Man shot

November 9, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — A 38-year-old man was found dead Monday in Cleburne County after deputies responded to an area north of Quitman where it was reported that an individual had been shot by a property owner, Sheriff Marty Moss said in a news release.The call came in at approximately 9:52 a.m.Deputies arrived at the property along state Highway 224 just north of Wesley Chapel Road to find the victim, Fred Clark, lying on the ground. Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

Board appointed to oversee shooting range

November 9, 2010 Independence County doesn’t have a shooting range yet, but as of Monday night’s quorum court meeting, it has a board to run it.After hearing a brief update on progress made in the past week on the new Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Youth Shooting Sports Complex north of Batesville, the court approved a five-man administrative board to oversee operation of the complex.

Driver injured

November 9, 2010 When he woke up in a roadside ditch with a knot on his head early Monday morning, Raymond Dean Berry discovered he had been robbed and his truck stolen.Berry, 45, a construction worker who lives in Searcy, told Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins that he had been working near Little Rock and came to Independence County Sunday night to bid a job. He said he stopped at a truck stop along the way to shower and change clothes before going to give the bid.Berry told Collins following the job bid he was headed to his parents’ home on Burg Lane in the Thida area.

Baby’s death investigated

November 9, 2010 ASH FLAT — A baby’s death is being investigated by the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.At 9 a.m. Monday, 911 central dispatch received a call of a possible deceased infant at a Poughkeepsie residence, Weaver said.“Spring River Ambulance, Poughkeepsie first responders and the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department responded to the residence,” he said. “Upon arrival, fist responders and officers found a 3-month-old infant deceased.

93-year-old left in SUV. Mom found at local bar; sons arrested

November 9, 2010 Getting drunk and leaving your 93-year-old mother in a cold car outside a bar will get you arrested in Batesville. The arrest came following a call to police dispatch around 7 p.m. Saturday that two Batesville men, Jerry Wayne Chinn, 59, and 36-year-old Scottie W. Chinn, were drinking and driving around with Jerry Chinn’s elderly mother in his 1980s Chevrolet Suburban.The caller told dispatchers that the woman, Ina Branscum, was incompetent and that Jerry Chinn was supposed to be her caregiver.

Crossett gaining 120 jobs

November 9, 2010 CROSSETT (AP) — Crossett will pick up 120 jobs with the addition of a $6.8 million manufacturing plant that will produce components used in printing ink.AREZ LLC announced Monday that it will build a headquarters and production facility in the southeast Arkansas city.The company chose to open a U.S. plant after its factory in China reached capacity. AREZ says that the Crossett plant will be able to produce 25 million pounds of resin annually. Resin is a compound that enables ink to bind to a surface.AREZ is a subsidiary of an Irish company, AREZ International Ltd.

Newark plant honored for safety in workplace

November 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recognized Entergy’s Independence Plant in Newark as a Voluntary Protection Program Star worksite, according to a news release. The OSHA VPP Star recognition is one of the highest forms of recognition given by OSHA for safe work performance and practices. The average VPP worksite has a lost workday incidence rate 50 percent below the average for its industry.

Art event planned for Saturday

November 9, 2010 HARDY — The Ozarks Visual Art Showcase will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the old Hardy gym on School Avenue in downtown Hardy.The event is open to the visitors and artisans of all ages. Admission is free.“The Visual Art Showcase will feature the unique and varied talents of some of the country’s finest artists from the Ozark region of Arkansas and Missouri,” a news release states.Visitors may watch demonstrations by the artists throughout the day:• Painting from a limited palette, Eva Haley;• Spray paint painting, by Trish Corder;

Forest Service waives fees on Veterans Day

November 9, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Since 2006, U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces, and their families have been admitted free-of-charge on Veterans Day to public lands managed by the Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior. In keeping with this direction, all day-use fees will be waived on Thursday at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service. Unlike National Public Lands Day, which is always on a Saturday, the Veterans Day fee waiver applies Nov. 11, regardless of the day of the week.

Artist demonstrations planned

November 9, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Artist’s Cooperative has scheduled artist demonstrations for this month, according to a news release. Jessie Majors will demonstrate the art of quilting from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, and Harvey Bufford will demonstrate the art of pottery from noon until 6 p.m. Nov. 20.Proceeds benefit the artists and the Calico Rock Museum project. There are more 20 artists and crafters with their craft, art and merchandise on display and for sale.