Workshop offered to small businesses

October 2, 2009 Jonesboro — The Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be offering a free seminar Tuesday at the ASU Technical Center in Jonesboro on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: “What’s In It for Small Business?”The seminar will be from 1-4 p.m. at the ASU Technical Center, 5504 Krueger Drive in Jonesboro.

Pilot error blamed for fatal helicopter crash

October 2, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A deadly helicopter crash near Quitman that killed a wildlife officer is being blamed on the pilot’s failure to execute an emergency maneuver.The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that the error made during a forced landing likely caused the crash of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission helicopter. The NTSB report also says the loss of rotor rpm contributed to the crash.Monty Carmikle of Heber Springs died in the crash. Pilot Jerry Fryar of Ozark was treated at a Conway hospital.

Army deserter arrested in Ark.

October 2, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies say an Arkansas woman who allegedly deserted the Army in April 2008 has been arrested near her hometown.Baxter County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Lewis says a deputy arrested 25-year-old Naomi Christine Hobbs of Mountain Home after a traffic stop Wednesday in the town of Cotter. Lewis says the deputy ran Hobbs’ name through a national database and discovered the Army wanted her for desertion.

Food drive announced

October 2, 2009 Fitness Bootcamp Unlimited will host a food drive to benefit Batesville Help and Hope.Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted from 5 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Nov. 2. Those donating a bag of food will receive a free week of classes.Fitness Bootcamp is located at 750 Lawrence St. in Batesville.

Hammerfest planned

October 2, 2009 Mountain View — The sound of hammers striking anvils will add a counterpoint to the music at the Ozark Folk Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 as Hammerfest and the craft of ironwork are celebrated, according to a news release. Blacksmiths will be demonstrating techniques throughout the day that include forge welding, iron sculpting and tool making at the Blacksmith Shop in the Craft Village.

Driver’s license tests canceled

October 2, 2009 The Arkansas State Police Driver’s License exams will not be held Tuesday and Thursday in Batesville. The exams will resume on their regular schedule Oct. 13.

Woman finds path to Christian romance writing

October 2, 2009 HARDY — When Christine Lynxwiler was looking for background for her writing she had to look no further than where she lived.Character and places in her published works revolve around places like Hardy, Batesville and Cherokee Village and she says her family can supply some of the needed characters.———Lynxwiler said her husband, Kevin, is her biggest supporter. In fact, she said she almost feels as though they’ve written the books together. He’s cooked meals and done things for the girls.

Concord hopes for good news

October 2, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School District hopes to get good news when Superintendent Mike Davidson and school board president Chris Roark visit with state Department of Education officials on Oct. 12.Davidson hopes to learn at that time that the district is scheduled to go off the state’s fiscally distressed districts list, but nothing is guaranteed.

Two charged in cemetery shooting

October 2, 2009 It started as a “scare tactic.”That’s the story being told to authorities by one of the men who was present when 19-year-old Spencer Gates was shot early Thursday morning at Macedonia Cemetery near Newark.According to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, Brian Fallis, 24, of Newark and Adam Jay Brewer, 23, of Batesville will face charges.“We are seeking warrants today for attempted murder, first degree, which is a class A felony,” Bittle said.Currently both are behind bars.

Shooting suspect surrenders to police

October 1, 2009 A man wanted as a suspect in an early morning shooting this morning turned himself in to police shortly before noon, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Brian Fallis, 24, of Newark, considered to be “armed and dangerous” had been the subject of a manhunt in the Batesville area after his truck was found at a Hawkins Street address.