Plea deal reached in church bombing

March 10, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Madison County man charged in connection with a bomb found in a church the day after a runoff election last June has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.The church had served as a polling place for the election.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 40-year-old Mark Stephen Krause pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Fayetteville to conspiracy to possess unregistered firearms. He had initially been charged with possession of a bomb.

Project to prevent new channel

March 10, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — To make sure the White River doesn’t cut a new channel across fields, bypassing Lock & Dam No. 1, the U.S. Corps of Engineers is joining with other agencies to provide up to $1.5 million to stabilize the river’s bank upstream from the White River Bridge.Southside Public Water Authority Manager John Richardson announced the Corps’ decision during a regular board meeting Tuesday.

Trash runs back on schedule

March 9, 2011 NEWARK — Trash and garbage pickup in Newark will return to its regular schedule beginning Monday, said Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston.Due to conditions beyond the city’s control, pickup had been off-schedule for the past few days.

Arkansas site of 770 Civil War offensives

March 9, 2011 JACKSONPORT — When a person thinks of the Civil War, Arkansas isn’t usually the first state that comes to mind, but consider this:• During the war, only Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri saw more action.• Arkansas was the scene of more than 770 offensive operations ranging from raids and skirmishes to full-fledged battles.• This state had the single most dangerous shot fired in the war.

Body of man in drag found in Forrest City

March 9, 2011 FORREST CITY (AP) — The death of a man dressed in women’s clothing, whose body had apparently been dragged under or behind a car, is being jointly investigated by the St. Francis County sheriff’s office and the Forrest City Police Department.Authorities said the body of 25-year-old Marcal Camero Tye of Forrest City was found just after 5 a.m. Tuesday on Arkansas 334.Lt. Larry Hillis of the sheriff’s office said investigators believe the incident happened outside the city, but the body was found inside.

Council may revise land use map, recognize two citizens

March 9, 2011 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall. The agenda includes a revision to the Comprehensive Land Use Map for properties on Barnett and White drives, an ordinance to rezone certain property on Barnett Drive, a report from City Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.The council will also recognize David McQuary with Special Olympics as well as David Insell with Believers’ Community Church. All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Fault in central Arkansas longer than thought

March 9, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Geologists say a fault in central Arkansas where hundreds of earthquakes have been recorded in recent months is longer and potentially more destructive than initially believed.Scientists had thought the fault is 3.7 miles long. Now they estimate it to be 6 to 7.5 miles long.Arkansas Geological Survey geohazard supervisor Scott Ausbrooks told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the length is a concern because a longer fault could trigger bigger earthquakes.

‘Children’s Theatre Tour’ to stop at Midland

March 9, 2011 PLEASANT PLAINS — “The Jungle Book” is coming to Midland Elementary for a performance at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria at Pleasant Plains.The production is free and open to the public. The production, which incorporates more than a dozen characters, will be performed by three actors. Rudyard Kipling’s children’s classic has been adapted for touring and is based on two stories from Kipling’s “Jungle” books. 

Helena man charged in Dry Run Circle shooting

March 9, 2011 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a man accused in the Feb. 15 shooting on Dry Run Circle.Daniel Calvin Perry Jr., 35, of Helena is charged in Independence County Circuit Court with first-degree battery, a class B felony.According to an affidavit filed on Tuesday, Sheriff’s Deputy Tommy Harper was dispatched to White River Medical Center on Feb. 14 in reference to a man coming in with a gunshot wound to his buttocks.Harper talked to Salas Roy Swift and his father, George Brown, who had brought Swift to the hospital after Swift called him.