Christian Ladies Day planned

April 12, 2011 SALEM — The Salem Church of Christ will host a special program for women on Saturday. The speaker will be Jane Maynard from Mountain Home. A national speaker, Maynard teaches women’s Bible classes, has worked as a Christian family counselor and writes songs, poetry and articles for Christian publications across the nation.Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with the program from 9:30 to 11:45. Lunch will be served after the program. For more information, call the church office at (870) 895-2455.

Magness Trio to perform

April 12, 2011 CONCORD — The Magness Trio of Heber Springs will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, located on Highway 87 South in Concord.Donations will be taken.Snacks and fellowship will follow the performance.The event is open to the public.

Fulton Co. Relay for Life team to host dueling pianists

April 12, 2011 SALEM — Fulton County Rockers, Relay for Life and Leslie Drugs will present the Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Roadshow from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Miller-Hickinbotham Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem.Requests will be taken for any song from any decade.Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available from Rocker team members; at the Fulton County Clerk’s Office in the courthouse at Salem; or by calling (870) 895-3310 or 895-3697.A concession stand will be available.Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

BHS, BJHS string players featured guests at concert

April 12, 2011 String players from Batesville Junior and Senior High schools will be featured guests at the Lyon Community Orchestra spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Brown Chapel Auditorium at Lyon College. The concert is free to the public.The students, ranging in grades 7-10, perform three selections from their spring repertoire: Vivaldi’s Concerto in D, Smetana’s Peasant Wedding, and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”

Most De Queen fire calls come from outside town

April 11, 2011 DE QUEEN (AP) — De Queen’s fire department wants to cut costs on answering fire calls from outside the city.Between July and December 2010, the fire department responded to 67 fires and 40 of those were outside De Queen’s city limits. Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said the city bills property owners outside the city $300 per call, but often has difficulty collecting those bills.

Man competent for murder trial

April 11, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state prison inmate has been found to be competent to stand trial on charges he raped and killed a Little Rock woman in 1990.A Pulaski County judge ruled Friday that 41-year-old John Yancey is fit for trial. Yancey is charged with capital murder and rape in the July 1990 death of Treva Parks. He has pleaded innocent by reason of mental disease.A defense psychiatrist testified that Yancey has bipolar disorder — but the symptoms are in remission. A state psychiatrist testified he found no evidence of mental disease.

2 arrested in pawn shop death

April 11, 2011 CABOT (AP) — Lonoke County authorities have arrested a Greenbrier couple in connection with the death of a Cabot pawn shop owner whose body was found in his burned business.Lt. Jim Kulesa says David Derreberry and his wife, Jacklyn Derreberry, were taken into custody Thursday in the death of 61-year-old Billy Joe Pipkin. It wasn’t clear if the couple had retained attorneys.Firefighters responding to a call at KBC Pawn about 4 p.m. on Monday found Pipkin dead. Investigators say he had been shot and merchandise had been stolen from the store.

Ark. next to last in college degrees

April 11, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A report by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education indicates fewer than 38 percent of those who entered the state’s public universities in 2004 had earned a degree within six years.The state’s six-year graduation rate has been below 40 percent for the past five years, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday. The annual six-year report is used to compare the universities in Arkansas with those in other states.

Disabled sportsmen’s deer hunt a success

April 11, 2011 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Being in the woods on a hunt can be exciting. That feeling doesn’t change even if the hunter happens to have impaired mobility.The Army Corps of Engineers and the Disabled Sportsmen of Arkansas sponsored a deer hunt Dec. 4-5 at Millwood Lake for those with disabilities. Wanda Huskey, Bobby Blakey, Charlie Bobo, DeWayne Proffitt and Sam Rochelle were selected for the hunt after applying and being selected in a random drawing. They had to provide identification and a doctor’s letter verifying their disability.