Lyon prof awarded Fulbright grant

July 12, 2011 Dr. Martha Beck, professor of philosophy at Lyon College, has been awarded a grant from the Fulbright Foundation that will allow her to spend the spring and summer terms of 2012 at the Sunan Gunung Djati State Islamic University in Bandung, Indonesia, as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.

Little Rock seeking sales tax

July 12, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Little Rock city board has scheduled a Sept. 13 election on a proposal to raise the city’s sales tax by 1 percent.The proposal would raise the city’s sales tax to 1.5 percent. The total sales tax would be 8.5 percent — including the state’s 6 percent rate and the county’s 1 percent tax.City officials say the tax would offset the cost of government that includes a $4.25 million budget shortfall next year. It would also fund $195 million in construction and economic development projects.

East Ark. holds special election for House seat

July 12, 2011 MARION (AP) — Voters head to the polls in east Arkansas in a special election for a House seat vacated by a former Harlem Globetrotter.Voters were expected to cast their ballots today to choose a new representative in state House district 54 to replace former Rep. Fred Smith. The Democratic lawmaker resigned from his Crittenden County seat in January after he was convicted of felony theft.

Police chief suspended with pay

July 12, 2011 ALEXANDER (AP) — The police chief in the Little Rock suburb of Alexander says he’s been suspended while in the midst of an investigation into city finances.Police Chief Horace Walters said he was suspended with pay Saturday by Mayor Paul Mitchell.Mitchell did not return phone messages and emails seeking comment.Walters says he began investigating city finances after being told repeatedly during the past few months that the city didn’t have the money to pay his officers.

Murder trial delayed for 78-year-old woman

July 12, 2011 BENTONVILLE (AP) — The capital murder trial of a 78-year-old Rogers woman in the shooting death of her husband is being postponed until December.The trial of Myrtle Walter was scheduled to start July 24. It’s now set to begin Dec. 13.Circuit Judge David Clinger signed an order June 30 to move the trial date. Clinger retired at the end of June and Circuit Judge Jon Comstock was assigned to the case.A specific reason for the delay was not given.

Suspect cleared in deadly shooting; friend charged

July 12, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A first-degree murder charge is being dropped against a Little Rock man while the man’s friend is now charged with the crime.Prosecutors say the charge had been filed against Andy Graves in the June 17 shooting death of 30-year-old Corey Young in a city street. A first-degree murder charge has now been filed against 26-year-old Johnny Lee Johnson in the case.Johnson pleaded innocent to the charge Monday in Little Rock District Court.Pulaski County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Johnson said the charge against Graves will be dismissed.

Logging site death yields arrest

July 12, 2011 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Garland County prosecutors have formally charged a man with first-degree murder in the death of a woman in May.Randy Gay is accused of fatally shooting Connie Snow following an argument at a logging site in May. A circuit court judge on Monday appointed an attorney to represent Gay.Witnesses allege Gay arrived with Snow at the site and the pair argued before Gay pulled out a long gun and fired at her. The witnesses told authorities Gay placed Snow in the back of his pickup truck and drove off.

Several acres burned in NW Ark.

July 12, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Fire officials have extinguished two grass fires in Fayetteville.Capt. Brian Fenton says there were no injuries and no structures damaged in the fires Monday afternoon.One blaze at Salem and Weir roads began on a hill near a large subdivision. Fenton says that fire charred about 6 acres and burned some trees and hay.Investigators are trying to determine whether equipment used to clear brush started the fire.Fenton says firefighters also put out a small fire near Iron Horse Road.

Blanchard Springs activities announced

July 12, 2011 FIFTY SIX — Blanchard Springs Caverns will offer several free summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area.These programs offer opportunities to learn more about and to explore the national forests. Outdoor amphitheater programs are presented at 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the Blanchard Springs picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff.This week’s subject is trees, and the program topics are:

Humane society dog dip scheduled

July 12, 2011 The Humane Society of Independence County will host a dog dip/bath of the year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.The humane society is asking for a $10 donation for a bath, $10 for a dip or both for $15.“It is a great opportunity to get the dogs dipped, since the flea and tick season is really starting to get bad,” said Sue Augustus, volunteer.