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.

Photos with Santa planned

November 29, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa have planned photos with Santa for 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.Photos will be taken in the First Year Experience room located in the Main Classroom Building on the UACCB campus. Proceeds from the event will go toward the PTK Scholarship Fund. Photos are $1 for a 4x6 or $2 for a 5x7. Cookies, drinks and candy canes will be served.

Portraits for Pets offered

November 29, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County is having its annual Portraits for Pets on Saturday, beginning at 10 am, at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.Matthews Photography is offering many different photo package choices, as well as Christmas cards, and no sitting fee. All proceeds go to support the humane society. One doesn’t even have to have a pet to take advantage of this portrait offer, according to a news release. To book a session, call either (870) 698-1265 or (870) 613-3045.

Lyon to light Christmas tree

November 29, 2010 The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday on the steps of Brown Chapel. Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman will light the Christmas tree, followed by a sing-along led by the Lyon College Concert Band, directed by Dr. Joel Plaag. The event is open to the public.

Ash Flat Christmas Parade set

November 29, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Christmas Parade will be Saturday, with lineup starting at 1 p.m. at Forschlers parking lot, said Nancy Orr, one of the organizers.“The grand marshals will be Mike Alexander, Tracy Alexander and Payton Alexander,” she said. “Mike Alexander is manager of the Walmart Supercenter.”Those wishing to pre-register to be in the parade may call Orr at (870) 994-7325.”Sweatshirts will be available for purchase starting Monday, Orr said.

Director of FVP attends training

November 29, 2010 Family Violence Prevention executive director Rebecca Riley recently attended the 2010 Shelter Director’s Training, according to a news release. The training is offered each year by the Arkansas Coalition against Domestic Violence for shelter directors.Riley joined the organization in February 2010. This was her first time attending the annual director’s training. The training covered all aspects of capital campaigning and financial management for shelters.