Harding University to host writer/documentary filmmaker

February 22, 2011 SEARCY — The Harding University English department will host acclaimed writer Craig Detweiler March 3 as a part of its regular series of visiting writers.Detweiler plans to discuss the topic “Hidden Power: The Spiritual Secrets of Filmmakers” in his main session at 7 p.m. in Cone Chapel on campus. His presentation will center around his book Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films in the 21st Century. The event is free of charge and open to the public. His visit will also include a session with interested students, faculty and visitors earlier that same day.

Albert Sidney Johnston, UDC

February 22, 2011 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter No. 135, United Daughters of the Confederacy recently held its February meeting at the Batesville Country Club. The meeting opened with the pledges to the U.S., Arkansas, Christian and Confederate flags, followed by the ritual.A memorial tribute was presented by Kathy Whittenton and chaplain Ernestine Boyce, honoring deceased member Leda Graves Bloesch, who died earlier in the week.

Virtual President’s Desk enlivens JFK’s 1800s desk

February 22, 2011 BOSTON (AP) — As a little girl, Caroline Kennedy hung out at her father’s desk while he worked in the country’s most famous office. Now she’s introducing a way anyone can sit — virtually — at John F. Kennedy’s desk and learn more about his life and administration.On Monday morning, Caroline Kennedy was set to unveil a new online feature, The President’s Desk, at the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

Study finds many graphic YouTube self-harm videos

February 22, 2011 CHICAGO (AP) — YouTube videos on cutting and other self-injury methods are an alarming new trend, attract millions of hits and could serve as a how-to for troubled viewers, a study warns.Many videos show bloody live enactments or graphic photos of people cutting their arms or legs with razors or other sharp objects, the study found. Many also glamorize self-injury and few videos discourage it, the study authors said.

Area filmmaker gears up for first feature release

February 22, 2011 THAYER, Mo. — Filmmaker Warren McCullough has announced his company’s first feature-length movie, “Silent Night,” set in Thayer and Batesville, has officially entered post-production, the final stage before the movie’s release.“Silent Night” is a suspense thriller based on a short film McCullough wrote, directed and starred in that premiered to rave reviews at the Little Rock Film Festival in 2010.

Election commission changes

February 22, 2011 The faces of the three person Independence County Election Commission have changed after the resignations of Darrell Hays, Republican minority member and former chairman and Brian Langston, Democrat majority party and former vice chairman.Hays resigned because of personal health issues and Langston because of personal business time constraints.Replacing them from recommendations of the respective county Democrat and Republican parties were Marion “Tony” Thompson from the Democrat Party and Phillip Finch from the Republican Party.

ICEDC meeting scheduled

February 22, 2011 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will have its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, announced Ed Mabry, executive director.

Seismic monitors being installed

February 22, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is installing two more seismic monitors in central Arkansas where more than 750 earthquakes have been recorded in the past six months.Arkansas Geological Survey geohazard supervisor Scott Ausbrooks said the monitors will be placed near Guy and Greenbrier to help pinpoint the earthquakes. Other monitors were installed last fall.Scientists have said they’re not sure if the earthquakes are occurring naturally or are a result of fluid injections by oil and gas drilling companies.

Chesapeake selling Fayetteville Shale assets

February 22, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corp. says it will sell its assets in the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas to BHP Billiton Limited of Australia for $4.75 billion in cash.Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake announced the deal Monday. The sale includes Chesapeake’s interests in 487,000 net acres of leasehold and producing natural gas properties.The transaction also will include existing natural gas production of about 415 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day and midstream assets with about 420 miles of pipeline.

Choir fundraiser to help students perform in Chicago

February 22, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — A Premier Designs jewelry fundraiser with proceeds helping two choir students perform in Chicago will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Southside High School cafeteria. Students Seanna Durham and David Norris auditioned for a national panel of judges last fall and were chosen to be a part of the American Choral Directors Association national honor choir at Chicago.“This is a huge accomplishment and the funds raised will help with the registration fees and other expenses while performing with the choir in Chicago,” said Donise Knabe, who is helping with the event.