BHS student awarded

April 22, 2011 CONWAY — Katie Cummins of Batesville, a senior at Batesville High School, has received both an academic scholarship and Odyssey Honors and Distinction award for professional and leadership development to attend Hendrix College at Conway beginning in the fall of 2011.Cummins is the daughter of Tom and Susie Cummins.

2 named to ATU cabinet

April 22, 2011 RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University has selected 30 students to serve as members of its Presidential Leadership Cabinet during the 2011-12 academic year. Among them are Alan Fulcher of Batesville and Hunter Robinson of Bradford.Presidential Leadership Cabinet members support the Office of the President and the Office of Alumni Relations by serving as student leaders and hosts at university functions throughout the year.

Man sentenced for murder

April 22, 2011 FORT SMITH (AP) — A Sebastian County Circuit Court judge has sentenced a man to 35 years in prison for killing an Oklahoman in November 2009.Judge James Cox followed the recommendation of the jury that convicted 19-year-old Quincy Plessy Wednesday of first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a crime. Plessy received 30 years for the murder and five years on the weapons charge.

Woman’s death ruled homicide

April 22, 2011 HARTMAN (AP) — Johnson County authorities say the death of a woman whose body was found in a remote area near Hartman has been ruled a homicide.Sheriff Jimmy Dorney says state Crime Lab officials have determined 57-year-old April D’Andrea of Clarksville was killed. Dorney declined to reveal the suspected cause of death but said that detectives believe they know what happened to D’Andrea.D’Andrea was reported missing Nov. 23 after not being seen for more than a month. Her remains were found April 9 by two fishermen on the bank of a pond in a remote area south of Hartman.

Judge says sales tax needs repeal

April 22, 2011 MURFREESBORO (AP) — The county judge in Pike County says he wants to repeal a countywide 3/8-cent sales tax.The tax was approved by voters in 2006 so support the county-owned Pike County Memorial Hospital. The hospital was closed in 2009 and has been sold to a Kentucky company that plans to eventually reopen it.County Judge Donald Baker said that with the hospital no longer owned by the county — the tax needs to be rescinded.

Soldier collapses, dies in training

April 22, 2011 FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A Fort Campbell soldier has died after collapsing during physical training at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.A statement Thursday from the Army says the death Monday of 29-year-old Spc. James Lewis Smith of Conway, Ark., is under investigation.Smith was a water treatment specialist assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. He joined the Army in May 2005 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April 2011.

Widow seeks gold from Ark. police after shootout with husband, stepson

April 22, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — A Florida woman whose anti-government husband and stepson died last year in a shootout with Arkansas police officers says her loved ones suffered “torture killings” and wants authorities to pay her restitution in the form of gold, according to a lawsuit.

Arkansas has $2.5M for ‘rainy day’

April 22, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas will be able to fund more than $4.5 billion in programs labeled as the highest priority in next year’s budget and have an additional $2.5 million that the governor can direct toward other initiatives under a revised budget forecast released by the state finance department Thursday.The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration did not change its forecast for the current fiscal year, but said the state will have about $38 million less in net available revenues than they originally predicted for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Ark. city considers eliminating tornado sirens

April 22, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The city of Prairie Grove is considering eliminating its three sirens that are used to warn residents of tornadoes and other dangerous weather and opting instead for electronic notifications, officials said Thursday.Mayor Sonny Hudson said the city, in Washington County, has been using an automated notification system since August called Code Red, a free service to residents within city limits that sends notifications by phone when bad weather is expected.

Man helps others during 10-day trip to Africa

April 22, 2011 BLYTHEVILLE — Blytheville Alderman Monte Hodges lives by a Bible verse: To whom much is given, much is required. As a result, Hodges recently returned from a 10-day trip to Nairobi, Kenya on a mission trip with the First Assemblies of God. While there, he helped put a roof on a church and volunteered at an orphanage for older children. He also worked in a free clinic that provides health care to those in need.