Thursday, December 22, 2005

Thursday Thumping

Funeral Services for Russellville beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer will be held today and local police plan to release the first official information on her apparent murder over one week ago.

Prosecutors filed adult felony charges Wednesday against a 17-year-old who, along with two other boys, is believed to have deliberately run down an off-duty Rogers police officer in order to rob him. Travis McCombs of Tunbridge Drive in Bentonville was charged with aggravated robbery, leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident and theft by receiving.

From the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, A 42-year-old Bentonville woman faces a rape charge after being seen performing oral sex on a 13-year-old boy. Donna Sue Turner was arrested Sunday when a man reported to the Benton County Sheriff's Office he caught her with the boy. The teen's parents had gone to bed when Jerry Turner walked in on his wife and the boy.

Drew Pritt of Warren, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, said Wednesday he would sponsor petition drives to authorize a statewide lottery and elect a constitutional officer to oversee public education.

State health officials administered free chickenpox vaccinations at the Green Forest School District this week after a reported outbreak.

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia is nearly doubling its land size with a donation of more than 650 acres from the family of the late Arkansas Gov. Ben T. Laney.

Schlumberger confirms that it has begun construction on a regional office and service facility on a 20-acre site on Amity Road in the Guy Murphy Industrial Park in Conway. It could mean 100 new jobs.

A Tennessee development group wants to add another attraction to North Little Rock’s resurgent downtown, McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, a combination theme restaurant and entertainment venue.

Pine Bluff School District patrons will soon be asked to vote on a millage increase for the district after its school board unanimously passed the proposal onto the public.

Russellville’s new anti-noise ordinance, which becomes effective Jan 13, prohibits “the creating of any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise of such character, intensity or duration as to be detrimental to the life, health, safety, welfare, comfort or convenience of any individual, or in disturbance of the public peace, health, safety and welfare.” Persons who violate the ordinance can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and are subject to fines of no less than $250 or no more than $500.

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