Thornton won’t seek 2nd term Lottery brings $116M in scholarships in 2011 fiscal year, state says

March 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is bringing in slightly more money than projected, which indicates gamblers should lose enough to meet the lottery’s goal of supplying $100 million per year for scholarships, lottery director Ernie Passailaigue said Wednesday.The Arkansas Lottery Commission approved the introduction of a raffle game this summer that will offer more expensive tickets but give players better odds of winning.

Arkansas offers ideas for spring break that won’t break the bank

March 18, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the first part of a series from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism outlining ideas for spring break family fun, all in The Natural State.No plans for a spring break yet? Worried about the expense of a family trip? No sweat. There are many Natural State destinations and activities that offer budget friendly fun for the whole family or just a group of friends. Listed below are a few ideas to help you plan the perfect spring break in Arkansas without breaking the bank.Geocaching Along the Great River Road

Trucking firm in receivership

March 18, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — A Fort Smith trucking company has been placed into receivership and stopped all its over the road operations.C. Bean Transport is now being operated by Bell Receivers LLC of North Little Rock.Bell spokesman Ron Fuller released a statement Wednesday saying the company is working for what is best for employees, their families, the creditors, and investors. Fuller said the company will continue to operate a warehouse in Fort Smith.

Judge says Carroll County has only 1 county seat

March 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A circuit judge has issued an order saying Carroll County has never had two county seats — despite more than a century of belief otherwise.Circuit Judge Kent Crow issued an order Monday saying Berryville is the county seat and has been since 1871. Eureka Springs has for 127 years been considered a second county seat because of an 1883 law creating two judicial districts in the county.

Biologist: Rains needed to clear Mulberry River

March 18, 2010 CASS (AP) — State and federal biologists say rain is needed to clear muddy water washing into the Mulberry River in western Arkansas.Soil is washing into an unnamed tributary to Mountain Creek — which feeds into the Mulberry. The dirt is washing from an embankment along Arkansas 23 after soil under a shoulder of the highway collapsed during heavy rains in 2008.Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department biologist John Harris says it could take two years for rains to clear the soil.

Summit focuses on aerospace industry

March 18, 2010 HOT SPRINGS — Arkansas two-year colleges are working hard to build partnerships with the aerospace industry that will benefit the state’s future, according to Gov. Mike Beebe. He made the remarks today at the Governor’s Aerospace Summit at the Hot Springs Convention Center.The summit brought together nearly 200 industry leaders, government officials and educators to speak candidly about the progress and needs of the aviation and aerospace industry in Arkansas. The event was organized by the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC) Aerospace Training Consortium.

Student wins poster contest

March 18, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Emily Henderson, 10, recently won first place in a recent Independence County safety poster contest sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau. Henderson said her poster featured advice such as “Don’t smoke, always wear a helmet, don’t talk to strangers and listen to your parents.”The Southside fourth-grader and daughter of Steve and Wendy Henderson received $25 and will compete in an upcoming state competition.

Antique show planned

March 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Antique Dealer Association Show and Sale will be March 19-21 at the Clear Channel Metroplex off I-430 at Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. Exhibitors from more than 12 states will man 50 booths featuring an extravagant display of furniture, antique and estate jewelry, antique glass, linens, oriental rugs, postcards, and primitives. Admission is $5 per day or $5 for a weekend pass. For more information call (501) 529-5907 or visit www.arkansasantiquedealers.com.

Baskets to be made

March 18, 2010 Mammoth Spring — On Saturday Mammoth Spring State Park will present a Beautiful Baskets program where patrons can weave their own egg basket to take home. Space is limited and reservations should be made. Admission is $25. Find more information at www.arkansasstateparks.com/mammothspring or call (870) 625-7364.