Father killed; daughter wounded

December 6, 2010 SHERIDAN (AP) — Grant County authorities are investigating a double shooting that left one person dead.The sheriff’s office says it received a 911 call of a shooting about 8 a.m. Friday at a residence near Sheridan. When deputies arrived, they found two people shot in the head.Sheriff Robert Sheppard says Barry Harris died at the residence, and his 38-year-old daughter, Kimberly Tiger, was taken to a Little Rock hospital. KLRT reports that she’s on life support.Investigators say there’s no sign of forced entry.

Rural school sues state

December 6, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A rural school district sued the state Friday, arguing that forced consolidation with a nearby district would require students to spend four hours a day on the bus.The 112-page lawsuit filed by the Deer-Mount Judea School District challenges the constitutionality of the state’s school-funding system, arguing that rural districts don’t receive equitable treatment.

AARP executive meeting set

December 6, 2010 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex.This event is open to committee members and AARP members. Planned is a discussion of new officer installation.

Izard officials to be honored

December 6, 2010 MELBOURNE — A drop-in reception honoring the service of several Izard County elected officials and staff will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 in the courtroom at the Izard County Sheriff’s Department. The event is open to the public.Those to be honored include County Judge Rayburn Finley, Treasurer Brenda Marlin, Office of Emergency Management Director Dennis Williams, Administrative Assistant Kim Kieffner and Justices of the Peace Wayne Boren, Neal Olan, Karla Rush and James Simmons.

Woman pleads not guilty

December 6, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A Mountain Home woman has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend.The Baxter Bulletin reports 38-year-old Rhonda Clark entered the plea Thursday in Baxter County Circuit Court. Authorities say Clark told investigators she shot and killed 43-year-old Antonio Sanchez III at their home after he dared her to shoot him.Investigators have said Clark initially said Sanchez committed suicide but later admitted to shooting him.

Parks and recreation to meet

December 6, 2010 The Independence County Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. Friday in the juvenile courtroom on the second floor of the county library building at Third and Main streets in Batesville.The agenda of the public meeting will be to complete the budget for sales tax grants.

Newark parade is Saturday

December 6, 2010 NEWARK ­— The Newark Christmas parade will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.The theme is “Christmas in America.” Entries will line up at 4 at Moore’s Dairy Creme.The parade is sponsored by the Newark Chamber of Commerce.The chamber will sponsor a home/yard Christmas decorating contest for houses inside the Newark city limits. The winner will be awarded $50.

Dog causes rollover near Bethesda

December 6, 2010 A dog running loose is being blamed for a rollover accident on Earnhart Road near Bethesda Wednesday morning, according to Cpl. Patrick Collins with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Collins said Judy Deniece Massey, 40, of Mountain View was southbound on Earnhart Road near Gill Road around 10 a.m. when she lost control of her 2007 Toyota 4Runner.

Child survives crash

December 6, 2010 HARDY — A Sharp County deputy helped save the life of a seriously injured girl at the scene of a two-vehicle wreck that killed the male passenger and also seriously injured the female driver of the car in which the girl was riding, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning.Deputy Jeff Adam said that when he arrived a couple of minutes after the 9 p.m. Saturday collision on Highway 63 near its junction with Highway 58 south of Hardy, a nurse was already holding a child’s car seat containing the girl whose age was estimated as 2.

Inmate facing escape charge

December 6, 2010 An Independence County jail inmate who allegedly walked away from his community service job Wednesday was later captured in Fulton County, Sheriff Alan Cockrill said this morning.John Edward Gamble, 37, was charged with third-degree escape, according to an affidavit by Detective Brian Luetschwager.The affidavit states that Terry Hastings, supervisor at the Independence County Recycling Center, told Deputy Fred Friar that Gamble was last seen working in the recycling center at 1 p.m., but wasn’t discovered missing until about 2:15.