Women part of Disney early history

February 26, 2010 They’re now grown and gone, but the magic still remains.Sandy Taylor of Batesville and Sabra Elmer of Newport were Disney fans long before “the happiest place on Earth” would become a household name.———Elmer worked at Walt Disney World for six months in 1973, at first in a specialty shop inside Cinderella’s Castle, and later one of the magic shops.

Farm wives, FDR led to rural electrification

February 26, 2010 Farm wives between 50 and 60 years ago played a pivotal role in bringing electric power to rural Arkansas.While not central to the development of the Rural Electrification Act — the brainchild of President Franklin D. Roosevelt — it was the farm wives who quickly saw the labor-saving potential of electrical appliances and formed the backbone of the Arkansas program, Rob Roedel, manager of corporate communications for Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, told an audience recently at Old Independence Regional Museum.

Cop arrested in teen’s bedroom

February 25, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — A 48-year-old Searcy police officer who worked as a school resource officer has been arrested in the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl.Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says state police agents were waiting in the room when Hamilton Riley entered through a window about 1 a.m. Tuesday and arrested him for felony first-degree sexual assault.

Former prosecutor pleads not guilty to drug counts

February 25, 2010 SHERIDAN (AP) — A former prosecutor who served nearly a decade in prison for drug and corruption convictions has pleaded not guilty to drug distribution charges.Dan Harmon entered his plea Tuesday in Sheridan, where he allegedly provided hydrocodone and morphine, and was caught in an undercover operation. The 65-year-old Harmon could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

Grenade found at car wash

February 25, 2010 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A grenade found at a closed Hot Springs car wash near Oaklawn Park has been destroyed.Magic Spray Car Wash owner Bill Baswell says a man brought him the grenade Tuesday and said he had found it in a stall Monday night. Baswell says he told the man to put it back where he found it while he called police.Bomb technicians from the Arkansas State Police and the FBI removed the grenade and took it to the Hot Springs Police Department firing range where it was destroyed.

Horatio fire chief hospitalized for smoke inhalation

February 25, 2010 HORATIO (AP) — A southwestern Arkansas fire chief is hospitalized in stable condition after suffering smoke inhalation while fighting a house fire.Horatio Chief Bruce Richardson was treated at the scene of the fire Monday afternoon before being flown by helicopter to a Texarkana hospital. No other injuries are reported.Fire Department secretary Reita Lofland says Richardson was not wearing a breathing apparatus and was having trouble breathing.Lofland says the home is a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Nat’l Guard hard drive missing

February 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas National Guard says it is looking for a missing hard drive that contains six years worth of backed up information, including personal data of soldiers.The guard is in the process of notifying soldiers by mail that their personal information may be compromised.The hard drive vanished on Feb. 15. Soldiers are being advised to closely monitor their financial accounts and credit ratings. The guard does not yet know how many soldiers are affected.

Boy to help deliver annual report

February 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An 8-year-old Little Rock third-grader has been selected as one of eight Boy Scouts to present the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Report to the Nation.Morgan Johnson of Pack 2 at Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas and the seven other scouts from across the nation will deliver the report next week in Washington, D.C.

Three cities share grant to promote air service

February 25, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — The cities of Jonesboro, El Dorado and Harrison will share a $150,000 federal grant to promote airline service to and from Memphis.The U.S. Department of Transportation grant announced Tuesday is to help smaller cities improve their air service.The three cities recently began receiving air service to and from Memphis from Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines. SeaPort also announced it now has approval to add flights from Harrison to Kansas City and on to Salina, Kan.

Teenager found with toy gun at Mtn. Home elementary

February 25, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Police in Mountain Home are questioning a teenage boy that officers say was found outside an elementary school with a toy gun.Lt. Sam Seamans says police were called just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to Nelson-Wilks-Herron Elementary to a report of a man with a gun in a car in the drop off lane at the school.Seamans says officers instead found the teenager with the toy gun and three other minors in the car.No names have been released.