Charlotte WPA building up for historical review

March 25, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — A building on the former Cord-Charlotte High School campus is up for nomination to the Arkansas Register of Historic Places, according to Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain.

Train derails near Bethesda

March 25, 2011 BETHESDA — Details about what caused a train derailment near Bethesda and had crews working about 16 hours to get things back on track Thursday is still under investigation as of this morning.No one was injured in the derailment of three empty railcars and a locomotive belonging to Engine No. MNA4045, a local freight that Ryan Richardson, manager of the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad in Batesville, said is a local freight used for hauling in and around the Batesville area.

Earthquake insurance not standard – Moratorium in place after 4.7 temblor

March 25, 2011 After a 4.7 earthquake rattled the state on Feb. 27, Tim Bruner’s phone began ringing with customers wondering the same thing: Am I covered? How much is earthquake insurance? How fast can I get it?Bruner, an insurance agent with Community Insurance Professionals, a subsidiary of First Community Bank, said many people may not realize that earthquake insurance is like flood insurance in that “you have to get it special — it doesn’t come automatic.”He explained that earthquake insurance is funded by the federal government (as is flood insurance).

Car dealership reports theft

March 24, 2011 Money taken from the office at Lakeside Motors is being investigated after authorities were notified of the theft Wednesday.According to the report, an undetermined amount of cash was taken after hours.Car dealerships in the area have been notified after authorities learned this theft fit the same description as a couple of others.Lt. Jimmy Smith with the Criminal Investigation Division said two dealerships in Jonesboro were hit and another was targeted in Truman.

Hoedown show rescheduled

March 24, 2011 CHARLOTTE — The White River Hoedown Comedy Show and fish fry at John 3:16 Ministries, originally set for Sunday, has been rescheduled due to the forecast for rain.The event will be April 17.

Highland to host dress ‘extravaganza’

March 24, 2011 HIGHLAND — Highland High School Brothers And Sisters In Christ (BASIC) will be sponsoring a prom dress extravaganza at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center gym from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The event on the high school campus will allow area youth to bring previously worn prom dresses to the fundraiser, pay BASIC a $5 non-refundable consignment fee but keep all the money from the sale of their dress, organizer Amanda Dobbs said.

Rabid skunks in 2 counties

March 24, 2011 LITTLE ROCK ­— Several rabid skunks have been submitted to the Arkansas Department of Health for rabies testing recently, according to a news release. Residents of Greenwood found two skunks on different days on school grounds and in a garage where a homeowner keeps the dogs. In Mansfield, just across the border between Sebastian and Scott Counties, a rabid skunk was found inside a dog pen. Several more skunks from the area that are suspected to be rabid will be tested by the Arkansas Public Health Laboratory.

Firefighters hired; 1 promoted

March 24, 2011 The Batesville Fire Department has promoted one and hired two more, according to Assistant Chief Ronnie Painter.Brandon Magness was promoted to shift captain. He has been with the fire department approximately 10 years.The two new firefighters are Randy Scaggs, who was previously employed at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, and Jimmy Crawford, a Batesville native who worked with his father at Crawford Seamless Gutters.This brings the fire department to full staff, with 12 full-time employees.

Firefighters hired; 1 promoted

March 24, 2011 The Batesville Fire Department has promoted one and hired two more, according to Assistant Chief Ronnie Painter.Brandon Magness was promoted to shift captain. He has been with the fire department approximately 10 years.The two new firefighters are Randy Scaggs, who was previously employed at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, and Jimmy Crawford, a Batesville native who worked with his father at Crawford Seamless Gutters.This brings the fire department to full staff, with 12 full-time employees.

Trolley Car Day celebration rescheduled to early October

March 24, 2011 SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council recently voted unanimously to move its annual Trolley Car Day festival to the first weekend in October, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite.The festival has been on Memorial Day Weekend for the past several years, but city officials felt that it being on a holiday weekend hurt attendance, since many folks may want to visit their out-of-town relatives on that weekend. Also, the council felt the weather would likely be better in October.