Accused recruiter shooter hearing set for Tuesday

February 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A judge has set a hearing on the mental state of a man charged with killing a soldier at a Little Rock military recruiting center in a self-proclaimed act of revenge for Muslims who were killed by Americans.Abdulhakim Muhammad is charged with capital murder for the killing of Pvt. William Long in June 2009. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that a judge has reset a weather-delayed hearing for Tuesday, at which lawyers will argue about Muhammad’s mental state.

Forrest City bus driver accused of imperiling kids

February 10, 2011 FORREST CITY (AP) — A Forrest City School District bus driver faces three charges of endangering a minor after he was accused of dropping off schoolchildren short of their stops, forcing them to walk home in snow.The Times-Herald reports that 45-year-old Windell Jones of Forrest City was arrested Tuesday after complaints were filed on Monday.

Shots fired at Texarkana hospital; no one injured

February 10, 2011 TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — No injuries were reported when gunshots were fired in a patient’s room at a Texarkana hospital.The incident happened about midday Wednesday at Wadley Regional Medical Center. Hospital spokeswoman Shelby Brown said “three or four” shots were fired from a handgun in a second-floor room before the gun was quickly taken from the shooter.

Man accused in scam over soldier memorial

February 10, 2011 HARRISON (AP) — Police in Harrison have arrested a man for allegedly raising money for a memorial to the city’s fallen soldiers but keeping it for himself.The Harrison Daily Times reports that 42-year-old Brian Michael Schooley was arrested Tuesday on three counts of theft. He’s being held on $100,000 bond.Investigators say Schooley traded on a legitimate effort to collect donations for such a memorial begun by the father of a soldier who was killed last year in Afghanistan.

3 killed in traffic crashes

February 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas State Police say highway accidents from the snowstorm have killed three people.Near Brinkley on a snow-covered Interstate 40, a woman and an infant were killed Wednesday when the SUV they were in collided with a tractor-trailer and another vehicle.State police identified the dead as 23-year-old Barbara McLane and 1-year-old Aiden McLane, both of the same address in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Two other children and an adult were injured.

Harding prof continues to enjoy making pottery

February 10, 2011 SEARCY (AP) — “What you have is earth, fire and water,” he said. “That’s pretty much all you have in pottery no matter what you do.”The speaker was Paul Pitt, a professor of fine art at Harding University, or as he is sometimes known, Coyote Clay. Pitt has been making pottery since 1965 and has an acute fascination with primitive cultures.“I have such an interest in closeness to the earth that primitive cultures really get my attention,” he said. “I really appreciate people who can live off the land and survive without going to Walmart for everything.”

Cave grad heads to D.C.

February 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — A 2007 Cave City graduate and University of Arkansas at Little Rock student is headed to the nation’s capital.Michael Jolley, a computer science major at UALR, is one of three students selected for an internship this summer by The Washington Center, the largest independent, nonprofit academic internship program in the country, according to a news release. Jolley joins students Jamilla Brown of Little Rock and art history major, and Jennifer Guzman of Alexander, an international studies major.

Newark council to meet

February 10, 2011 NEWARK — Despite the weather and road conditions, the Newark City Council plans to meet in special session at 6:30 tonight in the Municipal Building, “if it’s where we can,” said Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston.The aldermen will discuss possible ordinances in regard to code enforcement and animal control, Langston said.

2nd Friday events canceled

February 10, 2011 Events taking place at the Cinnamon Stick and the Batesville Area Arts Council as part of Main Street Batesville’s 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk have been canceled due to weather or illness, said Paula Grimes, MSB director.

Wood-Lawn, WRMC ranked among top 25

February 10, 2011 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has ranked Wood-Lawn Nursing Home of Batesville as of the top nursing homes in Arkansas for 2010, according to a news release. Wood-Lawn, which ranks among the top 25 of 243 nursing homes in the state, received a five-star rating and data was based on health inspections, nurse staffing and quality measures of medical care.