Fish habitat to be topic

January 18, 2011 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will hold an interpretive program on creating fish habitat from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the park’s Visitor Center.“Ever wonder why some spots are better for fishing than others? Join a park ranger in establishing fish habitat in the lake and know where the fish are hiding,” assistant superintendent Jeffery Shell said. “If you are planning on attending please bring appropriate outdoor clothing as the program will be conducted outside.”

Creative writing, performing arts, GPS navigation on tap for OMK

January 18, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Children of deployed military personnel can take part in creative writing, performing arts and movie making during the Operation Military Kids camps being offered in 2011.Operation Military Kids, or OMK, is part of a national partnership between 4-H and the Department of Defense. The program offers support to children who are affected by the global war on terrorism, especially during the deployment of a parent or parents, according to Maureen Rose, Extension program associate for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture who coordinates OMK.

Executor: Power of attorney used to scam money

January 18, 2011 The executor of the estate of a Batesville woman claims another woman improperly used a power of attorney to take money from the dying woman.Attorney Robert Stroud filed suit in Independence County Circuit Court Monday on behalf of Oscar E. Jones, who was appointed executor of Fredia Turner’s estate, by a court order signed Dec. 17, 2008. Jones also is an attorney.In the complaint, Jones alleges Turner was “gravely ill” at White River Medical Center in Batesville when she signed a durable power of attorney naming Allie Mae Greenfield as her attorney in fact.

Man alerts authorities about own suicide

January 18, 2011 Right before 68-year-old Allen Clifton Thomas took his own life, he called dispatch to tell them officers would find the door open when they arrived, but he would already be dead.When Deputy Jesse Wilson responded to the call at 11:59 a.m. Sunday he found the door unlocked to Apt. 12 at 1075 N. Hill St. and was unable to get an answer when he knocked on the door. “I then checked the doorknob and opened the door,” he said.Wilson said he identified himself as an Independence County sheriff’s deputy and then went inside.

Renowned quilter to present workshops

January 18, 2011 MOUNTAIN HOME — Well-known international quilt designer, author and teacher, Marsha McCloskey will be the guest of Hill ‘N Hollow Quilters Guild to conduct workshops March 9-11 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 511 Coley Drive, Mountain Home.

Thrift shop opens, offers layaway

January 18, 2011 From baby clothes to vintage VHS movies, the newly opened M & H Thrift Shop has something for just about everyone in your family with new items arriving weekly. M & H offers a variety of children’s clothing items ranging from babies and small toddlers to grade school age.There’s also a line of healthy bath and hair care products, young girl’s makeup and hair care sets, brand new costume jewelry sets, rings, bracelets, fashionable beach jewelry, scented candles, and some really unusual “reflecting skull” sunglasses.

Southside school break-in causes $10K in damages

January 18, 2011 Southside High School students were served sandwiches Monday after the cafeteria sustained more than $10,000 in damages over the weekend, but the vandals may not be enjoying their chocolate milk and pizza after all.Three suspects have been interviewed in the school vandalism and theft, and formal charges are pending, Detective Brian Luetschwager said shortly after 10 this morning. Evidence found at the scene and footage from a school surveillance system led police to the suspects, he explained.

Alamo’s alleged enforcer Kolbeck dies in Ky. of apparent heart attack

January 17, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A man sought for more than two years following accusations he paddled children until they were bloody in his role as convicted evangelist Tony Alamo’s enforcer has died in Kentucky, police said Friday.John Erwin Kolbeck, 50, died Thursday in Louisa, Ky., from what appeared to be a heart attack, said Fort Smith police spokesman Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. The death still is under investigation.

Youth wins as Nebraskan takes Miss America crown

January 17, 2011 LAS VEGAS — A 17-year-old Nebraskan too young to cast a ballot has captured enough votes to win the Miss America crown, kickstarting her hopes of going to law school and eventually becoming a politician.“I want to be there making sure that I stand up for what’s right, stand up for integrity and honesty,” Teresa Scanlan told The Associated Press on Saturday night after becoming the first Miss America from the Cornhusker State.She won a $50,000 scholarship and a year’s reign in one of the most visible positions any young woman could seek.

Speaker to discuss protecting night environment

January 17, 2011 FAIRFIELD BAY — The Little Red River Audubon Society  meeting will be  at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Indian Hills Country Club, 337 Snead Drive, Fairfield Bay. A “Dutch Treat” dinner begins at 5:30.Club officers will be installed. Guest speaker Jim Fisher, vice president of Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, will present the program “Protecting the Night Environment.”There will be a drawing for door prizes at the end of the meeting.