Cabot man, another sentenced in cocaine conspiracy

April 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Cabot bookmaker to 121 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and other drug-related counts.Sixty-five-year-old George Thompson also received eight years of supervised release on Thursday. Federal prosecutors say his co-defendant, Ralph Deleo of Somerville, Mass., received a 144-month prison term, which was enhanced because of his criminal record.

No arrests yet in transgender killing in Arkansas

April 1, 2011 FORREST CITY (AP) — The St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department says it’s awaiting information from the Arkansas State Crime Lab about the death of a 25-year-old transgender woman who was shot, run over by a vehicle and dragged several hundred feet.Sheriff’s Lt. Larry Hillis told the Forrest City Times-Herald that no arrests have been made in the death of Marcel Camero Tye, whose body was found on Arkansas Highway 334 near Forrest City on March 8. Hillis says investigators have some leads but can’t proceed until they get everything back from the crime lab.

No one hurt in plane crash

April 1, 2011 GERIDGE (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a small airplane crashed near a highway in central Arkansas.The accident occurred about 7:50 a.m. Thursday near Arkansas Highway 165 in Geridge.Lonoke County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dean White says the single-engine, four-passenger aircraft had departed from Stuttgart and climbed to an altitude of 4,000 feet when it started experiencing engine problems. The pilot attempted an emergency landing on Highway 165 but a wing clipped a bridge and spun the aircraft around, knocking the wing off in the process.

Texarkana water’s odor criticized

April 1, 2011 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Texarkana water officials say the city’s water is safe despite complaints about the taste and odor.Texarkana Water Utilities director Bill King said the problem is due to algae in Wright Patman Lake where the city has been getting its water. King says the city is in the process of shifting the water supply to take water from Millwood Lake where algae is not a problem.King said the problem is aesthetic and is not a danger. He said rain is needed to raise the lake level and help eliminate the bacteria problem.

Farmers to grow less rice in 2011

April 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Farmers in Arkansas, the nation’s leading rice producer, plan to cut the amount of rice they grow in the coming season and replace it with more profitable crops, according to a report released Thursday.A U.S. Department of Agriculture survey says farms are expected to grow about 1.4 million acres of rice. That’s a 22 percent decline from last year’s 1.79 million acres.

Message service for new mothers

April 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says it’s offering a new text messaging service called “text4baby” to pregnant women and new mothers.The department said Thursday that the free program includes three weekly messages that provide health tips for the mother and baby. Topics include birth defects prevention, immunization, nutrition, seasonal flu, mental health, oral health and safe sleep.The messages also can connect women to prenatal and infant care services.

Annexation to be topic

April 1, 2011 SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the city hall to hear reports, including a progress report concerning the proposed annexation of a small area north of town, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite.Current bills will also be reviewed.

Drama set for Monday

April 1, 2011 The West Magnet fifth-grade drama students will present “U.S. Constitution Reviver: Philadelphia” at 6 p.m. Monday in the school’s gym/auditorium. “The contestants are the actual writers and framers of the Constitution, duking it out to be the last Founding Father standing,” a news release states. We’ve conjured up the Founding Fathers so we can witness the birth of our nation.”The “Revivers” will explain, justify and argue how they contributed to the making of the Constitution.

New Shrine club forms

April 1, 2011 The newly formed Sahara Shrine Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kelly-Wyatt’s Restaurant for a meal and discussion on the forming of the Sahara Shriner Club in north Arkansas. The meeting is open to all Shriners and their ladies.

3 expelled at Cave City

April 1, 2011 CAVE CITY — Three ninth-grade students — a 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy — were expelled for one calendar year from Cave City High School following disciplinary hearings Tuesday, Superintendent Steven Green reported.The three were caught March 16 with prohibited substances on campus. Police responded, their parents were called and the students were released to their parents.The juvenile justice system will handle the case, Green said.The expulsion hearings were taken during a special meeting.