3 die in Stone Co. crash

September 27, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Three Mountain View residents were killed in a one-car crash early Saturday morning after a Stone County constable tried to stop the car for a traffic violation.The accident occurred on around 12:35 a.m. State Highway 14 at Cove Road in Stone County, according to a report filed by Arkansas State Police Trooper Terry Rutledge.The driver, 48-year-old David L. Armstrong, was westbound in a 1998 Mitsubishi on Highway 14. According to a published report, Stone County Constable Junior Golden attempted to stop Armstrong for a traffic violation.

Cossey seeks JP position in Sharp Co.

September 27, 2010 SIDNEY — Marvin Cossey has announced he is a candidate for the District 7 Sharp County justice of the peace position in the Nov. 2 general election.“I am a long-time resident of Sharp County and previously served as your JP in 2001 and 2002,” he said.“I am a conservative who will work to make life better for the citizens of our county. I believe in avoiding tax increases and using county funds wisely. During these dim economic times, when many are out of work and suffering hardships, county and city governments must learn to live within their means.

Inmates face additional charges

September 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — It seemed to be new charges all around for inmates at the Izard County jail last week.Three additional felony charges have been filed against a Melbourne man being held on a number of previous felonies, a misdemeanor, and probation violation. Jeffery Chase Moser, 20, has been recently charged with residential burglary, a class B felony; theft of property, a class C felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a class D felony.

Churches’ view of Civil War to be discussed

September 27, 2010 The situation of Independence County churches on the eve of the Civil War will be discussed by four people on a panel at the quarterly meeting of the county’s historical society, said Dr. George Lankford, president.Questions to be considered include: “How did they look at slavery? What were their views on secession? Was there a common theological viewpoint on the stresses of the 1850s?”The program will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank in Batesville. The meeting is open to the public without charge.

Two murder charges filed

September 27, 2010 NEWPORT — A man who said he was attacked by his aunt and uncle with knives, forcing him to defend himself, has been charged with capital murder in their deaths, Jackson County authorities said.Gary Paul Henley of Weldon, in south Jackson County, told Sheriff David Lucas and other investigators that he was stabbed about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday by Stephen and Ina Bridgman and fought back in self-defense.

Truck pulled from river

September 27, 2010 Divers with the newly reorganized Independence County Dive Team recovered a submerged pickup truck from the White River as part of a training exercise late Saturday afternoon.Independence County Deputy Joseph Beaudin said the truck, a 2003 Ford F-150, had been in the river since sometime last year when it was lost during a failed boat launching incident in which no one was injured.A member of the dive team that helped recover the truck, John Scarbrough, said there was a boat trailer hooked to the truck, but it came loose and was lost during the recovery.

Food bank gets grant

September 27, 2010 They feed the hungry and clothe those in need, and now Batesville Help and Hope is receiving nearly $200,000 to help accomplish those goals.This morning, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced 12 communities had received General Assistance and Innovative Project grants totaling about $2.5 million. One of them is Independence County for $190,000.

Phony cop takes ID

September 27, 2010 Tasha Renae Chappell was on her way to White River Medical Center Sunday night when she pulled over by a man pretending to be a police officer.Chappel, who has an Onia address, said she was driving east on Heber Springs Road around 8:30 when she saw the vehicle was flashing its headlights.“Chappell stated that she pulled over near the Desha Flash Market, at which time a tall, slim built white-haired male got out of the vehicle and walked up to her and identified himself as a police officer,” Deputy Anthony Carter said in a report filed Sunday night.

Mistrial declared

September 27, 2010 SALEM — Denise Clifton had her speech all prepared. She had spent three days sequestered from the courtroom proceedings while the fate of the man who killed her husband rested in the hands of 12 jurors.The only time she had seen them was when they were coming and going from the courtroom and for the brief time she testified, tearfully telling them how she was on her way home from work only to find her husband fatally shot with her 2-year-old son still in the pickup truck.

Town plans spaghetti supper to keep doughnut shop

September 24, 2010 GENOA (AP) — Willie Whitt knows when he’s not wanted.If it wasn’t the screws and nails strewn across his parking lot that told him, then it might have been the punctured air conditioner. Or the well that was run dry three times, flooding the parking lot and destroying as many well pumps. Or the 200 gallons of propane released overnight from his tank out back.All told, the vandalism cost Whitt more than $6,000. Within two months of opening, Whitt’s Whistle Stop Cafe was closed.