Two murder charges filed

September 27, 2010 NEWPORT — A man who said he was attacked by his aunt and uncle with knives, forcing him to defend himself, has been charged with capital murder in their deaths, Jackson County authorities said.Gary Paul Henley of Weldon, in south Jackson County, told Sheriff David Lucas and other investigators that he was stabbed about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday by Stephen and Ina Bridgman and fought back in self-defense.

Truck pulled from river

September 27, 2010 Divers with the newly reorganized Independence County Dive Team recovered a submerged pickup truck from the White River as part of a training exercise late Saturday afternoon.Independence County Deputy Joseph Beaudin said the truck, a 2003 Ford F-150, had been in the river since sometime last year when it was lost during a failed boat launching incident in which no one was injured.A member of the dive team that helped recover the truck, John Scarbrough, said there was a boat trailer hooked to the truck, but it came loose and was lost during the recovery.

Food bank gets grant

September 27, 2010 They feed the hungry and clothe those in need, and now Batesville Help and Hope is receiving nearly $200,000 to help accomplish those goals.This morning, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced 12 communities had received General Assistance and Innovative Project grants totaling about $2.5 million. One of them is Independence County for $190,000.

Phony cop takes ID

September 27, 2010 Tasha Renae Chappell was on her way to White River Medical Center Sunday night when she pulled over by a man pretending to be a police officer.Chappel, who has an Onia address, said she was driving east on Heber Springs Road around 8:30 when she saw the vehicle was flashing its headlights.“Chappell stated that she pulled over near the Desha Flash Market, at which time a tall, slim built white-haired male got out of the vehicle and walked up to her and identified himself as a police officer,” Deputy Anthony Carter said in a report filed Sunday night.

Mistrial declared

September 27, 2010 SALEM — Denise Clifton had her speech all prepared. She had spent three days sequestered from the courtroom proceedings while the fate of the man who killed her husband rested in the hands of 12 jurors.The only time she had seen them was when they were coming and going from the courtroom and for the brief time she testified, tearfully telling them how she was on her way home from work only to find her husband fatally shot with her 2-year-old son still in the pickup truck.

Town plans spaghetti supper to keep doughnut shop

September 24, 2010 GENOA (AP) — Willie Whitt knows when he’s not wanted.If it wasn’t the screws and nails strewn across his parking lot that told him, then it might have been the punctured air conditioner. Or the well that was run dry three times, flooding the parking lot and destroying as many well pumps. Or the 200 gallons of propane released overnight from his tank out back.All told, the vandalism cost Whitt more than $6,000. Within two months of opening, Whitt’s Whistle Stop Cafe was closed.

Firefighters invited to fire show

September 24, 2010 GREENBRIER — All fire departments and firefighters throughout the state are invited to the Arkansas Forestry Commission Annual Fire Show from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the commission’s Greenbrier facility on state Highway 225 West, according to a news release.“There will be many new items of firefighting equipment on display on the five acres adjoining our facility,” the release states. “We plan on having water and foam pumps, tankers, and fire trucks.

ASMSA to visit schools

September 24, 2010 Arkansas School for Mathematics Sciences and the Arts admissions counselors will be visiting schools in Independence and Lawrence counties the week of Oct. 5.Schools will include Batesville high and junior high schools, Cedar Ridge High School, Midland High School, Southside high and middle schools.Admissions staff will talk to students about the school and qualifications for attending.

WRPDD hosts food program

September 24, 2010 The White River Planning and Development District is sponsoring a child care food program as a means to provide nutritious meals to children enrolled in licensed or registered family child care homes. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is administered through the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services. The program reimburses child care providers for meals and snacks served to children when daily requirements are met.

Church plans homecoming

September 24, 2010 Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 117th homecoming Sunday.Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a message by the pastor, Philip Wysocki.A potluck will be served after worship. Singing and sharing of the church history and memories will follow.The event is open to all former members, pastors and friends.The church is located at 2645 White Drive in Batesville.