Former lottery attorney sues

November 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The former staff attorney for the Arkansas Lottery Commission has sued the panel and is seeking her job back, along with a half-million dollars in damages.Bridgette Frazier filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Little Rock. It names the Arkansas Lottery Commission, executive director Ernie Passailaigue and operations vice president Ernestine Middleton as defendants.

Walmart museum work uncovers old artifacts

November 19, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — Renovation work on the Walmart Visitors Center, in the original Walton’s Five & Dime and an adjacent building in downtown Bentonville, is providing a look at the origins of both the giant retailer and the city.“We discovered a whole bunch of different artifacts and realized the history behind the buildings was rich, not only for the city of Bentonville, but also for Walmart as a company,” said Alan Dranow, director of communications.

TV show to feature possible ghosts at Fort Chaffee

November 19, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — Disembodied voices of women calling for help at Fort Chaffee will be among the phenomena explored in a cable television show to be aired at 8 tonight.The Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures” will feature an episode recorded during a weeklong visit to the closed military post in July.

Bomb report empties courthouse

November 19, 2010 BOONEVILLE (AP) — Police at Booneville say workers have been allowed to return to the Logan County Courthouse after it was evacuated following a report that a bomb had been spotted in a nearby car.Fort Smith television station KHOG reports that the courthouse was evacuated Thursday morning after the supposed bomb was reported.Police said that what a passerby took to be a pipe bomb, spotted in a car, turned out to be a harmless package. Officers said that, after the nature of the package was discovered, people were allowed to return to the courthouse.

When Helena freezes over

November 19, 2010 HELENA-WEST HELENA (AP) — An ice rink is to open for four days next month in Helena-West Helena.The rink is planned to operate Dec. 9-12 at Court Square Park. Tickets will cost $5, and skates will be included. Children 4 and younger will be allowed to skate free with an adult.The city’s advertising and promotion commission has hired a West Virginia company to set up the synthetic ice rink.The square is to feature other holiday activities, including photos with Santa, Christmas choirs and a large Christmas tree.

Legislators skeptical about Medicaid computer plan

November 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State legislators are expressing skepticism about a plan to spend $150 million to revamp Arkansas’ Medicaid computerized billing system.Gov. Mike Beebe included the proposal as part of his budget plans for the next two fiscal years. But legislators say the idea reminds them of a proposed $25 million computer system implemented in 2001 under former Gov. Mike Huckabee.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the system, known as AASIS, had numerous start-up issues and eventually cost about $60 million.

Elvis building in Fort Smith could go on National Register

November 19, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — The building in which then-U.S. Army inductee Elvis Presley received his first military haircut soon could be on the National Register of Historic Places.The structure known as Building 803 on the old Fort Chaffee grounds is among 12 being considered by the state review board for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, which will meet Dec. 1.The building now houses the Chaffee Barbershop Museum, which commemorates Presley’s famed March 1958 haircut and other historical events that occurred at the Army facility.

AGFC chair sorry for records flap Lawsuit filed by Nelson still ongoing

November 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission apologized Thursday for trying to impose restrictions on the release of certain public records, although he said he still thinks some agency information should be kept private.Commission Chairman Craig Campbell read a letter of apology to the legislative committee that oversees the agency’s operations. In it, he took personal responsibility for “bad judgment” in a proposed plan to circumvent parts of the state’s Freedom of Information Act and promised not to pursue similar changes in the future.

Correction

November 19, 2010 Incorrect information was provided to the Guard regarding the Batesville Preservation Association awards as published in Thursday’s edition. Ina Lee Henley was inadvertently left off the award for the addition at Maxfield Cottage at Sixth and Water streets.Also, the wrong date was listed for the Salado Baptist Church revival. The revival will begin Nov. 28 and run through Dec. 1.

Child care training offered

November 19, 2010 NEWPORT — Free training for child care workers, provided by Arkansas State University Childhood Services, will be offered in December and until mid-February at ASU-Newport.Pre K ELLA (Pre K Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas) will be on Tuesdays from 5 to 9:15 p.m. at the Student/Community Center in the Arkansas Steel Associates Room.Dates are Dec. 7 and 14, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and Feb. 1 and 8. This is 30 hours of free, registered training, with continuing education units available for $10 after completion to those who need them.