Arkansas City rep. chosen as speaker

March 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Rep. Robert Moore was elected Thursday as the speaker of Arkansas’ House of Representatives for next year’s session and promised to seek diversity in his appointments to the chamber’s major committees.Moore, a Democrat from Arkansas City, served as chairman of the House Rules Committee, which oversaw all lottery legislation. He defeated Rep. Johnnie Roebuck, D-Arkadelphia, in a secret-ballot vote with 63 out of 100 votes.

Filings still under way

March 5, 2010 Independence CountyIn Thursday’s filings with the Democratic party in Independence County, Tim Stewart filed for the Justice of the Peace, District 1. Donald Fox and Mae L. Wilson filed as committee members.Sharp CountyTwo additional candidates for political offices filed Thursday in Sharp County, according to public information in the county clerk’s office.

Expulsion hearing set for youth

March 5, 2010 CAVE CITY — An expulsion hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary Library for a 10th-grade student who was caught with illegal drugs on campus earlier this week, said Jamie King, assistant high school principal.The youth was arrested after Cave City Police Chief Aaron Presser responded. The boy was then turned over to juvenile court authorities.

Driving tests canceled

March 5, 2010 The Arkansas State Police will not be administering written or driving tests March 9 (Tuesday) at their Batesville testing site.The next scheduled tests will be given on Thursday, March 11.

City attorney’s job tops agenda

March 5, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to consider hiring a city attorney, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said. That may include an interview of a candidate for the job.“It was tabled at the last meeting,” she said.Zack White of Heber Springs, who has been serving as city attorney, can no longer serve under a new state regulation because his business is statewide. The new ruling restricts attorneys who are in business statewide from serving in certain capacities for cities, Pettit said.

Stallion project seeks volunteers

March 5, 2010 The Black Stallion Literacy Foundations is looking for volunteers to help with the project when it comes to Batesville May 10. “Time is approaching for Little Black and Big Red to meet the children of Arkansas who have been reading about them,” a news release states. “We have needs for handlers of horses and children.”Children learn about caring for a horse in a way that encourages reading and each receives a copy of one of author William Farley’s books.

Sheriff asks for help

March 5, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in solving an unusual commercial burglary case in which business and client information was taken.The staff at McNail Eye Center at 15 Industrial Park Road in Heber Springs reported the burglary Thursday morning, said Sheriff Marty Moss.“After opening up for business, employees found that an air conditioner unit had been removed from a rear window and their computers wouldn’t work. It was then discovered that the server for the computer system was missing,” Moss said.

WRAAA to hear updates

March 5, 2010 The White River Area Agency on Agency board of directors will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at its regional offices located at 3998 Harrison St. in Batesville.Agenda items include a buildings update and an update about assisted living. 

Woman says robbers cut her on wrist

March 5, 2010 A Batesville woman said she suffered a minor cut on her wrist from a knife-wielding robber in West Batesville around 9 a.m. Thursday.Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Brent Everett said this morning that due to safety concerns for the woman and this being an active case, the woman is not being identified at this time.The woman told police she had been to town to pay bills and was walking near the intersection of Ester Street and North Central Avenue in an area known as “Red Hill” when a red car with two men, one white and one black, stopped her.

Forestry plane stationed at Batesville sees action

March 5, 2010 He’s been in town less than a week and already Danny Moseley is seeing action as a contract pilot for the Arkansas Forestry Service, which has him stationed in Batesville.Moseley was called into action shortly after lunch when a roadside fire broke out in the 4400 block of Blackland Road.According to Pleasant Plains Fire Chief Stacy Caplener, the fire may have started from a cigarette tossed out a window into dry grass.