Sharp courthouse will close

February 18, 2011 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Courthouse will close Monday in observance of Presidents Day, County Judge Larry Brown said.The courthouse will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Board sets Eagle Mtn. meeting

February 18, 2011 The Batesville School Board will meet at 530 p.m. Monday at the Eagle Mountain Magnet cafeteria.Agenda items include student recognitions, contract renewals and student transfer. Meetings are open to the public.

Newark schedules altered

February 18, 2011 NEWARK — Newark city offices will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day and trash/garbage will not be picked up that day, said Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston.Trash/garbage pickup will resume Tuesday and city offices will reopen at 8 a.m. that day.


February 18, 2011 The search for Ronnie Russell, who has been missing for the past several months, will be Saturday, Feb. 26 beginning at 9 a.m. at 425 Calvin Circle located behind the fairgrounds.The family is asking for volunteers to help find his body which they believe may be in a wooded area.In November, authorities conducted an extensive search in a densely wooded area in west Batesville that turned up no clues as to the whereabouts of the 29-year-old man.For more information call Tosh at (870) 698-1311.Refreshments will be served to volunteers.———

U.S. Naval Academy accepting applications

February 18, 2011 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Applications are now being accepted through March 31 for the United States Naval Academy Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program 2011. The Summer STEM Program is held in three sessions: June 6-11 for rising eighth- and ninth-graders, June 13-18 for rising 10th-graders and June 20-25 for rising 11th-graders.The academy’s Summer STEM Program is an overnight academic program designed for students in good academic standing who have an interest in math and science.

Lawrence countians encouraged to use sheriff’s new website

February 18, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson, credited by former Sheriff Dan Ellison as “the man who brought computers into the sheriff’s office,” has taken the department one step further — the office launched a new website this week that offers many user features.The idea was hatched before the sheriff, a veteran of the department who took office at the first of the year, was elected, according to the website’s introduction.

Batesville to honor Game and Fish director

February 18, 2011 A public reception to honor Loren “Gib” Hitchcock, a Batesville native who was recently named director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has been scheduled in Batesville for 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Josie’s at the Lockhouse restaurant on the White River. Hitchcock was born and raised in Batesville and graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management in 1975. He and his wife live in Conway.

Superior Care named finalist

February 18, 2011 Superior Senior Care has been named a finalist in Arkansas Business Magazine’s “Arkansas Business of the Year Awards” competition, according to a press release.Established in 1985, the company has grown to serve over 2,000 seniors statewide, some of which are served by the Batesville, Jonesboro, Mountain Home and Paragould  offices operated by Terry and Ruth Cullum.

Website launched

February 18, 2011 The Independence County Sheriff’s Department strives to serve, protect and defend, and now it’s hoping to better inform with a new and improved, launched midnight Thursday, includes detailed information about wanted persons, inmates currently housed at the Independence County Jail and a registered sex offender locator map.The website, which will be monitored and updated every 24 hours, also will allow users to interact and connect with officials at the department through e-mail and social-networking sites such as Facebook.

Ark. vets lead effort on proper flag disposal

February 18, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — Local veterans want to let people know how to properly dispose of an American flag once it’s no longer fit to fly. Veterans Carl Mosby and Marvin Jumper recently collected 25 American and Arkansas flags from a drop box outside the Craighead County Courthouse. The flags will be given to local Boy Scout troops for ceremonious disposal. Last year Mosby collected 366 flags. That’s “one for each day of the year, plus one,” Jumper said.