Chili cook-off is Saturday

September 7, 2010 LAKEVIEW — Upper Bull Shoals-White River State Park will host the 15th Annual Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off on Saturday.The event, hosted by the Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary Club, will feature live music all day by Carnes and the Heaters, an arts and crafts fair, an abundance of chili to taste, raffles for prizes, and children’s activities.

$100K appropriated for Cyber Crimes Training Initiative

September 7, 2010 WASHINGTON — The University of Arkansas System’s Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock will soon receive $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to launch the Cyber Crimes Training Initiative, which will offer courses on investigating Internet crimes to Arkansas’s law enforcement officers. The funds were secured in fiscal year 2010 spending bills, and they have now been released.The announcement was made by U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representatives Marion Berry, Vic Snyder and Mike Ross

State police to roll out new plane

September 7, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State Police haven’t been able to catch speeders from the air since the plane they used was damaged during a landing in Conway County about a year ago.But the agency has a new Cessna 260 that will be used for traffic enforcement once troopers finish training on the aircraft.The Texarkana Gazette reports that troopers in the plane use a stopwatch to clock speeders and radio the speed and a vehicle description to cruisers on the ground.

Potato shoot scheduled

September 7, 2010 HORSESHOE BEND — “Big Thunder” Arkansas State Championship Potato Shoot will be Sept. 18. at the Turkey Mountain Golf Course in Horseshoe Bend.Organizers of the event are asking everyone who wants to participate to bring potato shooters for the second annual shooting event.Registration will start at 9 a.m. and the competition will begin at 10.Baxter Regional Medical Foundation has been chosen as the recipient as this year’s charity.The first place winner will be awarded a trophy and prizes will also be given to second and third place winners.

District fair accepts reservations

September 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — The North Central Arkansas District Fair is accepting reservations for commercial and food booth space for the 2010 NCA District Fair Sept. 27 through Oct. 2.  Businesses, clubs, and individuals who desire commercial space should make reservations now. Inside exhibit areas rent for $50 per space plus $5 for electricity. Outside space is also available with variable rental fees, based on amount of space needed. There will be an additional charge of $10 per exhibitor for electricity for outside spaces.

State to rule on woman’s death where drugs found

September 7, 2010 When Patricia Ellen Rowe failed to answer the door Saturday morning, her friend Larinda Tinsley used her own key to enter the home where she found Rowe’s body slumped over a nightstand in an upstairs bedroom, police say.Tinsley told Deputy Bret Ward that the 48-year-old Rowe was to house sit for her a few days, but when she arrived around 7:15 a.m. to pick her up Rowe failed to answer the door.“Ms. Tinsley said she had last seen and spoken with Ms. Rowe on Thursday when she cleaned her apartment for her,” Ward said.

Heasley Prize winner to speak at Lyon

September 7, 2010 The 2010 Leila Lenore Heasley Prize winner, Ron Rash, will speak at Lyon College Sept. 9 during a writer’s life interview at noon in the Alphin Board Room and a reading and award ceremony in Bevens Music Room at 7:30 p.m.Rash is the author of four prize-winning novels, “One Foot in Eden,” “Saints at the River,” “The World Made Straight “and “Serena.” Rash has published three books of poems, including “Raising the Dead,” and four short fiction collections, most recently, “Burning Bright.”

Motorcycle rider hits bear; both OK

September 7, 2010 EUREKA SPRINGS (AP) — Both a bear and a motorcyclist have survived an encounter on a Carroll County highway.Fayetteville television station KHOG said a motorcycle collided with a bear in the Lake Leatherwood area Sunday afternoon.State Police said the bike landed in a ditch, the bear ran away, and the biker was not hurt. The motorcyclist was not identified.

Inmate accused of taking items from jail office

September 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — Additional charges have been filed against an Izard County inmate while being granted a contact visit with relatives.According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 21-year-old Jeffery Chase Moser of Melbourne faces additional charges of theft of property and furnishing prohibited articles into a jail. He is accused of stealing items from an office in the sheriff’s department while being granted a contact visit with relatives, Lawrence said.

Blanchard Springs Caverns announces fall schedule

September 7, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of Blanchard Springs Caverns’ fall schedule, officials have announced. The Discovery Trail Tour closes the day after Labor Day, but the Dripstone Trail and the Wild Cave Tours are open year round.