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4 games affected by Gustav

posted: 09/04/2008 10:03 p.m.

At least four games have been affected by remnants of Hurricane Gustav.

AG's office reopening after fire

posted: 09/04/2008 8:05 p.m.

The Arkansas attorney general's office will reopen Friday after it was shut down this week because of an electrical fire.

Tailgaters rejoice: War Memorial not quite a waterworld

updated: 09/04/2008 7:42 p.m.

Crews have been busy with post-Gustav cleanup at the War Memorial Golf Course, which will be ready for tailgaters come Saturday.

Dick now being counted on to throw

updated: 09/04/2008 6:09 p.m.

For the past three years, Casey Dick's job was to do no harm.

Arkansas facing another dangerous underdog in Louisiana-Monroe

updated: 09/04/2008 6:06 p.m.

It's hard to say when Arkansas' game against Louisiana-Monroe began to look a little more daunting.

A quack call? Duck Stamp error adds sex line number

posted: 09/04/2008 5:44 p.m.

People calling a federal phone number to order duck stamps are instead greeted by a phone-sex line, all because of a printing error the government says would be too expensive to correct.

Crews still out restoring power in Gustav's wake

updated: 09/04/2008 6:19 p.m.

Utility crews hustled to restore electricity across Arkansas on Thursday, reconnecting homes and businesses that lost power when the remnants of Hurricane Gustav lashed the state with high winds and nearly a foot of rain.

Jonesboro shooter Johnson gets 4 years back behind bars

updated: 09/04/2008 5:26 p.m.

A judge Thursday sentenced Jonesboro school shooter Mitchell Johnson to four years in prison on a weapons charge.

Court: West Memphis slaying hearings on hold

posted: 09/04/2008 2:45 p.m.

An assistant to Craighead County Circuit Judge David Burnett says a set of hearings scheduled to begin Monday for three men convicted in the 1993 slayings of three boys in West Memphis will be postponed.

State's top court won't hear execution case

posted: 09/04/2008 1:52 p.m.

Arkansas Supreme Court justices declined Thursday to speed up a lawsuit over the state's lethal injection procedures, in effect stopping an execution scheduled for next week.

Beebe: State Democratic Party chair recommended

updated: 09/04/2008 3:53 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe says he has recommended a new person to lead the state Democratic Party after the shooting death of Chairman Bill Gwatney.

Cheney slams Russia for war against Georgia

posted: 09/04/2008 11:22 a.m.

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney condemned Russia for what he called an "illegitimate, unilateral attempt" to redraw Georgia's borders by force.

Hanna takes aim at Bahamas, Ike next in line

posted: 09/04/2008 11:21 a.m.

Tropical Storm Hanna roared along the edge of the Bahamas on Thursday ahead of a possible hurricane hit on the Carolinas, leaving behind at least 61 dead in Haiti.

A tailgating primer for War Memorial Stadium

posted: 09/04/2008 11:20 a.m.

Maybe it's because it takes place on an actual college campus, but football tailgating in Fayetteville feels a touch more ... reverent, as if a librarian might stalk away from her stacks at Mullins and shush you at any moment, writes Kyle Brazzel in Friday's Arkansas Weekend section.

A film for fans of literary memoirs

posted: 09/04/2008 11:19 a.m.

Unfailingly intelligent and admirably unsentimental, "When Did You Last See Your Father?" is a movie for people who take pleasure in the textures and sidelong insights of literary memoir, an introspective art practiced by the sort of people who generally fail to register on screen, according to Philip Martin's review in Friday's MovieStyle section.

North Louisiana gas drilling spreads to Arkansas

posted: 09/04/2008 10:17 a.m.

A couple of gas companies drilling in the Haynesville Shale formation in north Louisiana have acquired permits to drill at three sites in Columbia County in south Arkansas.

Detroit mayor pleads guilty, will resign

posted: 09/04/2008 10:11 a.m.

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday in a sex-and-misconduct scandal and will step down after months of defiantly holding onto his job leading the nation's 11th-largest city. He was ordered jailed for four months and fined $1 million.


posted: 09/04/2008 8:44 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Execution case shift requested

posted: 09/04/2008 8:39 a.m.

A federal public defender asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday to let another state appeals court decide whether to allow the state to execute condemned killer Frank Williams Jr. next week.

Man called liar, cheat by judge gets 80 years in prison

posted: 09/04/2008 8:39 a.m.

A 35-year-old Maumelle man was sentenced to 80 years in prison Wednesday by a Pulaski County circuit judge who called him a liar, a cheat and a thief after hearing how Robert Joseph "Roberto" Maldonado II continued to write bad checks despite a court order banning him from using checks at all.

Stolen phones likely to go overseas

posted: 09/04/2008 8:38 a.m.

FORT SMITH - Foreign black markets are the most attractive outlets for cell phones like those swiped from an Alltel Corp. warehouse in Fort Smith last weekend, industry experts said.

LR School Board candidate out, but name on ballot

posted: 09/04/2008 8:38 a.m.

Dr. Lee C. Nayles, who filed in July as a candidate for the Little Rock School Board's Zone 1 seat, said Wednesday that a family matter has caused him to end his candidacy for the board position now held by incumbent and candidate for re-election Katherine Mitchell. However, Pulaski County Elections Director Susan Inman said Wednesday that it is too late for Nayles to withdraw from the race.

Wagons ho!

posted: 09/04/2008 8:37 a.m. Video |

CLINTON - What began 23 years ago with eight wagons on a Sunday night is now the National Championship Chuckwagon Races, the largest such event in the United States. Founded by Dan and Peggy Eoff and held annually on Labor Day weekend in Clinton, it now attracts about 150 wagons and more than 20,000 spectators.

UAMS to keep search private

posted: 09/04/2008 8:37 a.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will use a private search firm to help find its next chancellor.

U.S. lands its forces in Pakistan to raid militants

posted: 09/04/2008 8:34 a.m.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Helicopter-borne American special operations forces attacked al-Qaida militants in a Pakistani village near the border with Afghanistan early Wednesday in the first publicly acknowledged case of U.S. forces conducting a ground raid on Pakistani soil, American officials said.

Gustav saturates state; 106,000 in dark

posted: 09/04/2008 8:33 a.m. Video |

The remnants of Hurricane Gustav lingered over Arkansas on Wednesday, dumping rain that flooded rivers and some businesses and cutting off power to more than 100,000 statewide.

GOP's Palin puts a feisty foot forward

posted: 09/04/2008 8:32 a.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Adjusting her glasses and staring ahead, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Wednesday scolded her critics for figuring she's not cut out for the job, sending the Republican National Convention into howls of praise.

McCain camp raps media

posted: 09/04/2008 8:31 a.m.

John McCain's campaign fired back Wednesday at news media inquiries into the vetting process for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Campaign strategist Steve Schmidt called some of the stories circulated a "faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee" for vice president.

Off the wire

posted: 09/04/2008 8:01 a.m.

BASKETBALL Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City's new NBA franchise revealed Wednesday that the team would be called Thunder. Team Chairman Clay Bennett said the team colors will be blue, red and orange - blue to coincide with the main color of Oklahoma's state flag and red and orange to reflect the colors of the sunset.

Bellerive evokes memories of Sept. 11

posted: 09/04/2008 8:01 a.m.

ST. LOUIS - Padraig Harrington cleaned out his locker at the TPC Boston, signed a stack of flags from the British Open and PGA Championship, then headed to St. Louis to play on a course that brought mixed emotions.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/04/2008 8:01 a.m.

Safety gets good meals from storm Hurricane Gustav struck more of a glancing blow to Oklahoma safety Nic Harris' hometown than Katrina did three years ago, but there was still damage done.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Replay backs umpire's call of Rodriguez's home run

posted: 09/04/2008 8 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG. Fla. - Baseball's first use of instant replay backed an onfield call of a home run for Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning of the New York Yankees' 8-4 victory over the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

SEC report

posted: 09/04/2008 8 a.m.

Spurrier gives nod to defense South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier is known as an offensive genius, but he appreciates defense, too.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN Hunters lose geese, but keep cool

posted: 09/04/2008 8 a.m.

CLARKSVILLE - I dare say, the two Yankee fellas looked a little sheepish Monday when they came off Lake Dardanelle at Spadra Park.

TOP 25 COLLEGE PICKS Hurricanes have chance to impress

posted: 09/04/2008 7:59 a.m.

The Saturday before college football's first big Saturday is filled with potential pitfalls for teams in the Top 25, and for a few intriguing teams outside the rankings to make a statement.

LSU reschedules game with Troy

posted: 09/04/2008 7:59 a.m.

BATON ROUGE - LSU postponed its football game against Troy after Hurricane Gustav damaged Tiger Stadium and battered Louisiana's capital city far worse than anticipated.

Where to send your letters

posted: 09/04/2008 7:59 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette welcomes your opinions. Unfortunately, not all letters received can be published in the space available. Clarity, brevity and originality are particularly valued in letters to the editor. Send letters of preferably no more than 250 words to Voices, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, Ark., 72203, by FAX at 501-372-4765 or via an e-mail form found at our Web site,

Arkansas Tech at Central Missouri

posted: 09/04/2008 7:58 a.m.

WHEN 7 p.m. Central today WHERE Walton Stadium, Warrensburg, Mo, TV/RADIO KWKK-FM, 100.9, in Russellville INTERNET RECORDS Arkansas Tech 1-0 ; Central Missouri 1-0 COACHES Arkansas Tech, Steve Mullins (59-37 at school);

Game of the week

posted: 09/04/2008 7:58 a.m.

Miami is trying to re-establish itself as an elite program, while the Gators hope to break a six-game losing streak to the Hurricanes. Florida hasn't beaten Miami since 1985, when the Gators won 35-23 at the Orange Bowl.

LIKE IT IS Jitters gone, but brutal schedule remains for UA

posted: 09/04/2008 7:58 a.m.

Admittedly, the Arkansas Razorbacks defense started slow last Saturday night.

New kids in town

posted: 09/04/2008 7:57 a.m.

Riverview is ready to strike out on its own. But the Raiders are not alone.

Razorback report

updated: 09/04/2008 7:57 a.m.

Veterans shore up defense FAYETTEVILLE - Barring a run on injuries, the Arkansas defense should not be as thin for the rest of the season as it was in Saturday's opener against Western Illinois.

Robert Yates' picks

posted: 09/04/2008 7:56 a.m.

Selections in bold Tonight CLASS 7A FS Southside at LR Catholic, 7 p.m.

Travelers, Naturals rained out

posted: 09/04/2008 7:56 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers have been pretty lucky when it comes to rain this season. Until now.

Burl busy, back on the job with Jackrabbits' defense

posted: 09/04/2008 7:55 a.m.

It's Burl and Burl on Lonoke's sideline this fall.

COLUMNISTS Tumbling over tumbrels

posted: 09/04/2008 7:55 a.m.

Senator John McCain's now-notorious answer to the question of how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own was first repeated to me as if he had been deliberately joking. And I must say that I thought his reported response-that he'd have to ask his staff to check and "get to you" with a full countwas really quite funny.

High school report

posted: 09/04/2008 7:54 a.m.

The biggest winner Tuesday night might have been Hurricane Gustav.

The selection

posted: 09/04/2008 7:54 a.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. So Sarah Palin, in addition to being the mother of five, is also the soon-to-be grandmother of one. Welcome to 21st Century America. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, unmarried women gave birth to 1,527,034 children in 2005, the last year for which figures are available. More than one-third of all births in the United States are to unmarried women.

Serena gets best of sibling rivalry

posted: 09/04/2008 7:53 a.m.

NEW YORK - Serena Williams barely got the better of older sister Venus Williams in a U.S. Open quarterfinal that was fit for a final, coming back in each set to win 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7) Wednesday night and break a tie in their head-to-head series.

Motor sports

posted: 09/04/2008 7:53 a.m.

I-30 SPEEDWAY Saturday night's feature race top finishers from I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, including results from the O'Reilly Mid-South Racing Association late model event MSRA 1. Jeff Floyd, Walnut Ridge 2.


posted: 09/04/2008 7:53 a.m.

Not all consistency good Bradley Gitz, in his column, "Save us from youth," made an astonishingly arrogant statement about the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson's statement, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Gitz opined, "Seldom has anything so stupid been said by someone so smart." I suggest that Gitz study carefully what he is criticizing.

From fisticuffs to hugs

posted: 09/04/2008 7:53 a.m.

From near fisticuffs in the 1980s to boisterous hugs in 2008, it has been a tumultuous three decades for public officials from Arkansas and Oklahoma who have struggled to protect the Illinois River and its watershed.

This week's events

posted: 09/04/2008 7:52 a.m.

PGA TOUR EVENT BMW Championship SITE St. Louis. SCHEDULE Today-Sunday. COURSE Bellerive Country Club (7,456 yards, par 71). PURSE $7 million. WINNER'S SHARE $1.26 million. WINNER'S FEDEX CUP SHARE 11,000.

Labor Day watch party

posted: 09/04/2008 7:52 a.m.

By 2 p.m. Monday, I couldn't watch any more. The ceaseless video of the water topping the Industrial Canal levee began to feel like Chinese water torture.

Joel Taylor Cooked up a bit of Europe for LR

posted: 09/04/2008 7:51 a.m.

Joel Taylor, the mustachioed Renaissance man who helped found an elegant Swiss-French restaurant that towered over downtown Little Rock for a decade, died Monday of complications from acute renal failure at UAMS Medical Center.

Other days

posted: 09/04/2008 7:51 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 4, 1908 SEARCY - The arrest of Dr. J. S. Stillwell, a wealthy professional and business man, and prominent churchman and Mason of Searcy, on a charge of arson, has produced a sensation which has only been surpassed in the history of the town by that which followed the exposure of the famous Lightle insurance fraud about four years ago.


posted: 09/04/2008 7:50 a.m.

The voice saying, 'In a world where... ' LOS ANGELES - Don LaFontaine, the man who popularized the catch phrase "In a world where... " and lent his voice to thousands of movie trailers, has died. He was 68.

EDITORIALS Prelude to Palin

posted: 09/04/2008 7:49 a.m.

WHOEVER said there were no second acts to American lives, namely F. Scott Fitzgerald, couldn't have been talking about American life in general.

Factory orders in July exceed forecast

posted: 09/04/2008 7:49 a.m.

Orders at American factories climbed in July more than economists had forecast, a sign that exports kept buoying the economy at the start of the third quarter, the government reported Wednesday.

1st looks at retail sales in August aren't rosy

posted: 09/04/2008 7:49 a.m.

NEW YORK - Early reports from several retailers including J.C. Penney Co. and Kohl's Corp. confirmed on Wednesday what Wall Street had already expected : a weak start to the back-toschool shopping season.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/04/2008 7:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "This has been a long, dismal story, and macro conditions are as bad as they get for the auto industry." John Casesa, managing partner of Casesa Shapiro Group in New York Article, 1D

Man gets 4 years for possessing child porn

posted: 09/04/2008 7:48 a.m.

While band director for the Izard County Consolidated School District last year, Stacy Lynn Tucker was caught with 729 images of child pornography on computers and videos. He was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.

Coke to buy Chinese juice maker

posted: 09/04/2008 7:48 a.m.

Coca-Cola Co. agreed to buy China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd. for $2.3 billion, doubling its share of the nation's fruit-juice market with the company's largest overseas acquisition.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks end mixed on global worries

posted: 09/04/2008 7:47 a.m.

NEW YORK - Wall Street finished mixed in fickle trading Wednesday, with investors unsettled about the economy ahead of Friday's employment report and only somewhat relieved about sliding commodities prices.

Earnings Report

posted: 09/04/2008 7:46 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings on Wednesday included: q H&R Block Inc., the largest U.S. tax preparer, a loss of $132.7 million, or 41 cents a share, narrowed from a loss of $302.6 million, or 93 cents a share, a year ago.

Experts: OPEC to keep up oil-pumping pace

posted: 09/04/2008 7:46 a.m.

OPEC, the supplier of 40 percent of the world's oil, will probably keep producing at a record pace as $109-a-barrel crude squeezes the global economy.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 09/04/2008 7:46 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions on Wednesday. The court's ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here.


posted: 09/04/2008 7:45 a.m.

Happy birthday. You're so well liked that over the next seven weeks your pals might actually fight for your exclusive attention. You prove your big heart, not to mention sheer class, when you hone in on the positive contributions your loved ones bring you. Investments pay in November. Libra and Aquarius adore you.

Retailers post back-to-school sales results

posted: 09/04/2008 7:45 a.m.

Early reports from several retailers show a sluggish start to the back-to-school season.

WB resurrection brings series, network back to life on Web

posted: 09/04/2008 7:44 a.m.

TV shows on the Internet aren't a new phenomenon. Amateurs have been making their own programs and posting them online for several years. And current prime-time shows are regularly available for viewing online.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Idle bystanders are part of abuse

posted: 09/04/2008 7:41 a.m.

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/04/2008 7:40 a.m.

1. Name the capital of Louisiana. 2. How many million equals a trillion?


posted: 09/04/2008 7:40 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A friend of mine carries a small pocket copy of the New Testament with him all the time. When I asked him about it, he said he carries it because he thinks it will keep bad luck away.


posted: 09/04/2008 7:39 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I keep a microfiber cloth on a small hook under my bathroom sink. When getting ready for work, I grab just one or two things that need to be cleaned, like my perfume bottles, makeup, etc., and wipe them off. It only takes a few seconds and cuts down on the big cleaning job.

events THIS WEEK

posted: 09/04/2008 7:39 a.m.

FRIDAY Rumors SEARCY - The Center on the Square Performing Arts Center will present Rumors along with a dinner buffet on Searcy's historic court square. The show will continue on weekends through Sunday, Sept. 21. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and dinner will be at 6:30.

Oy, what response survey got

posted: 09/04/2008 7:38 a.m.

Oy gevalt, you should only know how many Yiddish and Hebrew influences have found their way into American English already. And you will, once two researchers have analyzed the information they've been collecting from all over North America.

State police say DWI arrests dropped 25% over Labor Day

posted: 09/04/2008 7:38 a.m.

Arkansas State Police made 131 arrests on charges of driving while intoxicated over the long Labor Day weekend, a decrease of more than 25 percent from the same holiday weekend in 2007, agency statistics show.

Oprah disciple is sharing her 'vision' year on Web

posted: 09/04/2008 7:38 a.m.

CHICAGO - Robyn Okrant's rangy body, clad in the black tunic and dark-wash jeans that Oprah Winfrey mandated in the "Shlumpadinka Makeovers" episode of her talk show, was bent over the vision board she was creating on the floor of her apartment.

Woman slain in shack; man held

posted: 09/04/2008 7:37 a.m.

HARDY - A rural Fulton County man was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the slaying of his girlfriend, authorities said.

SEARCY: Feeding the community

posted: 09/04/2008 7:37 a.m.

Last week was a busy one for volunteers with Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Searcy.

JACKSONVILLE Commission OKs new slogan, logo to market city

posted: 09/04/2008 7:37 a.m.

The Jacksonville Advertising and Promotion Commission approved a logo and slogan for the city at a special meeting Aug. 25 as the first step toward establishing an image that can be used to market Jacksonville to the rest of the state and country.

Ward man arrested on sex-abuse counts

posted: 09/04/2008 7:37 a.m.

WARD - A Ward man is accused of sexually assaulting three children between the ages of 9 and 12, the Lonoke County sheriff's office said Wednesday.

Applications being accepted for pageant

posted: 09/04/2008 7:36 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE - Entries are being accepted for the Cityfest pageant that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Jacksonville High School Auditorium. Entries must be received by Saturday, Sept. 13. A drop-in rehearsal will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday Sept. 19.

Horseshoe Bend hosting yard sale

posted: 09/04/2008 7:36 a.m.

HORSESHOE BEND - The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its fall citywide yard sale. It will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

Utah Jazz's Brewer gives to UA academic program

posted: 09/04/2008 7:36 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - Former Razorbacks basketball player Ronnie Brewer chose an academic program as beneficiary of his first private gift to the University of Arkansas.

Professor awarded grant to co-direct seminar

posted: 09/04/2008 7:35 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA - Dr. Clinton Atchley, associate professor of English at Henderson State University, has been awarded an $111,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to co-direct a seminar for K-12 teachers during the summer of 2009.

Senior centers to offer Osher Lifelong Learning

posted: 09/04/2008 7:34 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS - The University of Arkansas' Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will offer classes this fall at the St. Joseph's Mercy Health System's Hot Springs Senior Center and Hot Spr ings Village-based McAuley Center.

Booster Club promoting Badger Fridays

posted: 09/04/2008 7:34 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA - The Arkadelphia All Sports Badger Booster Club is asking the community to help bring the Badger spirit to the schools and community by participating in Badger Fridays each Friday beginning this Friday and concluding with the final Friday in May.

Daily record

posted: 09/04/2008 7:33 a.m.

Births The following is a list of those births reported to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by area hospitals. It may not be a complete list since parents may ask the hospital not to publicly release the news of a birth. ST. VINCENT INFIRMARY MEDICAL CENTER Aug. 22 Jeremy and Sara Jackson, Jacksonville, son.

WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN Grilled cheese for kids and grownups

posted: 09/04/2008 7:33 a.m.

Children of every age love grilled- cheese sandwiches. My little boys are happy eaters when I prepare these easy treats. So are my two teenagers ; in fact, my oldest son, who's at college, cooks them in his dorm w hen he wants a snack or doesn't like what the dining hall is serving.

Police beat

posted: 09/04/2008 7:32 a.m.

Electrical blaze clears LR building An electrical fire forced the evacuation of downtown Little Rock's Tower Building on Wednesday, the Little Rock Fire Department said.

Senior centers to serve as cooling sites

posted: 09/04/2008 7:32 a.m.

BENTON - Central Arkansas Development Council Senior Activity Centers in Clark, Hot Spring, Montgomery, Pike and Saline counties will serve as cooling shelters during their regular business hours for anyone who needs a break from the heat.

Late-summer cake comes in several forms

posted: 09/04/2008 7:32 a.m.

Who among us doesn't perk right up in the presence of a freshly baked yellow cake, especially when it has slices of juicy, fresh fruit adorning the top?

Man pleads innocent in Arkansan's death

posted: 09/04/2008 7:31 a.m.

GAINESVILLE, Mo. - A man accused in the shooting death of an Arkansan in July pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Old-Fashioned Day booths available

posted: 09/04/2008 7:31 a.m.

BENTON - The 34th Annual Old-Fashioned Day will be held 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, on the courthouse lawn sponsored by the Benton Senior Activity Center.

Mini-golf tournament to benefit scholarship fund

posted: 09/04/2008 7:28 a.m.

BENTON - Judge Lanny Fite will host a miniature golf tournament at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Harbor Island Adventure Golf in Benton to raise money for Saline County's Central Arkansas Development Council Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

Gathering on the Greens, golf tournament postponed

posted: 09/04/2008 7:28 a.m.

BENTON - The forecast of continuing rain has postponed today's Gathering on the Greens and Friday's Swing Fore Saline Golf Tournament in Benton sponsored by Saline Memorial Health Foundation and Union Bank.

Civitan member speaking at luncheon

posted: 09/04/2008 7:28 a.m.

BENTON - Leigha Jones of Civ it an Ser v ices w ill be the guest speaker at the First Thursday Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Saline Memorial Hospital Health Education Building in Classroom 1.

Old rivals

posted: 09/04/2008 7:27 a.m.

For years, the Mountain Pine Red Devils and the Jessieville Lions were conference rivals, battling for the 5-2 A Conference championship ; now they take the rivalry to the nonconference season opener.

Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers headed to Texas tournament

posted: 09/04/2008 7:26 a.m.

ARK ADELPHIA - The Ouachita Baptist volleyball team concluded play Saturday at the University of West Florida Comfort Inn-vitational Volleyball Tournament in Pensacola by losing a pair of matches to St. Joseph's, 3-0, and UNC-Pembroke, 3-

CONWAY: settling down Cadron

posted: 09/04/2008 7:26 a.m.

Cadron Settlement Park is rich in history, but it also has a reputation for illegal activities, which is something the city of Conway is working to change.

events THIS WEEK

posted: 09/04/2008 7:26 a.m.

FRIDAY CPR, First-Aid Classes CONWAY - American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas is offering a class on performing adult CPR and using an automated external defibrillator during sudden cardiac arrest.

RUSSELLVILLE Cycling advocates help foreign students, community

posted: 09/04/2008 7:25 a.m.

There was a time when Michelle and Bryon Moudy, owners of Highlander Cycling and Outdoors in Russellville, were unhealthy. But the dynamic duo is a competitive, wiry and philanthropic team now.

Revenue for state exceeds forecast

posted: 09/04/2008 7:25 a.m.

Buoyed by stronger-than expected collections of individual income tax and sales tax, state general revenue in August increased $24.9 million over August 2007.

U.S. relief ship heads for Georgia, as Bush unveils aid package

posted: 09/04/2008 7:24 a.m.

TBILISI, Georgia - A U.S. Navy flagship loaded with relief supplies steamed through the Dardanelles on Wednesday en route to Georgia, as the Bush administration announced a $1 billion economic aid package for the former Soviet republic.

Convicted partner stole money, defense argues in fraud trial

posted: 09/04/2008 7:24 a.m.

An attorney for Little Rock tax lawyer Barry Jewell said in opening statements Wednesday morning that his client is innocent of the federal fraud and tax evasion charges filed against him and instead it was his partner, Bobby Keith Moser, who stole money not only from clients' trust funds, but from his colleague as well.

Those in Hanna's path warned of peril

posted: 09/04/2008 7:23 a.m.

NASSAU, Bahamas - Tropical Storm Hanna knocked out power to the southern Bahamas on Wednesday, and officials from Nassau to South Carolina warned residents to prepare for possible evacuations as it moves north and grows into a hurricane.

U.S. to mount Afghanistan winter offensive

posted: 09/04/2008 7:23 a.m.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALAGUSH, Afghanistan - American troops in Afghanistan will step up offensive operations this winter because insurgents are increasingly staying in the country to prepare for spring attacks, a U.S. commander said.

'Awesome' trip

posted: 09/04/2008 7:22 a.m.

Trey Hickey, 11, sums up his trip to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, in one word - "awesome." Trey and his family - parents, Mike and Chata Hickey, and 12-year-old sister, Kayla - traveled from their home in Conway to Beijing thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South and First State Bank.

SWEET TEA Storm blew along worn, valued path

posted: 09/04/2008 7:22 a.m.

You haven't heard Cocodrie pronounced until you have heard it off the tongue of someone who grew up there.

Arkansans assemble hurricane relief kits -alongside McCain

posted: 09/04/2008 7:21 a.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Arkansas Republicans didn't know that they'd be working with their party's presidential nominee when they volunteered to assemble hurricane relief supply kits Wednesday afternoon.

Bank collecting toys for Arkansas Children's Hospital

posted: 09/04/2008 7:21 a.m.

CONWAY - First State Bank has two locations that will be collecting toys for Arkansas Children's Hospital. This toy drive is being held in honor of Riley Townsell, whose mother is an employee of First State Bank/ First Data Solutions.

WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN: Grilled cheese for kids, grownups

posted: 09/04/2008 7:20 a.m.

Children of every age love grilled-cheese sandwiches. My little boys are happy eaters when I prepare these easy treats. So are my two teenagers; in fact, my oldest son, who's at college, cooks them in his dorm when he doesn't like what the dining hall is serving.

W alnuts good for health, flavor

posted: 09/04/2008 7:20 a.m.

If you follow health reports, you know that nuts are an excellent addition to your diet. However, nutrition experts aren't suggesting you eat handfuls of salted, oil-roasted nuts washed down by a couple of beers or martinis.

Local retailer named to retail advisory board

posted: 09/04/2008 7:20 a.m.

SEARCY - Becky Pierce of Becky's Hallmark in Searcy has been named to the 2008 Total Home & Gift Retail Advisory Board.

Bryant 20/20 public survey gives residents place for input

posted: 09/04/2008 7:19 a.m.

BRYANT - The Bryant 20/20 town hall meetings have ended, but the public can still have input. Bryant residents can go to and click on Br yant 20/20 public survey to express their thoughts on Bryant's strenghts, weaknesses and opportunities for the next 10 years.

The world in brief

posted: 09/04/2008 7:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The free world cannot allow the destiny of a small independent country to be determined by the aggression of a larger neighbor." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as the Bush administration announced a $1 billion economic aid package for Georgia Article, this page Canadian ice shelf loses huge chunk TORONTO - A chunk of ice shelf nearly the size of Manhattan has broken away from Ellesmere Island in Canada's northern Arctic, scientists said Wednesday.

Rampage fatal to 6 a puzzle for police

posted: 09/04/2008 7:15 a.m.

ALGER, Wash. - Authorities on Wednesday were trying to determine what set off a shooting and stabbing rampage that left six people dead and four wounded.

Some evacuees head home as others seek free shelter

posted: 09/04/2008 7:15 a.m.

Managers of the 47 shelters set up for Hurricane Gustav evacuees in community centers and churches around the state said a number of the evacuees who arrived in Arkansas on their own left the state Wednesday. But shelters remained busy serving people who were moving in from hotels and motels.

New study further knocks measles vaccine-autism link

posted: 09/04/2008 7:14 a.m.

WASHINGTON - New research further debunks any link between measles vaccine and autism, scientists say.

REISSUES New 2-CD set liberates Jan and Dean's doo-wop

posted: 09/04/2008 7:13 a.m.

Only the Beach Boys surpassed Jan Berry and Dean Torrence as the musical exponents of the California surf, girls, hot rods and pop life of the 1960s.

Paper: U.S. can halt nuke trade if India tests bomb

posted: 09/04/2008 7:13 a.m.

WASHINGTON - A leading Democratic lawmaker has made public a secret Bush administration document that says the U.S. has the right to immediately stop nuclear trade with India if it conducts an atomic test.

Prosecutors expect mayor plea deal

posted: 09/04/2008 7:13 a.m.

DETROIT - Prosecutors accusing Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of lying on the witness stand to cover up an extramarital affair with a top aide said Wednesday that a plea deal is expected soon in the case, though the mayor's attorneys insisted that one had not been struck yet.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/04/2008 7:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "People need to get home, need to get their houses straight and get back to work." George Johnson, a New Orleans resident who used back roads to sneak into the stormbattered city Article, 8A U.S. must produce interrogation memos NEW YORK - A Manhattan judge has ruled that the U.S. government must either produce memos on waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods used by the CIA or explain why they should be kept secret.

THE TV COLUMN: Samurai Girl entertains without usual bloodbaths

posted: 09/04/2008 7:12 a.m.

I agree, it's a frustrating problem. A conundrum.

Gulf rigs safe, so crude oil declines

posted: 09/04/2008 7:11 a.m.

Crude oil fell Wednesday as Royal Dutch Shell PLC and ConocoPhillips reported that Hurricane Gustav caused no damage to platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hot-potato debut novel on prophet is picked up

posted: 09/04/2008 7:11 a.m.

SPOKANE, Wash. - A historical novel about the prophet Muhammad and his child bride that was pulled by Random House over concerns that it would anger Muslims has been sold to another publisher, the author said Wednesday.

U.S. auto sales post monthly drop

posted: 09/04/2008 7:10 a.m.

General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., the biggest U.S. automakers, dragged the domestic industry to its 10th-straight monthly sales decline in August as consumers continued to snub trucks because of gasoline prices.

Abduction suspect faces new charge

posted: 09/04/2008 7:10 a.m.

BOSTON - A man calling himself Clark Rockefeller, who is accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter and is being investigated in a California couple's disappearance, was charged Wednesday with giving a false name to police.

Obama, network hit kind of truce

posted: 09/04/2008 7:09 a.m.

Barack Obama and Fox News struck an uneasy truce at a secret meeting three months ago, The Washington Post reports.

Freshman makes an instant impact

updated: 09/04/2008 7:08 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - And a Childs shall lead them.

Giants face long odds as defending champs

posted: 09/04/2008 7:05 a.m.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In honor of school opening and the NFL kicking off another season, let's start the year with a one-question pop quiz to be graded in February.

Golf course to stay put in park plan

posted: 09/04/2008 7:01 a.m.

War Memorial Park's golf course would be left untouched under a $1.2 million plan endorsed Wednesday that adds walking trails, a recreational field and a small water park.

Names and faces

posted: 09/04/2008 7:01 a.m.

Action movie star Jackie Chan said Wednesday that he was not upset about his small role in the Beijing Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies because he was happy to play any part in promoting the games.

U.S. forces kill 6 Iraqis in mistaken exchange of fire

posted: 09/04/2008 7:01 a.m.

BAGHDAD - U.S. troops on boats in the Tigris river killed six Iraqis on Wednesday in a mistaken exchange of fire between the two sides north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

Salvation Army provides aid for Gustav evacuees

posted: 09/04/2008 7 a.m.

BENTON - The Salvation Army is feeding Hurricane Gustav evacuees in 12 hotels in the Benton and Bryant area.

In the news

posted: 09/04/2008 6:59 a.m.

Stevie Wonder, 58, has been selected by the Library of Congress to receive its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which recognizes lifetime of work and honors a musician whose work transcends musical styles to bring diverse listeners together, making him the second artist to win the award.

New Orleans gives up trying to keep evacuees away

posted: 09/04/2008 6:54 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS - Thousands of people who fled Hurricane Gustav forced New Orleans to reluctantly open its doors Wednesday, but more than a million homes and businesses across three states were still without electricity.

Bryant to hold annual Fall Fest

posted: 09/04/2008 6:53 a.m.

BRYANT - This year's annual Fall Fest will include a Hannah Montana Look-Alike Contest, an Apple Pie Baking Contest, a Hot Dog-Eating Contest, a Boomtown Bed Race and a Baby Crawl. Fall Fest begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, with a parade.

Bushels of flavor

posted: 09/04/2008 6:52 a.m.

If you follow health reports, you know that nuts are an excellent addition to your diet. However, nutrition experts aren't suggesting you eat handfuls of salted, oil-roasted nuts washed down by a couple of beers or martinis.

Lyon College distributes 140 laptops to new students

posted: 09/04/2008 6:51 a.m.

BATESVILLE - Brian Reese spent months getting ready for college. He paid tuition, bought textbooks, gathered school supplies and even purchased items for his dorm room to give it a "homey" feel.

ASU-Beebe offers continuing education course online

posted: 09/04/2008 6:51 a.m.

BEEBE - The Arkansas State University-Beebe Department of Continuing Education will offer a new online class through Education To Go titled "Introduction to QuickBooks 2008." "Introduction to QuickBooks 2008" is taught by Craig Power, a veteran adult educator and small-business owner.

Director accepts new position at Harding

posted: 09/04/2008 6:50 a.m.

SEARCY - Harding President David Burks announced Glen Metheny as the new director of business professional studies.

events THIS WEEK

posted: 09/04/2008 6:49 a.m.

TODAY Genealogy Society Meeting HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - The Village Genealogical Society will hold its first meeting of the year at 2 p.m. in the Coronado Center.

'A great improvement'

posted: 09/04/2008 6:47 a.m.

The $16 million expansion to St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs has done exactly what officials hoped - provided more room and services for patients.

Garland County Red Cross expanding, changing name

posted: 09/04/2008 6:46 a.m.

The Garland County Red Cross chapter has made a few changes in the past weeks by welcoming a new executive director and adding four counties to its service area.

Something's got to give

posted: 09/04/2008 6:41 a.m.

The Searcy Lions and North Pulaski Falcons have not experienced much success in the last three years.

QB's progress key for Dumas

posted: 09/04/2008 6:40 a.m.

Dumas Coach Mark Courtney said he doesn't know if Darion Griswold's idol is JaMarcus Russell.

Probation's revocation ruled invalid

posted: 09/04/2008 6:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a court official issued an invalid warrant to revoke the probation of a Jefferson County man and thus prompted a judge to wrongly order the man to jail for a year.

County rivalry heats up

posted: 09/04/2008 6:04 a.m.

A lot has been made of the various rivalries throughout the state, but often overlooked is the game between Perryville and Bigelow, the only two schools in Perry County.

Some reject flood rescue, cling to land, livelihoods in India

posted: 09/04/2008 2:27 a.m.

MURLIGANJ, India - Spotting a family stranded on the roof of a partly submerged house, two Indian navy commandos swept in over the muddy floodwaters in a black rubber dinghy to save them Wednesday - only to be shooed away.






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