Quarry to give presentations

September 3, 2009 Justin Quarry, the 2009 Lyon College Visiting Fellow in Fiction, will give two public presentations Sept. 15. The first is a writer’s life interview and brown bag lunch at noon in the Alphin Board Room of the Alphin Building. The second presentation is a prose reading and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bevens Music Room. Both are free and open to the public.

Blanchard announces fall schedule

September 3, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of Blanchard Springs Caverns’ fall schedule, officials have announced. The Discovery Trail Tour closes the day after Labor Day, but the Dripstone Trail and the Wild Cave Tours are open year round.The Dripstone Trail takes visitors through the most spectacularly decorated part of the caverns. The tour takes about an hour to walk through, and it’s a constant 58 degrees in the caverns. The trail is accessible to people with wheelchairs, but they need two strong helpers to assist them on the tour.

Arkansas Craft Gallery features silversmith

September 3, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Arkansas Craft Gallery in Mountain View is featuring the works of artist and silversmith  JP Rosenquist for the entire month of September. The gallery is the only official outlet of the Arkansas Craft Guild. For almost 50 years the guild has been encouraging and representing the finest artists in Arkansas.

Rape suspect released on bond

September 3, 2009  A Batesville man arrested on charges of rape Monday morning was released Tuesday afternoon on a signature bond approved by Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp, according to records filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

AHEC bridging gap between rural areas

September 3, 2009 Strokes occur at the most inopportune times, and emergency room doctors aren’t always equipped to deal with them. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is helping to bridge that gap between rural Arkansans and specialists.In this area, that task is accomplished through the North Central Area Health Education Center, or AHEC, a program of UAMS.

Museum program features bear topic

September 3, 2009 “He Killed a Bear” is the title of the program at Old Independence Regional Museum at 4 p.m. Sept. 13. Tre Merritt and his grandfather Mike Merritt will tell about the day in 2007 when Tre, then just 5 years old, killed a 445-pound black bear. They were in a hunting stand when the bear came out of the thicket into the open. “I whistled at him and he stopped and I said ‘Shoot, Tre,’” Mike Merritt said.

Former fireman sentenced in LR

September 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A 50-year-old former Ash Flat fireman was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for downloading child pornography, Jane W. Duke, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Wednesday.John Paul Richeson pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography on May 11.U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes also sentenced Richeson to 15 years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.Richeson has been in custody since the time of his arrest in September 2008.

Timbo man claims ‘life, death situation’

September 3, 2009  Saying that all his family was dead, a Timbo man told police Tuesday that he fled to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville because he was in a life and death situation.Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan was dispatched to the college around 1 p.m. after Scott E. Mcguire, 22, was observed acting oddly outside a classroom.

Tontitown settles with mayor

September 2, 2009 TONTITOWN (AP) — Aldermen in Tontitown have approved a settlement offer with the city’s mayor in his lawsuit against the city council.The council approved the offer Tuesday night, and city attorney Mark Dossett says he will present it to Mayor Joe Edgmon.Edgmon sued the council after it agreed in March to cap his discretionary spending at $1. That vote came after Edgmon vetoed a measure in January that would have placed a $250 limit on his spending.

2 plead guilty in cross burning

September 2, 2009 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Two men indicted in a cross-burning case in Donaldson have pleaded guilty to federal civil rights offenses, and two more suspects are due in court.On Tuesday, 20-year-old Jacob Wingo and 30-year-old Clayton Morrison admitted trying to intimidate a white woman and her three biracial children by sticking a wooden cross in her yard and attempting to set it ablaze.They each face up to 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines for conspiring to intimidate, criminal interference with the right to fair housing and making false statements to authorities.