Woman whose 3 kids drowned pleads guilty

March 16, 2010 MORRILTON (AP) — A Plumerville woman who drove into a lake after a late-night party, killing her three young sons, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of child endangerment after tearfully telling the court she had been drinking alcohol the night of the accident.Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey sentenced Amber Turley, 27, to three two-year prison terms, to run concurrently. She will also be on probation for four years after her release.

AARP seeks nominees

March 16, 2010 Little Rock — AARP Arkansas is seeking nominations for its 2010 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors those individuals who are helping enrich the lives of their community members.

Child care training offered

March 16, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College will offer a course in child care orientation training in April at the campuses in Melbourne and Mountain View. This training is being offered in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education of the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the University of Arkansas.This program is recommended for child care personnel with little or no training in a child care setting.

Officers to be elected

March 16, 2010 Disabled American Veterans Chapter 32 will hold a special meeting for the election of officers at 7 p.m. Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.All members are asked to attend.

Jacksonport offers activities

March 16, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Saturday2:30 p.m., picnic area — Bird Magnets. The White River is a unique place to view a variety of birds such as red-winged blackbirds, northern cardinals and killdeer. At the end of the program, participants will make a bird magnet to take home. Sunday

Attempted arson reported

March 16, 2010 Police say a plastic pipe filled with oil was set afire and then placed under a car at 301 Camp Tahkodah Road early this morning.The burning pipe was discovered around 5:15 a.m. by Valentine Gonzales who pulled the pipe from under the car before any severe damage could done, according to Deputy Jeremy Qualls.Deborah Ring, who lives at the residence, said the car belongs to Patrick Riley, who is in jail, and she didn’t know who would want to burn his vehicle.The case remains under investigation.

Salon owner disarms burglar

March 16, 2010 GASSVILLE (AP) — A burglar caught inside the Simply Beautiful Salon in Gassville got some personal service from the owner, who disarmed the suspect and held him for sheriff’s deputies.Eighteen-year-old Joshua Ray Theobald of Gassville is charged with burglary and other counts for the alleged break-in early Monday morning.The Baxter County Sheriff’s Department says salon owner Kenneth Chism responded to an alarm at the business at 3:22 a.m. and caught Theobald leaving the Simply Beautiful Salon.

Counties declared disaster areas

March 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has declared three counties disaster areas because of damage caused by tornadoes and severe storms last week.Monday’s declaration covers Cleburne, Saline and White counties, which were hit by tornadoes and high winds during a severe weather outbreak on Wednesday. A Pearson man died, three others were injured and homes and businesses were damaged during the storms.The counties are now eligible for funds from the Public Assistance Program, which helps local governments defray costs related to storm response and clean up.

Clerk resigns

March 16, 2010 Independence County Clerk Karen Wooldridge is retiring from her position at the end of this month.The resignation was noted in a letter submitted Friday to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks and members of the quorum court.In the letter Wooldridge wrote, “As you all know, I was planning to retire at the end of my term in December, but have decided that with continued health problems, this will need to be done sooner than planned.”

Southside schools get ‘Smart’

March 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Learning just got more hands-on for Southside Elementary and Middle School students. The district recently purchased 33 Promethean Smart Boards, interactive white boards that engage student-learning with technology. Unlike chalk boards or marker white boards, this new technology fosters better learning by engaging students in the process, something Superintendent Roger Rich said is important in today’s society when children are of the digital age.