Two co-ops getting grant

March 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two electric cooperatives in Arkansas are among 29 nationwide chosen to receive federal grants to build and repair distribution and transmission lines.U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants on Tuesday.In Arkansas the Petit Jean Electric Cooperative Corporation will receive $10.5 million and the Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation will get $43.4 million.The funding is being provided under USDA Rural Development’s Electric Loan Program.

Remains confirmed as missing Ark. women

March 3, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — A family member says remains found last month in Benton County are those of his missing aunt and cousin from Bentonville.George Skupien says authorities have identified the remains as 40-year-old Christina Bishop and her 81-year-old mother — Louise Bishop.Authorities have arrested Nicholas Johansen and Michael Winters for capital murder in the case. Johansen is Christina Bishop’s son and Louise Bishop’s grandson.

Letter of termination reveals fired trooper let inmate out

March 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A letter of termination from the Arkansas State Police director says a trooper who was fired Feb. 18 had allowed an inmate to be released from custody.The letter from Col. Winford Phillips to Cpl. Ronnie Anderson was released Tuesday after Anderson did not appeal within 10 days of his firing.It says Anderson was under criminal investigation for releasing an inmate from custody without authorization. The letter offers no other details and State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the investigation is still under way and declined further comment.

Man sentenced to 6 years prison for lottery ticket theft

March 3, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — A judge in Jonesboro has sentenced a man to six years in prison for breaking into a convenience store and stealing lottery tickets.Thirty-year-old Robert Dewayne Buford of Jonesboro pleaded guilty Friday to theft and commercial burglary.Buford was arrested after a Kum & Go convenience store was burglarized Oct. 17. Officials say $2,400 in lottery tickets were taken.Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer suspended an additional four-year sentence on the condition that Buford testify against an accomplice.

Local areas earn national recognition for wildfire preparedness

March 3, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Because of efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire, six Independence County communities have earned FireWise Communities/USA recognition.“As a result of FireWise certification, the Southside Fire District has made 6,000-plus residents safer from the threat of wildfire through pre-planning and awareness,” said Adriane Harrell, Arkansas FireWise information officer.

Row crop meeting set

March 3, 2010 It is still not too late to attend the Independence County Extension Service’s Annual Row Crop Production meeting, which begins at 8 a.m. Thursday at Wyatt Farms in Rosie, said Extension Agent Nathan Reinhart.The meeting is free and begins with coffee and doughnuts.Lunch will be catered by Al Crouch and is sponsored by First Community Bank in Batesville.Topics will include updates on corn, soybeans, milo, wheat and rice production including disease control and week control.The meeting will adjourn after lunch. Everyone interested is invited.

Students taking part in Farm Safety Awareness Week

March 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Vocational agriculture students from high schools in Woodruff County will participate in a safety program at the Greenway John Deere dealership in Augusta on March 11. Arkansas Farm Bureau is conducting the event as part of Agriculture Safety Awareness Week, which runs March 7-13.The program is expected to attract more than 200 students and includes sessions on tractor, ATV, grain bin and electrical safety. Safety programs are also scheduled for Greenwood High School on Monday and Springdale Har-Ber High School on March 10.

Farm Bureau donations commemorate Food Check-Out Week

March 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Farm Bureau donated more than three months worth of meals and food items to Little Rock’s Ronald McDonald House in observance of the 13th annual Food Check-Out Week.Locally, the Sharp County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee donated cash to Help and Hope in Batesville. Sue Billiot of the Sharp County committee and who also serves as vice chair of the state women’s committee, presented Help and Hope Food Coordinator Carolyn Wilson with a $200 check and stayed around for awhile to help pack food boxes.

Programs offered on Southern films

March 3, 2010 The ninth annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest will present two free “Brown Bag” programs from noon to 1 p.m. on March 24 and 25 at Old Independence Regional Museum, 380 S. Ninth St. in Batesville. The programs will showcase recent documentary films that focus on the politics, history and the people of the South. March 24 films are: