Soldier killed in Afghanistan

March 5, 2010 FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The military says an Arkansas soldier who served with the 101st Airborne Division died from wounds suffered in combat in Afghanistan.The Department of Defense says 21-year-old Sgt. Vincent L.C. Owens died Monday at Forward Operating Base in Sharana, Afghanistan. A statement says Owens, of Fort Smith, Ark., died of wounds suffered earlier in the day when enemy forces attacked his vehicle in Yosuf Khel.Owens was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Missing hard drive risks identities of 35,000 Ark. soldiers

March 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas National Guard now says 35,000 current and former soldiers are at risk of identity theft because of a missing computer hard drive.The Guard had initially thought the hard drive contains information on soldiers in two battalions of the 39th Infantry Brigade. But in a statement released Thursday the Guard now says the device has information on all soldiers who’ve served in the Arkansas National Guard since 1991.An information management team is putting together a list of those affected so they can be notified.

Incentives attract film crews to Ark.

March 5, 2010 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — An incentive package approved by the Legislature is helping attract filmmakers to Arkansas, which the state’s film commissioner says is a solid way to build a new segment to the state’s economy.Christopher Crane, who runs a one-man office within the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, said Thursday that Arkansas is developing a reputation in the film community as a good place to make a movie, commercial or TV show.

Housekeeping primers available

March 5, 2010 It’s no secret that men and women sometimes take different approaches to housecleaning. After I married my husband, I found him cleaning the toilet by disassembling it first.His father? Family lore says Grandpa John once cleaned the kitchen floors by moving the table and chairs into another room, filling a bucket with scalding, sudsy water and throwing it on the linoleum floor — mimicking how he mopped barracks floors during Army basic training in the early 1960s.

Diamond T 4-H stays busy assisting at nonprofits, winning competitions

March 5, 2010 THIDA — Diamond T 4-H Club has been involved in several activities the last few months.In December, club members Keely Reynolds, Shelby Reynolds, Bailey Reynolds, Cecile Harris and Keylee Harris walked in the Batesville Christmas parade to promote 4-H. Members Brianne Reed, Cheyenne Reed and Cecile Harris participated in the assembly of the Batesville Health Care float. Brianne Reed, Cheyenne Reed, Cecile Harris and Jacob Smith participated in the community event Christmas Brings Hope.

Arkansas City rep. chosen as speaker

March 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Rep. Robert Moore was elected Thursday as the speaker of Arkansas’ House of Representatives for next year’s session and promised to seek diversity in his appointments to the chamber’s major committees.Moore, a Democrat from Arkansas City, served as chairman of the House Rules Committee, which oversaw all lottery legislation. He defeated Rep. Johnnie Roebuck, D-Arkadelphia, in a secret-ballot vote with 63 out of 100 votes.

Filings still under way

March 5, 2010 Independence CountyIn Thursday’s filings with the Democratic party in Independence County, Tim Stewart filed for the Justice of the Peace, District 1. Donald Fox and Mae L. Wilson filed as committee members.Sharp CountyTwo additional candidates for political offices filed Thursday in Sharp County, according to public information in the county clerk’s office.

Expulsion hearing set for youth

March 5, 2010 CAVE CITY — An expulsion hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary Library for a 10th-grade student who was caught with illegal drugs on campus earlier this week, said Jamie King, assistant high school principal.The youth was arrested after Cave City Police Chief Aaron Presser responded. The boy was then turned over to juvenile court authorities.

Driving tests canceled

March 5, 2010 The Arkansas State Police will not be administering written or driving tests March 9 (Tuesday) at their Batesville testing site.The next scheduled tests will be given on Thursday, March 11.

City attorney’s job tops agenda

March 5, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to consider hiring a city attorney, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said. That may include an interview of a candidate for the job.“It was tabled at the last meeting,” she said.Zack White of Heber Springs, who has been serving as city attorney, can no longer serve under a new state regulation because his business is statewide. The new ruling restricts attorneys who are in business statewide from serving in certain capacities for cities, Pettit said.