4 Ark. teens die in accident

March 22, 2010 TREMONT, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol says four high school seniors from Arkansas died early Saturday in an accident near Tremont in the northeastern corner of the state.Trooper Ray Hall says the victims were riding in a sport utility vehicle when it struck a bridge on Highway 78, flipped and landed upside down in a creek. The accident occurred around 4:15 a.m.All four were pronounced dead at the scene.

Principal, coach arrested

March 22, 2010 SHERWOOD (AP) — A high school principal and basketball coach in Sherwood has been arrested for first-degree sexual assault.Sherwood police say 39-year-old Abundant Life School principal and coach Timothy Ballard was arrested Friday and released Sunday on $50,000 bond. He was due in court today for arraignment. It was not known if he had yet hired an attorney.Police would not say whether the alleged victim is a student.

2 judges admonished

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has sent a letter of admonishment to a Sharp County judge who dismissed a DWI case against a relative.The panel on Friday released its letter to District Judge Mark Johnson of Ash Flat. The panel says Johnson should have recused to avoid the appearance of impropriety. The panel noted that there’s no indication the accused received preferential treatment.

Women jailed

March 22, 2010 MELBOURNE — A disturbance at a residence around 1 a.m. Saturday has resulted in the arrest of two Melbourne women, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Kagni Gillihan, 24, and Terry Sweeney, 27, arrived at the home of Sweeney’s ex-husband on School Street in the wee hours of the morning following a night of drinking, Lawrence said.

New scam targets ATM card holders

March 22, 2010 Local citizens are being warned of a new twist to an old scam, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.The scam is familiar in that the recipient gets a letter, this one from Interac Universal, stating they have won a tremendous amount of money, along with a check from a St. Louis bank for a small portion of that money. The small check is then to be cashed at the recipient’s local bank and a portion of it returned to the company for processing fees, etc.The money goes to the scammer and the bounced check goes to the bank customer.

More snow falls in Okla., Ark.

March 22, 2010 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More snow fell Sunday as part of a powerful storm blowing through Oklahoma and the southern Plains on the first weekend of spring.The National Weather Service said there was moderate to heavy snow across northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri, with some places reporting 8 to 12 inches of snow. The snow and rain was expected to end later Sunday.The storm disrupted travel on highways and other roads. Wind was as much a hazard as the snow itself, one trucker said.

Defensive driving to be taught

March 22, 2010 A defensive driving class is scheduled for April 3 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 2005 White Drive.The class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a refreshment break and light refreshments will be furnished. Class participants who are age 55 and over will receive a reduction on their automobile insurance. Young drivers are also urged to attend this class.The Legislature recently passed new seat belt laws in addition to laws that affect young drivers using cell phones and electronic messaging devices.

Cemetery workers needed

March 22, 2010 SANDTOWN — Clean up at Barnett’s Cemetery at Sandtown will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.Those attending are asked to bring tools.For more information or to make a donation, call (870) 283-2358.

Flux Capacitor to perform

March 22, 2010 Calico Rock — Flux Capacitor will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.According to a news release, Flux Capacitor is local band that formed following the departure of Cellar Door lead guitarist Geoffrey Watts to the Mississippi Gulf coast. The band features four plugged in acoustic guitarists, Erik Edwards (also formerly of Cellar Door), Mason Campbell, Craig Estes and Alex Hicks, performing a selection of songs from the 1990s.

Book signing planned

March 22, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — Author Dee Dee Wike will host a book signing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Jitterbug Coffee House, 109 W. Main St., Heber Springs.She will be available to sign copies of her inspirational Christian book, “Good to the Last Drop: Refreshing Inspiration for Homeschool Moms and Other Busy Women.”