Man indicted; Magness man faces federal charges after allegedly placing homemade bomb on bridge

December 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A 20-year-old Magness man has been indicted for making a homemade bomb and leaving it on an Independence County bridge.Keith Tyler Forrest was indicted on two counts of unlawfully manufacturing and possessing an improvised explosive bomb, according to a joint announcement from Jane W. Duke, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Phillip Durham, special agent in charge of the New Orleans Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Jr. high students using technology to solve problems

December 8, 2010 Renovations, new initiatives and Pioneer spirit are alive and well at Batesville Junior High. BJHS students enjoy a new high-tech learning facility as well as a state-of-the-art media center fully equipped with 21st century technology to extend, explore and expand learning experiences.The Environmental and Spatial Technology classroom was established through a competitive grant from the Environmental and Spatial Technology Initiative and the Arkansas Department of Education.

Man stopped for drunk driving arrested for knife, gun

December 8, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Cushman man was apparently prepared for a fight — just not being pulled over by a police officer in Melbourne. Matthew Melton, 24, of Kimmer Lane in Cushman was arrested early Sunday morning for driving while intoxicated-third offense and two counts of carrying a weapon, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.

Retirement is ‘bittersweet’: Sharp County sheriff recalls years of service

December 8, 2010 When Dale Weaver took his first job in law enforcement people were placing bets on just how long he would last. After nearly 30 years of chasing bad guys, hauling in illegal drugs and solving cases that have made local, state and national headlines, he’s calling it quits.At least for now.For most of his life, Weaver has stayed close to his roots. His parents worked hard to make a living with his father leaving home before daylight and returning home long after dark, instilling in the eight Weaver children the value of hard work.

Foothills Filmfest selects Oberst’s art for poster

December 8, 2010 Each year, Ozark Foothills FilmFest holds a statewide competition to find an image for its festival poster, program cover and website. “Summer on the Farm,” by watercolorist Jim Oberst of Hot Springs Village, has been chosen as the branding image for the 10th annual FilmFest, set for March 23-27 in Batesville. Previous selections include “Canoe on the Grass” by Little Rock artist Barry Lindley and “Ozark Barn” by Hot Springs Village artist Richard Stephens.

GAP schedules meeting

December 8, 2010 Grandparents As Parents will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the resource room of the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St.Any relative raising a child is welcome to attend, Lorrie McClure, Parents As Teachers coordinator, said. For more information call (870) 793-0627.

Clothes closet to host open house

December 8, 2010 SAFFELL — Providing free quality clothing to families in need is the mission of the Saffell Clothes Closet. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the closet located in the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church, 467 Highway 25, Saffell, will hold its biannual open house in the fellowship hall.Anyone can come and shop at the closet for coats and clothes of all sizes, free of charge, volunteer Rhonda Morse said. “We offer coats, warm clothes and some household items.”  Refreshments will be served.

Central to host book fair

December 8, 2010 Central Magnet Elementary will host a book fair beginning Thursday, librarian Donna Fagan said.The fair is open to the public and will include half-price books for preschoolers to adults.  Fagan said the fair will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 16, excluding Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. “This is a great opportunity to shop for Christmas as books make wonderful gifts,” Fagan said. For more information call the school at (870) 793-7498.Central is located at 650 Vine St., Batesville.

Ark. Pearl Harbor survivors gather

December 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Bill Chase will never forget what he saw as a young Navy seaman during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the 86-year-old Arkansas man worried Tuesday — the 69th anniversary of the tragedy — that others will.As more time passes, Chase said he fears that fewer people will remember the history behind the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian base on Dec. 7, 1941.

Police: Inmate confesses to more crimes

December 8, 2010 In jail on unrelated charges, an Independence County inmate has reportedly confessed to two other crimes, according to a court affidavit filed by Brian Luetschwager, Independence County sheriff’s detective.“On Nov. 23 I went to the Independence County jail to interview Brian See Jr. in regards to a burglary that I had information that he might have been involved in,” Luetschwager said.