County histories to be discussed

February 16, 2011 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Kiwanis Club will meet at noon Thursday at the Cave City community center. Powhatan Historic State Park Superintendent Corinne Fletcher will discuss the history of Sharp and Lawrence counties.The meeting is free and open to the public. For reservations call (870) 283-5593 or 283-6339.

Gospel concert to benefit Friendship Outreach Inc.

February 16, 2011 Karen Peck and New River will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus, with all proceeds to benefit Friendship Outreach Inc. and the Women’s Addiction Resistance Project.Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and are on sale now at the main branches of Citizens Bank and the Community Bank, as well as at Teacher 2 Teacher, Deni’s Inspirations and Bread of Life in Melbourne, said outreach director Doc Spurlin.

Tibetan monks construct Mandala Sand Painting

February 16, 2011 Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting Feb. 23-26 starting with opening ceremonies at noon Feb. 23 as part of Lyon College’s presentation of “The Mystical Arts of Tibet.” Admission is free during the three-day event, which will be held in Holloway Theatre.The presentation is sponsored by the college’s Convocations Committee, the Student Government Association and Campus Ministry. The public is invited to the opening and closing ceremonies as well as to witness the sand painting during the week.

False alarm; Firefighters find smoke, no fire

February 16, 2011 The smell of smoke in a building on the Lyon College campus generated the same reaction among campus security and firefighters: Oh, no.This morning’s smoke was a non-event, but illustrated how strong the memory remains of the Edwards Commons fire, which destroyed the college’s dining hall on Oct. 26. No one was injured in that blaze, and the cause has yet to be determined.

Sen. proposes state issues up to $600M

February 16, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas voters could be asked to issue bonds to help repay more than $330 million that the state owes the federal government for unemployment benefits under legislation proposed Tuesday.Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson proposed giving the state authority to issue up to $600 million in bonds to repay the money Arkansas owes for regular unemployment benefits. Arkansas is among about 30 states that have had to borrow money from the federal government because of the number of residents collecting unemployment benefits.

3 killed in fire in Jonesboro

February 16, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — Authorities in Jonesboro say a second child has died in a house fire that also claimed the life of an adult.Assistant Chief Kevin Miller told television station KAIT that the second child died at a hospital as a result of the fire. Another child was hospitalized.Fire officials have not released the names of the victims because family members had not been notified. The ages and relationships between the victims also have not been released.The fire broke out at about 6 a.m. and the cause is being investigated.

Legislature bans cell phones in school, work zones

February 16, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Legislature has given final approval to a ban on drivers using hand-held cell phones in school and work zones.The House on Tuesday approved the legislation on a 52-41 vote.The proposal would exempt the use of hands-free phones and GPS devices. A violation would be a secondary offense, meaning drivers could only be cited if they were first pulled over for a primary offense such as speeding. It would apply to school zones during school hours when children are present, and highway work zones when a highway worker is present.

Police arrest burglary suspect who lost cell phone

February 16, 2011 CONWAY (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been arrested after leaving his cell phone at the scene of a Conway burglary.The Log Cabin Democrat newspaper that police found a phone belonging to Timothy Inman of Conway while investigating a home burglary late Saturday night.A police report said a man was spotted in the home’s back yard shortly after the burglary was discovered. Police found Inman’s phone in the yard, and believe the burglar had returned to look for the phone.

Ex-solid waste director sentenced for embezzlement

February 16, 2011 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The former director of the Upper Southwest Solid Waste District in southwest Arkansas has been sentenced to six months in prison for embezzling more than $756,000 from the district.The Texarkana Gazette reports 67-year-old Joe Ball II of Hot Springs was also ordered to serve six months home confinement when he was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Texarkana. Authorities say Ball has already made restitution.

Fired Cave Springs police chief reinstated, then resigns

February 16, 2011 BENTONVILLE (AP) — The police chief of Cave Springs — who was fired by the mayor then reinstated by the City Council — has resigned.Rick Moore told the Benton County Daily Record that he resigned after being reinstated during a Monday night council meeting because it’s time for him to move on.Moore was fired Friday by Cave Springs Mayor Larry Smith. Smith declined comment.Moore appealed the firing to the City Council and told the newspaper that he did so because he didn’t believe he deserved to be fired.