Store robbed at gunpoint

December 20, 2010 NEWPORT — Police are seeking the public’s help in solving a robbery.Jordan’s No. 7 convenience store at 2720 Highway 367 North in Newport was robbed a gunpoint about 10 p.m. Thursday, said Lt. Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.Weatherford said the store clerk reported that two black men entered the store, brandishing a handgun, and forced the clerk into the back room.“The suspects then stole an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise,” Weatherford said. “The suspects then left the building and fled on foot.”

Fungus prompts Kroger to recall select pet foods

December 20, 2010 CINCINNATI (AP) — The Kroger Co. is recalling select packages of pet food in 19 states, saying the products might contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.The company said in a statement Saturday it is recalling select bags of Pet Pride Cat Food, Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food, Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food, as well as Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food and Kroger Value Cat Food. The products carry expiration dates of Oct. 23 and 24, 2011.

Townsends files for bankruptcy

December 20, 2010 GEORGETOWN, Del. — Townsends Inc. and four wholly owned subsidiaries including Townsends of Arkansas Inc. and Townsends Farms of Arkansas Inc. announced today that they have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.The other petitioners include Townsend Farms Inc. and Crestwood Farms, LLC of North Carolina.

Christmas comes to children’s home

December 20, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The kindness of others is something the New Life Children’s Home at Oil Trough depends on every day of the year, and Christmas is no exception.It’s because of donations from civic groups and individuals that help the home which opened in 2009 at the old Oil Trough School campus maintain, and this year two dozen children will wake up to find gifts under the tree Christmas morning thanks to those like the River City Cruisers.

Sliding highway eyed

December 20, 2010 JASPER (AP) — Arkansas highway officials are preparing to make repairs to about a one-and-a-half mile stretch of Arkansas 7 in northwest Arkansas that is starting to slide down a mountain.The roadway began sliding down a mountainside near Jasper in Newton County after heavy rains early this year loosened the soil about 100 to 200 feet above the roadway.

Bill would ease veterinary laws

December 20, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A bill filed for the coming Legislative session would make changes in Arkansas’ laws on veterinary medicine.The bill by Reps. Jim House of Fayetteville and Garry Smith of Camden would make farriers and horse teeth floaters legal in the state and would allow acupuncture on horses when done under the immediate supervision of a veterinarian.Farriers care for the hooves of horses — including horseshoeing. Teeth floaters file down a horse’s teeth — which grow throughout a horse’s life.

Body found near railroad

December 20, 2010 WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Police in West Memphis are trying to identify the body of a woman found along railroad tracks.Assistant Police Chief Donald Oakes says the woman’s body was found shortly before noon Sunday.Oakes says the woman was in her early to mid-20s, black and was wearing jeans and a shirt. He said there is trauma to the body but investigators have not determined a cause of death or if foul play was involved.He said it appears the woman died sometime Saturday night.

Early Christmas treat: 2010’s total lunar eclipse

December 20, 2010 LOS ANGELES (AP) — ‘Twill be nights before Christmas and high overhead, the moon will turn brown or maybe deep red. The Earth and the sun with celestial scripts will conspire to make a lunar eclipse.Weather permitting, sky gazers in North and Central America and a tiny sliver of South America will boast the best seats to this year’s only total eclipse of the moon.The eclipse will happen tonight on the West Coast and during the wee hours Tuesday on the East Coast. Western Europe will only see the start of the spectacle while western Asia will catch the tail end.

DWIs, domestic battering top Izard sheriff’s reports

December 20, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County officers have arrested at least two people in the past week for drunk driving.Following a one-vehicle accident the night of Dec. 13 on Highway 9 near Brockwell, Katelin Susanne Cooper, 19, of Melbourne was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless and prohibited driving. Cooper posted a $1,210 bond the following day and was released from the Izard County jail.

Database on state spending proposed

December 20, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Lt. Gov.-elect Mark Darr calls a proposal that would establish a website to provide information about Arkansas’ spending and revenue “a good first start” in state government becoming more transparent.The proposal for the upcoming legislative session by state Rep. Ed Garner, R-Maumelle, would require the state Department of Finance and Administration to develop the website by Jan. 1, 2012. Darr says such “an online checkbook” would help expose and prevent government waste.