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Officials include money to fix old Ark. bridge

The quorum court earlier this week created a $2 million special project fund when it approved a $26.1 million county budget for 2011.

County Judge Michael Lincoln told the Searcy Daily Citizen he's glad the fund was approved because it will allow the county to repair the Judsonia bridge. Lincoln says bids to repair the span have come in at $623,000.

The bridge over the Little Red River was built in 1924. It's the only direct link between Judsonia and Kensett.

The Arkansas Highway Transportation Department closed the bridge in 2007 because of a cracked crossbeam.

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

Amazed By Arkansas: Indian Flute Maker

"It is soothing, and very good therapy to play them, "says Paul Pitt.

It's been 15 years since Pitt made his first wooden flute.
The Harding University art instructor became fascinated with the Indian flute he saw on a news report from Santé Fe, New Mexico -- showing a Native American playing the instrument.

Pitt explains, "And it was a piece of artwork and had such a captivating sound, I wanted to learn how to make a flute."

It took him five years to perfect the design and his methods - to learn how exacting the measurements for a musical instrument must be, and how to handle the cedar wood they come from.

"And so I slice it or rip it down the middle. And at that point I have two pieces. Then I hollow them out. And so when I hollow them out we have two chamber hollowed out on each one of them and I've just started to carve the sound hole in this one here."

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Daily incident report from Searcy Police Dept. Nov. 17

On 11/17/10 at 2:56 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 300 block of N. Ella regarding found property. A bicycle was found.

On 11/17/10 at 9:45 a.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of criminal mischief and harassment. A vehicle was damaged.

On 11/17/10 at 10:10 a.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of theft of property at the 2200 block of Beebe Capps.

On 11/17/10 at 11:34 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 1700 block of E. Moore regarding breaking or entering.

On 11/17/10 at 12:00 p.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 3700 block of E. Race regarding found property. Drug paraphernalia was found.

On 11/17/10 at 12:15 p.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 2500 block of E. Race regarding theft of property.

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.

Ark. Cold Case: White Co. man murdered in 1994

East Line Rd. is mostly quiet. There's not much activity, especially in the early morning hours. There are just a few houses that lead to a dead end. Some say it's the perfect place to get away with murder.

It's where 27-year-old Bradley lived. His mobile home is now gone. All that's left is an empty field. There's no physical reminder of what happened there.

Chief Deputy Jeremy Clark says, "27 years old. He's been gone 15. The guy could be a grandpa now."

It was June 29, 1994. Bradley had been once shot in the head. His father found him in bed.

Clark explains, "Parents out there lost a son and we would love to bring some closure to his family."

But it's been obstacle after obstacle. The evidence at the scene was very slim. There was no sign of a break-in and no fingerprints. The motive is unknown.

Students learn about detective work with Searcy Police

Detective Brian Wyatt and School Resource Officer Rachel Smith spoke to the 8th grade Career Orientation Class on Wednesday at Ahlf Junior High School.

The students were able to hear about crime scene investigations and were able to participate by lifting fingerprints.

The students were informed about the training and preparation that goes into a career in law enforcement.

(Source: Searcy Police Dept.)