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Counterfeit bills circulating in Searcy

Police have no idea if any of the incidents in the last four days, including some just Thursday morning, are related or if the forged bills are being printed locally.

But they say the problem is not just in Searcy and that all business owners across the state should take extra precautions when customers hand them cash.

Businesses, meanwhile, are taking each bill they make and checking it twice.

"If it's real, it'll come up light; if it's fake, it'll come out black," explained Kristi Kirk, manager at Jordan's Quick Stop, as she ran a counterfeit detecting marker on a $20 bill.

Joseph Sawyer, a pizza driver got his first dose of counterfeit money during a delivery run Monday.

"I had never seen it or anything before," he said.

"They ripped it a little, too, and they wore it out to make it look a little better or like old money so that's what threw my driver off, I guess," added Serena Tice, Sawyer's manager at Mazzio's Pizza.

Daily Incident Report Log for Searcy Police Department Dec. 7

Daily Incident Report Log for Searcy Police Department Dec. 7

On 12/7/10 at 7:00 a.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of harassment.

On 12/7/10 at 10:14 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 400 block of W. Woodruff regarding theft of property. Two bicycles were stolen.

On 12/7/10 at 1:30 p.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of theft of property. A cell phone was stolen.

On 12/7/10 at 3:22 p.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of criminal mischief at the 2900 block of W. Highway 36. A mower was damaged.

On 12/7/10 at 3:45 p.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of theft of a vehicle. The vehicle was located.

On 12/7/10 at 6:15 p.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 500 block of W. Vine regarding a residential burglary.

On 12/7/10 at 7:15 p.m., the Searcy Police Department made a traffic stop on Race.

Harding University commencement exercises set for December 18

Harding University commencement exercises set for December 18

Approximately 350 graduates will receive diplomas at Harding University commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. on campus in Benson Auditorium.

Graduates include students from the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Religion, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, College of Communication, Cannon-Clary College of Education, Carr College of Nursing, College of Sciences, and the Honors College, as well as the Physician Assistant Program.

Keynote speaker will be Roy Reaves, chairman and chief executive officer of the Central Division of Liberty Bank of Arkansas.

Reaves, a 1965 Harding graduate, earned an MBA from University of Arkansas and graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1975. He started his banking career with National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, Tenn., and left for First National Bank in Searcy in 1971. He has since served as CEO for Arkansas banks in Nashville, Marshall, Gurdon and Russellville.

9th annual Christmas tree Gallery of Dreams at Harding Place

9th annual Christmas tree Gallery of Dreams at Harding Place
From: Dec 7th, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
To: Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
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The 9th annual Christmas Tree Gallery of Dreams is once again under way at Harding Place at 801 South Benton in Searcy. 

 

Enjoy refreshments while getting a peek at the dozens of beautifully decorated trees on display.  Celebrate the spirit of the season by bringing a gift to place under the tree of your choice.  Gifts will benefit the foster children of White County.  Open house is 5-7 p.m.

Harding art and design department hosts fine art show honoring seniors

Harding art and design department hosts fine art show honoring seniors

The Harding University Art and Design department will host a fine art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating seniors in the Stevens Art Building Dec. 5-17.  

The senior fine art show features artists Erin Powell, Leslie Stackpole, Samantha Switzer, Todd Taylor, and Andrew Thompson. Their work includes a wide variety of pieces including oil paintings, acrylic paintings, drawings, watercolor, sculpture, pottery and much more.

Guests are encouraged to park in the parking lot by the cafeteria at the intersection of Center and Grand and walk down the brick walkway to the Stevens Art Building for easiest access. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 501-279-4426.

Source: Harding University

Fred's gives back to emergency teams

Fred's gives back to emergency teams

Searcy.com - Each year since 2002, Fred’s Hometown Discount Stores have commemorated the fallen heroes of 9/11 through a fundraiser for the emergency teams that serve their store locations. The campaign was successful again this year, and Fred’s is donating a total chain wide of over $317,458 to local emergency teams across their regions.  More...
 

State holiday performances scheduled for Dec. 6-Dec. 17

 

More than 145 school choirs and dance troupes will fill the Capitol's marble halls with seasonal sounds for the next two weeks.

A traditional part of the Capitol's annual holiday festivities, choral and dance performances are taking place in the second floor rotunda December 6 through 17 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

The most current schedule of performances, as well as group photos, can be found on Secretary of State's website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/holidays2010

The Capitol building will hold special holiday hours through New Year's Day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends to allow visitors extra time to take in the sights and sounds of the season.

Scheduled performances are as follows: