Walking track to be dedicated

June 30, 2011 EVENING SHADE — The public is invited to celebrate part of Fourth of July by attending the dedication of a new walking track in downtown Evening Shade starting at 11 a.m. Monday, said city council member Annemarie Avey.The event will include music by Noel and Pansy Arnold under the pavilion as well as raffles of prizes to benefit the Evening Shade Volunteer Fire Department.

Children’s call for help ends in father’s arrest

June 30, 2011 A Pleasant Plains man has a court date of July 20 to explain to a judge why he was allegedly passed out in the back seat of his stranded car, leaving his small children without proper supervision.Deputy Wayne Green of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said Kari Hoover called police around 2 this morning to say that her two sons, ages 5 and 6, had called her saying they were by the river and their father, 27-year-old Dustin Dewayne Clark of Blackland Road, was passed out in the back seat of their car.

NW Ark. under heat watch

June 30, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The heat is building across parts of Arkansas and could be dangerous for some over the next few days.The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for today, affecting Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian counties in northwestern Arkansas.Forecasters say daytime temperatures will again be very hot and afternoon heat indices will near 105 degrees today and Friday. Lows are only expected to fall into the 70s.According to the weather service, the high on Wednesday in Fort Smith reached 100 degrees.

Student’s death ruled accidental

June 30, 2011 SEARCY (AP) — Authorities say the death of a Harding University student found unresponsive in his dormitory room has been ruled accidental.The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory found that 20-year-old Jung Hyun Suh died of asphyxiation from an external airway obstruction.He was found dead in his bed June 19.According to a police report, Hyun Suh had a trash bag over his head and a can of duster was nearby. An autopsy revealed he had inhaled fluorocarbon gas.A computer in the room had writing in Korean on the screen, which another student translated for police.

Newark holiday plans told

June 30, 2011 NEWARK — The Newark Municipal Building will be closed Monday for the July 4 holiday and there will be no garbage pickup in the city on Monday, said Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston.Garbage pickup will be Tuesday, for that one week only.

Courthouse in Ash Flat to close

June 30, 2011 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat will be closed Monday for the Fouth of July holiday, said County Judge Larry Brown.Offices will reopen Tuesday at normal hours.

Fun shoot set at new range

June 30, 2011 A fun shoot starting from the 16-yard line will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the new shooting complex north of Batesville, according to organizers. The formal name of the range is the Paul H. “Rocky” Willmuth Shooting Complex, which is just east of U.S. Highway 167 just south of Pfeiffer.

Redistricting panel meets

June 30, 2011 HELENA-WEST HELENA (AP) — The panel that’s redrawing legislative district boundaries is to hold a public meeting in Helena-West Helena.The board is made up of Gov. Mike Beebe, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and Secretary of State Mark Martin. It will meet from 6-8 tonight at Phillips County Community College.The board is to listen to public input in advance of the panel’s plan to release proposed new district maps on July 19. A public comment period will follow the release of the maps.

Ex-Ark. school board member sentenced in porn case

June 30, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former North Little Rock school board member to 65 months in prison for possession of child pornography.Malcolm Trent Cox also was sentenced on Wednesday to five years of supervised release. Cox pleaded guilty to the count in March.Investigators executed a search warrant at Cox’s residence and seized computer evidence in September 2009. He resigned from the school board later that month, saying the travel demands of his full-time job were too great.

Hearing set on convicted killer’s sentence request

June 30, 2011 MAGNOLIA (AP) — A July 18 hearing has been set for a convicted killer on his request to adjust his life without parole sentence.William Davis was convicted in 2000 of capital murder in the death of 15-year-old Brittni Pater.Defense attorney Robert Depper says Pater’s death was caused by co-defendant Matthew Elliott and that no evidence suggests Davis was anything other than a conspirator. Elliott is also serving life without parole after pleading guilty to the crime.