Guard soldiers return home

November 8, 2010 JONESBORO. (AP) — Dozens of Arkansas National Guard members have returned home after being deployed for about a year to Afghanistan.More than 500 family members and friends cried, cheered and waved flags as 180 members of the 1037th Engineer Company stepped off buses Friday at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. The Guard members arrived back in the United States on Monday and were taken to Camp Shelby, Miss., for debriefing.

Dognappers sought

November 8, 2010 Two people are suspected of stealing a mixed breed pit bull dog from the Humane Society of Independence County.Lauren Howard with the animal facility told deputy Andrew Rogers that around 12:30 the afternoon of Oct. 27 she noticed that someone had gotten into a cage near the back of the facility and stole the 11-week-old pup.“Ms. Howard stated that she caught the suspects on camera, but could not identify who they were,” Rogers said. “Ms. Howard said the suspects drove away in a black car, but didn’t identify what kind of car it was or the tag number on it.”

Ceremony planned

November 8, 2010 The annual Veterans Day ceremony on the White River Bridge will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday on the northbound side of the bridge.The event is open to the public.“This day is intended to commemorate the efforts and valor that the men and women of our armed services have demonstrated through their service time in this nation’s armed forces,” Ashleigh Brashers said.

Daylight Savings is Sunday

November 5, 2010 Daylight savings time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour.

Jury decides against woman in suit over bar fight

November 5, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — A White County jury has decided in favor of a Searcy private club that was sued by the sister of a man who died two years after a fight at the private club.Notra McGhee had sued the Elks Lodge, claiming it was negligent in the 2008 death of her brother, Larry Martin.McGhee’s attorney, Connie Grace, says Martin got into a fight with a man who hit then pushed Martin, who hit his head on the floor. Martin was placed in a chair.

School board has busy agenda

November 5, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library to hold an expulsion hearing and hear reports from two student groups, said Superintendent Steven Green.Middle School EAST lab students will report on their Robotics Team and SkillsUSA students will report on their Washington, D.C. trip. EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology. The board will also consider a request for an out of state trip for the filming of a documentary project by television program students.

Shoplifters arrested

November 5, 2010 Two people were arrested Thursday in separate shoplifting incidents at Walmart, according to reports filed at the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Dustin James Johnson, 18, of Red Bud Drive, Johnson is accused of taking a pair of $20 sunglasses and a $10 poster. He was taken to jail and given a court date of Wednesday, Officer Billy Croom said in his report.

Veterans tribute to be Monday

November 5, 2010 EVENING SHADE — All veterans, active and inactive servicemen and women are invited to attend the ninth Annual Veterans Tribute at the Evening Shade school campus at 2 p.m. Monday, said Dianne Tharp, one of the organizers.Students at the Evening Shade Math & Science Academy, an elementary school, will sing “This Land Is Your Land” and “God Bless America” and release balloons with postcards attached for the finders to fill out and return.“Last year we had one travel 800 miles, to Florida,” Tharp said.

Cave City students make up almost half of state Skills officers

November 5, 2010 CAVE CITY — Three of the seven officers of the state SkillsUSA organization are from one local school — Cave City High School.High School Principal Marc Walling reported during the Cave City district’s recent annual report to the public that Aaron Green is state SkillsUSA president, Garrett Tuggle is state treasurer and Ben Stone is state historian.The three students, along with television program instructor Lindsey Johnson, were in Washington, D.C., the night the report was given.Walling said he is extremely proud of the group and other Cave City SkillsUSA students.

New system catches two breaking into school

November 5, 2010 CAVE CITY — Stimulus fund spending for security cameras at Cave City middle and elementary schools paid off almost immediately, technology coordinator Julie Johnson told those attending the district’s recent annual report to the public.“The cameras caught someone breaking in the second day after it was installed,” she said.