Finding thong trees

April 15, 2011  Keeping a sharp eye out for large boulders, tree limbs and other obstacles as I eased my Jeep through 6-inch-deep snow on a trail barely wide enough to allow passage, I suddenly slammed on the brakes, which got everyone’s attention.“I don’t believe it,” I exclaimed while hitting reverse and causing the Jeep to lurch backwards, further startling my wife and a friend who had joined the day’s photo excursion following a previous night’s snowstorm earlier this year.

Pleasant Plains man found dead

April 15, 2011 A Pleasant Plains man is dead from an apparent suicide.Officers were called to the residence Thursday night after family members found a note telling them to not open the closet door and to call the police.Shannon Adams told officer Wayne Green she was concerned about her brother 27-year-old Sean M. Robertson who was depressed after he had learned earlier that day he could no longer see his kids.She said when her brother got home around 8:30 p.m. she had made him promise not to hurt himself.

Cave City board to discuss bond

April 15, 2011 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Middle School Library to hear a report on bond refinancing, Superintendent Steven Green said.During a personnel session, the directors will also consider resignations, classified personnel contracts and contracts that were tabled during previous meetings.They will also consider a proposed 2011 school calendar and proposed 2011-12 certified salary schedule and classified schedules.A third-quarter average attendance report and a monthly financial report will be reviewed.

Restoring cars, souls part of Bible ministry

April 15, 2011 CHARLOTTE — Some days Jason Harstell feels like a broken and rusted old car.Struggling with addiction, he knows his family could have given up on him.Instead, like the antique car he has been restoring for the past month, he was pulled from the wreckage of his self-destruction. He found salvation at John 3:16 Ministries at Charlotte.In the meantime, the 35-year-old Hartsell has worked with another resident, Tom McClendon of Marianna, and instructor James Ashley to restore a two-door hardtop 1960 Ford Thunderbird to auction off for the ministry.

7 die in Ark. in storms

April 15, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Destructive storms that tore across the country’s midsection left at least nine people dead — seven in Arkansas and two in Oklahoma — this morning after smashing uprooted trees into homes in Arkansas and ripping apart the only school in one tiny Oklahoma town, officials said this morning.In Garland County, a 24-year-old man and his 18-month-old daughter were killed when lightning struck a tree, which then fell on their mobile home on Pistol Circle. The victims were crushed in their bed.

Unity Fest is May 28

April 15, 2011 The sixth annual Unity Fest on the River will be May 28 at Riverside Park in Batesville, starting at 3 p.m.A fish dinner will be served, as usual. The event also includes a pie auction, special music by Gerald Crabb from Southern gospel group The Crabb Family, and a Kids Korner with balloons and games.

ASU buys Cash home

April 15, 2011 JONESBORO — When Johnny Cash sang “How high’s the water, mama” in “Five Feet High and Rising” he was describing the 1937 flood that nearly all but swallowed his family’s home at Dyess in northeast Arkansas.More than 70 years later time has taken its toll on the tattered two-bedroom house surrounded by farmland, but thanks to Arkansas State University at Jonesboro it’s getting a new breath of life.

Teen alleges bullying

April 15, 2011 A Batesville Junior High student received a split lower lip after he claims he was attacked by more than a dozen ninth-graders at the school Thursday morning.According to a sheriff’s report from the student’s parent, the 14-year-old said he was attacked by a group of students near the gym. The student said he was approached at about 7:55 a.m. by a 13-year-old boy, “who began to argue with him” and a short time later “approximately 13-15 ninth-grade students attacked him,” according to the report filed by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.

It started in 1st grade

April 15, 2011 Cheryl Bentley was consistent in what she liked. She’d stuck with the same man since first grade, planned the majority of her vacations at the beach, spent 23 years in the teaching field, loved dogs and delighted in her two daughters. ———It all started in first grade.Forty-one years ago when Brent Bentley and Cheryl Smith enrolled at Central School they became boyfriend and girlfriend.

Boy helps 2 others

April 15, 2011 When 14-year-old Travis Swaim was awakened by a cracking noise and a loud boom between 2 and 3 this morning outside his home, he didn’t hesitate.The ninth-grader got the other two children in the room out the door and to safety just before a large tree limb crashed through the roof and the ceiling, said his mother, Deanna Swaim.High winds associated with a storm front passing through the Batesville area ripped the limb from a large tree, flipping it onto — and into — the house.“It’s like a small tree,” Deanna said.