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.

Girl wins cash, trip for project

March 21, 2011 PARAGOULD (AP) — It is a good day when you can tie two interests together in one project. Such was the case with Leyton Gassaway, of Paragould, as it led to $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. Gassaway, a seventh-grader at Crowley’s Ridge Academy, was one of two Arkansas young people named as top youth volunteers for 2011 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The other winner was Abigail Gates, 18, of Clinton.

Highland receives Delta garden grant

March 21, 2011 HIGHLAND — Highland Middle School has been chosen as one of four Arkansas schools to receive the Delta Garden Study grant, a $2 million research study funded by the United States Department of Agriculture research service. The grant is designed to aid in the prevention of childhood obesity, social risk behaviors and improve academic achievement in middle school children in the delta and central regions of Arkansas, according to a news release. Each participating school will receive a 1-acre garden, a greenhouse and a study-funded garden manager for one full school year.

Assessor’s office to help with redistricting

March 21, 2011 Redrawing representation boundary lines is still weeks, if not months away, but state and county officials alike have already begun work on the task.The Independence County Election Commission met Wednesday to discuss redistricting for the 11 justices of the peace.Dwayne Millikin said he had visited with the county assessor, Odus Fulmer, and his staff. “They’re anxious to do this, set up this redistricting for us ... subject to our approval,” Millikin said.

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.

Tiptons to perform

March 21, 2011 NEWARK — The Tiptons will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Newark Assembly of God.The performances are open to the public.The church is located at 9450 Harrison St. in Newark. For more information call (870) 799-3325.

Searcy author Michelle Rollins to sign books

March 21, 2011 Michelle Rollins of Searcy will be available to sign copies of her children’s book, “Miss Dimples and the Big Stink,” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings, 105 N. Poplar, Searcy.

Foster meeting scheduled

March 21, 2011 Independence County Department of Human Services will hold informational meetings about foster parenting and adoption at 6 p.m. March 28 at 100 Weaver Ave. in Batesville.For more information call Robin Tate at (870) 698-1876, extension 106.An online inquiry may be filled out at