Teen unhurt in rollover

September 4, 2009 Shook up, but otherwise unhurt, a Batesville teenager walked away from a rollover accident east of Batesville Thursday afternoon.Auburn Martz, 15, of Griffin Road, was traveling south on Indian Springs Road when she looked over to change a radio setting on the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer she was driving and dropped off the edge of the roadway, according to Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens.

Book contains history, stories of Depression

September 4, 2009 Local businessman, Civil War buff, caver and historian Hail Bryant knows the title of his 62-page book is unusual for a mostly autobiographical book: “The Rise and Fall of the United States of America.”“The title, that don’t tell you a whole lot, but there’s a reason for that name,” he said.

UACCB sets record enrollment

September 4, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has set another record enrollment this fall, with 1,749 students taking classes this semester.UACCB Chancellor Deborah Frazier could barely contain her excitement Thursday evening at a community-wide picnic to celebrate the 2009-10 academic year. She joked that had she known the enrollment number was 1,749 before the picnic, she would have enrolled as a student just to bump the number to an even 50.“Lots of wonderful things are happening at UACCB,” Frazier told the crowd.

Suspect thwarted by bee stings

September 3, 2009 CONWAY (AP) — Faulkner County authorities say a man suspected of stealing equipment from a home at Billy Goat Mountain was thwarted after being stung dozens of times by a swarm of bees.Forty-six-year-old Rickey Dale Ford was arraigned Wednesday on charges of breaking and entering, criminal mischief and two counts of property theft.

NLR police seek to add surveillance cameras

September 3, 2009 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Police in North Little Rock are looking to add 20 new surveillance cameras in high crime areas.The city began accepting bids this week for the cameras that can be set on utility poles and connected to the Internet through cable television or telephone lines.Police Capt. Leonard Montgomery says officers want to be able to set up the cameras quickly in neighborhoods where they are needed.

Attorney cites why people ‘despise lawyers’

September 3, 2009 ROGERS (AP) — A lawyer’s request to schedule depositions around a college football game and his admission that taking time to settle cases lets him “make more money” has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Rogers city attorney.The city of Rogers is suing two car dealers and Ford Motor Co. alleging poor repairs to an ambulance, whose engine eventually burned up. Ford lawyer Michael Alexander wrote to City Attorney Ben Lipscomb last week saying he didn’t care if the case was settled because “I make more money defending the case.”

Mike Huckabee to host fundraiser for Coleman

September 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is hosting a fundraiser for Republican Senate candidate Curtis Coleman.Coleman’s campaign said Wednesday that Huckabee will host a $500-a-person event at his North Little Rock home for Coleman on Sept. 21. Coleman is one of six candidates seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln next year.

Communications office draws critics

September 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Republicans in Arkansas’ House on Wednesday criticized Speaker Robbie Wills’ firing of the chamber’s information director and his push to revamp its communications office.House Republican Leader Bryan King and Republican Rep. Dan Greenberg said they’re worried that Wills is trying to politicize the House information office. Wills, a Democrat, announced this week that the House signed a contract with a Little Rock public relations firm to set up a new communications office.

State to get $1.8M

September 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday that the state will get nearly $1.8 million from drugmaker Pfizer Inc. in settlements of two cases involving more than 40 states and — in one case — the federal government.

Lincoln opposes federal-funded insurance option

September 3, 2009 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln told a sometimes jeering crowd on Wednesday that she won’t support a government-funded insurance option as part of an overhaul of the nation’s health care system.Lincoln faced occasional shouting as she spoke before more than 800 people packed into an Arkansas Tech University arena Wednesday. At one point, an audience member referred to advisers to President Barack Obama as “communists.”