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$3,000 reward offered for info on damaged cars in Searcy

Orr Chevrolet on Truman Baker Drive, Orr Toyota on Poplar and W&W Ford on E. Race sustained approximately $115,000 in damage to vehicles on their car lots. The three dealerships are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the damage.

If you have any information, contact the Searcy Police Department at 501-268-3531.

Police visit Westside Elementary

The counseling department of Westside Elementary invited three Searcy firemen and two Searcy police officers to visit with students and eat lunch in the cafeteria with some of the 4th grade boys. After lunch in the library, the guests gave motivational talks about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders and making good choices. One officer stressed “If you make good choices, good things will happen. If you make bad choices, bad will happen.” This was a powerful message in simple terms.

This particular group of Searcy leaders took the time out to inspire and encourage our students. We at Westside are looking forward to future visits and were thankful they were able to visit.

(Source: Westside Elementary)

Background on new flight pen in White County

For the first time in central Arkansas, sick and injured eagles have a safe haven in which to recover from life-threatening injuries. The facility officially opens today. However, the pen has already had several inhabitants. It was home to a bald eagle that was released in October and currently holds four red-tail hawks.

Paul is the full-time proprietor of the not-for-profit Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas at El Paso. He lives on the same property as the new flight pen, where there are also nine other smaller flight pens.

With the addition of the eagle flight pen at El Paso, there are now three flight pens fit for eagles in Arkansas. The other two are in extreme western Arkansas.

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Officials include money to fix old Ark. bridge

The quorum court earlier this week created a $2 million special project fund when it approved a $26.1 million county budget for 2011.

County Judge Michael Lincoln told the Searcy Daily Citizen he's glad the fund was approved because it will allow the county to repair the Judsonia bridge. Lincoln says bids to repair the span have come in at $623,000.

The bridge over the Little Red River was built in 1924. It's the only direct link between Judsonia and Kensett.

The Arkansas Highway Transportation Department closed the bridge in 2007 because of a cracked crossbeam.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Amazed By Arkansas: Indian Flute Maker

"It is soothing, and very good therapy to play them, "says Paul Pitt.

It's been 15 years since Pitt made his first wooden flute.
The Harding University art instructor became fascinated with the Indian flute he saw on a news report from Santé Fe, New Mexico -- showing a Native American playing the instrument.

Pitt explains, "And it was a piece of artwork and had such a captivating sound, I wanted to learn how to make a flute."

It took him five years to perfect the design and his methods - to learn how exacting the measurements for a musical instrument must be, and how to handle the cedar wood they come from.

"And so I slice it or rip it down the middle. And at that point I have two pieces. Then I hollow them out. And so when I hollow them out we have two chamber hollowed out on each one of them and I've just started to carve the sound hole in this one here."

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