Capital murder filed in tot’s death

August 17, 2010 NEWPORT — A man accused of killing his two-year-old child faces capital murder charges.Monday 21-year-old Richard Ingram appeared in Newport District Court, where he was arraigned on the charge of capital murder.Capital murder is a class Y felony, punishable by death or confinement for life without parole.Ingram was ordered held without bond by Judge Barbara Griffin and was ordered to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Aug. 26.

Oil Trough council to discuss streets

August 16, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will hold its regular meeting tonight, which is later than usual due to the mayor’s being out of town, according to Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne.The council will discuss streets and a senior citizens grant and hear monthly reports.

Historical society, museum offer map-reading workshop

August 16, 2010 The Independence County Historical Society and the Old Independence Regional Museum are joining forces to provide a two-hour workshop to teach map-reading skills.“If you ever want to deal with buying or selling land outside of town, you need to know about land calls and maps,” society President George Lankford said. “Reading a topo map is not hard, but good luck trying to figure it out on your own.”Lankford and museum curator Twyla Wright will lead the workshop on map-reading from 10 a.m. until noon on Sept. 11. It is open to the public.

Charged filed in theft; items found in pawn shop

August 16, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man has been arrested for burglary after a pawn shop in Salem recovered some stolen items, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Jeffery Chase Moser, 21, was charged Aug. 8 with residential burglary, a class B felony, and theft of property, a class C felony. He is accused of stealing a pistol and a hunting bow from a residence on Spring Street in Melbourne. The stolen items were located in a pawn shop, Lawrence said.

School board to meet

August 16, 2010 The Community School Inc. board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the White River Specialized Industries, located at 1550 Cottonwood Drive in Batesville. The meeting is open to the public.

Board to consider bids

August 16, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the new high school library to consider bids for football complex fencing, according to the agenda.Bids for old buses and other autos will also be considered.In addition, a request for a legal transfer involving a ninth-grade student will be discussed and a date will be set for the September meeting/annual report the public.The directors will also hold a personnel session to consider a resignation request from a certified employee, and hiring.A review of a financial report completes the agenda.

Caterpillar plant now operating in NLR

August 16, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Caterpillar Inc.’s road grader plant in North Little Rock is now in operation several months after its planned opening.Plant manager Jon Harrison said Friday that the recession delayed the opening and that renovations of the facility that began last year required more work than anticipated. Harrison says the most of the building’ 700,000-square-foot concrete floor had to be replaced.Production began at the plant in late June and about 200 employees have been hired. Harrison says plans are to eventually hire about 600 workers.

Lotto scholarships upset parents

August 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State lawmakers and parents are upset that fewer than half of the students who applied for Arkansas Academic Challenge scholarships, funded in part by the state lottery, received them.Arkansas Higher Education Director Jim Purcell said Friday that some lawmakers have been referring to out of date information and wrongly believe there is more money for the scholarships than exists. He also said the total cost of the scholarships for the fall semester is not final and more accurate numbers will be provided next week.

Black mold found in ‘green’ fire station

August 16, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The newest fire station in Fayetteville, touted as the “greenest” ever built in the city when it was opened in 2008, has been shut down while officials decide what to do about an infestation of mold.Fire Chief David Dayringer said Friday that firefighters at Station 3 had been moved to Station 1 downtown. Dayringer said Station 3 had been staffed by a captain, a driver and a firefighter per shift.“We moved a total of six individuals and one ladder truck,” he said. “We started checking for mold after the guys over there noticed moisture on the walls.”

Church to present singing

August 16, 2010 POUGHKEEPSIE — Pleasant Ridge Community Church, located eight miles northeast of Poughkeepsie, will have a singing at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Lunch will be provided before the singing.The featured singers will be the Howell Family. The event is open to the public. For more information call (870) 528-4909 or 528-3568.