Coty Smith and Rebecca Coe of Pleasant Plains have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on Dec. 22, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and has been named Connor Gage Smith.
Grandparents of the child are John and Connie Coe, Joey and Nita Smith and Ricky and Lenora Nail.
Great-grandparents are Brenda Stone and Ray Stone.
Andrea and James Wadkins Jr. of Pleasant Grove have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Dec. 25, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 3.2 ounces and has been named James Leslie Wadkins III.
Grandparents of the child are James Leslie Wadkins Sr. and Alice Marie Wadkins.
Clint and Tana Brown of Drasco have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on Dec. 22, 2009. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 7.2 ounces and has been named Danlee Abigail Brown.
Grandparents of the child are Lanny and Cindy Brackett and Dan and Freda Brown.
Great-grandparents are Chester and Jean Fry and Naomia Gauvey.
MARIANNA (AP) — Authorities in eastern Arkansas are looking for a state inmate who walked away from a Lee County jail work assignment.
Dina Tyler, state prison spokeswoman, said Tuesday that 25-year-old Charles “Luke” Sanders, was working at the fire station in Marianna when he was sent to the Lee County Courthouse at Marianna to mop up after heavy rainfall on Christmas Eve. Tyler said Sanders never arrived at the courthouse.
JONESBORO (AP) — Officials in three northeastern Arkansas counties flooded last week say their districts are disaster areas and that they plan to seek federal aid as a result.
Officials in Craighead, Jackson and Greene counties say they are assessing damage to roads and soon will submit monetary damage estimates to Gov. Mike Beebe.
Tommy Jackson, a spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Management, says Beebe will consider the requests from the local emergency managers and decide whether to ask for federal funding for repairs and other costs connected with the flooding.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — An Evening Shade woman was one of two people who died as the result of a three-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 60 about two miles east of Poplar Bluff, according to Missouri State Police Cpl. M.G. Slaughter.
Carol A. Cook, 53, of Evening Shade and Jack W. Vaughn, 41, of Dexter, Mo., were pronounced dead at the scene at 8:11 and 8:10, respectively, by Butler County Assistant Coroner Joe Chapman.
LITTLE ROCK — There’s no such thing as an off year in Arkansas politics.
That fact was on display throughout 2009 as U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s re-election bid dominated the state’s political talk, long before she would even appear on the ballot.
A year that began with questions about who would run against the Democratic incumbent ended with a different question — Who wasn’t running?
A Brockwell woman who tried to beat a train through an intersection in Moorefield around 8:40 this morning had to be cut out of the wreckage of her car by members of the Batesville Fire Rescue Unit before later being transported to White River Medical Center.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State has named Clay Helton as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Helton replaces Doug Ruse, who was fired after the Red Wolves finished with a disappointing 4-8 record this season.
Helton has spent the past three years as the University of Memphis’ assistant head coach and offensive quarterbacks coach. He joined the Memphis staff in 2000 as the running backs coach.
Arkansas State Coach Steve Roberts says Helton is “innovative, fast paced and designs ways to get the ball into the hands of the playmakers.”
HARRISON — The Mena Bearcats handed the Batesville Pioneers their sixth straight high school basketball loss here Monday in the opening round of the Lendel Thomas Classic.
Randy Peters and Logan McCourtney scored 18 points apiece to lead the Bearcats to a 64-54 victory. Daniel Wood added 15 points.
Hunter Gallant scored 21 points for the 1-7 Pioneers. Conor Lawrence added 17.
Mena led 30-23 at halftime.
No other details were available at press time.