Bridge to War Eagle: Stories of a Wild Stream New documentary to premiere in Fayetteville

March 4, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE — The Emmy-winning team of Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter have created a collection of poignant stories framed by the old steel bridge and iconic grist mill on War Eagle Creek in the Ozark Hills. Their new documentary film, “Bridge to War Eagle,” will premier at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Fayetteville Public Library. Another screening is set for 7 p.m. March 17 at the Fort Smith Public Library, and at Hobbs State Park-Natural Area at 2 p.m. April 2. DVDs are available through the University of Arkansas Press.

Breaking News — Green gets new trial

March 3, 2011 NEWPORT — Third Judicial District Prosecutor Henry Boyce of Newport said the state looks forward to the retrial of accused murderer Billy Dale Green of Randolph County.Boyce’s comment came after the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled this morning to grant Green a retrial due to alleged prosecutorial conduct.The ruling was on appeal of the denial of a motion to dismiss the case due to alleged double-jeopardy grounds based on alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

Sirhan Sirhan denied parole

March 3, 2011 COALINGA, Calif. (AP) — Parole officials have refused to give Sirhan Sirhan a date with freedom, saying he hasn’t shown sufficient remorse for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s death and doesn’t understand the enormity of the assassination that changed U.S. history more than 40 years ago.During four intense hours Wednesday in a prison’s small hearing room, Sirhan told board officials of his regret but also said he could not remember the events of June 5, 1968.

Ark court orders trial for man in deaths of 4

March 3, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a trial for a man accused of killing a family of four in northeast Arkansas, even though the justices say the prosecutor should be investigated for withholding evidence.The high court today denied a request by Billy Dale Green that his capital murder charges be dismissed for the 1998 Randolph County murders of Carl and Lisa Elliott and their children, Felicia and Gregory.

Reception set for highway commissioner

March 3, 2011 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public reception to welcome new Arkansas State Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the chamber’s 409 Vine St. office.Burkhalter of North Little Rock was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to fulfill the term of Cliff Hoofman on the highway commission. His term will expire in January 2017.For more information call the chamber at (870) 793-2378.

River bank stabilization report to be discussed

March 3, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear an update on the Corps of Engineers study of a proposed White River embankment stabilization project, said Manager John Richardson.The authority requested the study following floods in 2008 that caused severe erosion near its water intake station and intake lines near White River upstream from the water treatment plant, which is near the White River Bridge.

Compassionate Friends to hear guest speaker

March 3, 2011 Glenda Brooks of Searcy will be the guest speaker for The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.Brooks has developed a ministry called “Feathers of Comfort and Hope” after the death of her son Kennley in 2003. “I think you will be blessed by hearing Glenda,” chapter leader Connie Davis said. “We encourage everyone to attend.”

Thieves go shopping while owner at store

March 3, 2011 When Rachel Caldwell of Batesville went to Walmart Feb. 18, she returned home to find her home broken into and several items stolen.Caldwell told Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Green the suspect gained entry through the front door by prying it open and once inside only took items from the kitchen.Caldwell said the only items she could find missing were $40 cash, a Samsung cell phone, personal medication and miscellaneous paperwork.

Two charged for forging school checks

March 3, 2011 Using counterfeit checks on a school account in Lawrence County has put one man in jail and charges against another after a local bank handed out more than $17,000.Independence County has filed seven felonies against 53-year-old Terry L. Smith and four felonies against 51-year-old Melvin Malone. Both have Memphis addresses.According to information for arrest, investigators were notified on Feb. 25 that counterfeit checks were being cashed at Citizens Bank’s Eagle Mountain and Airport branch banks.

Gas bottles stolen twice in one night from Harps

March 3, 2011 Employees at a Southside grocery store first thought six liquid petroleum gas bottles were stolen, but it turned out to be more.On the morning of Feb. 18, Harps Grocery store manager Kyle Miller arrived at work and noticed that the LP storage had been broken into, according to a report filed Officer Michael Calendar.Miller went inside the store and viewed the surveillance video, which showed a white pick-up pull up to the storage container around 12:30 a.m. and a white male get out of the truck, pull a hoodie jacket over his head and load six bottles into his vehicle.