Alamo attorney withdraws from criminal case

January 8, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a Florida attorney for convicted evangelist Tony Alamo to withdraw from Alamo’s criminal case over irreconcilable difference, though the lawyer says the problem no longer exists.“There was difficulty thats been resolved,” said Phillip Kuhn of Florida.In his motion to withdraw, Kuhn stated that a dispute between he and Alamo “regarding the proper, efficient and ethical legal representation of the defendant,” led to his desire to exit Alamos criminal case.

Court allows death-row inmate new sentence

January 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered Thursday that a death-row inmate convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two young children receive a new sentencing hearing.Justices unanimously upheld James Aaron Miller’s murder convictions but ordered that he be resentenced, saying two witnesses should not have been allowed to recommend that the jury impose the death penalty during the original sentencing phase.

AHPP offers grants

January 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will accept applications for its Historic Preservation Restoration Grant and County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant programs through March 12, AHPP Director Frances McSwain has announced.Two Historic Preservation Restoration Grant options are available for rehabilitation of historic structures in Arkansas:

Eagle event canceled

January 8, 2010 BULL SHOALS — Bull Shoals-White River State Park has canceled Eagle Awareness for 2010 due to the extreme cold and the threat of inclement weather on top of the park’s existing road conditions.For more information, call Julie Lovett, park interpreter, at (870) 445-3629 or e-mail

ADEM lists tips for cold weather

January 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is advising citizens to be prepared for the dangerously cold conditions expected in the state over the next few days.For the personal safety of you and your family please observe the following safety tips:• Use fireplace, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.

Fire damages Floral home

January 8, 2010 FLORAL — The Fred Tharp home, at 3540 Floral Road, incurred mostly smoke and water damage in one room following a fire Thursday afternoon.Floral Fire Chief Mark Biram said the department was called to the home around 4 p.m. to extinguish a fire that had started in the bathroom area. “The cause is believed to be electrical,” Biram said. “It’s still under investigation.”Biram said his department responded with 11 firefighters, one pumper truck and a tanker.“We cleared the scene right at 6 p.m.,” Biram said.No one was injured in the small blaze.

Sharp JPs to meet Monday

January 8, 2010 ASH FLAT — Despite the closure of the Sharp County Courthouse today and the postponement of today’s session of district court due to dangerously cold weather, the Sharp County Quorum Court is still on schedule to meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the courthouse, County Judge Larry Brown said.One of the primary heating units in the courthouse is to be replaced Monday, he said.

DHS to hold forums Tuesday

January 8, 2010 The Arkansas Department of Human Services will host two public forums to hear from individuals with special health care needs and for their families and caregivers.The meetings will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the George Rider Conference Room of First Community Bank, located at 1325 Harrison St. in Batesville.For more information call Shara Reinheardt at (870) 612-5527.

Election panel to meet

January 8, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the county courthouse to discuss the upcoming Floral Fire Protection District special election.Other business includes electing a chairman for 2010, the upcoming Arkansas County Election Commissions Association Winter Conference, meeting with the state election coordinator to assist with physical inventory of Independence County’s voting system equipment, and an accounting report to the county.

Reports top water board agenda

January 8, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear a 2009 Year in Review Report, Manager John Richardson said.Other reports to be reviewed include December water and wastewater financial reports, a December system totals report, a board election report, a legal report, a 2009 Fourth Quarter Water Treatment Plant Performance Report and the manager’s monthly report.A review of current water and wastewater bills completes the agenda.