G/T nominations sought

March 10, 2011 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District is accepting nominations for its gifted and talented program for the 2011-12 year, coordinator Roetta Stoneking said.Parents, teachers and students can nominate students who will be entering fourth-12th grades next school year and demonstrate high intellect, creative skills and task commitment. For nomination forms or more information call (501) 345-2413 or e-mail rstoneking@midlandschools.org. Nominations will be accepted until March 28.

Cushman council to meet

March 10, 2011 CUSHMAN — The Cushman City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Cushman City Hall.Reports will be heard from the city water and police departments and current bills will be reviewed, Mayor Jean Weatherford said. Meetings are open to the public.

Evening Shade soldier promoted

March 10, 2011 EVENING SHADE — Jeffrey L. Bailey, a native of Evening Shade, was recently promoted to Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, according to a news release. He has been Deputy Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized)/United States Division-North, Operation “New Dawn” in Iraq, since October 2010. Bailey holds degrees from the University of Central Arkansas in public administration; a master’s from Central Michigan University in administration and a master’s from National War College in national security and strategic studies.

Arrests for rape mean DNA swab under House bill

March 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The House has approved a bill that would strengthen the law that requires DNA samples be taken from convicted felons.The measure by Rep. Keith Ingram of West Memphis would have law officers take DNA swabs from people arrested for rape.The bill would add the requirement to what’s known as Juli’s Law, named for 21-year-old Juli Busken, a ballerina from Benton who was kidnapped, raped and killed in 1996 while she was a student at the University of Oklahoma. Her killer was caught years later through a DNA match.

Auction to raise mission funds

March 10, 2011 An auction to raise money for youth mission trips will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ruddell Hill Baptist Church, said youth pastor Trent Martin.The auction is open to the public and refreshments will be available, he said.Items to be auctioned are still being gathered and will include a wide variety, with the largest item so far being a new basketball goal, he said.Clay Neal will serve as the auctioneer.

PBS to feature Southside choir

March 10, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High School choir will be featured on PBS’ AETN “Celebrate America!” at 6:30 tonight. “Southside High School has now joined the ranks of over fifteen thousand of our nation’s most outstanding young performers including celebrities such as Jackie Evancho and Emily Bear both of whom will be featured again this year,” according to a news release.

Suspect named

March 10, 2011 When a Thida woman saw a man taking things from the family’s pickup truck and run into the woods the night of Feb. 26, she called her husband who chased the man down and got his property back, but not before the man fled again.Around 8:10 p.m., Independence County Deputy Ben Keener took a report from Roger McDaniel of 50 Harwood Lane regarding a man who had stolen items from his truck.

Scholarship established; Docu ready for release

March 10, 2011 CAVE CITY — An anonymous $50,000 gift to fund a scholarship in the forestry field for a graduating Cave City High School senior each year was accepted by the school board during a recent meeting, said Superintendent Steven Green.“The scholarship is dedicated to Dr. Earl and (the late) Laura Belcher in recognition of their accomplishments in the field of forestry and for their tireless efforts in the development of training programs in the field in Arkansas,” Green said.Dr. Belcher is a retired forestry and tree seed development specialist.

The Weekend Events

March 10, 2011 Friday• Spring Handpicked and Handmade Craft Show (in conjunction with the Mountain View Spring Bluegrass Festival), 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View. Free admission. Visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com or call (870) 269-3851. For information on the bluegrass festival, call 269-2704.• Free story time for toddlers and preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Old Independence Regional Museum. Crafts included. To schedule a group, call (870) 793-2121.

Izard County Farm Bureau announces scholarship

March 10, 2011 MELBOURNE — Applications are currently being accepted for the Izard County Farm Bureau Scholarship program. Applicants must be graduating from an Izard County High School in the spring of 2011 and the applicant or their parents must be members of the Izard County Farm Bureau.Four scholarships will be awarded for fall 2011, one each for a student from Calico Rock High School, Izard County Consolidated High School, Melbourne High School and one for a student who will enroll at Ozarka College.