Newark slates citywide yard sale

October 7, 2010 NEWARK — Newark Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a fall citywide yard sale beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.Maps may be picked up on Front Street.For more information call (870) 799-8888 or 799-8810.

Attorney indicted for fraud

October 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Forrest City attorney on charges of Social Security fraud for hiding payments to an employee who was receiving disability benefits.Named in a three-count indictment handed up Wednesday are 62-year-old Barry Michael Easley and 61-year-old Marie Diane Douglas, both of Forrest City. They each face fraud and theft counts, and Douglas is also charged with making a false statement.

State supreme court overturns judge’s Carroll County ruling

October 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A judge in north Arkansas didn’t have the authority to declare unconstitutional an 1883 law creating two judicial districts in Carroll County, the state Supreme Court ruled today.“Though the judge contends he merely was interpreting Arkansas law, the result of his standing order is to dissolve the eastern and western judicial districts in the county,” the Supreme Court said in its ruling. “This he cannot do, as such authority lies with the General Assembly.”

Man drowns in Ill. River

October 7, 2010 WESTVILLE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission says a Siloam Springs, Ark., businessman has drowned in the Illinois River after trying to rescue his fiancee.The commission said in a news release that 53-year-old Noel White was at an Adair County campground with fiancee Donna Drayden and others just before 6 p.m. Tuesday when he noticed Drayden was struggling to swim back to shore. Officials say once Drayden made it safely out of the water, she turned around and could no longer see White.

ICEDC to get updates

October 7, 2010 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will hold its regular meeting at 5 tonight at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, said Ed Mabry, executive director.

Pumpkin patch features activities for all ages

October 7, 2010 CUSHMAN — A petting zoo, hay maze and hay rides are just some of the activities being held at the Polk Bayou Pumpkin Patch at 255 Polk Bayou Road. Admission is $4 per person and includes a free pumpkin. Decorations including pumpkins, hay bales and gourds will be for sale and a picnic area will be available. The patch is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays through the first week of November. Private parties can be reserved on Fridays and Saturdays by calling in advance.

Flatwoods homecoming set

October 7, 2010 POUGHKEEPSIE — Flatwoods School near Poughkeepsie will have its homecoming Sunday.A church service will begin at 11 a.m. with dinner following at noon.The event is open to the public. Those attending are asked to bring family pictures and other memorabilia to share.For more information call James Bristow at (870) 994-7805 or Jimmy Harrison at (870) 257-4209.

Volunteer meeting set

October 7, 2010 The North Central Volunteer Network will hold its next quarterly meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the United Way of Independence County, 1325 Harrison St. (located in the First Community Bank), in Batesville.Lunch is brown bag. “Strategies for Managing Change” will be the topic. Rebecca Burton, program developer with the Department of Human Services Division of Volunteerism, will discuss practical steps that can be taken for accepting that change is inevitable and how to create positive outcomes in the process. Time will also be given for general discussion.

Man charged for explosives

October 7, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — Conway police say a man charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threatening is now under investigation for allegedly having explosives.The wife of 28-year-old Danny O’Neel called police after she discovered explosives in their home. Police said Wednesday that officers found factory-made explosives that were allegedly taken from O’Neel’s employer, an oil and gas firm.Police were able to secure the explosives and put them into storage. Officials wouldn’t describe a quantity or type of the explosives.