Misskelley tape played in court

November 21, 2008 JONESBORO (AP) - Four days after his trial ended, one of three teenagers convicted of killing three 8-year-olds in West Memphis in 1993 related to his lawyer details of how the killings occurred. The conversation with Jessie Misskelley Jr., now 31, was taped by his defense lawyer, Dan Stidham, and played Thursday at a hearing before Circuit Judge David Burnett.

Thefts reported

November 21, 2008 It's not known who, or how, or exactly when, but someone drove off in a 1972 Chevrolet pickup truck parked atop Ramsey Mountain Thursday, according to a report filed with Deputy Colby Markum of the Independence County Sheriff's Office.

Southside wins award

November 21, 2008 SOUTHSIDE - Southside High School has reason to celebrate. At tonight's ballgame, the school will recognize the teachers, staff and students for earning the 2008 College Readiness Award from the Arkansas ACT Council.

A-State will present ‘Christmas Time in Ireland’

November 21, 2008 Jonesboro - The Fowler Center Series presents Tony Kenny's "Christmas Time in Ireland" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. "This inspirational family show takes the audience on a magical journey to the Emerald Isle at Christmas, where there is a celebration of family in every home, a candle in every window, and a song in every heart," according to a news release.

Family & Friends Briefs

November 21, 2008 CNA classes forming NEWPORT - Classes are now forming for the next certified nursing aide training to be held at Arkansas State University-Newport Jan. 12 through March 4. The eight-week course will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday. When completed, this course allows the student to apply for state certification. Jobs are currently available throughout the area for trained CNAs. Perspective students should call Phyllis Worthington at ASU-Newport at (870) 512-7842.


November 21, 2008 Ashton Clayton James Godfrey Daniel Godfrey and Codi Vernon, Haylie and Seth of Bethesda have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Nov. 17, 2008. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and has been named Ashton Clayton James Godfrey.

Area Briefs

November 21, 2008 Polar Bear Run motorcycle ride to benefit Luke 4:18 Luke 4:18 Lives women's ministry will host its first Polar Bear Run fundraiser Dec. 6, director Kristal Reeves said. Those who have motorcycles will meet at noon at Exxon Tiger-Mart atop Ramsey Mountain, ride through Batesville and ending at Believer's Community Church.

Izard man arrested for rape of teen girl

November 21, 2008 MELBOURNE - A Pineville man has been charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said in a news release. Lawrence said Wesley Grant Bray, 18, is accused of having sex with the girl on Nov. 6.

West sues HRA

November 21, 2008 A former chief of Health Resources of Arkansas is suing his old employer and its board chairman, Tommy Mitchum, for wrongful discharge, breach of contract and defamation. In a civil lawsuit filed in Independence County Circuit Court, Jim West asks for not less than a $100,000 judgment against HRA and Mitchum, plus reinstatement to his job, as well as back pay, lost benefits and attorney's fees.

Going home in time for Thanksgiving

November 21, 2008 Johnny Roberts woke up to a new president-elect and lower gas prices. After his car filled with gas fumes on a hot day, then exploded with him in the driver's seat, he spent weeks unconscious in a hospital bed.