‘The champ’ passes the torch

February 10, 2010 ROSIE — The champion has passed the torch.“When I was a second- or third-grader at Bradford — I don’t remember doing this but Dad and Mom both say I did it — at halftime of the regional tournament games they’d have the coaches compete in a free-throw shooting contest. Dad won it that night and won some kind of little prize,” Russell Fowler said. “I jumped on the bus after the game and said, ‘My Daddy’s a champion!”He still feels the same way.His father, longtime high school coach Don Fowler of Rosie, died Sunday at 73.

BRTC recognizes students

February 9, 2010 POCAHONTAS — The President’s List and Dean’s List for the fall 2009 semester at Black River Technical College has been announced. The two lists recognize local full-time students who have achieved the highest grade point average.The President’s List includes students who have earned a compiled grade point average of 4.00. The Dean’s List includes students who have earned a compiled grade point average of 3.5-3.99.Area students on the President’s List include: Connie L. Bookout of Saffell, Olen B. Broyles of Smithville and Christin R. Highfield of Smithville.

Man looking for cocaine finds jail cell instead

February 9, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A man who told police he “was trying to find some cocaine” found a couple of circuit court felony charges instead, said Capt. Jody Dotson, criminal investigator for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.Paul Goodson, 22, of Walnut Ridge was arrested Saturday by sheriff’s officers and the Arkansas State Police.He is charged with theft of property and attempted burglary.

Inmate accused of holding cell door open, fighting guards

February 9, 2010 Accused of using a broom to prevent his cell door from closing, and then attacking three jailers with that same broom, an inmate of the Independence County jail has gotten himself some extra attention.In a court affidavit filed Friday, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard said jailer Matt Roberts was shutting the cell door to Joshua Brewer’s cell when he noticed the door blocked by a broom and when he took hold of it to remove it, Brewer reportedly grabbed the other end and a tug-of-war followed.

Five go to hospital after two-car crash

February 9, 2010 A Desha family and a Charlotte man were taken to White River Medical Center for treatment of possible injuries following a two-car crash on White Drive near the Moorefield cutoff around 3:30 Friday afternoon.Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Page said Glen Mulholland, 32, his wife Stacy, 31, and daughters 10-year-old Ashley and 7-year-old Kylie, along with John Rowe, 30, of Charlotte, were traveling east on White Drive in a 2009 Pontiac when they were struck in the rear by another car.

Rep. John Murtha, Iraq war critic, dies

February 9, 2010 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rep. John Murtha, the tall, gruff-mannered former Marine who became the de facto voice of veterans on Capitol Hill and later an outspoken and influential critic of the Iraq War, died Monday. He was 77.The Pennsylvania Democrat had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery. He died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., spokesman Matthew Mazonkey said.

State EHC to hold meeting

February 9, 2010 The Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council officer training meeting will be March 16 and 17 at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center near Little Rock.Check-in, dinner and after-dinner activities will be March 16.Those interested in attending should call the Independence County Extension Office (870) 793-8840 before Feb. 19.

Boyd to speak on earthquakes

February 9, 2010 Walnut Ridge — A geophysicist who has done extensive research on earthquakes will deliver this year’s Mondy-Carroll Lecture at Williams Baptist College. Dr. Oliver Boyd is set to speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in WBC’s Sloan Center, room 101.Boyd’s lecture will be entitled “Earthquake hazards in the central and eastern United States.” Boyd is a research geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey, and he serves as an adjunct professor with the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis.

Wilkerson nets crown

February 9, 2010 Shea Wilkerson was recently crowned Miss Arkansas National Teenager 2010, according to a news release.She will compete for the title of Miss America’s National Teenager this summer in Philadelphia.Wilkerson is the daughter of David and Holly Wilkerson of Batesville and is a Honors College Student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She has already been chosen to be a Honors College ambassador, as well as new student orientation leader and is Chi Omega sorority social chairwoman.