Ex-attorney sentenced after guilty plea

March 22, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former attorney in Fayetteville has been sentenced to more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $3 million from a family trust.Raymond Bornhoft was sentenced to 63 months in prison on Monday in federal court in Fayetteville after pleading guilty last year to wire fraud and mail fraud.Prosecutors say Bornhoft took the money from the Greene Family Revocable Trust that he oversaw from 2001 to 2006. Investigators say he used the money to buy property and pay off debts.

Police arrest teen for rape

March 22, 2011 HOPE (AP) — Police in Hope say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with raping a girl at Hope High School.Police Chief J.R. Wilson says in a news release that the boy is being held at the Lance Lurry Juvenile Detention Center in Texarkana.Wilson says the boy was arrested Friday following an investigation that began after the girl reported that she was forced into a room at the school March 14 and raped.The time of the alleged attack was not released.

Yemeni leader says he’ll step down by year’s end

March 22, 2011 SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s embattled U.S.-backed president pledged to step down more than a year early but refused to immediately resign today, infuriating tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding his ouster.The opposition said it would not accept President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s offer to resign by year’s end in response to nationwide anti-government protests, which have swelled dramatically since security forces opened fatally shot more than 40 demonstrators on Friday.

US jet crashes in Libya Both crewmembers are safe

March 22, 2011 BERLIN — A U.S. fighter jet crashed in Libya after an apparent equipment malfunction but both crewmembers were able to eject and were back in American hands with only minor injuries, U.S. officials said today.The F-15E Strike Eagle jet was conducting a mission Monday night against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses when it crashed at 2130 GMT (5:30 p.m. EDT), said Lt. Cmdr. Karin Burzynski, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Africa Command.

Firing upheld

March 22, 2011 A jail employee who was fired less than a month on the job said she feels like she was unfairly targeted, but the firing was upheld by the Independence County grievance committee.Thursday, a grievance hearing was held for former employee Teresa Branscum. The committee included justices of the peace Margaret Boothby, Gary Bridgeman, Waymon Long, Anne Moore and Bobby Weaver. JP Bill Cash was absent.Branscum was hired Jan. 31 of this year and fired Feb. 25.

PBS features UofA students’ projects

March 21, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE —  Students with the University of Arkansas College of Engineering  will be TV stars when PBS features their project on “Planet Forward Earth Day” on stations across the country April 8.Among the UofA chemical engineering students who contributed to the chemical engineering project is Jeremy Stout of Batesville.

Area students earn honors at Academic Day

March 21, 2011 Thirteen area high schools and junior high schools recently competed in the Lyon College Regional Academic Day on the Lyon College campus. Junior and senior high students from Batesville, Concord, Cotter, Highland, Izard County, Mammoth Spring, Midland, Mountain Home, Mountain View, Norfork and Southside participated in the math and science competition.Mountain Home Junior High won first place in the overall junior high Division I category, while Mountain View took home second.

Folk center sets medicinal herb trip, workshop

March 21, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park will host an Herbal Field Trip & Medicinal Herb Workshop April 1 and 2.Friday is the early-bird discount deadline to register. On April 1, pre-registered hikers will meet at the Ozark Folk Center Administration Building at 9 a.m. to depart for the Herbal Fieldtrip to Indian Rockhouse Trail in the Buffalo National River Park. The Indian Rockhouse trail winds on hill­sides and along a streambed to the Indian Rockhouse Cave.

County health nurse retires

March 21, 2011 MELBOURNE — After years of working in the health field, the woman known by co-workers as the “southern belle from the Delta,” is retiring.Sharon Black will retire from the Arkansas Department of Health after 36 years of service, according to a news release.  Black, or “Sharon Gene” as her co-workers affectionately call her, began her career March 30, 1974 in Drew County as a public health nurse in the same building where she was born.

McIntosh work featured

March 21, 2011 HARDY — Words & AfterWords will debut the artwork of artist Dewana McIntosh on Saturday.“We host many talented artists at Words/AfterWords in Hardy, Ms. McIntosh is one of the youngest and probably most diverse talents we have seen.  Her work spans oil, watercolor, paper-on-canvas, and ink. We have had her work premiering in the facility for several weeks now and it is getting great comments,” said Greg Bess, owner and proprietor of Words/AfterWords.