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High court upholds murder conviction, sentence


The Arkansas News Bureau of the Stephens Media Group reported Thursday that the state's high court rejected several arguments in upholding the December 2009 conviction of 35-year-old Kevin Ray Pearcy. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Pearcy was arrested Aug. 11, 2008, after a police officer saw him walking in and out of the yards of homes. Police said that, without being questioned, he told the officer he had killed a man.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

800 Arkansans have 2009 tax return checks waiting for them

These are federal income tax refund checks that have been mailed out, but returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable. Almost all are from year 2009 tax return filings.

To receive their undelivered checks, people on the list need only contact the IRS with a current mailing address. This can be accomplished most easily online via the IRS Website.

MASM's 11th annual Taste of the Holidays to be held Dec. 5

11th Annual Taste of the Holidays, will take place on Sunday, December 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. As Mid-America Science Museum's primary fundraising event, Taste of the Holidays is integral to presenting science in extraordinary ways not found in the home or classroom.

Local entertainers Ken Goodman, Ray and Ruth Liebaw, and the Barbarshop Quartet are this years featured entertainment.  

Every year, Mid-America Science Museum invites local artists to participate in the live auction.

Geese stirring up trouble in Hot Springs Village

"For the last two years, I think there was a bunch of about 25 geese." Larry Enders and his wife live in a home in Hot Springs Village.

"And we just put up the pergola here last year and like to sit out here when the weather is good," he says.

But that pleasure has been interrupted time and time again by the gaggle of geese and the mess they leave behind.

Enders explains, "They'd be out there about five or six o'clock in the morning and decide to come up and do their thing in our land here. And they'd start honking and squawking."

"Right now we probably have a resident flock of about a thousand," says Steven White, who  is the director of Planning and Inspections at the Village.

He says the geese gather in the ponds and lakes around the village golf courses. They've tried several measures to control the birds, including fences around the water. And crews coat any goose eggs they find with a thin coat of oil.

Arkansas man dies when vehicle falls on him


Garland County Sheriff's Cpl. Angela Graybeal tells The Sentinel-Record that 41-year-old Roy Franklin Jones had used a front-end loader to raise the vehicle on Friday at a local salvage yard.

Graybeal says Jones had been trying to remove a catalytic converter from the vehicle when the vehicle slid off the loader. She says the vehicle crushed Jones, who had been underneath the car.

She says Jones' wife discovered him shortly after noon. The county coroner pronounced Jones dead at the scene.

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Hot Springs' Kroger stores support Project Hope Food Bank

The Kroger Delta Marketing Area Stores announced Wednesday the donation of $3,000 which equates to 4,000 meals to the Project Hope Food Bank in Hot Springs, Ark.

"We could not be making the difference we are in our community without the help of Kroger," said Ted Thompson, Director of Project Hope Food Bank. "Kroger has time and time again showed their generosity. Because of Kroger's assistance the Food Bank has been able to serve our agencies more effectively and helped us provide 3,000 pounds of food. We couldn't do what we do without their help."

Due to the dire situation the Food Bank has found itself in after the recent cold weather the pantries are completely empty. During the months of November and December alone, Project Hope will provide 25,000-35,000 pounds of food to Feeding Programs and Food Pantires in West Central Arkansas.

"Helping Feed the Hungry in communities we serve is what we do. We invite everyone to give what they can this weekend!

Hot Springs authorities looking for bank robbery suspect

A bank teller told officers that a man walked into the bank, carrying a black case, which he showed them contained a gun. The suspect then demanded money from the cash drawer.

The suspect is described as a white man in his late forties to early fifties, around 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing blue jeans, a blue sweatshirt, black cowboy hat and sunglasses.

The police say the suspect fled the bank running west through the parking lot. The FBI has assumed responsibility of the case.

Source: Hot Springs Police Department