SEARCY COUNTY-FATAL CRASH
2 killed in head-on collision in Searcy County
LESLIE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say two people are dead in a head-on collision on U.S. 65 in the Ozark Mountains.
Arkansas State Police say the crash happened Wednesday north of Leslie. According to a preliminary report, 31-year-old Katherine Horton of Leslie was driving south on the road when she crossed the center line and crashed into a vehicle driven by 48-year-old Phillip Donaldson of Mountain View.
State police say Horton was pronounced dead at the scene. Donaldson was pronounced dead at a hospital in Clinton.
Authorities say driving conditions were clear and dry at the time of the crash.
January sentencing set for ex-SAU student
IDABEL, Okla. (AP) - A January sentencing date has been set for a former Southern Arkansas University student accused of stealing horses from the school's stables.
Jaci Jackson of Broken Bow pleaded guilty in August to four counts of conspiracy to commit theft of property, bringing stolen property across state lines, knowingly concealing stolen property and cruelty to animals.
Prosecutors say the horses were taken from the school in Magnolia, Ark., and were discovered in McCurtain County, Okla. One of the horses had been killed.
The Texarkana Gazette reports that Jackson is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 10 in Idabel. She faces up to 25 years in prison.
Jackson was charged in both Arkansas and Oklahoma courts. She pleaded guilty in Arkansas to conspiracy to commit theft and awaits sentencing.
Fayetteville half-marathon canceled due to weather
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Fayetteville Half Marathon that was to be run on Saturday has been called off by organizers due to ice lingering from last week's wintery storm.
Race organizers said Wednesday that people who paid entry fees won't be getting their money back. 642 people registered for the race and they were initially told they could get a 20 percent discount on next year's race.
The race organizer, All Sports Productions, said on the race's Facebook page that the company heard the complaints made by runners and that they'd offer more options next week.
Fayetteville television station KHOG reports that organizers say they already spent most of the entry fees on race preparations.
Marshals Museum board talks finances over coins
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Board members for the planned U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith say they want to help market commemorative coins that are to be struck to honor the Marshals Service.
Museum chief executive Jim Dunn says that almost all sales of commemorative coins are made through the U.S. Mint's marketing efforts. But he says the museum can help sales.
The Southwest Times Record reports the museum is to get the first $5 million raised through sales of the coins.
The issue includes a $5 gold coin, a $1 silver coin and a half dollar coin. Each comes with a surcharge.
Dunn says the museum can target likely buyers, such as readers of True West magazine. He says local banks could help promote the coins, as could the Retired U.S. Marshals Association
Norphlet site recommended for Superfund list
NORPHLET, Ark. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that a former oil refinery site in Union County be added to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.
The EPA says the MacMillan Ring-Free Oil site is near a residential neighborhood and a school in Norphlet. The site was used as a crude-oil refinery and as a maker of lubrication and asphalt products from 1929 to 1987.
The site has been abandoned since 2007.
The EPA says contamination from the site has seeped into groundwater and into drainage pathways that lead to wetlands north of the site. Soil on and under the property has also been affected.
Adding the site to the Superfund list would allow the EPA to begin cleanup efforts. Since 1983, the EPA added nearly 1,700 sites to the list.
SLEEPING BAG DRIVE
Clinton School wants sleeping bags for homeless
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Clinton School of Public Service is collecting sleeping bags and socks so they can be given to the homeless.
The Keep Little Rock Warm drive is to take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Students at the school are asking people to donate new or clean and gently used sleeping bags and socks.
People can bring the items to Sturgis Hall at the Clinton Presidential Center. Also, donations in the form of checks can be made out to The Van, a mobile unit that helps the homeless.
For people who can't get to the Clinton Center on Thursday afternoon, the Salvation Army at 1111 W. Markham St. in Little Rock can accept items.
UA to host indoor track championships in 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has been picked to host four NCAA championship events, including the indoor track and field championships in 2015.
The university says it will host cross country regional events in 2014 and 2016, along with the indoor championships on March 13-14, 2015.
Arkansas has hosted the indoor championships 11 times since the Randal Tyson Center opened in 2000.
In 2017, Arkansas will also host an NCAA gymnastics regional at Barnhill Arena. The school is already lined up to host a gymnastics regional in 2014.
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