Bear homecoming set for Saturday

September 2, 2009 OIL TROUGH — The second annual Oil Trough Bear Homecoming, a community festival at Oil Trough, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the local community center, said Jeannie Simmons Fisher, one of the organizers.“The fire department will be cooking,” she said, and entertainment will follow the lunch.The community’s festival was reactivated in 2008 as the Bear event, taking the place of an annual Oil Trough FunFest held several years earlier but which had lapsed a decade or more ago.

Sheriff reports theft crimes down in 2009

September 2, 2009 MELBOURNE — Crime is down in Izard County.That’s the news Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence told members of the quorum court when they met Tuesday night.Lawrence said the numbers show that theft reports are down 50 percent from this time last year.“That’s significant,” he said.Lawrence said that means arrests are down and that his office is pleased with the numbers they are seeing.“In 2008, we had 15 (commercial) burglaries and we’ve had seven this year,” he reported.

Billy Lee Riley remembered

September 2, 2009 NEWPORT — For some the journey was short, for others it was long, for many, however, it was worth it.As family, friends, fans and fellow musicians gathered at the Silver Moon Club in Newport on Sunday to honor late Sun-recording artist Billy Lee Riley, one thing was clear to club owner Grant Brinsfield.Aside from Elvis Presley’s performances here in 1955, “Newport hasn’t seen anything like this in 50 years,” he said with a laugh, standing outside the new Silver Moon that was built in 1987 after a fire destroyed the original building in 1986.

UACCB to open child care facility

September 2, 2009 A new child care center on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus is just a few months away.“The walls are up and they’re painted,” said Mindy Shaw, early childhood education instructor. “We’re just waiting on carpet and tile. We’re really excited.”Located at the northeast corner of the college campus, the child care center will be available to students first, then UACCB employees and finally, if there are any slots available, the general public.

Report: Bank offers to repay some bailout

September 1, 2009 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America Corp. is looking to pay back some of the billions in federal bailout aid it has received in an effort to get out from underneath the government’s thumb, according to a published report.Meanwhile, the government wants the bank to pay about $500 million to terminate a tentative pact in which the U.S. agreed to share losses on certain Bank of America assets, The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Mobile home slayings shock family

September 1, 2009 BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The eight people slain in a weekend mobile home attack in this southeastern coastal city included a father and four older children and other members of an extended family, police and relatives said today.Police released the names and ages of the dead in a short statement three days after the carnage was first reported in a frantic emergency call by a relative who discovered the bodies on returning home. No suspect has been named in the Saturday killings that have rocked this Atlantic port city between Savannah and Jacksonville, Fla.

Ark. state senator says he’ll challenge Lincoln

September 1, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Sen. Gilbert Baker said today he’s seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln next year.Baker told The Associated Press he’ll join the crowded field of Republican candidates hoping to run against Lincoln, a Democrat seeking a third term in the Senate. Baker becomes the sixth Republican to announce a Senate bid.

Talk with girlfriend’s husband ends in arrest

September 1, 2009  Arrested on public intoxication charges early Monday morning, Chad W. Milligan, 37, of Batesville, reportedly said he had fallen down and that was the reason he had a busted lip at the time of his arrest.Deputy Dee McFatter was sent to an address on Haynie Drive around 5:30 a.m. regarding a drunk man there with Missouri warrants.McFatter said when she arrived Milligan came stumbling across the yard toward her police car.

Lake Charles sets programs

September 1, 2009 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will offer several upcoming programs, according to a news release.The park is located at 3705 Highway 25, Powhatan. For more information, call (870) 878-6595 or e-mail lakecharles@arkansas.com.The Nature Center will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, showcasing some live animals that call Arkansas home. The center is located near the beach in the Day Use Area and is free to the public.

Happenstance to perform

September 1, 2009 NEWPORT — The 2009-10 Noon Concert~Lecture Series at Arkansas State University Newport will begin Sept. 10 when Happenstance performs, according to a news release.“Happenstance is a three-piece acoustic group that plays original compositions, sings three-part harmony and throws in an unexpected cover song every now and again,” the release states. “The fun they have playing is infectious and the audience leaves with a smile on its face and a song in its heart.”