Woman dies in house fire

March 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — Firefighters in Ash Flat found the body of a woman tentatively identified as 68-year-old Wanda Yates after responding to a house fire Tuesday at 134 N. Circle Drive in Ash Flat, according to Sharp County sheriff’s investigators.The fire was reported at 3:59 p.m. and damage was confined to the living room and kitchen areas, sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said.“It wasn’t a real big fire,” and firefighters had the fire extinguished within a short time.Several firefighters responded with two trucks.

Guion storm 1929

March 24, 2010 Editor’s note: With tornado season on the horizon this is the first in a series of memories from those who recall the tornado of April 10, 1929 that left death and destruction in the town of Guion. Many of those injured were taken by train to Batesville where they received medical treatment, food, clothing and shelter. Some of these authors are no longer living. The stories were complied by Jaydine Arnold Morton.The Arnold Family from the memories of Geneva Arnold Rodman11 years old in 1929

Man wanted for selling non-existent airplane

March 24, 2010  The excuses just kept mounting up as to why a $10,000 airplane could not be delivered.Tuesday, a felony charge of theft by deception was filed against 36-year-old Darrell Candler after he allegedly sold another man an apparently non-existent airplane, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.In her affidavit, Bittle said that on Dec. 30, Jack Krepps reported to the sheriff’s office that he had bought an airplane from Candler with a cashier’s check for $10,000 on April 26 last year, but Candler never delivered the plane.

Heifer sees drop in donations

March 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Donations to Little Rock-based Heifer International dropped by more than $20 million in the charity’s last fiscal year.Heifer took in $128 million is fiscal 2008, compared to $102 million in fiscal 2009, which ended June 30. That’s a decline of 20 percent.Charities across the country have struggled during the recession. And like many others, Heifer has laid off employees. In June, Heifer let go 230 workers in the U.S. and abroad. Heifer spokesman Joedy Isert told Arkansas Business on Monday that no more layoffs are in the works.

One killed in crash near Capitol

March 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A woman whose vehicle struck a tree at the state Capitol grounds in Little Rock is dead.Little Rock police said 31-year-old Shekina Jones was pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:44 a.m. crash.Jones’ compact car was going west on 3rd Street when it left the road and went about 40 yards on the Capitol lawn before hitting a tree. Police say Jones was not wearing a seatbelt and that she was found slumped on the driver-side floorboard.An autopsy is to be performed. No one else was in the vehicle and there were no other injuries.

Beebe says he’s worried about health reform cost

March 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he wouldn’t have supported the health care overhaul approved by Congress because he’s worried about the cost to the state.Beebe, a Democrat, told reporters on Monday that the health care reform legislation approved by the House Sunday night would add between $100 million and $200 million to the state’s annual budget starting four years from now.

Students grieve after deaths of classmates

March 23, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK — More than 100 North Little Rock students met with grief counselors Monday after four of their classmates were killed while driving to Florida for spring break.Authorities were investigating the Saturday wreck that killed Robert Johnson, Laquinta “Shea” Lowe, Christopher Adams, all 17, and Terrance Duckworth, 18. The group was part of a three-car caravan headed to Florida for spring break when the sport utility vehicle they were in struck a northeastern Mississippi bridge, flipped and landed upside down in a creek.

‘Colonel’ not OK for ballot; ‘Porky’ is

March 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A retired Army colonel running for a U.S. Senate seat from Arkansas is criticizing a state law that prevents him from using his military title as a nickname on the ballot this spring. In Arkansas, that’s a privilege reserved for monikers such as Porky, Bubba and Two.Conrad Reynolds, one of eight Republicans running for the Senate, hoped to point out his military credentials by filing candidacy papers as “Conrad ‘Colonel’ Reynolds,” but election officials wouldn’t allow it.

Woman goes from cooperative to rude after being arrested for drunk driving

March 23, 2010  Police say a local woman’s demeanor went from cooperative to rude when she learned she was being arrested for drunk driving around 1 a.m. Saturday.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Luetschwager said he stopped 44-year-old Kimberly R. Rush of Batesville after he reportedly saw her car cross the center and fog lines on Highway 167 north of Batesville.“While I was speaking with Mrs. Rush I noticed her eyes were bloodshot and watery and could also smell an odor of intoxicants about her person,” Luetschwager said.

How candidates stand

March 23, 2010 How candidates for Senate and Congress in Arkansas stand on the health care package that the House approved Sunday night. The House gave final approval to a $938 billion health care bill that’s already passed the Senate and approved a companion measure that now heads to the Senate for a vote:U.S. SENATE