnect power lines and restore cooling systems to stabilize Japan’s radiation-leaking nuclear complex.Workers are racing to bring the nuclear plant under control, but the process is proceeding in fits and starts, stalled by incidents like the smoke and by the need to work methodically to make sure wiring, pumps and other machinery can be safely switched on.

Libya action could last ‘a while’

March 21, 2011 ZWITINA, Libya (AP) — The international military intervention in Libya is likely to last “a while,” a top French official said today, echoing Moammar Gadhafi’s warning of a long war ahead as rebels, energized by the strikes on their opponents, said they were fighting to reclaim a city under siege from the Libyan leader’s forces.

Single parent fund offered

March 21, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Single Parent Scholarship board has announced a May 2 deadline for applications to be submitted for summer and/or fall semesters.To be eligible, a student must be a resident of Izard County and the single head of household with a child under the age of 18 in the home. Applicants must also be high school or GED graduates and demonstrate evidence of financial need and plans of pursuing a career-oriented course of study.Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office at Ozarka College in Melbourne. Call Laura Lawrence at (870) 368-2010.

Cedar Ridge receives grants, ‘Diamond’ award

March 21, 2011 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School District recently received two grants courtesy of Target and the Sol Hirsch National Weather Association. Newark Elementary, Cord-Charlotte Elementary and Cedar Ridge Junior High each received a $700 Target field trip grant for its efforts to take learning outside the classroom. “The district is pleased to have received these funds. Our teachers work hard to make sure our students get what they need. In small schools, grants like this can make a huge difference.