Two jailed in burglary

November 23, 2010 Two men who were suspects in a home burglary Sunday are in jail after authorities got a call giving their location.Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill said this morning that Brian Edwin See, 23, of Runway Road and 18-year-old Timothy Allen Regan of Brushy Road are being held under an investigative hold pending formal charges related to the burglary of the Jena Rutherford home on Ashley Drive.

Lamberth vows changes after lottery audit

November 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The chairwoman of the Arkansas Lottery Commission on Monday promised lawmakers she’d take steps to correct problems found by a legislative audit, while another member of the commission left open the possibility he’d ask for the lottery’s director to step down.

Veteran: Spared for a reason

November 23, 2010 CHARLOTTE — John Steer believes there was a reason he was kept alive after so many of his comrades fell at Hill 875 in Vietnam. He lost his right arm that day but managed to pull dead bodies over him to hide from the enemy until he could be rescued. For a long time after the Vietnam War, Steer was angry. Riddled with guilt, he abused alcohol and drugs and suffered from nightmares and anxiety. He felt like he still had something to prove.

Fire chief candidates announced

November 23, 2010 The city of Batesville has narrowed its list of candidates for fire chief down to five, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said.He said the committee will try to set up interviews for the first full week in December.The list includes acting Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn, who took over duties after Danny Russell resigned in late February. Gleghorn was hired in 1987 and has been assistant chief since August 2005.The other candidates are as follows:• Marc Lowery, a fire marshal who has been with the Harrison Fire Department since 1996;

Nelson may seek severance tax hike

November 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Former natural gas executive Sheffield Nelson said Monday that he may ask Arkansas voters to increase the severance tax if lawmakers don’t enact the hike to help pay for state road improvements.

Walmart offers price matching on Black Friday

November 23, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. said Monday it will match competitor prices beginning on Thanksgiving Day and running through the weekend, one of the most popular holiday shopping periods of the year.This year, many are offering deals earlier and some stores, such as Sears and many Walmarts, will be open on Thanksgiving Day.At Walmart stores, customers can bring in competitors’ ads and Walmart says it will match the price of any identical product at the register. The offer does not apply to online purchases.

Police identify body found in park

November 23, 2010 CENTERTON (AP) — Centerton police have identified a body found last week near a walking trail in the Centerton City Park.Officials say a woman found 20-year-old Michael Savard on Wednesday.According to the Northwest Arkansas Times, police say the man died of natural causes. Savard’s father identified the body and said his son had a history of heart problems and often walked the trail.

Mobile home fire claims life of Scott man

November 23, 2010 SCOTT (AP) — A Scott man has been killed in a fire at his mobile home.Fire crews from Scott and East Pulaski discovered the body of a 31-year-old man when they responded to a call about 4 a.m. Monday. Officials say the man’s wife and children weren’t home.KLRT-TV reports that authorities haven’t released the man’s name.Lonoke County sheriff’s deputies say they aren’t sure how the fire started.

Fort Smith soldier killed in Afghanistan

November 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A 25-year-old U.S. Army soldier from Fort Smith has been killed in Afghanistan.The Department of Defense says Spc. David Robinson died Saturday in Qalat, Afghanistan after being injured in a non-combat accident.Details of the accident were not released.Robinson was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment based in Vilseck, Germany.

Free Thanksgiving meals to be served

November 23, 2010 Four area communities will be serving free dinners this year on Thanksgiving day. All events are open to the public.• A community Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church West Annex, located at 610 East Main St. in Batesville.The meal is presented by First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Compass Church and Batesville Jaycees.