Land dispute leaves 1 dead

September 7, 2009 SALEM — A Viola man who had just picked up his 2-year-old son from the baby sitter’s was shot to death in the cab of his truck at close range before reaching home, with the child still strapped into a safety seat.Joseph L. Clifton, 33, had been working with other men to repair a Bush Hog at his father-in-law’s shop near Viola before going to the baby sitter’s house, Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said.

News of Other Days

September 7, 2009 73 YEARS AGOMiss Allie Beth Dent, librarian in the Batesville public library for the past two years, has accepted a position as librarian at Little Rock Junior College. She will leave Sunday to assume her new position. She is a graduate of Arkansas College.Miss Dent will be succeeded by her sister, Miss Mary Lester Dent.F.L. Green has been named temporary special deputy marshal, Mayor J. Fred Maxfield said today.

Two survive plane crash in far eastern Oklahoma

September 7, 2009 SHORT, Okla. (AP) — Two people from Arkansas have survived a plane crash just west of the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 74-year-old Lawrence D. Harrod of Natural Dam, Ark., was piloting the two-seat plane and that Dustin C. Lane of Natural Dam was a passenger when the plane went down just after 6:35 p.m. Sunday.The OHP says Harrod suffered minor injuries and Lane wasn’t hurt.

Fishing lures inspire woman’s jewelry line

September 7, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — Yes, those look like fishing lures in the ears of that woman in the bathing suit, but they are actually the latest in jewelry fashion, invented and made by a Searcy entrepreneur.Fly Girl Fashions was founded by Kim Spence of Searcy and produces jewelry that mimics fishing tackle and other outdoor themes. Incorporated in 2008, the small company is the outcome of an idea Spence had three years ago. Spence had already been making bead jewelry but, with an artist’s eye, she realized a chance to cast her line into more adventurous waters.

Feral hog population on the rise

September 7, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Feral hog populations in Arkansas are growing, and wildlife officials are concerned about the damage the animals are doing to wilderness areas.Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Officer Chris Majors said damage by the hogs is evident in all 75 counties in the state.Majors told the Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home that the hog population in Arkansas is “exploding.” He said the problem is so severe in Texas and Oklahoma that lawmakers there have legalized shooting the animals from helicopters.

Yard sales planned

September 7, 2009 UNION HILL — The Union Hill-Thida Extension Homemakers Club will have its annual yard sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Union Hill-Thida Fire Department, located at 1825 Thida Road.The club is asking for donations of clothing, furniture, toys and other items, which may be dropped off between 1 and 4 p.m. Friday at the fire station.For more information call Wilma Roberts at (870) 264-3294 or Lana Hightower at (870) 264-9365.———SIDNEY — Sidney will have a city wide yard sale Saturday.For more information call Tabatha Higgins at (870) 283-4978.

Dealership raises money for Cedar Ridge district

September 7, 2009 NEWARK — The Ford Drive One 4 UR School program will give area residents the opportunity to raise money for Cedar Ridge School District by test driving a 2010 Taurus, Fusion Hybrid, Flex or F-150 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the 15th Annual Times-N-Traditions Festival at Newark City Park. The park is located at 10th and Long streets.Ford Motor Company and Harris Ford of Newport will donate $20 to the school for each participant who test drives one of these vehicles. The event could raise up to $6,000.

Four arrested for drugs

September 7, 2009 MELBOURNE — Four drug-related arrests were made Thursday night at a residence off Day Road in Horseshoe Bend, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.A driving while intoxicated arrest in Fulton County Thursday led sheriff’s deputies to the house occupied by Charles Russell Earle at 310 Green Valley Road in Horseshoe Bend, Lawrence said. “A search of the house and area was conducted and several items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were discovered,” the sheriff said.

GOP seeks more input on lottery

September 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Republican leaders say they have been largely excluded from decision making in setting up the Arkansas Lottery.Only one Republican sits on the state Lottery Oversight Committee, which includes a dozen members, six each from the House and Senate.Republican Rep. Brian King of Green Forest says giving both parties a voice is part of the checks and balances system.

Lindsay to present free lecture

September 7, 2009 C.L. Lindsay will present “Campus Computing: From Free Speech to Facebook” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Nucor Auditorium on the Lyon College campus.