State police to roll out new plane

September 7, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State Police haven’t been able to catch speeders from the air since the plane they used was damaged during a landing in Conway County about a year ago.But the agency has a new Cessna 260 that will be used for traffic enforcement once troopers finish training on the aircraft.The Texarkana Gazette reports that troopers in the plane use a stopwatch to clock speeders and radio the speed and a vehicle description to cruisers on the ground.

Potato shoot scheduled

September 7, 2010 HORSESHOE BEND — “Big Thunder” Arkansas State Championship Potato Shoot will be Sept. 18. at the Turkey Mountain Golf Course in Horseshoe Bend.Organizers of the event are asking everyone who wants to participate to bring potato shooters for the second annual shooting event.Registration will start at 9 a.m. and the competition will begin at 10.Baxter Regional Medical Foundation has been chosen as the recipient as this year’s charity.The first place winner will be awarded a trophy and prizes will also be given to second and third place winners.

District fair accepts reservations

September 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — The North Central Arkansas District Fair is accepting reservations for commercial and food booth space for the 2010 NCA District Fair Sept. 27 through Oct. 2.  Businesses, clubs, and individuals who desire commercial space should make reservations now. Inside exhibit areas rent for $50 per space plus $5 for electricity. Outside space is also available with variable rental fees, based on amount of space needed. There will be an additional charge of $10 per exhibitor for electricity for outside spaces.

State to rule on woman’s death where drugs found

September 7, 2010 When Patricia Ellen Rowe failed to answer the door Saturday morning, her friend Larinda Tinsley used her own key to enter the home where she found Rowe’s body slumped over a nightstand in an upstairs bedroom, police say.Tinsley told Deputy Bret Ward that the 48-year-old Rowe was to house sit for her a few days, but when she arrived around 7:15 a.m. to pick her up Rowe failed to answer the door.“Ms. Tinsley said she had last seen and spoken with Ms. Rowe on Thursday when she cleaned her apartment for her,” Ward said.

Heasley Prize winner to speak at Lyon

September 7, 2010 The 2010 Leila Lenore Heasley Prize winner, Ron Rash, will speak at Lyon College Sept. 9 during a writer’s life interview at noon in the Alphin Board Room and a reading and award ceremony in Bevens Music Room at 7:30 p.m.Rash is the author of four prize-winning novels, “One Foot in Eden,” “Saints at the River,” “The World Made Straight “and “Serena.” Rash has published three books of poems, including “Raising the Dead,” and four short fiction collections, most recently, “Burning Bright.”

Motorcycle rider hits bear; both OK

September 7, 2010 EUREKA SPRINGS (AP) — Both a bear and a motorcyclist have survived an encounter on a Carroll County highway.Fayetteville television station KHOG said a motorcycle collided with a bear in the Lake Leatherwood area Sunday afternoon.State Police said the bike landed in a ditch, the bear ran away, and the biker was not hurt. The motorcyclist was not identified.

Inmate accused of taking items from jail office

September 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — Additional charges have been filed against an Izard County inmate while being granted a contact visit with relatives.According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 21-year-old Jeffery Chase Moser of Melbourne faces additional charges of theft of property and furnishing prohibited articles into a jail. He is accused of stealing items from an office in the sheriff’s department while being granted a contact visit with relatives, Lawrence said.

Blanchard Springs Caverns announces fall schedule

September 7, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of Blanchard Springs Caverns’ fall schedule, officials have announced. The Discovery Trail Tour closes the day after Labor Day, but the Dripstone Trail and the Wild Cave Tours are open year round.

On way to ‘cook off’ meth, men tell trooper

September 7, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Two Imboden men were arrested on drug charges after telling a state trooper a methamphetamine lab was in the back of their car, reported Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.The admission followed a traffic stop by State Trooper Phillip Roark on Sunday, Dotson said.Sheriff’s deputies assisted in the arrests of 24-year-old Eddie Lester and 26-year-old Chris Broadway, Dotson said.

Driver crashes after high-speed pursuit by trooper

September 7, 2010 An improper lane change, failing to use a turn signal and driving a stolen car has landed a Smithville man in jail after he led officers on pursuit and crashed on Ramsey Mountain.Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes said around 11 a.m. he saw the driver of a 1992 Cadillac, later identified as Danny May Jr., 23, of Smithville, make an improper lane change and fail to give a turn signal at St. Louis and Harrison streets.