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3:46 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival To Take Place After Shortage Scare

In South Arkansas, the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival will indeed take place this weekend.

The festival honors the pink tomato, Arkansas’s official fruit and vegetable, in a week long celebration complete with live music, games, and contests.

Arkansas tomato fans had a scare when the tomatoes were said to be in short supply just weeks before the festival.

Low temperatures in April stunted the progress of the tomatoes.

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2:52 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Wynne Band Director Accused Of Indecency

The director of the Wynne High School band has been arrested on suspicion of sexual indecency with a child.

Nicholas Wayne Wooster appeared in court Thursday for a probable cause hearing.

The 35-year-old was released after District Judge Joe Boeckman set bond at $1,000.

According to The Jonesboro Sun, Wynne Police Detective Mike Smith said Wooster admitted kissing a teenage girl and exposing himself to her at school.

Smith said Wooster also asked the girl a number of inappropriate questions.

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2:48 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Garland County Deputy Arrested On Prostitution Charge

Mug shot of Neil Parliment.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

Federal authorities say a Garland County deputy sheriff has been arrested on a prostitution-related charge.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge and FBI Special Agent in Charge Randall Coleman announced Friday that Deputy Neil Parliment was arrested Thursday night on a charge of enticing an individual to engage in prostitution.

Online jail records show Parliment is being held without bond in the Union County Jail in El Dorado.

Prosecutors accuse Parliment of bringing a prostitute from Memphis, Tenn., to Hot Springs to have sex for money.

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11:21 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Community College In Harrison Opts Out Of Gun Law

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees has decided to opt out of a state law that would allow faculty and staff members to carry concealed handguns on campus.

The community college in Harrison is the latest school to opt out of the law passed this year by the Legislature.

The Harrison Daily Times reports that Northark's board decided Thursday on a 4-1 vote to not allow the weapons.

The new law says faculty and staff with concealed-carry permits can bring the weapons on campus, unless the school specifically opts out of the law.

Local & Regional News
7:46 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Entergy Arkansas Sending Crews To Virginia To Restore Power

Crews from Entergy Arkansas are heading to Virginia to help restore electricity knocked out during this week's storms.

Entergy Arkansas is sending 87 employees to Virginia, including 50 linemen. The utility says Dominion Virginia Power requested assistance from Entergy.

At its peak, severe storms with high winds and hail knocked out power to 285,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers.

As of Friday morning, that number had dropped to 95,000 outages, with most in the Richmond and southeastern Virginia regions.

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Local & Regional News
7:42 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Memorial Set For Women Killed In Arkansas Flood

A public memorial service is planned for Friday for two women killed in flash flooding in Scott County last month.

The memorial for 65-year-old Vivian Sue Reimer and 61-year-old Kay Shearn is set for 2 p.m. Friday at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron.

The women died May 31 when flash flooding swept through the Y City area.

Three others died in the flooding, including the county sheriff and an Arkansas Game and Fish wildlife officer.

Local & Regional News
6:18 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Gun Control Group To Hold Rally In Little Rock

A gun control group is holding a rally in Little Rock to urge U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor to take another look at a measure expanding background checks for firearm sales.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is holding the rally Friday at Allsopp Park.

The event comes as the group is airing ads in Arkansas criticizing Pryor for voting against the background checks measure.

Local & Regional News
6:15 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Child Sought In Northern Arkansas Wooded Area

Authorities in northern Arkansas are searching for a child that was reported to have been seen walking into a wooded area in the region.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said in a news release Thursday that his office's helicopter was assisting Izard County authorities in the search for the child that witnesses reported seeing entering the woods northeast of Violet Hill on Thursday afternoon.

Neither Montgomery nor Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence immediately returned phone calls seeking comment.

Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Magnolia Properties Get Historic Designations

Two structures in Magnolia have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Banner-News reports that the president's house at Southern Arkansas University and the Rushton Clinic in Magnolia were named to the list after consideration earlier this year by the state review board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Local & Regional News
6:04 am
Fri June 14, 2013

World Of Weather Opposites For Arkansas Farmers

Some Arkansas farmers are still planting, even though it's the middle of June.

Agricultural economist Scott Stiles of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture says even some rice is still going in the ground.

A year ago, growers had an early spring and a long stretch of mild weather, making it easy to plant early.

This year, frequent rains in east Arkansas caused delays for many row crop growers.

Stiles says the state likely won't have the 1 million acres of corn that was expected. Planting this late can lower corn yields.

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