Volcano erupts again Strongest yet for Indonesia

September 7, 2010 TANAH KARO, Indonesia — An Indonesian volcano shot a towering cloud of black ash high into the air today, dusting villages 15 miles away in its most powerful eruption since awakening last week from four centuries of dormancy.Some witnesses at the foot of Mount Sinabung reported seeing an orange glow — presumably magma — in cracks along the volcano’s slopes for the first time. Vast swaths of trees and plants were caked with a thick layer of ash.

Salon 15 now open in Cottage Market

September 7, 2010 Salon 15, Batesville’s newest family hair salon, is now open for business in the Cottage Market complex at 1375 College Ave. in Batesville.“I’m really excited about getting to open at Cottage Market and serve all my clients in a warm and cheerful building,” said owner/stylist Nana Whittington recently.“Although I do a lot of highlights, foils, perms and haircuts for women, this is a complete family hair salon, and I have 12 years experience in the latest styles and techniques.” There is 10 percent discount for college age students and senior citizens.

Forrest City jury acquits owners of adult store

September 7, 2010 FORREST CITY (AP) — A jury in Forrest City has acquitted the owners of an Adult World store of obscenity charges.Prosecutor Fletcher Long told the Times-Herald newspaper of Forrest City that he accepts the verdict. Long says the jury found the movies sold at the store do not violate community standards. The jury deliberated four hours Friday night before reaching its verdict.Lawyers for the store owners, brothers Jim and Wayne Philpot, say the jurors understood the law and that the verdict upholds the First Amendment.

A class to die for: Zombies 101

September 7, 2010 BALTIMORE (AP) — Call it Zombies 101.The University of Baltimore is offering a new class on the undead.The course is being taught by Arnold Blumberg, the author of a book on zombie movies, “Zombiemania,” and the curator of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, which focuses on American pop culture.Students taking English 333 will watch 16 classic zombie films and read zombie comics. As an alternative to a final research paper they may write scripts or draw storyboards for their ideal zombie flicks.

Church rebuffs military concerns on Quran burning

September 7, 2010 GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida church is rebuffing warnings by the U.S. military’s top official in Afghanistan to cancel a scheduled Sept. 11 burning of the Muslim holy book.Terry Jones, pastor, told The Associated Press today that he agrees his plan to burn the Quran could provoke violent opposition.However, Jones says America should quit apologizing for its actions and bowing to kings.Jones is the head of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville.

Kansas man charged with murdering burned girl

September 7, 2010 GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A 36-year-old Kansas man has been charged with capital murder and criminal sodomy in the death of a 14-year-old girl whose burned body was found behind an asphalt plant where he worked.Adam Joseph Longoria was charged today in the August death of Alicia DeBolt. He also was charged with vehicular theft and vehicular burglary.Bond for Longoria was increased to $1.5 million during the brief hearing at the Barton County Courthouse.

Flight attendant in passenger tiff to be evaluated

September 7, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — A former JetBlue flight attendant accused of cursing out a passenger and sliding down an emergency exit chute will be mentally evaluated for a possible plea deal.Steven Slater appeared today in a New York City courtroom for a brief hearing on criminal mischief charges.Attorneys on both sides said a deal was being discussed. Slater will be evaluated and might qualify for an alternative sentencing program, which means he could face community service instead of jail.

Dogs to get their own pool party in humane society fundraiser

September 7, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County is having their annual Doggie Pool Party fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the municipal swimming pool on Harrison Street in Batesville.Admission is a $5 donation for one dog or $10 if bringing more than one dog.“Each year we get more and more dogs and owners participating, and it really is a wonderfully fun time for everyone,” volunteer Sue Augustus said. “And what a great way to cool off after this terribly hot summer!

Metcalf appointed to FBI

September 7, 2010 Jeffrey Metcalf, son of Jim and Doris Leggett, presently stationed in Naples, Italy, has received one of two navy-wide appointments to the FBI and will receive training in Quantico, Va.

Pageant seeks contestants

September 7, 2010 BLYTHEVILLE — The Northeast Arkansas Pageant Association is announcing its final call for contestants for the Miss Northeast Arkansas Pageant and Northeast Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant, set for Sept. 25 at Blytheville High School.