2-year-old girl killed in Morrilton building collapse

May 17, 2011 MORRILTON — As residents and rescue workers arrived at the scene of a building collapse in central Arkansas, one woman trapped under a beam screamed out for her baby, and rescuers pulled a toddler’s body from the rubble of a century-old building.Firefighters used everything from backhoes to their bare hands to sift through the wreckage of the two-story brick building hours after 2-year-old Alissa Jones’ body was found in the rubble and authorities had accounted for everyone else inside. At least six other people were injured when the building suddenly collapsed Monday.

Autos, trailer, clothes, wallet reported stolen

May 17, 2011 Two cars, both left inoperable, were stolen over the weekend, according to reports from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Kimberly Shaw of Newark told police she had been having trouble with her 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier overheating and on Thursday had to leave it on the parking lot of a Newark church parking lot.“She had someone go by and to pick it up on Saturday and the vehicle was not there,” Deputy Ben Keener said.“Shaw said she had contacted someone from the church and was told they had not had her vehicle towed.”

Civil War re-enactment set for June 4

May 17, 2011 A Civil War re-enactment will be held at 10 a.m. June 4 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Batesville.The re-enactors will be located primarily at the oldest house in Batesville — the Garrott House, located at 561 E. Main, now the home of Terrell and Diane Tebbetts. Eight other stops, including the Glenn House located at 653 Water St., are scheduled for the tour. Guides and maps will be available. At 1 p.m., Freeman Mobley will be at the Old Independence Regional Museum to discuss his book, “Batesville in the Civil War.”

High-speed chase nets drug arrest

May 17, 2011 An attempt to stop a car that ran a stop sign as it left Walmart and sped away led to a cross-town pursuit for Independence County Deputy Michael Moody Monday night.Moody said he was on Eagle Mountain Boulevard next to Walmart around 11:50 p.m. when the vehicle made its fast exit and when he caught up to the vehicle it was going 70 miles per hour.

Radio Disney visits school

May 17, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Elementary was one of many stops on the launch of a new early childhood/elementary event powered by Better Beginnings of Arkansas.Radio Disney 99.5 FM stopped by the school Friday for an hour-long activity that included dancing, movement and the latest music, said Lori Satterwhite, with the Southside School District Parent Services Program.

Water plant pumps 3 billionth gallon

May 17, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — At 12 minutes after noon Friday, the Southside Public Water Authority Water Treatment Plant reached a milestone by producing its 3 billionth gallon of finished water for distribution to its customers, said authority manager John Richardson.“Construction of the plant began in January of 2002 and was completed in early March of 2003 on time and on budget,” he said. “The cost of the facility, including the river intake structure located 4,000 feet west, or upriver, from the plant, when completed was $4.6 million.

A Tale of Two Customers: Entergy gets last outages

May 17, 2011 There were only two outages remaining, but they weren’t going to be easy fixes.There’s a truism in every major outage restoration: somebody has to be last. “And there’s a fundamental principle that guides Entergy Arkansas Inc.’s actions: every customer is important and deserving of our best effort,” said Batesville Customer Service Manager Flave Carpenter.That sets the stage for the situation facing the Batesville service center following damaging thunderstorms the night of April 25.

Man thought to be dead takes breath

May 17, 2011 HARDY — A 57-year-old Cherokee Village man thought to be dead by emergency responders Thursday afternoon later took a breath at an area funeral home, authorities said.The man, Cooney Harmon, was then immediately taken to Fulton County Hospital in Salem, where he died the following day.“One of our officers was called on the 12th at 3:35 p.m.,” Cherokee Village Police Chief Ricky Crook said. “Our officer (Phillip Dunlap) got a call of a possible deceased victim called in by a neighbor who went over to check on him.

Prisons struggle with high staff turnover

May 16, 2011 BRYANT — Corrections officials in Arkansas fired dozens of employees this year for indiscretions ranging from failed drug tests to sleeping on the job, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.The latest batch of disciplinary actions, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, reveal that as the prison population has doubled in the past two decades to more than 16,000 inmates, the state has struggled to find the right people to work with its criminals.

Ozarka-MV nurses raise funds for Relay

May 16, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College Mountain View nursing program won first place with its float in the 59th annual Arkansas Folk Festival held in Mountain View recently. The theme of their float was “When Granny Had the Cure” and received a $250 cash prize, which the students are donating to Relay For Life. Additionally, the nursing students also grilled and sold hot dog lunches and baked goods for a donation to the Relay For Life. The event raised $960.