Bill to change retirement rules for state employees

December 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state lawmaker has filed two bills to make changes in retirement rules for state employees and elected officials.Rep. Allen Kerr says the bills are in response to revelations this year that some elected officials and employees took themselves off the payroll — then later returned to their jobs and collected both a pension and their salary.

Pangburn police chief: Mayor wants resignations

December 1, 2010 PANGBURN (AP) — The police chief in the White County town of Pangburn says the recently re-elected mayor has asked him and the town’s two other police officers to resign.Police Chief Harold Glenn told The Daily Citizen in Searcy that Mayor James Williams called him Sunday and requested resignations from him, Sgt. Randal Glenn and Capt. Eric Patterson. The police chief and Randal Glenn are brothers.Harold Glenn said the mayor told him he was upset that Patterson had used a wrecker service that he had forbidden the department from using — but offered no other reason.

Pettersen to speak to CC Kiwanis

December 1, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City Kiwanis Club will meet at noon Thursday at Cave City Community Center.The program will be “Spanish Missions of California,” given by Jill Pettersen.The event is open to the public.

GOP needs new chairman

December 1, 2010 The Independence County Republican meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The topic of discussion will be finding a new chairman for Independence County.A Dutch-treat meal will be at 6.The event is open to the public.

Car fire victim identified

December 1, 2010 Comparison of dental records has helped police identify a woman who died in a car fire on Cord Road Nov. 12. Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard said this morning that the state crime lab had used dental records to positively identify the victim as 58-year-old Vicki George of Newport.The fire was discovered around 9:30 a.m. by a motorist who said she saw the car sitting in the driveway with its right front tire on fire.

Shop destroyed by fire

December 1, 2010 Fire destroyed a small repair shop attached to a larger repair facility belonging to Galloway Sand and Gravel on Stadium Drive in Batesville.The Batesville Fire Department was sent to the fire around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrived just minutes later to find the small enclosure engulfed in flames.According to radio transmissions by firefighters at the scene, an unidentified person who had been living in the building was safely outside with firefighters.

New judge appointed

December 1, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — A new judge has been appointed to oversee evidentiary hearings for the three men convicted of murdering three West Memphis Cub Scouts in 1993.Circuit Court Judge David Laser was selected to preside over the hearings for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who are known by supporters as the West Memphis Three. The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled last month that a new judge must consider the case after the previous judge, David Burnett, was elected to the state Senate.

Property found: Divers recover stolen items in Salado Creek

December 1, 2010 Bundled against the cold in special dry suits, divers from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office spent most of the afternoon Tuesday recovering stolen merchandise from the muddy waters of Salado Creek near a bridge in the Rosie community.Sheriff Alan Cockrill said his department got a tip from a citizen Monday saying there were some possibly stolen items in the water’s edge at the end of a parking area.“When officers arrived at the creek they could see objects sticking up out of the water and others submerged just below the surface,” Detective Brian Luetschwager said.

Howard earns BRTC scholarship

December 1, 2010 POCAHONTAS — Black River Technical College has awarded an Academic Distinction Scholarship to Stevie Howard.Among those students receiving this year’s are Stevie Howard of Smithville, a graduate of Hillcrest High School. Her major area of study is radiological sciences.

Malcolm Howell scholarships awarded

December 1, 2010 SEARCY — Four students were honored with scholarships through the Malcolm Howell Memorial Scholarship Fund at a luncheon hosted by Harding University and the Howell-Carter family Nov. 6.Though the fund began in 2008, the 2010-11 school year marks the first time the scholarships have been awarded. Full-time students enrolled at Harding who show leadership, diligence, capability, and a high level of academic achievement are eligible recipients. It is intended for majors in the College of Sciences, especially focusing on chemistry majors.