Past, present, future: Locust Grove nearing completion

February 23, 2010 LOCUST GROVE — Locust Grove Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, an American Baptist Association Church, is nearing completion of its new facility, located just off Highway 25 South on Loop Road in Locust Grove.The new 12,500-square-foot building contains an auditorium with a seating capacity of 250, six classrooms, a fellowship hall and a kitchen.Pre-construction dirt work began in October 2008. A concrete foundation and floor were poured in August 2009, and the metal building shell was completed in October 2009.

Sidney awarded $642,000 for new well

February 23, 2010 SIDNEY — Well, well. The community of Sidney is getting a new one.U.S. senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Marion Berry announced today that Sidney will receive a $284,000 grant and $358,000 loan from the United States Department of Agriculture to construct an additional well to provide a backup water supply.“The town’s existing well is 20 years old and has failed many times in the past five years,” the lawmakers said in a joint news release.Sidney Mayor Justin Davis said he’s looking forward to getting the new well drilled and in operation.

Fort Smith proposing Sunday alcohol sales

February 22, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — A group of Fort Smith business owners are proposing the sale of alcohol on Sunday for off-premises consumption.Off-premises consumption means beer, wine or liquor purchased in a store must be consumed elsewhere.Several convenience store operators are circulating petitions asking for a vote on the issue. Supporters need 3,075 registered voters in Fort Smith to sign the petition to get the question on the ballot.Alcohol sales for on-premise consumption in restaurants and bars were approved in 2001.

Ark. lawmakers tackle lotto scholarship amounts

February 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Lawmakers begin today what could be the last week of the state’s first fiscal session, taking up legislation to set the amounts of scholarships to be funded by Arkansas’ lottery.Legislative leaders say they believe the session could end by Friday, with votes planned late this week on Gov. Mike Beebe’s proposed $4.5 billion spending plan for the coming year.

Federal judge says firing of juror violated law

February 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge says a Benton pre-school center violated federal law when a cook’s assistant was fired after telling her employer she had been selected for a jury pool in federal court at Little Rock.“The moral of the story is, you do not take action against employees for serving on jury duty,” said Morgan “Chip” Welch, lawyer for Elizabeth Waleryzak Curtis, fired by The Learning Center.

Two face charges in bomb incident at Branson shops

February 22, 2010 BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities arrested a couple in Branson on Thursday after they discovered two explosive devices at Branson Landing, an upscale waterfront shopping area in the tourist town.A security guard found the first device, along with screwdrivers and crowbars, in a backpack near an ATM, Branson Police Chief Caroll McCullough said Thursday.Springfield Fire Marshal Kevin Binam described it as a homemade device consisting of three, taped-up cardboard tubes of explosives, each the size of a road flare.

Storage unit burglarized; fire set at car lot

February 22, 2010 Police have no suspects in a storage unit burglary or a car lot fire that occurred over the weekend.Deputy Anthony Carter took a report Sunday from Darrell Baker regarding the theft of household items from a storage unit on Harrison Street.Baker told Carter that when his wife went to the storage unit around 5 p.m. to pick up some items and couldn’t get the lock to open she called him for assistance. Baker said he couldn’t get the lock open either.“Mr. Baker noticed that it was not the same lock they had placed on the unit,” Carter said.

Calico couple arrested for drugs

February 22, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Thursday visit to the residence at Route 62 Box 1, Calico Rock resulted in the arrest of a man and woman on drug-related charges. Kelvin Edward Walde, 21, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, refusal to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct. He posted a $3,810 bond the following day and was released from the Izard County jail. Elizabeth Jean Hall, 35, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains in jail in lieu of bond.

Student art exhibited

February 22, 2010 Acrylic, watercolor and mixed media works created by art students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville are on display in the new gallery space in the Roy Row Sr., and Imogene Row Johns Library and Academic Building. The art will remain on display until March 18.