Official charged. Mayor accused of stealing from tornado victims.

September 23, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Greers Ferry Mayor Michelle Davis bonded out of jail Tuesday after being arrested by the state police for allegedly stealing money from a tornado relief fund set up for victims of the spring 2008 tornado, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.Davis is charged with two felonies — second-degree forgery and theft of property.The forgery occurred and the thefts began on or about June 24, 2008, state Trooper Wendall Jines said in the affidavit.

Beebe says no money for tunnel

September 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe told lawmakers Monday that he won’t release $1.8 million to build a 100-foot tunnel to connect the state Capitol to a nearby office building.Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said the governor met Monday with House Speaker Robbie Wills and Sen. Steve Faris to talk about the tunnel project. DeCample said Beebe is willing to release money to renovate the nearby building, but not the funding for the tunnel.

News of Other Days

September 22, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 3, 1996.73 YEARS AGOAustin Hill, 18, of Batesville was injured this afternoon when he fell from a hoist while at work on the bridge and overpass at Miller’s Creek, one mile northeast of here. Hill was rushed to a hospital here where it was found that his left arm was broken and that he suffered painful bruises about his body. Hill fell 60 feet when some part of the hoisting apparatus apparently gave way.

Ivory Owl offers variety of decor, handbags, more

September 22, 2009 For those shoppers looking for the latest in home decor and personal fashion accessories, they will find a large selection at Ivory Owl, 655 St. Louis St. in Batesville.With flexible business hours, the Ivory Owl is available to serve the public from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.“We offer a wide variety of home decor, including lamps, picture frames, inspirational art pieces, candle sticks and more,” owner Deann Castleberry said recently.

24-hour fitness center opens

September 22, 2009 Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest and fastest growing 24-hour co-ed fitness franchise, according to a news release, is now open in Suite I of the Market Place Shopping Center at 3050 E. Harrison St. in Batesville.The high-tech center occupies space formerly used by Puff’s clothing.“The convenience and affordability of Anytime Fitness can’t be beat,” said Chris Kimball, owner of the fitness center.

Saddlery relocates to Pleasant Plains

September 22, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — You can’t miss the new location of B.F. Smith & Son Saddlery in Pleasant Plains. It’s the western-looking log store along Highway 167 with all the saddles out front and the tall sign posts with the horse on top.Operated by a fourth generation relative of B.F. Smith, Stacy Rutledge and her husband Philip Rutledge, the store offers a total line of cowboy/cowgirl accessories, supplies, and horse tack.“We have top names in hats, boots, clothing, plus a complete line of top quality horse tack and equipment,” Stacy Rutledge said recently.

Fall Harvest Festival in Quitman is more than name implies

September 22, 2009 QUITMAN — The Fall Harvest Festival in Quitman is more than its name implies. Experience the ArkansasFrontier on a working farm, beginning Friday. The event incorporates education into hands-on fun, such as picking pumpkins, feeding farm animals, visiting an enchanted forest, touring an Indian village and mining for treasure, just to name a few.

Police: Ex-school board member is suspect in child porn case

September 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock police say a former North Little Rock School Board member is the target of a criminal child pornography investigation.Police Lt. Terry Hastings says 46-year-old Trent Cox has been identified as a suspect in the case.Cox has not been charged.The search warrant was served last Thursday and Cox resigned from the school board on Friday saying the travel demands of his job were forcing him to miss too many meetings.

Man arrested after mother’s death is released

September 22, 2009 PINE BLUFF (AP) — A Pine Bluff man arrested for an alleged assault on his mother has been released from jail, though authorities say an investigation is continuing into the woman’s death.Fifty-nine-year-old Daniel Olson was arrested after he told police Friday he found his mother, 83-year-old Martha Olson, dead in a bathtub of water.

Writer addresses JA

September 22, 2009 The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries area meeting was held recently in Memphis.Living a life of service and avoiding and resolving conflict were the main messages Independence County Chapter members came away with, according to a news release.