Ozarka numbers increase

July 7, 2011 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College is having another record semester. The second summer semester — which began Tuesday — has risen 59 percent, an overall record for the college for a summer term.“Ozarka’s enrollment has increased significantly each semester over the 2010-2011 academic year,” according to Vice President of Student Services Ron Helm. “This includes classes at our main campus in Melbourne and the off-campus sites in Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View, as well as online courses.”

Man injured in shooting

July 7, 2011 A dropped gun is blamed in the shooting of a Batesville man at 785 Gap Road around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Brian Luetschwager. When Luetschwager arrived on the scene he said Vital Link ambulance crews were treating 26-year-old Dustin Lewis for a gunshot wound to the left leg.“Mr. Lewis said the was getting a Marlin .22 mag bolt action rifle down from a shelf when he dropped the gun,” Luetschwager said. “Mr. Lewis advised that when he tried to catch the gun, it went off striking him in the left thigh.”

BCT presents ‘12 Dancing Princesses’

July 7, 2011 The Batesville Community Theatre, in association with the Batesville School District and STAR Program, is presenting the final performances of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” a re-telling of a Grimm’s fairy tale, this weekend.“The Twelve Dancing Princesses” is a German fairy tale published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 as tale number 133, according to a news release.

Wound center helps spider bite victim

July 7, 2011 When Mark Shreve experienced firsthand the wrath of a spider, he also experienced the benefits of the Wound Healing Center at White River Medical Center.The week before Christmas last year, Shreve stretched out under a blanket, unaware he was invading the space of a small, but deadly, brown recluse spider. He slept through the night unaware that the brown recluse would get its revenge — three times. It wasn’t until two days later, when he started getting nauseous and his leg began to swell, that he realized he might have been bitten and needed medical attention.

Redistricting forum to be held

July 7, 2011 FORT SMITH (AP) — The last redistricting forum before the final proposed maps for new House and Senate districts will be held in Fort Smith.The Arkansas Board of Apportionment staff planned to hold its public hearing at 6 tonight at Gardner Lecture Hall at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. It’s part of a series of public hearings on proposals to redraw legislative districts.

Officer honored posthumously

July 7, 2011 TRUMANN (AP) — Two police groups are honoring a Trumann police officer who died in the line of duty in April.Family members of Jonathan Schmidt received plaques Wednesday from the American Police Hall of Fame and the Trumann Police Department during a ceremony in the Trumann District Courtroom.Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher says the Florida-based American Police Hall of Fame also will honor Schmidt by etching his name on its law enforcement memorial.During the ceremony, Rusher read a proclamation from Gov. Mike Beebe honoring Schmidt.

Missing dog found after 7 years

July 7, 2011 ROGERS (AP) — A dog that went missing seven years ago in northwest Arkansas soon will be reunited with its owner.Andrew Navarette let his Shih Tzu, Mimi, out in his backyard in Rogers seven years ago, but the dog never returned.Navarette later moved to Woodlake, Calif. Mimi apparently stayed in Rogers and was taken to the local animal shelter Saturday by a resident. Officials say when Mimi arrived, shelter employees scanned her and found an embedded microchip with Navarette’s contact information.

Cyber crimes unit gets first arrest

July 7, 2011 BARLING (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has announced the arrest of a man in western Arkansas following an investigation by his office’s new cyber crimes unit.McDaniel’s office said Wednesday that 44-year-old Manuel Garza-Juarez was taken into custody after child pornography was found at his home in Barling.

Drunk Tased at park

July 7, 2011 Phillip Paul Foster might have been better off to do as the police asked. Refusing to cooperate and acting aggressively got the 26-year-old Sulphur Rock man Tased and taken to jail Saturday night, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Independence County Deputy Ben Keener said around 9:20 p.m. officers responded to a call of minors drinking in the park at Sulphur Rock and when he arrived he observed a man walking away from Reserve Deputy Stacy Wright.

Authority’s board to hear reports

July 7, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear a series of reports, said Manager John Richardson.The directors will hear a second quarter water treatment plant performance report, a legal report, a June system totals report and June water and wastewater financial reports.Current water and wastewater bills will also be reviewed.