LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing Wednesday for a man who pleaded guilty to keeping two dozen illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico in a pair of overcrowded homes while not paying them for their work or providing adequate food.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that a judge should not have allowed a sentence enhancement for Marcio De Oliveira, 43, on grounds the victims were unusually vulnerable. The court denied the main thrust of his appeal, in which he sought to withdraw his guilty plea.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The jobs of 1,300 workers at a Georgia-Pacific LLC mill in Crossett became more secure Wednesday with the company’s announcement that it will spend $250 million to upgrade the facility.
The mill produces a variety of paper towels and tissues for home and commercial use. It’s part of an operation that employs more than 2,100 people in Ashley County. About 40 jobs will be added when the upgrade is complete.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock residents who moved from further north might want to dig out those ice skates that have been rusting in the attic since the move south.
The Downtown Little Rock Partnership on Wednesday announced this year’s River Market on Ice celebration in the city’s downtown entertainment district.
The outdoor rink will be open from Nov. 20 to Jan. 9.
Officials say Ice Rink Events, which installs ice rinks for large events, will produce the outdoor rink and Arkansas Skatium will operate the facility.
MOUNTAIN PINE (AP) — The Garland County sheriff’s office says the operator of a crane at a water-treatment plant is dead after the crane collapsed.
Authorities said the man killed, who was not named by officials, was using the crane to load material into a basin at the Ouachita Water Treatment Plant when it fell about 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Mountain Pine is about 8 miles northwest of Hot Springs.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A lawyer for jailed evangelist Tony Alamo says his client has been placed in isolation. The 76-year-old Alamo is serving a 175-year sentence. He was convicted in Texarkana of bringing five girls across state lines for sex.
Alamo attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. said Alamo is accused of threatening prosecutors and that he got into a fight with another inmate. Hall says Alamo’s eyesight is so poor that he would not be able to see a punch coming.
JONESBORO (AP) — Police say a man who used a motorized wheelchair was found dead in a ditch when firefighters arrived to provide assistance.
Officers said witnesses told authorities that a man appeared to be having trouble with his motorized wheelchair, and firefighters were sent to the scene where they found 63-year-old Donald Arrington face-down in a ditch, his wheelchair stuck on a culvert that allowed traffic to cross the ditch.
It seems that my girlfriends and I talk about a girlfriend getaway but rarely follow through with our plans. So when a resort owner friend of mine suggested and planned an itinerary for a girls’ trip, I jumped at the idea.
Our group consisted of me, two of my friends from my hometown of Fayetteville, one of my friends from Little Rock, my boss also from the Rock, and her friend from Wyoming who flew in to join the fun.
Cave City at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
A victory in this longstanding rivalry would be good medicine for either of these 4A-2 District teams. The Southside Junior Southerners have been competitive, but don’t have much to show for it. They are 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the district. The visiting Junior Cavemen are 1-5, 1-4 and have been outscored 94-6 over the last three games.
Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell summed up his assessment of the Augusta Red Devils in three words.
“They’re extremely fast,” he said.
Then Lovell added “every kid on their team can run a little bit, but they have one main kid they go to.”
That one player is running back Ishma Clark. He wears number 23, but just watch for the blur out of the backfield. Clark is averaging 239 yards per game from his running back position and is currently being recruited by Arkansas colleges.
HARDY — George S. Foster Jr., 57, of Hardy died Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at his home.
He was the son of George and Monti Rae Miller Foster.
Survivors include his mother; a brother, Thomas Foster of Summerville, Tenn.; two sisters, Carol Ann Arnett and Mary Russell, both of Navarre, Fla.; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Heath Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel in Highland.