• Trash pickup delayed in Newark

    NEWARK — Garbage pickup in Newark next week will be delayed one day because of the  Labor Day holiday, said Joanne Langston, recorder-treasurer.
    The garbage pickup will take place Tuesday instead of Monday, which is the usual pickup day, she said.
    City hall will also be closed Monday in observance of the holiday. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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  • Greers Ferry Dam to close Sept. 13

    HEBER SPRINGS — Upcoming work on Greers Ferry Dam will require the Arkansas Highway 25 Bridge across the dam to be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13. The alternate route will be highways 16 and 92 around the west side of the lake.

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  • Ozarka College committees, Board of Trustees will meet

    MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees Finance Committee will meet at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the President’s Conference Room to discuss the financial report, revised operating budget and a position request from the Higher Education Growth Pool.
    The board’s Academic Affairs Committee meeting will follow at 2 to review new programs and discuss continuing education courses.

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  • School numbers increase

    Enrollment at many area school districts is up since the 2011-12 school year began Aug. 15.

    Figures are always sketchy the first few days as some parents wait to enroll their children and others don’t show up, requiring officials to track down families and find out why.

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  • 188th Fighter Wing to deploy

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The 188th Fighter Wing at Fort Chaffee is preparing for deployment in 2012.
    The unit’s A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft will be used for close air support for ground forces next summer, most likely in Afghanistan or Iraq.
    Col. Tom Anderson, 188th commander, says the unit is to deploy to the U.S. Central Command area, which also includes North Africa and Central Asia.
    The deployment will be the second for the 188th to the Central Command since the unit’s mission became flying A-10s in 2007.
    In 2010, 275 members of the 188th deployed to Afghanistan.

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  • 3rd person sought in death of Sherwood woman

    SHERWOOD (AP) — Sherwood police say they’re looking for a third person in the death of a woman who disappeared from her home last week.
    Seventy-four-year-old Katherine Cleary was reported missing Aug. 22 when a neighbor called police after finding Cleary’s garage door open and her car missing. Police found no one in the home.
    Police say Cleary’s body was found the following night in a ditch east of Sherwood after one of two women arrested for using the dead woman’s credit card said the Cleary’s belongings had been dumped there.

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  • Phone wire theft drops service to hundreds

    MALVERN (AP) — Investigators in Hot Spring County are trying to figure out who stole $10,000 worth of telephone wire and briefly knocked out phone and electric service to hundreds of customers.
    The wire was stolen near U.S. Highway 270 and Sandy Road.
    Authorities say it is rare for copper thieves to steal phone wire because it is so close to electric lines. Also, telephone wire doesn’t contain much copper.
    Phone and electric service was out for a couple of hours in the area.

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  • Formal announcement set on new Bauxite jobs

    BAUXITE (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe is to be on hand in Bauxite for an announcement of a major plant expansion that will add 100 jobs.
    Bauxite Mayor Johnny McMahan said the Saint-Gobain company is to expand its bauxite mining facility and spend as much as $110 million on the improvements.
    Bauxite is used in the natural gas drilling process in the Fayetteville Shale play and other similar formations.
    McMahan says the company presently has about 20 employees at the facility.

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  • Dogs likely behind llama attack

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says a pack of dogs is probably responsible for killing five pet llamas near the border of Garland and Hot Spring counties.
    The attack occurred over the weekend at a residence on Arkansas 7. The owner of the animals found them dead Sunday morning.
    Olynda Wylie says the animals were pets and were kept in a one-acre enclosure. Wylie says the scene was “horrific,” and that the animals were “laid out all over the place.

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  • Arizona man describes pruning shears impaling his eye socket

    PHOENIX (AP) — An 86-year-old Arizona man had just finished trimming plants in his backyard when he fell face-first into his pruning shears, sending one of the handles through his right eye socket and halfway into his head.
    Unsure what had happened, Leroy Luetscher reached up and felt the shears jutting from his face. He was covered in blood and in more pain than he’d ever felt in his life.
    “I didn’t know if my eyeball was still there or what,” Luetscher told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “The pain was so bad that I guess I wasn’t afraid to die.”

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  • Jimmy Crump

    Jimmy Wayne Crump, 48, of Batesville died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at his home.
    Born Jan. 31, 1963, in Batesville, he was the son of James and Dottie Sue Barham Crump. He graduated from Pleasant Plains High School and worked as a laborer in the poultry processing industry.
    Survivors include his father; his stepmother, Dawn Crump; and four half-brothers, Robert Dale Crump of Lawton, Mich.; James Calvin Crump and Jeremy James Crump, both of Paw Paw, Mich., and Jason Michael Crump of Hudsonville, Mich.
    He was preceded in death by his mother.

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  • Al Swope

    PLEASANT PLAINS — George Elvin “Al” Swope, 92, of Pleasant Plains died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Sept. 18, 1918, at Cedar Falls, Iowa, he was the son of John F. and Lucile Badger Swope. He served in the U.S. Army. He retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Department of the Interior in Arizona, where he was supervising maintenance foreman. He later worked as a maintenance foreman for White-Rodgers in Batesville. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Batesville.

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