Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

August 25, 2009 Failure to use a turn signal in the early morning hours of July 18 resulted in Jessica Coleman’s getting stopped by Independence County Deputy Ben Keener.In a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle, Coleman, 28, of Batesville told Keener she didn’t have a driver’s license and a check through a state computer system showed that her license had been suspended.Bittle said Keener was given permission to search the vehicle, and a syringe and a set of scales were found. She was arrested and taken to jail.

Felton registered as sex offender in Izard County

August 25, 2009  MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has released information about a level 3 sex offender in Sage.Brock M. Felton, recently released from prison, is residing at County Road 72, House #3 (Bonetown Road). Felton was convicted Jan. 10 of this year of 12 counts of sexual indecency with a child and four counts of second-degree sexual assault.“Documentation indicates these offenses involved the offender engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior with 22 minor males ranging in age from 14 to 18 years,” Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.

Pham to head media

August 25, 2009 RUSSELLVILLE — New Arkansas Tech University student newspaper editor Kim Pham is a prime example of the journalist who is entering the workforce today, capable of producing content for a variety of media in a world where the lines between broadcast and print journalism become more blurred each day.Pham will seek to strengthen her print journalism credentials during the 2009-10 academic year by serving as editor of the Arka Tech, which has served as the student newspaper at Arkansas Tech University since 1923.

BHS classrooms ready

August 25, 2009 At the head of the room two Zebra print armchairs sit. Chocolate brown furniture and accent pieces with a splash of red decorate the room, while bookshelves filled with some of the New York Times’ current bestsellers and classics line the latte-colored walls. This isn’t your typical high school classroom and that’s more than OK with Batesville High teacher Lisa Huff.

Antique festival growing

August 25, 2009 Batesville’s first Autumn Antique and Crafts Festival, set for Oct. 22-24, is attracting participation from both area businesses and vendors from around and beyond the state, said Paula Grimes, Main Street Batesville executive director. The event will take place in historic downtown Batesville and at other antique and crafts shops in Independence County. To date, 14 businesses in and near the Main Street business district have committed to participating, as well as four businesses in the county. In addition 12 vendors have committed.

Mo. courthouse clerk accused of faking cancer

August 24, 2009 PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Tammy R. Young let her co-workers in the McDonald County Courthouse know this past winter that she was stricken with cancer.She told them that she was diagnosed in February with Ewing’s sarcoma, a malignant form of tumor most often found in bone or soft tissue.She let it be known that she was undergoing treatment for the illness through Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Okla., and at St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Freeman Hospital West, both in Joplin.

Sewing becomes thriving business

August 24, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — Kelly Mackey of Searcy leaned over her dining room table and ran a pair of noisy Black and Decker electric scissors around a homemade pattern, cutting a piece of cloth that will become the front of a child’s dress.“I’ve been sewing since I was 12,” Mackey, 40, said. “My mother sewed. When I was in the sixth grade I expressed an interest in sewing so she would sit me down and leave me to it. She learned to sew on her own and that’s the best way to learn, from your mistakes.”

Reader’s Digest files Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

August 24, 2009 Reader’s Digest Association Inc., publisher of the iconic general interest magazine that began gracing American homes in 1922, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today as it faces falling print circulation in the Internet age and looming debt payments.Known for its heartwarming stories about American life as other publications moved toward edgier fare, the company’s flagship Reader’s Digest magazine has seen its U.S. circulation drop from a peak of more than 17 million in the 1970s to just above 8 million last year.

Ark. Nat’l Guard ignores $65k in soldier-aid fund

August 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK(AP) — A fund set up at the direction of state lawmakers in 2005 to receive donations from taxpayers for soldiers and their families has gone largely ignored by the Arkansas National Guard, despite a $65,000 balance.The law setting up the Military Relief Trust Fund designated the Arkansas National Guard as the agency in charge of distributing the money gathered from people who checked off a box on their income tax returns authorizing the state to put $1 of their money into the fund.

Man shares garden’s bounty

August 24, 2009 COTTER (AP) — Keith Curley of Cotter grows 40 heads of cabbage every spring, and he doesn’t even like cabbage.“I give every one away,” he said.Cabbage isn’t the only thing Curley, 75, gives away. He is famous in Cotter for his immaculate and beautiful garden and for sharing his produce and canned goods with friends. Hundreds of jars of canned tomatoes, salsa, pickles, beets, eggplant, carrots, beans and potatoes are lined up neatly on shelves in his home. He even cans pork.