Tornado warnings issued

April 4, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Storms moving across the state have prompted tornado warnings from northwest to southeast Arkansas.The National Weather Service this morning issued tornado warnings for Hot Spring, Grant, Dallas, Cleveland, Ouachita and Clark counties after thunderstorms pelted the state.One severe storm near Prescott was deemed capable of producing a tornado shortly after 9 a.m. It was moving northeast at 65 mph.High winds and thunderstorms continue to blow across the state, knocking out power for thousands.

A Day To Remember: Hurricane Katrina

April 4, 2011 FORT SMITH (AP) — When Hurricane Katrina hit Hattiesburg, Miss., Stephen Sloan became a historian trapped in the middle of a major historical event.For him, living history meant no electricity, trees falling on the house he shared with his wife and children and getting to know the neighbors as they used his propane grill to cook food that would otherwise have spoiled.

Man faces sex charges with 11-year-old; Absconder must pay for expenses to bring him back

April 4, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Pocahontas police, at the request of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, arrested William Haines of Ravenden on Wednesday for second-degree sexual assault and sexual indecency with a minor, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.Concerned citizens assisted by letting sheriff’s officers know where to find Haines, Dotson said.

School eyes stoplight, pilots ‘2nd Breakfast’

April 4, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — Accidents near Southside School District at the intersection of Scott Drive and Highway 167 happen, but Superintendent Roger Rich is hoping a stoplight could curb that. The school in coordination with Independence County is hoping that a grant through Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Safe Route to School program can bring it to reality. Rich said he has been told Southside is a great candidate to receive funding, but the process is in the preliminary stages and nothing has been affirmed.

Ex-husband wanted for kidnapping two

April 4, 2011 A warrant with a bond requirement of $200,000 has been issued for 45-year-old David Lee Hogan of Newark after he allegedly kidnapped a mother and her daughter March 31 and threatened to kill them, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk.Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said the two women, one of them Hogan’s ex-wife, told officers  and investigators they had been kidnapped earlier in the morning before being released.

McDaniel tells AP group he’s OK with court cameras

April 4, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told a group of broadcast journalists Saturday he favors the use of cameras in the courtroom, saying he changed his stance after watching the state Supreme Court and legislative committees successfully address the public’s right to know what its government is doing.

Depp, Cyrus win but avoid slime at Kids’ Choice

April 4, 2011 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp showed his appreciation for his Kids’ Choice Award with a sliming.After earning the blimp-shaped favorite movie actor trophy for his Mad Hatter role in “Alice in Wonderland,” Depp manned a hose and unleashed waves of green goop on the screaming crowd of more than 10,000 kids — and a few adults.“You guys are the future,” he said Saturday before spraying the slime inside University of Southern California’s Galen Center. “Take good care of us.”

ACM fans vote Taylor Swift top entertainer

April 4, 2011 LAS VEGAS — Taylor Swift might not be able to count on the men in her life, but her fans have yet to let her down. And on Sunday, they rewarded her with one of the biggest prizes in country music — The Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year award.A record of nearly 600,000 voters participated in selecting this year’s winner of the academy’s most prestigious award, the only major award determined by fans. Swift’s crew came through for her on a night when the industry and her peers rewarded firecracker Miranda Lambert with four trophies.

Trivia night nets $3,000 for HSIC

April 4, 2011 Who gave Eleanor Roosevelt away at her wedding?When was the last time the Razorbacks won the NCAA championship?Who was the youngest president to serve?These were some of the questions answered at the Humane Society of Independence County’s Trivia Game Night, which organizers hope to make an annual event.Bev Finch couldn’t hold back the emotion in her voice Saturday night as she addressed a crowd packed into the White River Firefighters Training Center. The event raised $3,300 through admission fees, a 50/50 raffle, door prize raffles and a bake sale.

Benefit concert set for Japan relief

April 4, 2011 A benefit concert for the victims of the Japan earthquake has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall, according to Steve Thomas with Batesville Promotions.Opening the show will be Ashleigh Rogers of Batesville, followed by Nashville recording artist Ty Brown who starred in last summer’s “The Bachelorette.” With a self-described “edgy brand of rockin’ country,” Crossin Dixon will close the show.