Thrift shop opens, offers layaway

January 18, 2011 From baby clothes to vintage VHS movies, the newly opened M & H Thrift Shop has something for just about everyone in your family with new items arriving weekly. M & H offers a variety of children’s clothing items ranging from babies and small toddlers to grade school age.There’s also a line of healthy bath and hair care products, young girl’s makeup and hair care sets, brand new costume jewelry sets, rings, bracelets, fashionable beach jewelry, scented candles, and some really unusual “reflecting skull” sunglasses.

Southside school break-in causes $10K in damages

January 18, 2011 Southside High School students were served sandwiches Monday after the cafeteria sustained more than $10,000 in damages over the weekend, but the vandals may not be enjoying their chocolate milk and pizza after all.Three suspects have been interviewed in the school vandalism and theft, and formal charges are pending, Detective Brian Luetschwager said shortly after 10 this morning. Evidence found at the scene and footage from a school surveillance system led police to the suspects, he explained.

Alamo’s alleged enforcer Kolbeck dies in Ky. of apparent heart attack

January 17, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A man sought for more than two years following accusations he paddled children until they were bloody in his role as convicted evangelist Tony Alamo’s enforcer has died in Kentucky, police said Friday.John Erwin Kolbeck, 50, died Thursday in Louisa, Ky., from what appeared to be a heart attack, said Fort Smith police spokesman Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. The death still is under investigation.

Youth wins as Nebraskan takes Miss America crown

January 17, 2011 LAS VEGAS — A 17-year-old Nebraskan too young to cast a ballot has captured enough votes to win the Miss America crown, kickstarting her hopes of going to law school and eventually becoming a politician.“I want to be there making sure that I stand up for what’s right, stand up for integrity and honesty,” Teresa Scanlan told The Associated Press on Saturday night after becoming the first Miss America from the Cornhusker State.She won a $50,000 scholarship and a year’s reign in one of the most visible positions any young woman could seek.

Speaker to discuss protecting night environment

January 17, 2011 FAIRFIELD BAY — The Little Red River Audubon Society  meeting will be  at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Indian Hills Country Club, 337 Snead Drive, Fairfield Bay. A “Dutch Treat” dinner begins at 5:30.Club officers will be installed. Guest speaker Jim Fisher, vice president of Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, will present the program “Protecting the Night Environment.”There will be a drawing for door prizes at the end of the meeting.

BHS, BJHS open house to showcase libraries

January 17, 2011 The Batesville junior and senior high schools will host an open house from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.The event will showcase the schools’ newly renovated libraries, or what are now called media centers, Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison said.The Batesville School Board will meet prior to the open house at 5:30 p.m. at the junior high library. Agenda items include recognitions, a curriculum and instruction report and renewal of a board insurance policy.The open house and meeting are open to the public.

Southside seeking input

January 17, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School District will have a public meeting at 6 tonight in the high school cafeteria to gather input about what to do with the old elementary campus. The meeting is open to the public.

Cops speak out about getting ‘tatted up’

January 17, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Pulaski County sheriff’s detective Michael Bryant is used to getting the looks of disbelief, uneasiness or outright skepticism. But they don’t affect him anymore because there’s not much he can do. The ink’s already dried. “I got my first tattoo when I was 16,” Bryant said. “I got my initials put on my arm ... thought it was cool.” Standing 6-foot-4, Bryant can be an imposing figure. A former football player, he has a big build, a badge and, of course, a gun.

Harps store chain leader dies at 83

January 17, 2011 SPRINGDALE (AP) — Donald Leon Harp, who grew Harps Foods from a single store to a chain of dozens of supermarkets in three states, died Saturday at his Springdale home after a long illness. He was 83.Harp was the eldest son of Harps founders Harvard and Floy Harp, who started the family business as Harps Cash Grocery in Springdale in 1930.

17-year-old girl dies

January 17, 2011 HEBER SPRINGS — A 17-year-old girl died of a single gunshot wound at a Wilburn residence about 11 p.m. Saturday, according to the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department.The victim had a Cabot address. Authorities are not releasing her name because she was a juvenile.Taken into custody at the scene was Cody Lynn Gorecke, 19.Authorities are saying little about the case other than that the victim “was with a friend when the incident occurred” and the case remains under investigation.