Horatio fire chief hospitalized for smoke inhalation

February 25, 2010 HORATIO (AP) — A southwestern Arkansas fire chief is hospitalized in stable condition after suffering smoke inhalation while fighting a house fire.Horatio Chief Bruce Richardson was treated at the scene of the fire Monday afternoon before being flown by helicopter to a Texarkana hospital. No other injuries are reported.Fire Department secretary Reita Lofland says Richardson was not wearing a breathing apparatus and was having trouble breathing.Lofland says the home is a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Nat’l Guard hard drive missing

February 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas National Guard says it is looking for a missing hard drive that contains six years worth of backed up information, including personal data of soldiers.The guard is in the process of notifying soldiers by mail that their personal information may be compromised.The hard drive vanished on Feb. 15. Soldiers are being advised to closely monitor their financial accounts and credit ratings. The guard does not yet know how many soldiers are affected.

Boy to help deliver annual report

February 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An 8-year-old Little Rock third-grader has been selected as one of eight Boy Scouts to present the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Report to the Nation.Morgan Johnson of Pack 2 at Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas and the seven other scouts from across the nation will deliver the report next week in Washington, D.C.

Three cities share grant to promote air service

February 25, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — The cities of Jonesboro, El Dorado and Harrison will share a $150,000 federal grant to promote airline service to and from Memphis.The U.S. Department of Transportation grant announced Tuesday is to help smaller cities improve their air service.The three cities recently began receiving air service to and from Memphis from Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines. SeaPort also announced it now has approval to add flights from Harrison to Kansas City and on to Salina, Kan.

Teenager found with toy gun at Mtn. Home elementary

February 25, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Police in Mountain Home are questioning a teenage boy that officers say was found outside an elementary school with a toy gun.Lt. Sam Seamans says police were called just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to Nelson-Wilks-Herron Elementary to a report of a man with a gun in a car in the drop off lane at the school.Seamans says officers instead found the teenager with the toy gun and three other minors in the car.No names have been released.

Parks find social media good way to stay in touch

February 25, 2010 It may seem that social media is a relatively new phenomenon but according to Joe Jacobs, marketing and revenue manager for Arkansas State Parks, it’s been around for centuries. “Some of the earliest forms of social media can be seen in the pictograph, or cave drawings found in Petit Jean State Park,” Jacobs said.Today, new technology and media reaches far more people than simple cave drawings ever could. Arkansas State Parks has found Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to be great tools to interact with park users.

Gov leaves open veto possibility on funds

February 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK, (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe is now leaving open the possibility of rejecting lawmakers’ plans to tap into the state’s unclaimed property fund and the fund that finances constitutional officers to pay for budget needs.Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Wednesday that Beebe hasn’t ruled out rejecting plans to tap into the funds for $2.9 million. Lawmakers this week rejected Beebe’s request to borrow the money from their fund that goes toward local projects.

To some, suicide attack on IRS made pilot a hero

February 25, 2010 DALLAS (AP) — Flames were still shooting from the building when the suicide pilot who crashed his plane into the IRS office in Austin was being hailed in some corners as a hero who struck a courageous blow against the tyranny of the U.S. tax code.While most Americans surely see Joseph Stack as an angry, misguided man whose final act was repugnant, his suicide mission has clearly tapped a vein of rage among anti-tax, anti-government extremists.

Curves to host food drive

February 25, 2010 From March 1 to 31, Curves of Batesville will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations for food banks in the local area, according to Bobby Sanders, owner of the local Curves facility.Each year Curves locations around the country collectively donate millions of pounds of food to feed the hungry, according to a company news release.“We hope the women in the Batesville area will come together and participate in this initiative,” Sanders said.For more information about the food drive, call Sanders at (870) 612-8783.

Strawberry River DAR to meet

February 25, 2010 HORSESHOE BEND — The Strawberry River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Manor House in Horseshoe Bend at 1 p.m. March 6. Hostesses are Frances Oldenburg and Janet Ross.The business section of the meeting will revolve around the election of the slate of officers for the coming two years.