HOT SPRINGS — Miss White River Simone Mullinax won the Preliminary Presence and Poise in Evening Gown Preliminary award on Wednesday, the opening night of the 2011 Miss Arkansas Pageant in Hot Springs.
Mullinax, of Fayetteville, is a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Arkansas.
Miss Lights of the Delta Ashley Walthall also won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent award, and Miss Ouachita Baptist Kristen Glover won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Preliminary Award.
Each won an $800 scholarship.
TRUMMAN (AP) — A new ordinance bans pit bull terriers and other types of dogs inside the limits of an eastern Arkansas city.
Members of the Trumann City Council on Tuesday approved the ordinance barring American pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and other specific breeds.
MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A man who was jailed in Baxter County is back in a cell after he was allegedly caught on camera stealing property from another inmate.
Sheriff John Montgomery says 27-year-old Matthew E. Tillery of Cotter was jailed in May on charges of nonpayment of fines and failure to appear in court.
During his May 21 release, Montgomery says Tillery reached into another inmate’s property box and took a wallet, cellphone and checkbook.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A bat killing disease that has spread from the northeastern U.S. still has not reached Arkansas.
The state Game and Fish Commission said Wednesday that it completed a survey of state caves and has not found evidence of white-nose syndrome.
Most caves across the state were closed to exploration last year as part of an effort to keep the fungus from spreading. The disease has killed more than 1 million bats, and can be spread by humans who carry the fungus on clothing or caving equipment.
The White River Area Agency on Aging is currently seeking volunteers for its Ombudsman Program.
A volunteer ombudsman visits residents of nursing homes and skilled care facilities regularly to make sure their rights are preserved. Some residents do not voice their concerns and the ombudsman can be their advocate.
Barely open a month, the Paul H. “Rocky” Willmuth Shooting Sports Complex north of Batesville, and everyone connected to it, is being sued.
The suit by a small group of Independence County citizens was filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office on July 8.
LITTLE ROCK — Homeowners who want to learn more about protecting their homes from future disaster damage will be able to question specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in three Arkansas locations, according to a news release.
The specialists will be at Home Depot at 3600 E. Harrison St. in Batesville from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and at Ridout Lumber at 3300 E. Race Ave. in Searcy until 5 this afternoon, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday.
Main Street Batesville will present country and rockabilly artist Narvel Felts in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the renovated Landers Theater in downtown Batesville.
Born in Keiser, Felts moved to Bernie, Mo., where a talent scout discovered him at a talent show. He recorded his first single, “Kiss-a Me Baby,” at the age of 16, and his career skyrocketed with the help of Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, according to a news release.
The name Hellfighters may be a little scary but the mission is not: Feed the hungry and lead them to Christ.
Steve and Jamie Blakely decided that Batesville would be their home after he got out of the military five years ago. They were by all accounts a working, functioning couple with four kids. Jamie recalls the times that she and Steve would go out drinking on Saturday nights.
Police are warning women who walk in the Oaklawn Cemetery near Row Lake and Fitzhugh Park to be aware of a man who has been spotted exposing himself on at least two occasions.
A west Batesville woman told Deputy Rob Leonard that she was running in the cemetery, located across the street from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, around 8:15 Tuesday night when she saw a man standing next to a tombstone.
“She said when she came back around again the man had his pants down … and watching her,” Leonard said.
Barbara Ann McCane, 51, of Batesville died Saturday, July 9, 2011, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Sept. 16, 1959, in Fresno, Calif., she was the daughter of Charles and Janice Kite Borders.
Survivors include her parents; her husband, Richard McCane; a son, Jamie McCane of Rolla, Mo.; a daughter, Melissa McCane of Batesville; two brothers, David Borders of Electra, Texas, and Kenny Borders of Fresno; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Borders.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Southside Assembly of God.