Thursday, December 29, 2005

Thursday early morning gathering

John Hamlin has resigned as fire chief of the Jericho Volunteer Fire Department in the aftermath of a Dec. 22 fire that killed a wheelchair-bound man trapped in his home in the tiny Crittenden County town. Mayor Helen Adams says she changed the locks on the building in which the fire truck was kept and tried to get in touch with the chief about it. The fire truck was reportedly not in running condition anyway.

During November, Benton County apparently had the state's lowest unemployment, at 2.4 percent. Lee County had the highest, at 8.3 percent. Statewide, the jobless rate also slipped one-tenth of a percent, to 4.8 percent.

A Widener man is facing several charges, including endangering the welfare of a minor, after leaving his three-week old infant inside a vehicle following a chase with police.

Police are searching for one of the two suspected murderers who escaped from the Warren jail on Christmas Eve. Jesus Pablo Morales and Derek Sales overpowered a jailer and fought with a police officer and several Warren PoJlice Department employees about 6 p.m. Saturday before fleeing on foot. Sales was captured shortly after his escape, but police were still searching for Morales, who is considered “extremely dangerous.”

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that Faulkner County Administrator Mike Hutchens notified the Finance and Administration Comittee members the sheriff's office requested $37,000 to cover year-end expenses. Last month, the court appropriated $86,000 to get the department through the rest of the year. Justice of the Peace Catherin Blankenship says, "We gave them money they asked for to get by on fuel and utilities, and they spent it on other things."

Ozark Aircraft Systems and several employees have been named in a second lawsuit stemming from the January 2004 crash of an Egyptian airliner into the Red Sea that killed all aboard.

A competition to establish a new mascot for Hendrix College will be open through Feb. 1, the college announced. Faculty, staff, students and alumni of the college are being asked for submissions. "The Warriors" has been stitched across the front of the college's athletic jerseys since 1929. Since 2000, however, a shield has acted as Hendrix's insignia and the only visual representation of the name, although the school does not consider the shield a mascot.

The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) has submitted the Pottsville Dipping Vat, located in Rankin Park on East Ash Street, to the National Register of Historic Places. The vat, in use from about 1915 to 1943, was a 42-foot long concrete structure used to dip cattle in an effort to eradicate the Texas Tick Fever.

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