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19th Annual Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff

This old-fashioned street festival takes place in Russellville's Downtown Historic District. Start the day with the omelet breakfast to prepare for the days' activities that include a sanctioned chili cook-off, car show, 5K, bike ride, arts & crafts, old-fashioned pie contest, farmers market, live music, and lots of great food.

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"Run for Literacy"

Start time 8:30 a.m. at the Bona Dea Trail and the race is a Fun Run and Walk. 10 years and younger Free; 11-15 years old $15; 18 years and up $20; Family $45; $5 extra charge for day of registration. All proceeds benefit the River Valley Literacy Councils. 

Contact Jennifer Merkey at (479) 967-7323 for details.

Arkansas Tech celebrates 100th anniversary

The university in Russellville began holding classes on Oct. 26, 1910, with 186 students and nine faculty members, under the name of the Second District Agricultural School.

Now, with more than 9,800 students, Arkansas Tech is an important institution in the region. The school cites a study that says Arkansas Tech accounts for 18.6 percent of the total economy of Johnson, Pope and Yell counties.

Over the past century, Arkansas Tech has awarded nearly 35,000 degrees.

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

Man accused of stealing employee's cell phone at police station

A judge set a $50,000 bond Wednesday for 24-year-old William E. Ross on theft charges.

The Courier reports that police interviewed Ross at the station about the theft of the charity money and wrote him a citation. Ross waited in the lobby as a woman also accused spoke with officers.

A police employee briefly left the lobby area. Upon returning, the worker's mobile phone was gone.

Police obtained consent to search a car Ross rode in to the department. They found the employee's wallet.

Jail officials said there's no indication Ross has an attorney.

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

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Pope Co. jailer suspected of giving inmates tobacco

Bobby Wells, 42 was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of furnishing prohibited articles to inmates.

The Courier newspaper reports that Sheriff Aaron DuVall says Wells carried cigarettes and chewing tobacco to inmates.

Wells said tobacco was recently found in cells and that another employee saw Wells taking items from his truck and hiding them in his clothing.

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