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Winners of the 2010 Duck Pluck for Special Olympics!

The Arvest Bank/Peabody Hotel Duck Pluck for Special Olympics Arkansas is in the books with Tracey Zeiner winning the Grand Prize - $2,500.00 in gift cards to Walt Disney World!  Tammy Foreman won a $1,000 cash from Arvest Bank and Andrea McNeely won the 42" Plasma HDTV provided by Cardinal Health.Below is a list of the prizes drawn Friday night at the Peabody Hotel. A special thanks to Arvest Bank, The Peabody Hotel, Golden Corral and all sponsors who contributed tomake this a great event for the whole family! 

In all about $15,00 dollars was raised for Special Olympics Arkansas!


GOP's Rick Crawford tops Dem Chad Causey in 1st District

With Crawford's victory, Republicans will now occupy three of the four Arkansas seats in the U.S. House, as well as one of the two Arkansas seats in the Senate. The 4-2 GOP majority in the state's total congressional delegation is the first such majority since Reconstruction.

Crawford owns a farm-news network for radio broadcasts, while Causey was formerly chief of staff for Democratic Congressman Marion Berry, who chose not to seek re-election this year.
Green Party nominee Ken Adler was a negligible factor in the 1st District race.

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3 indicted in northeast Arkansas cross burning

U.S. Attorney for the state's Eastern District Jane Duke says the cross was set aflame at on Aug. 28 at a home in Salado. Duke says 22-year-old James Bradley Branscum and 24-year-old Tony Branscum, both of the town of Salado, and 18-year-old Curtis Coffee of Batesville are named in the three-count indictment.

They're charged with interfering with housing rights, conspiring to interfere with housing rights and using fire in the commission of a felony. If convicted, each could face 30 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

Salado is about six miles south of Batesville.

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Midland School Board member submits resignation after anti-gay rant


Midland Superintendent Dean Stanley says the board convened Monday morning and voted unanimously to accept Clint McCance's resignation. Stanley says there was no discussion.

McCance posted his remarks in reaction to a campaign asking people to wear purple on Oct. 20 to show solidarity after several gay and lesbian youths killed themselves after they were bullied. McCance said in his post that the dead children "killed thereselves because of their sin."

McCance did not return a phone message left by the AP at his carpet cleaning business in Pleasant Plains, which is about 70 miles northeast of Little Rock.

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LR man convinced Midland school board member to step down

"All I can do now is apologize for my poor speech," says Clint McCance during a Thursday interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

The apology was heard around the world. Also in the room another man, Steven Blackwood, who Cooper spoke with only briefly.

Many not knowing Blackwood put the whole thing in motion after seeing McCance's anti-gay rants on Facebook.

"I've just got to find him," says Blackwood, addressing Anderson Cooper.

Not knowing McCance, let alone anybody in Pleasant Plains-- he headed north from Little Rock.

His first stop the Superintendent's office. "They said to me, well we'll give them the number and I said gentleman that will be fine and I appreciate that, but that's not going to be enough because this man is in danger," says Blackwood.

A danger McCance was obviously aware of, saying McCance showed up holding a pistol when the two first met in a park outside pleasant plains.

Update: McCance tells CNN he will resign

Those against and supporting the controversial anti-gay comments of Clint McCance rallied outside Midland High School Thursday.

"The gay people are over here protesting."

Those against him bearing posters asking for his resignation, those for him, holding bibles signs and waving American and Baptist flags.

"They can go around kissing and holding hands and have their rights and Christians aren't allowed to say anything anymore," says Shannon Longcoy.  

But the near 40 people standing up for gay rights Thursday, say everyone is entitled to their opinion, but a public forum is not the way to be heard.

"These kids are killing themselves," says Edie Love.  

Love says she attended Midland High School and was a cheerleader, and says she was bullied just as most gays in Pleasant Plain are.

"I believe he needs to resign, yes," she says.  

Hot spots still being doused in cafeteria fire at Lyon College


Dinner for residential students will be served in the Small Gym inside Becknell Gymnasium from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdat and until further notice. Beginning Thursday morning, breakfast also will be served in the Small Gym rather than in the Flanders Reading Room as originally planned. Students should enter Becknell at the northwest entrance (facing College Street).

A special convocation will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Brown Chapel so President Donald Weatherman can update students, faculty and staff on the fire and plans for moving forward.

A couple of campus events have been canceled but otherwise it's "education as usual" at Lyon. The RLS Halloween Carnival scheduled for Thursday night has been canceled. It was to have been held in the Small Gym, which will now be used for student dining.