Squabble over budget ensues after election

November 29, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — A squabble over a budget proposal has ensued after an Arkansas prosecuting attorney lost his bid for re-election.The Democratic incumbent, Marcus Vaden of Conway, lost to Republican Cody Hiland earlier this month. Before the election, Vaden had proposed a budget increase for the office, asking the Faulkner County Quorum Court for about $788,000. After the election, Vaden’s revised budget proposal was about $512,000.Last week, the court’s budget committee recommended approving a third proposal, for about $777,000. Hiland had input on that proposal.

7 plead guilty in Ark. to stealing baby formula

November 29, 2010 TEXARKANA (AP) — Seven members of an alleged crime ring that involved the theft of about $18,000 worth of baby formula from Texas grocery stores have pleaded guilty in Arkansas.An Arkansas circuit court judge sentenced the five women and two men to three-year prison sentences, with one year suspended. All seven are listed as residents of De Queen.

Plane makes forced landing

November 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A plane en route from Boston to Dallas has made an emergency landing at Little Rock National Airport Sunday. No injuries were reported.Television station KTHV reports that the Boeing 757 had 165 passengers, two pilots and four flight crew members and that the pilots opted to land at Little Rock due to an engine stall problem.An American Airlines spokeswoman says the plane’s engine did not shut down.

Resident fatally shoots robber

November 29, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — Police say a Fort Smith resident fatally shot another man during an attempted home invasion robbery.Police spokesman Sgt. Daniel Grubbs says the incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Police say 69-year-old James Kennel told them that 27-year-old Chad Cancel entered the home through an unlocked front door, wearing a mask, brandishing a gun and demanding prescription medication.

Jonesboro club operator sues city over ordinance

November 29, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — The operator of a private Jonesboro nightclub is suing the city, saying its alcohol ordinance is not legal.Craighead County Circuit Judge Victor Hill has granted a temporary restraining order asked for by club operator Reginald Prunty. The restraining order prevents the city from enforcing a six-month suspension of Prunty’s club.The city council’s public safety committee ordered the suspension on Nov. 16 after allegations of violence in and near the club.

Police find it tough to enforce texting-while-driving ban

November 29, 2010 ROGERS (AP) — Authorities in Northwest Arkansas say it’s a challenge to enforce the state’s new ban on texting while driving.The law took effect in November 2009. Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor said those who text while driving do present a danger, but it’s difficult for officers to discern if a person is texting or just making a phone call.State Rep. Ray Kidd, D-Jonesboro, sponsored the bill and says officers just have to think a person is texting to stop them. Kidd says cell phone records would indicate what a person was doing on a phone.

UCA prof works to save endangered Indian language

November 29, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — A linguistics professor at the University of Central Arkansas is working to help save the endangered language of an American Indian tribe.Professor Tim Thornes has spent 16 years trying to help save the Northern Paiute, a language spoken by members of the Burns Paiute tribe. About 4,000 members of the tribe live mostly in northern Nevada and eastern Oregon.Thornes, who used to live in Oregon, said that only about 300 speak Northern Paiute and most of them are older than 50.

Two die in Stone Co. crash

November 29, 2010 Two people died in a head-on wreck about 12:17 a.m. Saturday on state Highway 5 a little over 2 miles south of Mountain View, said Arkansas State Trooper Michael Woodard.Dead are 24-year-old Sara J. Tallchief of Conway and 34-year-old Jeremiah Fellers of Ida.Fellers was the driver of a 1999 Dodge that was passing another northbound vehicle when it collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Dodge operated by Leo G. Clark of Norfork. Clark, who was injured, was taken to Stone County Medical Center in Mountain View.Neither Fellers nor Tallchief were wearing a seatbelt.

Park visitor injured in fall

November 29, 2010 HARRISON — A Missouri man was injured Friday when he fell while climbing near the Natural Bridge in Lost Valley¸ Buffalo National River.Brent Bell, 20, of Warsaw, Mo., had fallen approximately eight to 10 feet, said Caven Clark, public information officer. The accident was reported to park dispatch via the pay phone at Lost Valley at about 1:45 p.m. Responding to the incident were the Buffalo National River Search and Rescue Team, NorthArk Medics, AirEvac Medics, Newton County Search and Rescue and the Compton, Jasper and Mount Sherman volunteer fire departments.

Concord tree lighting set

November 29, 2010 CONCORD — The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Concord’s city park will begin somewhere around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, depending upon what time it gets dark, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.“When it gets dark, the lights go on,” she said.The city kicks off the Christmas season with the ceremony each year.“We’ll have a short program at the park and then go to city hall for a music program and refreshments,” Pettit said.“Mrs. Claus” will make an appearance and “Santa” himself may possibly show up, she said.The event is open to the public.