Woman found dead in spillway

October 29, 2009 CANFIELD (AP) — Authorities in Lafayette County have recovered the body of a woman whose friend told police she vanished as they rode air mattresses over the Lake Erling spillway at dusk.Sheriff’s deputies identified the victim as 30-year-old Devan LeAnn Burge of Shongaloo in nearby Webster Parish, La. Her body was found Wednesday morning in a tangle of trees about 70 yards below the spillway. Burge disappeared at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Airline to return jets to LR

October 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — American Airlines is bringing mainline jet service back to Little Rock National Airport.The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline confirmed Wednesday it will begin using McDonnell Douglas MD-80s in April on four daily American Eagle flights between Little Rock and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Toddler dies after pit bull attack

October 29, 2009 PRESCOTT (AP) — A 2-year-old boy who wandered away from his babysitter’s house and into range of a chained pit bull has died after the dog attacked him.Matthew Clayton Hurt was pronounced dead Wednesday at a hospital in Texarkana after he was taken there following the attack that morning.The child had walked down a busy street to the house where the pit bulldog was chained and inside a dog house.Police Chief Brian Russell said the dog was taken to a kennel in Nashville, Ark., for observation. Russell said he had asked the State Police to investigate.

Forecasters say major rainfall headed to Arkansas

October 29, 2009 The National Weather Service says flash flooding is likely as a major storm is expected to dump more rain on Arkansas over the next two days.The Weather Service said today that people should make plans to protect themselves and their property as the storm front moves in. Forecasters say 5 to 7 inches of rain is expected in parts of central and southern Arkansas through late Friday, with the heaviest rain on a line from Salem to Little Rock to Camden. Areas east and west of that boundary should see 3 to 5 inches of rain.

Court upholds lethal injection law

October 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court today ordered a lower court to lift an injunction halting a death row inmate’s execution, upholding a state law aimed at stopping his lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ lethal injection procedures.In a unanimous ruling, justices sided with the state and dismissed a death row inmate’s complaint challenging a new law codifying Arkansas’ execution procedures.

4-H’ers compete in B-Day events

October 29, 2009 Bait casting, bicycle skills, BB gun shooting and broiler barbecuing are the events that more than 82 Independence County 4-H’ers participated in Saturday at the annual B-Day event, according to a news release. Youth ages 5-19 displayed their skills at Riverside Park. Winners in each category are: Bait CastingCloverbud — Ryan Sinele, Ruddell Hill, first; Kimberly Martin, Sulphur Rock Chess, second; Eli Reasons, Sulphur Rock Chess, third;

Service News

October 29, 2009 San Antonio — Lauren M. Garcia has been promoted to the rank of private first class in the U.S. Army Reserve.Garcia is a quartermaster and chemical repairer assigned to the 90th Sustainment Brigade at Camp Pike, Little Rock. She has served in the military for one year.Garcia is the daughter of Stephanie and Bobby Finley of Batesville. The reservist graduated in 2006 from Southside High School and in 2007 graduated from Beejay’s Hairstyling Academy in Batesville.

Local woman promotes Arkansas at AARP convention

October 29, 2009 The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Ozark Gateway Region of North Central Arkansas recently attended the AARP Vegas @50+ National Convention. Donna Perrin with the state department and Cathy Drew, director of the Ozark Gateway Region, attended the three-day event promoting Arkansas tourism destinations and relocation to the area. During the three days 24,115 people attended the event, according to a news release.

Vital Link offers CPR certification

October 29, 2009 A healthcare provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class will be offered by Vital Link from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville. The fee is $40.A Heartsaver CPR and first aid class will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 in the conference center. The fee of $25 will cover the textbook and CPR card.To register for either class, call (870) 793-3351.

Albert Sidney Johnston UDC

October 29, 2009 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, met this month at the Batesville Country Club for a dutch treat luncheon. President Mary Miller called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guest Sue Richmond, a prospective member.After the Ritual and the Pledges, Judy Baker read the minutes. Miller gave the treasurer’s report. Acting Chaplain Fern Fike prayed the invocation for the meal.