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First Southern Bank of Batesville Fears It Bought $22 Million Worth of Fake Bonds

First Southern Bank of Batesville Fears It Bought $22 Million Worth of Fake Bonds

Arkansas Business - First Southern Bank of Batesville bought $22 million worth of rural improvement district bonds that may be fraudulent. It is now looking to merge with another bank because of the potential loss. 

Other Arkansas banks also may have bought fake bonds, leaving a total debt of between $30 million and $40 million in a story that is still developing.


State holiday performances scheduled for Dec. 6-Dec. 17


More than 145 school choirs and dance troupes will fill the Capitol's marble halls with seasonal sounds for the next two weeks.

A traditional part of the Capitol's annual holiday festivities, choral and dance performances are taking place in the second floor rotunda December 6 through 17 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

The most current schedule of performances, as well as group photos, can be found on Secretary of State's website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/holidays2010

The Capitol building will hold special holiday hours through New Year's Day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends to allow visitors extra time to take in the sights and sounds of the season.

Scheduled performances are as follows:

Hunter bringing in deer on ATV dies in accident


Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Monday that 55-year-old Aubrey Appling died Saturday in the accident about 2 miles north of the Sylamore community in southern Izard County.

According to the Batesville Daily Guard, the sheriff said Appling was driving a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle loaded with a deer he had shot when the ATV overturned in a field and threw Appling to the ground, where his head struck a rock. Izard County Coroner Eddie Howard pronounced Appling dead at the scene.

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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.

Update: Police arrest mother's boyfriend in child murder

Deputies say Holloman confessed to killing the child. He's charged with 1st degree murder. A judge set bond at $250,000.

The death was reported on Sunday. Detectives are still not releasing how the child died. Police say the child was being cared for by Holloman.

According to the detectives, Holloman showed up at the mother's work. The police report says Holloman told the mother that something happened to the child during the night and that he "had put her in the refrigerator."

The affidavit says Holloman told police he gave the child a half-bottle of Amoxicillin. According to the affidavit, Holloman told police that he killed the child and put the body in the refrigerator because her mother told him to.

Amoxicillin is used to treat various bacterial infections, such as ear nose and throat infections, as well as pneumonia.

Today's THV spoke with Det. Sgt. Mike Mundy about what led to the arrest.

Independence County deputies investigating death of child

It was reported Sunday on Bufford Road in the city of Desha. A cause of death has not yet been released.

Neighbors on the dead end road in Desha have seen two-year-old Harley grow up from a distance and say she was a beautiful little girl who seemed to have a loving family.

Neighbors tell Today's THV that at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday they heard the mother screaming for help. When they rushed over they found the baby lying on the ground lifeless, someone performed CPR.

Mundy explains, "Officers responded as well as EMS, the child was taken into White River Medical Center where later on it was pronounced dead."

Investigators spent the day gathering evidence in the mobile home the child lived in and died in.

The incident has not been ruled as foul play or a homicide.

Mundy adds, "We still have questions we need to get the answers to."