Conway mayor: Cash reserve dip due to faulty accounting

February 12, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — The mayor of Conway says faulty accounting or human error — not theft — is the cause of the city’s cash reserves being about $1.8 million lower than expected.The city has about $1.2 million in its reserve fund — not the estimated $3 million city officials had thought was available.

Fugitive shoots self at Ark. motel

February 12, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says an Alabama man wanted on sex charges killed himself in a Fort Smith motel as officers arrived to arrest him.The Marshals Service says 33-year-old Louis Elliott was wanted in Shelby County, Ala., for of failure to appear on charges of sexual solicitation of a child by a computer.

Johnson can appeal theft plea

February 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court says Mitchell Johnson can appeal his sentence on credit card theft and identity fraud, even though he pleaded guilty to the charges.The court today cleared Johnson to appeal based on his claims that evidentiary errors came up after the plea and during his sentencing. Johnson argues that the judge shouldn’t have allowed evidence on his juvenile record during sentencing and the 12-year sentence was too harsh.

School board to meet Tuesday

February 12, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at 1502 N. Hill St. in Newark. That agenda will include a recognition award from the Arkansas Department of Education to Cord-Charlotte Elementary, Educational Excellence trust funds and financial reports and bills.Meetings are open to the public.

Man nabbed for drug violations

February 12, 2010 ASH FLAT — After continuous complaints of suspicious activity at an Ash Flat home, Sharp County Sheriff’s detectives along with Arkansas State Police and Ash Flat Police Department personnel obtained a search warrant Thursday for the home of 57-year-old Rickey Eugene McComas at 23 Johnson Ave. in Ash Flat, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

Cedar Ridge open Monday

February 12, 2010 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District will have school on Monday, Presidents Day, said Michelle Green, administrative assistant to the superintendent.“This date was originally scheduled as a holiday with no school, but it will now be a make-up day for inclement weather. Cedar Ridge has missed six days this year due to inclement weather and they are being made up on days designated as make-up days on the original calendar,” she said.

Quorum court rescheduled

February 12, 2010 Independence County Quorum Court, postponed earlier because of snow, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to county Judge Bill Hicks’ office.The court will meet on the second floor of the Independence County Library building at Third and Main streets in Batesville and is open to the public.

Causey seeks congressional seat

February 12, 2010 JONESBORO — Chad Causey, a Jonesboro native and Democrat, has announced his campaign to represent Arkansas’ First Congressional District. His announcement comes at the beginning of what will be a district-wide listening tour to meet with voters from across the area, he said.

Willis seeks new term

February 12, 2010 Hardy Willis, a Democrat, is officially announcing that he will seek a fourth term serving the people of Independence County as coroner.“It is a tremendous honor to serve the people of Independence County as coroner for the past six years,” Willis said. “I’m honored and humbled that the people of Independence County have elected me three times and my hope is that I have earned their trust for another term. I am committed to you — the people of Independence County.”During his tenure as coroner, Willis has regularly been singled out for his leadership on important issues.

Forgotten purse unites couple

February 12, 2010 CHARLOTTE — When William Coe found a purse in the Witts Spring gym in late fall of 1959, he didn’t know it belonged to his future wife.Helping clean up the gym after ball games was part of Coe’s duties at the school, where he was coaching basketball and teaching science.“She was there keeping score for Snowball. She left her purse by the scorer’s table — she forgot her purse,” William said. “I found the purse and I asked some kids who it belonged to. Helen Sue Yancey kept score for us, and she said, ‘It’s Miss Taylor’s purse.’”