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    Autistic daughter inspires pageant for special needs

    Four years ago, when Jessica Ross found out she would be having a daughter, she began to dream of raising a “prissy girl,” with bows and frilly, lacy dresses, entering pageants and doing all things girly. But those dreams were crushed when she learned her …

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  • Man accused of raping girl

    VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A construction worker in North Dakota who authorities accuse of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl has been charged. A $50,000 bond has been set for 19-year-old Joseph Chapps of Hardy, Arkansas. He is facing a gross sexual imposition …

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  • Child sex offender moves to Melbourne

    MELBOURNE — A man convicted of engaging in sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl has moved to 712 Dream Riders Road in Melbourne. Mark Allen Benford, 48, was convicted in 2000 with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and is classified as a Level 3 sex offender. …

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  • Sheriff: Meth, pot, pills found

    ASH FLAT — On Wednesday, the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department and the Cave City Police Department executed a search warrant at the Barry Neal residence, located at 968-B Calamine Road, according to Mark Counts, Sharp County sheriff. During a search of the residence, officers located …

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  • Arkansas Parole Board votes against felon’s commutation

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board has found the request of a man with convictions in multiple counties to be without merit, according to a news release. In June 1998, William McCoy was convicted of two counts of second-degree escape and a weapons charge …

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  • Drug prevention calendars legit

    It’s legit. Independence County Chief Deputy Jermey Qualls said he wanted to reassure those calling about donations sought for the Drug Prevention Calendar who are asking if the donations are really designated for the law enforcement calendar. “We just want those donating to know that …

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  • Mt. Pleasant named ‘high achieving’ school

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary has been identified by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas as the winner of the “High-Achieving Overall Elementary School” OEP award, according to a news release. This prestigious statewide award is based on the OEP-created …

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  • Depot Days music festival to rock Newport Sept. 27

    NEWPORT — The 17th annual Depot Days music festival is set to take place on Sept. 27 on historic Front Street in downtown Newport. Admission is free. The festival is a showcase of local, regional and national talent paying tribute to the early history of …

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  • Body in Arkansas River said to be missing man

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Sebastian County authorities say a body found in the Arkansas River has been identified as that of a missing Barling man. Lt. Philip Pevehouse said Thursday that the Arkansas State Crime Lab identified the body as that of Jamison Boyster. A …

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  • Skeleton ID’d as Ark. woman

    TEXARKANA (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a skeleton found in a Red River sandbar has been positively identified as a 42-year-old Ashdown woman who has been missing since February. The remains are those of Janice Northcross, who fell into the river near Fulton to avoid …

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  • ‘Blue Jeans’ fund supports Stone Co. Honor Guard

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Members of the Stone County Honor Guard recently visited with employees of Citizens Bank’s Mountain View Branch to accept a $500 contribution from the bank employees’ “Blue Jeans Fund.” The Stone County Honor Guard is a volunteer group of former military servicemen …

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  • Midland Elementary to receive shade trees

    LITTLE ROCK — Nine Arkansas elementary schools will each receive five shade trees, mulch, watering supplies and planting guidelines through the Arkansas Forestry Commission S.T.O.P. (Shade Trees On Playgrounds) program. Midland, whose new elementary building opened last year, will be among the recipients. School representatives …

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