‘Higher performing’ schools named

February 23, 2011 AUSTIN, Texas — Six area schools have been named Higher Performing Schools by the National Center for Educational Achievement, according to a news release.Mount Pleasant Elementary, Cave City Elementary, Concord High School, Cherokee Elementary at the Highland School District, Calico Rock Elementary and Salem Elementary are among 86 schools on the list that “have consistently outperformed their peers that serve similar student populations ... and bringing more students to college and career readiness than expected,” according to the NCEA.

North Central Unit chase team, canines active in community

February 23, 2011 CALICO ROCK — The North Central Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction is home to officers — both human and canine — who are willing to assist local law enforcement outside the prison walls in keeping local communities safe.On a recent February evening, the Izard County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the North Central Unit’s Chase Team. The sheriff’s office was trying to arrest Jerry L. Lewis, who was deemed a high flight risk suspect with felony warrants in Missouri and several Arkansas counties.

Panel OKs restrictions

February 23, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A House committee passed a bill Tuesday tightening restrictions on sex offenders at moderate risk of reoffending, despite testimony from prison officials who said the tougher rules could send offenders underground and make them less likely to report to local law enforcement and get treatment.The bill would bar Level 2 sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, public park, youth center or day care facility. Currently, only Level 3 and Level 4 offenders, who are believed to be the most likely to commit more crimes, have those restrictions.

International fest to be Saturday at Eagle Mountain Magnet

February 23, 2011 A flair for the foreign will be the main event when Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary hosts the 12th annual Community International Festival Saturday. The event at the school is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. An international potluck will be held at 6 followed by the dance and music program at 7.

BHS to present ‘Idol’

February 23, 2011 The Batesville High School drama department will present the “BHS Idol!” competition at 7 p.m. Friday at the school’s auditorium on Water Street. Twelve students will compete for cash prizes. Admission is $4 adults and $2 children. Proceeds will benefit the high school’s upcoming production of “Camelot.” For more information call (870) 307-2414.

Ozarka slates Spring Gala

February 23, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Foundation Board will host its annual Spring Gala on March 31.“Celebrating CommUNITY” is this year’s theme and will include dinner prepared by the award-winning Culinary Arts Department to be served in the Ozarka College John E. Miller lobby at 6:30 p.m. Along with dinner, there will be an auction with all proceeds going to the foundation’s general fund that will be applied to “high need projects” at all Ozarka College locations.

Judge denies request in road rage

February 23, 2011 CONWAY (AP) — A Faulkner County Circuit Court judge has denied a request to lower the bond set in the case of a man accused in a deadly road-rage incident.Attorney Frank Shaw sought Tuesday to have James Holian’s bond reduced from $500,000 to $100,000, saying he didn’t think his client was a flight risk.Prosecutors have charged Holian and Russell Johnston with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Vilonia residents John San Felippo and Jersey San Felippo, and Sun City, Ariz., residents Frank San Felippo and Judith San Felippo.

Report on remains due by end of week

February 23, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Mulberry Police Chief Joshua Craig says he’s hoping to get a report by the end of the week from the state Crime Laboratory on human remains found last weekend.A woman taking a walk found the skeletal remains Saturday evening in a creek that runs under U.S. 64 in Mulberry. The remains were sent to the crime lab in an attempt to identify them and to determine a cause of death.

Medical student injured in climbing accident

February 23, 2011 When one of their own suffered injuries in a climbing accident on Jamestown Mountain Saturday morning, a group of out-of-state medical students were prepared to handle the situation.Glen Willis with the Independence County Office of Emergency Management said his department, along with the Batesville Fire Department Rescue, and Vital Link ambulance responded to the emergency call around 11:45 a.m.

Museum’s Family Day celebrates storybooks

February 23, 2011 Old Independence Regional Museum continues its popular Family Day series with a celebration of children’s books, illustrators and storybook characters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5, said Amanda Nikkel, education/volunteer coordinator.“Visitors are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite story book character,” she said. “Admission to this event is free, but donations are always appreciated.”At 10 a.m., visitors will be able to tour the nationally traveling exhibit “Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustrators.”