Rose joins Liberty Bank

December 3, 2010 With more than 13 years experience in banking and 11 years in lending services, Kevin Rose recently joined the Liberty Bank team as Community Bank President for Batesville, according to John C. Freeman, Liberty Bank president.A native of Pocahontas, Rose received an associate of arts from Black River Technical College and attended Arkansas State University where he earned a bachelor of science in corporate finance. He later earned a graduate degree from the Barret School of Banking in Memphis.“We are pleased to have Kevin join our banking team,” Freeman said.

Account set up for fire victim

December 3, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — An account has been established at First Southern Bank for Don Smith of Southside, who lost everything in a house fire on Nov. 20. Other donations including men’s 36x30-sized pants and extra-large shirts are also appreciated. For drop-off information call (870) 834-8625 or (870) 698-9112 after 1:30 p.m.

Ornaments, cookbooks go on sale

December 3, 2010 The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is selling pewter Christmas ornaments and 35th anniversary cookbooks as a fundraiser for the ranch children. The ornaments are in the shape of a sheriff star and have five blue stones on them with Arkansas Sheriff Youth Ranches Merry Christmas written on the front. The ornaments will come in a white box ready for you to give to friends or store next year. The price of an ornament is $15, which includes shipping and handling.The spiral-bound cookbooks contain recipes submitted by ranch donors and staff and are $14 postage paid.

Police say man killed sister, self

December 2, 2010 PINE BLUFF (AP) — Authorities have concluded that the deaths of a Pine Bluff man and his sister were the result of a homicide and a suicide.According to a report released Tuesday by Pine Bluff police, investigators believe 60-year-old Nehemiah Thompson fatally stabbed his 64-year-old sister, Catherine Johnson, before taking his own life. The report states that it appears the siblings argued before their deaths.

Harding Univ. to host authors

December 2, 2010 SEARCY — Harding University Graduate Reading Programs will host four writers from Authors Reader’s Theatre performing dramatic readings of their work at 6:30 p.m. in the Benson Auditorium on campus Saturday.The group, including Richard Peck, Avi, Bruce Coville and Sarah Weeks helps bring their own work to life in a lively and educational presentation in which authors read as different characters from the selected books, according to a news release.

Pocahontas theater plans Celtic Christmas

December 2, 2010 POCAHONTAS — The Imperial Dinner Theatre will ring in the holiday season with the drone of the pipes and the beat of Irish clogs with “A Celtic Christmas.”Dates for this show are: Dec. 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.

Lawrence Co. man flees police — twice

December 2, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Black Friday became Bleak Friday for a Powhatan man who was jailed after allegedly trying to run over two people and then fleeing from police.Lawrence County deputies Jamie White and Blake Liscomb were sent to Lawrence 261 in reference to a domestic fight in progress, but before they arrived dispatch notified them that the suspect, Jared Gill, 35, of Lawrence 226, left in a white Ford Mustang that did not belong to him, but that he had stolen it from another man at the residence.

MP school recognized for high scores

December 2, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — The Office of Education Policy recently named Mount Pleasant Elementary for being the highest scoring school in northeast Arkansas to have 93 percent of its students in grades kindergarten through sixth scoring advanced or proficient in literacy on the 2009-10 Benchmark exam. It also placed fifth in proficiency in math, according to a news release.

Historic Ark. museum sets yearly open house

December 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Historic Arkansas Museum will host its 43rd annual Christmas Frolic and Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.Since 1967, the Frolic has delighted kids and grown-ups alike, teaching them the Virginia Reel and other pioneer dances in the museum’s Hinderliter Grog Shop (c. 1826), the oldest standing building in Little Rock, according to a news release.

Bond set at $45,000 for fleeing driver

December 2, 2010 Jason Lee Lewis is in jail in lieu of $45,000 bond after he allegedly led police on a high-speed pursuit across the county Nov. 24.In a circuit court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Robert Moser said Lewis, 37, is facing one count each of possession of a defaced firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, possessing an instrument of crime, resisting arrest, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving.