Biker late for work caught speeding

October 8, 2010 After Jonathan Conway was caught speeding at 80 mph and weaving in and out of traffic, he explained to police he was late for work, but he ended up not making it all that day after he was taken to jail.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was patrolling the Moorefield “cutoff” just before 8 a.m. Thursday when he noticed a yellow motorcycle turn off Harrison Street onto the cutoff and quickly accelerate to 61 mph.

Welding blast injures 2 men

October 8, 2010 Two men trying to cut the end out of a metal barrel with a torch were sent to White River Medical Center Thursday afternoon when the barrel exploded.Deputy Michael Moody with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said he was dispatched to a residence on Quarry B. Road around 6:30 p.m. after police dispatch received a call of an explosion involving 46-year-old Jeffrey Stobaugh and his father, 68-year-old Jerry Stobaugh. “I found Jeffrey on the ground with a towel over him and his father, Jerry, running cold water over him with a water hose,” Moody said.

Auditions set for Civil War production – Historical society, BCT partner in new venture

October 8, 2010 Open auditions will be held Oct. 19 and 21 for an original play about life in Independence County during the Civil War.Eight people — three women and five men — will be selected as actors in the readers’ theatre production of “War Chronicles I: Independence County’s Civil War.” The six performances will be during the last two weekends of January 2011. Most of the rehearsals will be held in the first two weeks of January.

Melbourne teams to wait tables

October 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne senior high basketball teams will wait tables at Pizza Inn from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday to raise money for gear and trips. The ball players themselves will be waiters/waitresses.

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.