$100,000 bond set for Rosie women

June 24, 2010 With their bond set at $100,000 each, two local women are facing multiple felony drug charges following a raid on a home in the Rosie community Monday afternoon.“Armed with a search warrant, Independence County sheriff’s narcotics officers, along with other members of the sheriff’s office, and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, raided a home in the Rosie area just before 4 p.m. and arrested three people,” Sheriff Alan Cockrill said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Seattle line plans cruises on Mississippi River

June 23, 2010 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Seattle cruise line plans Mississippi River excursions next year with routes between New Orleans and Memphis, Tenn., and between Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.They’ll be the first overnight cruises on the river since 2008.Cruise West says the 207-foot Spirit of America — formerly used in Alaska as The Spirit of Glacier Bay — will leave New Orleans on March 19, 2011, for an eight-day trip to Memphis.

Couple jailed in death of baby

June 23, 2010 PARAGOULD — Police have arrested a Paragould couple in the death of their infant daughter, who was found to have methamphetamine in her system.Detective Scott Snyder says Charles Farmer and Brittany Farmer were taken into custody last week on misdemeanor negligent homicide counts in connection with the March 5 death of Abigail Farmer.Snyder says officials concluded that the 4-month-old girl died of asphyxiation on the couch of the couple’s residence. He says the Farmers were arrested after a medical examiner’s report showed there was meth in the child’s system.

Fed to keep rates low to support weak recovery

June 23, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — To sustain the fragile economic rebound, the Federal Reserve is sure to leave interest rates at record lows and is likely to repeat a pledge to keep them there for a while.The Fed resumed its two-day meeting this morning with policymakers having cause for optimism as well as caution. The economy has been growing again for nearly a year. Manufacturing activity is picking up. Businesses are spending more. And Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has expressed confidence that the nation won’t fall back into a “double dip” recession.

New home sales plunge with tax credits gone

June 23, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes collapsed in May, sinking 33 percent to the lowest level on record as potential buyers stopped shopping for homes once they could no longer receive government tax credits.The bleak report from the Commerce Department is the first sign of how the expiration of federal tax credits could affect the nation’s housing market.The credits expired April 30. That’s when a new-home buyer would have had to sign a contract to qualify.

Agent offers ways to deal with tip moths

June 23, 2010 Tip moths can damage cedars, junipers, arborvitae, cypress and false cypress. It’s the larvae of the tip moth that does the damage, eating from the inside of the leaves and shoots.Larvae are pale yellowish-green with a brown head. Damage made by this insect can be severe, causing the tips of shoots to die. Entire shoot tips are hollowed out by the older larvae and these hollowed twigs break off easily.Heavily infested trees have a scorched appearance.

City’s voters ban hiring of illegals

June 23, 2010 FREMONT, Neb. — Voters in the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont on Monday approved a ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, the latest proposal in a series of immigration regulations taken up by communities around the country.About 57 percent of voters in Fremont supported the proposal, according to unofficial results that still must be certified by the election commissioner. The measure is likely to face a long and costly court battle, with the American Civil Liberties Union saying it will try to block it before it even goes into effect.

Cut ’em out, ride ’em in

June 23, 2010 JONESBORO — What is ranch sorting?Not many people in Northeast Arkansas have heard of the cattle corralling event because competitions are not held anywhere in the state. The nearest place to see ranch sorting is Missouri.Until now.The Craighead County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Patrol will hold its third ranch sorting competition July 23 at the Arkansas State University Equine Center.

Blanchard Springs sets programs

June 23, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs present-ed at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. Next week’s topic is bats, and programs are:

Wanted in Independence County

June 23, 2010 The following list of persons with active warrants is issued by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Wanted persons are listed by their name, age, city and number of warrants.Wararnts valid as of 6-22-2010Amy Pruitt    28    Batesville    1Maximo Perez Puebla    35    Batesville    1Michael Christopher Pugh    30    Cave City    2George Pulley    30    Searcy    1