Body found in semi-truck

August 27, 2010 NEWPORT — On Thursday at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Arkansas State Police that there was a male subject discovered deceased in the cab of an semi-truck on Highway 67 North of Swifton.During the investigation, it was determined that at approximately 7:13 p.m. the Arkansas State Police had issued a BOLO (Be On The Look Out) for the vehicle stating that the driver, identified as Jimmy Wayne Toone, 58, of Lonoke had departed Cabot en route to St. Charles, Mo. and had not been heard from since.

Livestock entry deadline given

August 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — The livestock entry deadline for the North Central Arkansas District Fair is Sept. 2, and all entries must be made online at the ncadistrictfair.org website.The fair will be Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at the Izard County Fairgrounds on LaCrosse Road near Melbourne, said fair board member Nancy Orr.Participants must be from one of the following counties: Sharp, Izard, Cleburne, Fulton, Stone or Van Buren.Ranch Rodeos are scheduled for Oct. 1-2 and a truck pull will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 1.

Citywide yard sale set

August 27, 2010 CONCORD — This year’s citywide yard sale in Concord will be Oct. 1-2, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.“People have been asking about it,” she said. “It has become a tradition.”The sale will start early and continue until people stop coming, she said.Anyone wanting to set up a sale on city property or needing more information about the citywide sale may call Pettit at city hall at (870) 668-3315 or at home at 668-3620.

Capital murder filed in death of toddler

August 27, 2010 NEWPORT — Capital murder charges have been filed in connection with the death of a toddler in Jackson County.According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department the incident occurred Aug. 13, at about 6:47 p.m.Weatherford said the Newport Police Department 911 center received an emergency call of an ambulance needed at 123 Lacy Drive in Newport, due to a child not breathing.

Thousands attend concert

August 27, 2010 It was standing room only as Colt Ford brought the “goodtimes” Thursday to Riverside Park in Batesville.Ford, who calls himself “Mr. Goodtime” in a song by the same name, performed to a capacity crowd, which Steve Thomas with Batesville Promotions estimated between 4,000 and 5,000. Thomas said online ticket orders came from Columbia, Mo., Germantown, Tenn., Tupelo, Miss., and all over Arkansas.

T Mart 12 grand opening is Saturday

August 27, 2010 After months of remodeling inside, and installing all new gasoline equipment outside, T Mart 12, formerly the old Renos convenience store at the foot of the White River Bridge, is now open and ready to celebrate with an open house Saturday.The renovated business offers a full hot deli with pizza, chicken, and barbecue, as well as fresh sandwiches made daily, according to owners Jerry and Connie Townsley.

Harrison woman’s body found buried

August 26, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — An Arkansas man was jailed Wednesday on suspicion of murder in the death of his wife after her body was found in a shallow grave near the couple’s home outside Harrison, the Boone County sheriff said.Morris Dean Davis, 60, was being held without bond after investigators found the body of Lisa Marie Davis, 45, buried and partially encased in concrete on the property where the couple had lived since 2003. Authorities went to the home after a family friend reported Lisa Davis had disappeared, Sheriff Danny Hickman said.

Diamond T holds workshops

August 26, 2010 THIDA — The Diamond T 4-H Club has four new members, Payton Reinhart, Alexis Roberson, Rayne Markowski and Kayla Benjamin. The club now has 17 members.Club members participated in the District 4-H skills competition at Atkins this summer. Winners from the club were: Cecile Harris, third, fashion revue; Cheyenne Reed, second, horticulture; Brianne Reed, fourth, forestry tree identification; and Cheyenne Brooks, second, junior forestry tree identification. Kersten Harrison participated in junior fashion revue.

Police: Man tried to blackmail teacher with nude photos

August 26, 2010 BENTONVILLE — A Centerton man has been charged with felony theft of property in what prosecutors say was an attempt to blackmail a Bentonville school teacher.Forty-seven-year-old Jimmy Don Engleman pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released Tuesday on $3,000 bond.Police say Engleman threatened to send nude photos of the woman to her husband and the school district if she didn’t pay him $2,500. Police say the woman had a brief affair with Engleman and had sent the photos to him.She eventually wrote Engleman a check for $2,000 and contacted police.

Too few signatures for vote on Pine Bluff mayor recall

August 26, 2010 PINE BLUFF — An organizer of an effort to get recall of Mayor Carl Redus Jr. on the November ballot says the group didn’t gather enough signatures.Gary Wilson of the group called Concerned Citizens for Pine Bluff said Tuesday that the effort collected 7,200 signatures, but needed 8,263 to get the recall question on the ballot.The deadline for submitting the petitions was Monday. The recall effort began in April.Redus, who was re-elected in 2008, has more than two years remaining on his current term.