Boy arrested in shooting death

September 24, 2009 WEINER (AP) — Police have arrested a juvenile on suspicion of manslaughter in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Weiner High School student.Poinsett County deputy prosecutor Marty Lilly says the juvenile is now in police custody. The boy’s name wasn’t released because of his age.The manslaughter charge was filed in the Labor Day shooting death of Miles Greeno, who was found in his pickup truck with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. A shotgun was also found in the truck.Police originally ruled the death accidental, but filed charges after further investigation.

Event to raise funds for hospital

September 24, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Chapter of Circle of Friends recently finalized plans for its eighth annual fall festival and barbecue dinner to be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Cherokee Elementary School, said Hope Bruner, one of the organizers.

Hospitality training offered

September 24, 2009 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will present a free Hospitality Training Program from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at First Community Bank.“We are preparing for a large crowd to visit Independence County for the upcoming Autumn Antique & Crafts Festival as well as Lyon Homecoming, Oct. 22-24,” said Crystal Johnson, chamber president/CEO. “We want to be sure our tourists and guests are properly welcomed.”

Kellogg to mark Martin’s 1,000th NASCAR start with donation

September 24, 2009 The Arkansas Foodbank Network will deliver 1,000 pounds of cereal donated by Kellogg Company in honor of Mark Martin’s 1,000th start, a NASCAR milestone, to benefit Batesville’s hungry. Four local nonprofit agencies will benefit from the gift: Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Batesville Help and Hope, Cedar Ridge Helping Hands Food Pantry and Health Resources of Arkansas.The Arkansas Foodbank Network will be at Batesville Help and Hope, 2622 E. Main St., at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters set fundraiser

September 24, 2009 The Ruddell Hill Fire Department is hosting a fish fry fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at the fire station, said safety officer James Edwards.Each meal includes four pieces of fish, hush puppies, French fries, coleslaw and a drink and costs $6.50.The money raised will be used to buy safety equipment, lights and other needed equipment, Edwards said.The event is open to the public.

Authorities ask for public’s help

September 24, 2009 MELBOURNE — Authorities are beginning to exhaust their leads in Independence County, where a search has been focused, in looking for a white van with a black stripe that was used in what appear to be an attempted child abduction or abductions in Izard County, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.

Ladies’ event is Saturday

September 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — All women are invited to the Walmart parking lot in Batesville on Saturday to participate in a breast cancer research study by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).Called Spit for the Cure, the study is designed to establish one of the largest and most rapidly assembled groups of women to aid in the study of breast cancer occurrence. Spit for the Cure involves the collection of saliva samples from thousands of women age 18 and older and is being conducted with the support of the Arkansas Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

FutureFuel to get $3.4M

September 24, 2009 Washington, D.C. — Independence County will receive $3.4 million for the construction of a rail switching station and rail car storage facility, which will allow FutureFuel Chemical Company to expand its biodiesel production and create jobs. The funds are provided through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, according to Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Rep. Marion Berry, who made the announcement Wednesday.

Former tax official dies

September 24, 2009 ASH FLAT — The death of former Sharp County tax collector Johnny Goodwin has been ruled death by natural causes by Deputy Coroner Allen Price, Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning.Goodwin, 58, was found dead in the doorway of a bathroom in his home at 96 Gin Hill Road in Ash Flat following a call of a possible deceased person that came in to the 911 Central Dispatch center at 2:09 p.m. Wednesday, Weaver said.Price pronounced the victim dead at 2:36.

‘Tienda Hielo’ nets nine more arrests

September 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK ­— Batesville may well be known as one of the oldest cities in the state of Arkansas but for the past four years it’s also been known to local, state and federal authorities as one of the main distribution locations for “a violent Mexican drug cartel.”Wednesday, they arrested nine additional people in what they are calling a final sweep in operation “Tienda Hielo” or “Ice Store.”