Doctor joins Stone Co. clinic

October 5, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Stone County Primary Care Clinic has announced the association of Dr. Marsha Taylor, who is accepting new patients and scheduling appointments beginning immediately.“We are excited about the addition of Dr. Taylor,” said Renie Taylor, Stone County administrator/chief operating officer. “Her experience will be essential to the primary medical care that is so important to residents of rural communities such as Mountain View.”

Bill Qualls appointed to board

October 5, 2010 The Auditing Roundtable has announced the appointment of Bill Qualls to its board of directors for 2010-11.Qualls is the manager of corporate health, safety, environmental technical support and integration at Eastman Chemical Company. He is the son of Bill and Marie Qualls of Sulphur Rock.The Auditing Roundtable is a national professional organization dedicated to the practice of environmental, health and safety and sustainability auditing.

Locksmith eyeing retirement

October 5, 2010 SEARCY — A local locksmith has served the community through thick and thin for 21 years and is planning on retiring. Floyd Hudgens had worked for 30 years in factories before he decided to take his life in another direction. He entered locksmith school in the mid-1970s, and was able to finish within a couple years. Eventually, his path led him to Searcy in the late 1980s. A locksmith resided on Pleasure street, and after a year of working there, Hudgens bought the company. He has been serving Searcy’s lock-and-key needs since.

Counseling clinic relocates

October 5, 2010 The Batesville Counseling Clinic, a service of Methodist Family Health, has relocated to a newer and larger facility at 1539 Harrison St., sharing a building with Sherwood Urgent Care and Econo-Mart Pharmacy.Opened in August 2009, the service serves clients from ages 6 through adult.

Man shot in confrontation with Rogers police

October 5, 2010 ROGERS (AP) — Authorities in Rogers say a man was killed when he was shot by police after pointing a gun at an officer.The names of the officer and the dead man have not been released.Benton County coroner Daniel Oxford says the body has been sent the the state Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.Police Officer Jerri Baughman told reporters that police were called to investigate a possibly suicidal man about 2:30 p.m. Monday. Baughman said the man was shot after pointing a gun at an officer.

Russellville woman charged with identity theft

October 5, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — A Russellville woman has been arrested for forgery and the theft of a Texas woman’s identity.Authorities began investigating when the Texas woman claimed that someone using her Social Security number had income reported from a Tyson Foods plant in Russellville.A report by a Social Security Administration investigator says 21-year-old Alba Villacorte used the number to get a Social Security card, Arkansas identification card and Tyson medical insurance.

Sides stealing signs in Boone County wet-dry vote

October 5, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — Boone County voters are to decide in November whether to allow alcohol sales and the contentious issue has both sides complaining that their campaign signs are being stolen.Two men were caught late Friday with more than two dozen “Vote Dry” signs and were charged with misdemeanor theft. A 16-year-old was arrested for stealing “Let’s Get Wet” signs.Authorities say plenty more signs have been stolen with no one getting caught. Harrison police and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department say they have been flooded with calls reporting sign thefts.

Beebe announces new policy on state-owned cars

October 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has issued an executive order changing Arkansas’ 20-year-old policy on state-owned cars. The governor also announced a searchable database of state cars that’s now available online.Beebe announced today a new policy that creates classifications for which state employees are entitled to state-owned vehicles. He says employees who previously had an exemption to commute to work in their state-owned vehicles must now reapply for that exemption.

Driving on suspended license leads to dope arrest

October 5, 2010 When a driver waved at an Independence County Deputy, and then immediately turned a corner as if to get out of sight, he came under closer scrutiny and ended up going to jail.Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was on patrol in the area of East Pine Street when he saw Ronnie Lee Gipson, 46, driving a tan Kia near the intersection with Bayou Street.“Ronnie waved at me and then made a left turn onto Pine Street,” Gillihan said.

Felon caught ‘spotlighting’ adds trouble

October 5, 2010 A man stopped for trespassing on posted property and shining a spotlight early this morning could be in trouble for being a felon in possession of a gun.Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer said he was patrolling in the area of the White River bottoms in Desha around 1: 30 a.m. when he saw a spotlight being shined across a field owned by Robert and Bob Stroud.“I had spoke to Bob Stroud in the past concerning trespassers and he had asked me to patrol the area when possible,” Brewer said.