State Supreme Court disbars Oscar Stilley

November 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred Fort Smith attorney Oscar Stilley, who’s in prison for a tax avoidance scam and known for repeatedly violating court orders by filing lawsuits over issues already decided and against judges who didn’t rule in his favor.The ruling ends Stilley’s legal career.

GOP gains set stage for 2012, 2014 races

November 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Republican Party’s gains in Arkansas up and down the ballot in this week’s election set the stage for a new round of fights in the 2012 and 2014 elections along with changing the state’s political landscape.Republican leaders say the party is poised for more gains after an election that gave the GOP unprecedented wins at the state and federal level. Voters on Tuesday gave Republicans three of the state’s four congressional districts and sent the second Republican to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.

South wiping out white Democrats

November 5, 2010 WASHINGTON — The white Southern Democrat — endangered since the 1960s civil rights era — is sliding nearer to extinction.After this week’s elections, the Democratic Party barely holds a presence in the region outside of majority-black urban areas such as Atlanta and Memphis. The carnage for the party was particularly brutal in the Deep South, where just one white Democrat survived across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

Burnett: ‘I did what I thought was appropriate at the time’

November 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The three men convicted in the grisly murders of three West Memphis Cub Scouts won new hearings Thursday to argue their innocence, more than 15 years after they were sent to prison despite scant physical evidence linking them to the crime scene.The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered the hearings to decide whether new DNA analysis — and other evidence not introduced at the 1994 trials — could lead a reasonable jury to acquit death-row inmate Damien Echols as well as Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who are serving life sentences.

Movie to be shown

November 5, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. tonight.“Robin Hood” starring Russell Crowe will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting. This is a special, family-friendly edition of the movie that has removed any objectionable language or scene.The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.

Bank promotes one

November 5, 2010 Courtney Turner was recently promoted and has assumed new responsibilities within the Citizens Bank Marketing Department. Turner currently serves as Citizens’ events coordinator and will also serve as product manager.“Courtney will assist in the management of our deposit product lines and will monitor local and industry trends that will provide guidance as we continue to refine and keep our deposit products on the leading edge,” said John Dews, president and CEO for Citizens Bank.

Friends of Library plan chili-soup supper, auction

November 5, 2010 The Friends of the Lyon College Mabee-Simpson Library chili-soup supper and silent auction will be from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Mabee-Simpson Library first floor lobby.Tickets will be available at the door: $3 for students and Friends of the Library members, $5 for adults, and children under 12 free. Desserts will also be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library.Contact Dean Covington at (870) 307-7206 or for more information or to donate to the silent auction.

Free health screening offered

November 5, 2010 A free health screening will be offered Nov. 13 at North Heights Church of Christ in Batesville, beginning at 7 a.m. A free breakfast will also be served.

Ozarka announces early registration for spring

November 5, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will begin early registration for returning students on Monday. Those students are required to meet with their advisor to plan a class schedule prior to registration for the spring 2011 semester. The schedule will be posted online at

EH plans event

November 5, 2010 SEARCY — The Extension Homemakers Holiday Extravaganza will be Nov. 12 at College Church of Christ in Searcy.Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions start at 9. EH members will demonstrate how to make crafts for all holidays.There is no registration fee, but cash will be needed to purchase kits and for lunch.A group from Independence County will leave from the Extension office at 7:15 a.m.