Felon charged with gun possession, theft by receiving

February 23, 2010 Bond has been set at $50,000 for 22-year-old Timothy Brady after his arrest Feb. 5 on charges of theft by receiving, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal use of a prohibited weapon, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard.On Feb. 5, Shadrick Crotts told police that his 1998 Chevrolet pickup was stolen while he was inside the Shoe Department shopping.The truck was reportedly unlocked with the keys in it at the time of the theft.

Tommy Estes announces for re-election as clerk

February 23, 2010 ASH FLAT — Tommy Estes of Ash Flat has announced he will seek re-election to the office of county and circuit clerk in Sharp County, subject to the May 18 Democratic primary election.

Jody Dotson runs for Lawrence Co. sheriff

February 23, 2010 LYNN — Jody Dotson of Lynn has announced his candidacy for Lawrence County sheriff, subject to the May 18 Democratic primary election. Dotson has lived in Lawrence County most of his life. He attended school at Lynn and has been with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, where he is a captain, for 10 years.Dotson also has worked for the Walnut Ridge Police Department.He graduated from basic police academy in 2002 at Black River Tech College and also graduated with a degree in criminal justice with honors from Black River Tech College in 2004.

Weaver seeks re-election to JP District 5

February 23, 2010 Bobby Weaver has announced that he will seek re-election as Independence County justice of the peace, District 5.“I would like to express the utmost gratitude to the registered voters of District 5 for allowing me the opportunity to represent and serve them for the past 14 months,” Weaver said. “I have voiced and brought forth to the quorum court and county judge any concern or point of interest that has been provided to me by the citizens of the district.

Wyatt announces

February 23, 2010 Tracey Wyatt has announced her candidacy for county clerk of Independence County.Wyatt currently serves as chief deputy clerk.Incumbent Karen Wooldridge will retire at the end of her present term.A life-long resident of Independence County, Wyatt is a graduate of Batesville High School and Gateway Technical College (now the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville). She has worked in the clerk’s office for the past 12 years. According to Wyatt, she has gained experience in every aspect of the clerk’s office.

Sherrell announces for county position

February 23, 2010 MELBOURNE — David Sherrell has announced that he will be a candidate for Izard County Judge in the May 18 Primary Election.Sherrell said he intends to focus on rebuilding and maintaining the county’s roads if elected. “I want to go to work for the people in the county,” Sherrell said.Sherrell and his wife Fern, have been married for 31 years. Both are lifetime residents of Izard County and now live in the Oxford area. The couple have two children and five grandchildren.

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.