Soldier’s body arrives in Ark.

March 22, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — The body of a soldier from Bald Knob killed in Afghanistan has been returned to White County.A casket carrying the remains of Sgt. Jonathan J. Richardson, 24, was unloaded from a military jet Saturday at the Searcy Municipal Airport, and transferred to a waiting hearse by an honor guard from Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.Richardson was killed March 9 along with Pfc. Jason M. Kropat, 25, of White Lake, N.Y.Richardson was a fire-support specialist who joined the Army in June 2006.

Entertainers, vendors sought for Sharp County Summerfest

March 22, 2010 ASH FLAT — Bands, singers, musicians and other entertainers are being sought for an inaugural event, 2010 Summerfest, to be held at the Sharp County Fairgrounds, said Robert Brown of Dreamwork Promotions.Dreamwork, owned and operated by Brown, has partnered with friends and businesses to bring the Summerfest to the area.Although a date for the event has not yet been announced, Brown, of Cherokee Village, hopes Summerfest will become an annual festival.

Council may seek bids for audit

March 22, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The council will consider bids for an independent audit and an ordinance to waive competitive bidding for a mini-excavator for the utilities departmennt and Supervisor Marty Thompson will discuss the sanitation department. The agenda also includes a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Board to hear about law, safety program tonight

March 22, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will meet at 7 tonight at the administration building. Items on the agenda include discussion of a future law and public safety program. Representatives from Ozarka College, the Izard County Sheriff’s office and Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative are scheduled to attend, Superintendent Gerald Cooper said.The board will also discuss bids on a bus. Spring break for students starts Wednesday.

Police arrest two

March 22, 2010  A Batesville man, 28-year-old Brandon R. Tyler, was arrested for huffing canned air duster behind a funeral home Wednesday afternoon.According to Deputy Dustin Robbins, employees of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home saw Tyler in the back parking lot of the business on College Avenue around 1:40 p.m. inhaling something from a spray can.According to Robbins, Tyler tried to hide the can, later identified as Legacy air duster, behind a stone wall.

Plan due to stop mud flowing

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A plan on how to stop muddy runoff from flowing into a tributary of the Mulberry River is due this week.The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is to deliver a short-term plan to the state Department of Environmental Quality by Wednesday.

4 lawmakers amend reports

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three state lawmakers have filed amended reports to say groups helped pay for trips to Alaska, Wyoming and Idaho.A fourth amended his report to say he was given tickets to a University of Arkansas football game.State Reps. Mike Burris says the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation of Washington, D.C., helped pay for trips to National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses meetings in Alaska and Idaho. Rep. Randy Stewart reports the foundation helped pay for his trip to the meeting in Idaho.

4 Ark. teens die in accident

March 22, 2010 TREMONT, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol says four high school seniors from Arkansas died early Saturday in an accident near Tremont in the northeastern corner of the state.Trooper Ray Hall says the victims were riding in a sport utility vehicle when it struck a bridge on Highway 78, flipped and landed upside down in a creek. The accident occurred around 4:15 a.m.All four were pronounced dead at the scene.

Principal, coach arrested

March 22, 2010 SHERWOOD (AP) — A high school principal and basketball coach in Sherwood has been arrested for first-degree sexual assault.Sherwood police say 39-year-old Abundant Life School principal and coach Timothy Ballard was arrested Friday and released Sunday on $50,000 bond. He was due in court today for arraignment. It was not known if he had yet hired an attorney.Police would not say whether the alleged victim is a student.

2 judges admonished

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has sent a letter of admonishment to a Sharp County judge who dismissed a DWI case against a relative.The panel on Friday released its letter to District Judge Mark Johnson of Ash Flat. The panel says Johnson should have recused to avoid the appearance of impropriety. The panel noted that there’s no indication the accused received preferential treatment.