Childress selected Who’s Who at Arkansas Tech

April 8, 2011 RUSSELLVILLE — Kim Thanh Childress of Batesville has been selected as one of 29 representatives from Arkansas Tech University in the 2011 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Childress served as editor of the Arka Tech student newspaper. She was also a producer and news anchor for the student television station at Arkansas Tech.

WBC business honor society inducts new members

April 8, 2011 Walnut Ridge — Five students at Williams Baptist College have been inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business. The announcement was made at the Department of Business luncheon held on March 30. Local inductees are Courtney Sublett of Highland, Patrick Corder of Smithville and Lauren Doty of Horseshoe Bend.Corder, who is a junior, is married to Jessica Corder, and he is the son of Stephen and Patricia Corder of Smithville. Doty, who is a senior, is the daughter of Tom and Brenda Doty of Horseshoe Bend.

DARE students awarded

April 8, 2011 Winners of the Batesville School District Drug Abuse Resistance Education essay contest are Emma Whiteaker and Colton Taylor.They were awarded $25 Walmart gift cards and read their essays during graduation ceremonies at West Magnet Elementary on Wednesday. Sgt. Cord Davidson, DARE instructor for the Independence County Sheriff’s Department, and SSgt. William Wadley with the Arkansas Army National Guard Drug Demand Reduction unit awarded Whiteaker, a sixth-grader at West Magnet Elementary, and Taylor, a sixth-grader at Central Magnet Elementary.

Fisherman found dead in river

April 8, 2011 OZARK (AP) — The body of a fisherman has been found in the Arkansas River west of Ozark.Franklin County authorities say the body was found Thursday night after another fisherman called authorities about 5 p.m. to report a boat drifting in the water near White Oak Park. Chief Deputy Mark Ross said the body of a 62-year-old Crawford County man was found about two hours later.His name has not been released.Ross said the body is being sent to the state Crime Laboratory to determine the cause of death. He said foul play is not suspected.

Park yields 3.86-carat diamond

April 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Sifting through the dirt at Crater of Diamonds State Park, a regular visitor turned up the biggest find of the year: a 3.86-carat jewel dubbed the “Heart of Arkansas.”Waymon Cox, a park interpreter, describes the diamond found Thursday as the size of a piece of candy corn, with a pearly white shine. The finder has asked to remain anonymous.The park isn’t sure how much the gem is worth. It’s the largest find there since someone dug up an almost 5-carat brown diamond last April.

Literary Festival under way

April 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — This year’s Arkansas Literary Festival is getting started in Little Rock.The series of lectures, workshops, book signings and other events kicks off Thursday night and runs through next Wednesday. Some events are free and others are paid.Among this year’s highlights is a talk featuring the humorist David Sedaris, which is the closing event on Wednesday.Arkansas native and author Charlaine Harris is to speak Saturday. Harris is the author of the Sookie Stackhouse book series, which is the basis for the HBO series “True Blood.”

Texarkana man dies in shooting

April 8, 2011 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Police in Texarkana, Ark., are searching for a gunman after a 21-year-old man was found shot to death on the city’s east side.The dead man’s name has not been released.Police spokeswoman Kristi Mitchell said that officers investigating reports of a gunshot found the man about 8:40 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of an apartment complex.Mitchell says witnesses told investigators that the victim had argued with another man earlier Thursday at an adjacent apartment complex.

Shutdown could mean good fishing in Arkansas

April 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The threat of a government shutdown could be a good thing for fishermen in Arkansas.Staffers at the Norfork National Fish Hatchery are preparing for a shutdown by releasing two weeks’ worth of rainbow and brown trout Thursday and today — meaning better odds for anglers taking to the water.“If they go fishing this week, they’re liable to catch a fish pretty easily,” said Craig Eaton, project leader for the Mountain Home hatchery.

Fight in ER leaves 2 seeking treatment

April 8, 2011 Fighting can sometimes result in the need for medical attention and/or jail time, as one man found out when officers were called to the emergency room concerning a fight in progress.Officers Anthony Carter and Jonathan Brown said they were met at the White River Medical Center emergency entrance by hospital employee Glen Harris, who said Jason Conway, Kenneth Hill and Brittany Ballard had gotten into a fight.Officers learned Hill and Ballard had already left.Carter said he spoke with Conway and Sarah Freeman about the incident.

Crews suppress 21 Ark. fires

April 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission continues to help battle wildfires that have burned thousands of acres this month.Commission spokeswoman Christina Fowler said Thursday commission crews suppressed 21 fires that burned 362 acres between 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Fowler said most of the blazes occurred on Wednesday.She says altogether, crews have suppressed 125 fires that have burned 2,934 acres since April 1.Fowler notes that burn bans are in effect for Fulton, Marion and Polk counties.