Shooting range gets $50,000

January 31, 2011 The Independence County Shooting Sports Commission has been presented a $50,000 check to use at the commission’s discretion at the new shotgun/archery range being built north of Batesville.A gift from the Carol and Witt Stephens Charitable Foundation, the check will be used to construct a 1,200-square-foot clubhouse/education center, according to Sports Commission Chairman Rocky Willmuth.

Pulaski County Coroner to buy mobile morgue

January 31, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Pulaski County coroner’s office is purchasing a mobile morgue trailer as part of efforts to prepare for a natural disaster.County Coroner Garland Camper told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he saw the need for a mobile morgue after helping with disaster cleanup following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and a massive earthquake in Haiti.

Devor guilty of hindering murder probe

January 31, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Washington County jury has convicted a farmer of hindering the investigation into the 2007 death of his wife at the hands of her daughter.The panel found Bob Devor guilty of the charge on Friday and recommended a 10-year prison term. Circuit Judge William Storey is scheduled to sentence Devor Feb. 25, allowing time for the 70-year-old to undergo hip replacement surgery.

Friendships help autistic teen develop socially

January 31, 2011 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — As a father, James Davis was a little concerned when his 18-year-old autistic son, Christopher, came home asking to ride home in his new friend’s truck two years ago.“High school kids, for lack of a better term, are mean to each other,” Davis said. “I was afraid they might possibly take him out and be mean to him, beat him up.”

War Eagle Mill Overnight ‘Scentsation’ Oatmeal

January 31, 2011 ROGERS — With the cold mornings of deep winter, there is nothing quite as enjoyable as waking to a warm bowl of oatmeal. This month’s recipe takes advantage of steel cut oats. Their name says it all. They are whole oats that have been cut into pieces rather than rolled into flakes. They are also known as Scotch Oats and Irish Oats, and their cooking time tends to be longer than rolled oats.

WBC youth features author

January 31, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Dr. Richard Ross, whose book “Student Ministry and the Supremacy of Christ” has become an influential guide for youth ministers, will be the featured speaker for the 2011 Youth Ministry Emphasis at Williams Baptist College.The event will begin with a community-wide session for youth ministers, volunteer leaders and parents from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 1 in WBC’s Manley Chapel. It is open to all churches and denominations.For more information or to RSVP, contact Dr. Walter Norvell at (870) 759-4150 or

Park celebrating full moon

January 31, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The paved pathways of Wildwood Park for the Arts become a magical stroll as fire pits and luminaries light the way during “Lanterns!, Feb. 18-20, according to a news release.

Harding hosts Layali El Andalus

January 31, 2011 SEARCY — Layali El Andalus will present music in the spirit of the Muslim and Judeo ancient traditions of Andalusia at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Administration Auditorium at Harding University. Tickets will be $3 at the door.Layali El Andalus is a Judeo-Muslim ensemble led by Moroccan singer/oud player Rachid Halihal. The group brings to life a diverse repertoire of music including songs from Andalusia, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Israel and the Middle East.

Doc lauds lotion for lice

January 31, 2011 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A dermatologist who practices at Hot Springs helped provide evidence that a new treatment for head lice actually gets rid of them and their larvae, called nits.The Sentinel-Record says Dr. Dow Stough called Natroba — a cream compound rubbed into a head of dry hair and then rinsed out after 10 minutes — a “breakthrough.” Stough was the lead research investigator for ParaPRO LLC of Indianapolis, in a clinical trial that led to the FDA approving Natroba.

Jacksonport to host Pearl Stringing Necklace Workshop

January 31, 2011 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will conduct a Pearl Stringing Necklace Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 19 and 26 in the courthouse.Fresh water pearls were once part of a booming mussel industry in Arkansas. By demonstrating the skill of stringing pearls, the park interpreter will teach workshop participants how to make their own cultural, freshwater pearl necklace to take home, as well as discuss how freshwater pearls were discovered in Arkansas and harvested from the White River. After the workshop, participants may tour the courthouse.