UA worker arrested in dorm attack

September 9, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Authorities have charged a University of Arkansas maintenance employee with rape after a student told police she was attacked in her dorm room.University police Lt. Gary Crain said Tuesday that 38-year-old Avery Scott worked in university housing.A police report says the alleged victim had been drinking at a party and didn’t remember leaving. She told officers she woke up in her room at 3 a.m. Friday while being sexually assaulted.Police say Scott acknowledged having sex with the student but said it was consensual.

Ark. mayor faces new theft charge

September 9, 2009 GARLAND CITY (AP) — The mayor of Garland City, who is already accused of cashing an unsigned paycheck, has been arrested on a new theft charge.The Texarkana Gazette reported that Dockery was booked on the new charge Tuesday when she was at court to make an appearance on her first charge.Dockery said, “They’re lying,” as she read the new warrant, that was shown to her by an Arkansas State Police trooper. Bail is to be set later on the new charge.

Arkansas man to compete on ‘The Amazing Race’

September 9, 2009 LOS ANGELES (AP) — One team will have a leg up on the competition in the upcoming season of “The Amazing Race.”Two of the Harlem Globetrotters are among the 12 teams starring in the 15th edition of the CBS reality show, which premieres Sept. 27. Nathaniel “The Big Easy” Lofton, 28, from New Orleans, and Herbert “Flight Time” Lang, 32, from Brinkley, Ark., believe their experience will help them dominate this season’s course, which spans eight countries in 21 days.

Hot Springs to be featured first on new quarters

September 9, 2009 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The first quarter in the “America the Beautiful” series that starts next year will feature Hot Springs National Park, the first natural area to be set aside by the federal government.The line of quarters will feature a national park or other historic site from each state and U.S. territory. The U.S. Mint is issuing five coins per year and is going in order that the various areas were established as national sites.Steve Arrison, chief executive of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, says he’s eager to use the quarter to promote the community.

Account opened for family

September 9, 2009 An account has been set up at Citizens Bank for Tony Herndon and his family.For the past few months Herndon has suffered from an undetermined medical condition and has incurred numerous medical expenses.Donations may be made at the main bank or any branch.

Civil War group to meet

September 9, 2009 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Gary Perkey will present a program entitled “Ravages of War in Southeast Missouri.”A native of Sharp County, Perkey graduated from Cave City High School and Arkansas State University. He currently serves as president of the Batesville Genealogical Society and is a frequent contributor to its quarterly publication, Bits of Bark from the Family Tree.

Smart Style holding fundraiser to benefit breast cancer group

September 9, 2009 Smart Style Family Hair Salon, located inside the Batesville Walmart, is holding its first Breast Cancer Awareness photogenic contest in conjunction with its annual “Clip for the Cure” fundraiser.The contest is open to boys and girls from birth to age 18.Photographs must be age appropriate and no larger than 8” by 10.” Entry forms may be picked up at Smart Style Salon, or call (870) 698-1286 for more information. The entry fee is $10. All entries must be in by 5 p.m. Sept. 19.

Church plans homecoming

September 9, 2009 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1239 Oak Grove Road in the Hutchinson Mountain area, will have its homecoming from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.A potluck will be served at noon.Those attending are asked to bring pictures and other memorabilia.The event is open to all former members, pastors and friends.W.T. Rider is the pastor of the church.

Rivers to sign books

September 9, 2009 Wade Rivers will hold book signing at Hastings in Batesville from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.“Y City” is now being ordered by the Arkansas State Parks for the lodges as well as by libraries in most towns.Rivers said he is going to pitch the story to be made into a movie and has already contacted the Arkansas Film Commission. Recently he discovered that it is being read in high school English classes. Since learning about that, he says he is going to pursue getting “Y City” into schools all across the state.

Woolly Hollow to host Women in the Outdoors Weekend

September 9, 2009 GREENBRIER — Woolly Hollow State Park will be hosting a Women in the Outdoors Weekend on Oct. 9-11. “Join us for a rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit,” said park interpreter Kathryn Tidwell. “Reconnect with Nature on this getaway just for women. Leave the kids and the husband behind while you come on this three-day, two-night event to learn basic camping skills, nature journaling, beginning bird watching, Dutch oven cooking, as well as having free time to relax, forge new friendships, and have fun.”