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Stories from Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Death row inmate appears for third attempt at new trial (04/11/12)
Steven Victor Wertz, an Arkansas death row inmate who was sentenced to death in 2007 for the 1986 shotgun slayings of an Ash Flat couple, appeared in court on Monday, April 9, before Circuit Judge Harold Erwin. The appearance marks the third attempt for Wertz to be granted a new trial in what is called a Rule 37 Hearing. Wertz claims that he had ineffective legal counsel during his initial trial...
Ark. AG opinion: Citizens have right to video record meetings (04/11/12)
The Calico Rock City Council and the Fulton County Quorum Court, the only known government bodies in Arkansas to ban video recording of their meetings, may want to reconsider their decisions in light of a legal opinion issued on April 2 by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel...
Alton murderer sentenced to life in prison (04/11/12)
An Alton murder suspect waived his right to a jury trial last week, and instead pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of another Alton man. Samuel Allen Burkhead, 38, was sentenced April 2 to life in prison by Howell County Circuit Court Judge John Garner Moody on a change of venue from Oregon County...
Lady Cougars tops in Rebel Rumble (04/11/12)
Izard County knocks off Salem in finals to win seventh annual tourney in Ash Flat
Look out college golf -- here comes another Harmon (04/11/12)
Three time All-State standout Preston Harmon signs with Central Baptist College
Martin to help out CRC's inside game (04/11/12)
Lady Bobcat standout inks to play college hoops in Paragould next fall
Former ICC golfer, Rachel Harmon, places second in Lady Mulerider Invitational (04/11/12)
Former Izard County High School Golfer, Rachel Harmon, turned in rounds of 83 and 78 for a 161 total to finish second at the Lady Mulerider Invitational in Texarkana, Ark. Harmon led the Lady Reddies to a third-place finish with Henderson having a 675 team score. Arkansas Tech won the six team event with a score of 657, followed by Harding with a 671 total. Ouachita Baptist placed fourth (873), with Hendrix (903) and Southern Arkansas (932) rounding out the field...
Coach Anderson to Speak at Razorback Club (04/11/12)
University of Arkansas head men's basketball coach Mike Anderson will address the Baxter County Razorback Club at the Vada Sheid Community Center on the ASUMH campus on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. Coach Anderson will discuss his first year back at Arkansas, which included three wins over ranked teams and a school record 17 victories at home, as well as his thoughts on the 2011-12 season and what fans can expect from his teams in the years to come...
Kiwanis 3-on-3 tourney set (04/11/12)
The Cherokee Village Kiwanis Club will sponsor its sixth annual 3-on-3 men's basketball tournament on April 28 at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Gymnasium. Start time is 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $60 per team or $15 per person. The sign-up deadline is April 23...
Youth turkey harvest up during two-day season (04/11/12)
Wonderful weather and an uptick in statewide turkey population helped young hunters to a successful youth spring turkey hunt. Each year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) sets aside a weekend before the main, three-week spring turkey season for hunters age 6 through 15...
Online info can help with feral hogs (04/11/12)
When you go to battle against a formidable enemy, it helps to have all the knowledge you can find. Feral or wild hogs are a foe to most Arkansans, especially owners and managers of land with sizeable amounts of woods, pastures and agricultural fields. The destructive hogs are hard to get a handle on, and it is virtually agreed by everyone that trapping is the way to reduce numbers of hogs rather than trying to do it by hunting...
Death Notices for Week of April 12, 2012 (04/11/12)
Thaine Levi Johnson, 79, of Alton, Mo., died Thursday, March 29, 2012. Arrangements are under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton, Mo. Allen Franklin Crabtree, 81, of Alton, Mo., died Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Arrangements are under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton, Mo...
Varner - Winter (04/11/12)
Wayne and Glenna Winter of Viola, Ark., are pleased to announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Cortney RaeAnn Winter, to Jordan Alexander Varner, son of Tom Varner of Springfield, Mo., and Cheryl Jordan of Woodstock, Georgia. Cortney is the granddaughter of Glenn and Faye Bishop of Agnos, Ark., and the late Harry and Medora Winter...