Area Briefs

December 10, 2008 $500 reward offered for arrest of Christmas vandals A group of concerned citizens has offered a reward of $500 for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for recent vandalism of Christmas decorations at Riverside Park.

Weekend arrests, thefts reported to authorities

December 10, 2008 Two men were arrested on a traffic stop in Newark Saturday afternoon after they had reportedly stolen items from the car of a Batesville Walmart employee. A witness told police he observed two men enter a car and take a carton of Marlboro cigarettes and a blue and white striped hooded sweatshirt and then drive off in a grey Plymouth Neon.

Deputies arrest man ‘on mission’ in ceiling

December 10, 2008 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) - Bare footprints on a toilet seat led sheriff's deputies to find a man hidden away inside a Baxter County gas station ceiling, apparently "on a mission" to steal. Jeremy J. Fleming, 34, of Midway initially refused to offer his name to sheriff's deputies after his arrest early Tuesday morning, Sgt. Bob Bushbacher said. Fleming later told deputies his name was "Jason Solo," though fingerprints later gave his identity away, Bushbacher said.

Cave City native will travel to Puerto Rico for Steinway Piano Co.

December 10, 2008 When the Steinway Piano Company of New York was looking for a technician to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico to work on 42 baby grand pianos, Cave City native Dan McSpadden was at the top of the list. McSpadden leaves Sunday to join four other hand-picked technicians in San Juan to prepare and synthesize the concert pianos used by performers at the Conservatory in San Juan.

Student critical after car wreck

December 10, 2008 BROCKWELL - When the news broke that a high school student at Izard County Consolidated was seriously injured in a car accident on her way to school, the texting for prayers began. Kailey Moss, an 11th-grade student, is in critical condition at Arkansas Children's Hospital, according to ICC Superintendent Fred Walker.

677 hooked to system

December 10, 2008 SOUTHSIDE - The Southside Public Water Authority's wastewater treatment system is now connected to 677 homes and businesses, with only 19 connections remaining to be completed, Manager John Richardson said.

Dan Foley to retire

December 10, 2008 SOUTHSIDE - Come next June, Dan Foley will have more time for something he's been looking forward to for quite a while: His grandchildren. After 20 years with the school district, the Southside superintendent will retire June 30.

Tax passes

December 10, 2008 On a night filled with mixed emotion by organizers, the Independence County special election for a quarter-cent economic development sales tax passed by nearly a two-to-one margin. Unofficial tallies from the election commission put the numbers at 1,674 votes in favor (66 percent) and 855 against (34 percent).

Special Election results

December 9, 2008 To follow live results of the Independence County Economic Development 1/4 cent sales tax from the courthouse go to:

Football Brief

December 9, 2008 AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Tommy Tuberville's mother told a newspaper her son was fired as Auburn's football coach, a claim that runs counter to public statements by the university that Tuberville left on his own.