Wreck causes 9-hour road closure

January 28, 2011 Two people received minor injuries in a fiery two-vehicle accident Thursday night that left a portion of U.S. Highway 167, north of Batesville, shut down for nearly nine hours.Injured in the accident were Bo Andrew Dewitt, the driver of a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck, and Tammy Thompson, a passenger in a tractor-trailer rig. They were transported by ambulance to White River Medical Center in Batesville. Hospital spokeswoman Sheila Mace said neither was listed in the admission list this morning.

Liles named MOD coordinator

January 28, 2011 Being the new walk coordinator of the March of Dimes of Independence County is a role Sandy Liles didn’t expect to take over this year, but it’s one she was more than willing to accept.No stranger to the organization that raises funds for research to help prevent premature birth and birth defects, Liles hopes to meet or exceed the $56,000 the local chapter raised in 2010 as a way to honor Sherry Lamb, former community director.

No bond set for murder suspect

January 27, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Little Rock man arrested on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of a man and woman in southwest Little Rock has been ordered held without bond.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 32-year-old Jimmy Lee Frazier appeared in Little Rock District Court Wednesday morning via video from the Pulaski County jail. He did not speak during the hearing and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Man rescued from fire dies

January 27, 2011 SPRINGDALE (AP) — Authorities say a man who was rescued from a burning house in Springdale has died.Police say three officers pulled Robert Holman and his wife, Carol, out of the home early Wednesday. Holman was taken to a Little Rock hospital where he died.Officers say the fire started at about 2:30 a.m. Lt. Cecil White said the officers who helped the couple sustained minor smoke inhalation and were taken to Northwest Medical Center in Springdale.A family friend says Carol Holman was taken to a hospital and was listed in fair condition.

Hope Amtrak rail depot delayed, but still on track

January 27, 2011 HOPE (AP) — Construction of a new passenger rail platform in Hope is running a little late.Amtrak is planning to add a stop in Hope for its Texas Eagle service, which already makes other Arkansas stops on its run between San Antonio and Chicago.The city expected the platform to cost $250,000 but the lowest bid came in at $353,000. One reason for the higher cost is that the construction crew would have to stop work every time a train passed.Organizers are exploring new designs that can be built off-site and installed in a relatively short amount of time.

Court upholds sentence in toe-biting case

January 27, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Court of Appeals has upheld a second-degree battery conviction for a Benton County man who allegedly disciplined his young son by biting his toes.Todd Wayne Hall appealed his conviction and six-year prison sentence, but the appeals court upheld his sentence Wednesday.

West Memphis firefighter recruit dies in training

January 27, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A firefighter recruit from West Memphis has died during a training exercise at the Arkansas Fire Training Academy in Camden.Officials say 38-year-old David Eason died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack during an exercise on how to get out of a burning building. West Memphis Battalion Chief Tim McNeely said Eason was talking to an instructor in a dark room when he collapsed.McNeely said Eason had been at the training academy at Southern Arkansas University since Jan. 9. He said Eason is survived by his wife and two children.

Cave board hears details of trip

January 27, 2011 CAVE CITY — Teacher Lindsey Johnson and television program students Aaron Green and Garrett Tuggle reported to the Cave City School Board last week about their recent trip to Brooke Army Medical Center and Warrior Family Support Center, both in San Antonio, Superintendent Steven Green said.Television program students are producing a documentary video from the trip that they hope will be aired in newscasts nationally to bring attention to the needs of families of severely wounded U.S. soldiers.

Correction

January 27, 2011 The correct date for the Jamestown United Methodist Church chili supper is Saturday from 4-7 p.m. The church is located at 1799 Locust Grove Road. 

Vendors being sought for Junkfest at Mtn. View

January 27, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Junkfest is now accepting vendors for its two-day event, which will be two miles north of Mountain View on Highway 5 (near Mellon’s Country Store).The event will be April 15-16 and will include antiques, vintage items, old knives, handmade crafts, musical instruments, old signs, antique cars/parts, glassware, antique furniture, old boat motors, taxidermy, art, jewelry, folk/bluegrass music and more.Food vendors are also being accepted.