JONESBORO (AP) — People at a Jonesboro Walmart found it odd that a backpack inside a parked car was wiggling. It turned out that a dog was in the backpack, and that was enough for police to cite two women for animal cruelty.
The women were cited Saturday with the misdemeanor offense.
Two witnesses noticed the squirming backpack when they parked next to the women’s car. One was able to reach in a partially open window, open the door and free the dog.
The Republican strategy for 2012 seems simple enough. It’s a numbers game. They plan to flood the market. Set up an all-you can-eat candidate buffet. If you don’t like the potential nominee in front of you, try the next steam table. An appetizing aspirant is bound to bubble up. Or not. But at least you’re moving around and getting some exercise.
LITTLE ROCK — Funding of the 41 drug courts in Arkansas will be near the top of the agenda when the legislature convenes in fiscal session next February.
Judges and staff who operate drug courts are seeking a permanent place in the state’s budget, as opposed to the current system under which legislators must find funding from available sources every budget cycle. Legislative supporters of drug courts have been able to find money from a settlement of a lawsuit against tobacco companies.
It sounds good to me. I speak of an opportunity made possible by the “mancession.”
You see, the recession that began in December 2007 hit male-dominated industries, such as construction, harder than female-dominated industries.
The male unemployment rate hit 10.4 percent in November 2010, whereas the female unemployment rate hovered around 8 percent.
OK, God. I hear Ya.
I know You’ve been hitting me over the head with a hammer so many times trying to knock some sense into my thick skull, but still I go on about my business, so sure I know what’s best for me instead of You.
After all, I’m the one down in the trenches here on Earth. At the same time I’m forgetting myself and forgetting to let You lead. I find myself unfortunately turning from Your plan for me.
Investigation replaced celebration and silence replaced some musical notes at two churches Sunday after two burglaries were discovered this weekend.
Independence County Deputy John Carroll reported he was dispatched to Oak Hill Pentecostal Church on Allen Road at 1:36 p.m. Saturday and was told by Joe Duncan that sometime between Wednesday night at 8 p.m. and Saturday afternoon someone broke into the church and took musical instruments. Taken were four guitars valued at $1,500 and three amplifiers for bass guitars ($600).
GILLETT (AP) — The family of former U.S. Rep. Marion Berry of Gillett says Berry continues to recover from brain surgery to remove a tumor.
Son Mitch Berry says his father is in and out of the hospital when he receives chemotherapy treatments — but was allowed to go home Saturday — which was Marion Berry’s 69th birthday.
Berry underwent brain surgery June 14 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences after the tumor was discovered. The tumor was found when Berry sought tests after noticing problems with his vision and speech.
The Independence County Library in Batesville will hold story time on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 14.
The free event will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the library and continue through the fall and winter months. It is open to anyone, in particular stay-at-home moms and baby-sitters, head librarian Vanessa Adams said.
For more information call the library at (870) 793-8814.
Pathfinder Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves Arkansans with developmental disabilities, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in Batesville on Wednesday.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Batesville Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Pathfinder Brairwood residential facility, 420 Barnett Drive, at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 at Citizens Bank community room, 200 S. Third St., Batesville.
Mayor Rick Elumbaugh will be guest speaker.
Both events are free and open to the public. Pathfinder is headquartered in Jacksonville.
WALNUT RIDGE — A Bald Knob man was arrested Tuesday for theft of property and criminal trespass in connection with an agri power unit that was stolen from the Alicia area on or about Aug. 16, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson. The power unit was recovered in Jackson County.
Arrested was William Watson, 35.
NEWPORT — Newport Police Department is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of James Logan Morgan, according to Lt. Patrick Weatherford.
On Aug. 19, at about 11:40 a.m., Newport Police Department officers were dispatched to 314 Vine St. in reference to a stabbing. Officers discovered that Morgan, 70, had been stabbed multiple times while inside his residence. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
MELBOURNE — An argument between a father and teenage son resulted in the elder’s arrest last week, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.
Izard County Senior Deputy Gabe Sanders responded to a domestic violence call at 1808 Boswell Road Thursday afternoon. Upon arrival Sanders interviewed the 15-year-old who said he and his father, Dwain Tom Ketron, were working on a trailer and got into an argument.