Lawyer wins first jury trial: Jurors return with $204,000 award

September 14, 2010 Lindsey Castleberry was nervous. Even though he had been preparing for this day and had made countless trips in and out of the courtroom this one would be different.This time, he would be facing a jury made up of 12 women and men who would decide the fate of his first jury trial.In addition, he would be going against Paul Schmidt Sr., a seasoned attorney who had done countless jury trials.“During bench trials the lawyers are calm. A seasoned attorney in front of a jury acts differently,” he said.

One charged in shooting

September 14, 2010 ASH FLAT — A fight at a deer camp escalated into a shooting, with two men taken to a hospital and one being arrested, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Deputies responding to a report of a shooting Saturday evening at 284 Stoney Point Road found 27-year-old Joseph Harper suffering from a gunshot wound to the right arm, Weaver said.“Deputies also found 30-year-old Kevin Lee Dancer of Bono with head injuries,” he said.

Sheriff takes on ‘White River Current’

September 14, 2010 CALICO ROCK — Confusion over grants involving the Izard County Sheriff’s Department and misleading articles in the White River Current prompted a message from the sheriff when the Calico Rock City Council met Monday night.Sheriff Tate Lawrence was not on the agenda but did ask to speak at the end of the meeting.

Court to rethink recreation grant changes

September 14, 2010 Appeals from rural community leaders Monday night led to the Independence County Quorum Court justices rethinking their plans to revise guidelines for county parks and recreation grant applications beginning in 2011.The proposed changes to the application, which affects many rural communities, would no longer allow the grant money to be used for paying utility fees and routine maintenance costs of non-recreational facilities.

Tammy Poole joins First Community Bank

September 13, 2010 Tammy Poole has joined First Community Bank as senior vice president for retail banking, the bank’s board of directors has announced.She also will serve on the bank’s executive management team. Poole, a Batesville native, brings 18 years of community banking experience.

Cracker to bring alt-rock to Batesville

September 13, 2010 The alternative rock band Cracker is among the 15 acts scheduled to perform at Rocktoberfest in Batesville. The festival will be Oct. 1 and 2 at Riverside Park.Cracker will perform at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1, joining Seven Mary Three, Haven Hill and others. In addition, Saturday’s activities will feature wrestling: Sid Vicious, The Steiner Brothers, and Terry Funk. Also, Michael Todd, the current heavyweight Arm Wrestling Champion, will be taking on all challengers.Cracker’s most recent full-length is “Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey.”

Leaders look for mosque resolution in New York

September 13, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — The imam leading the effort to build an Islamic center and mosque near the World Trade Center site said today that a resolution to the raging debate over its location is being examined.“We are exploring all options as we speak right now, and we are working to what will be a solution, God willing, that will resolve this crisis, diffuse it and not create any unforeseen or untoward circumstances that we do not want to see happen,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said during a question-and-answer session following a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations.

Family pleads for jail release

September 13, 2010 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The family of an American woman detained in Iran for more than a year is appealing to authorities to drop a $500,000 bail for her release because they cannot afford it, her lawyer said today.Masoud Shafiei told The Associated Press that Swiss diplomats — who handle U.S. affairs in Iran — are asking that the bail be dropped or lowered for 32-year-old Sarah Shourd because they are having difficulty raising the money.“I am aware the Swiss are making this appeal,” the lawyer said. “I remain hopeful. God willing, she will be released.”

Ark., Mo. salamander proposed for endangered list

September 13, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The four-legged Ozark hellbender is big and not very pretty.It’s also very uncommon, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to suggest the freshwater salamander be added to the nation’s endangered species list.The Ozark hellbender lives only in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, the agency says. The animals can grow up to 2 feet long and once were common in the streams of the Ozark Mountains, but their numbers have greatly dwindled.

ASU Fowler Center to offer ‘fiddle-fest’ Barrage

September 13, 2010 JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center announces its first performance in its 2010-11 season. All seating is reserved, and tickets may be purchased at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, or by calling (870) 972-ASU1 or by calling toll-free at 1-888-ASU-FANS. Tickets are also available online from the ASU Central Box Office ( and from Fowler Center (