Taiwan donates $20K to Vilonia

June 13, 2011 VILONIA (AP) — A delegation from Taiwan has given $20,000 to help Vilonia rebuild from a deadly tornado.The April 25 storm killed five people and destroyed numerous buildings in the small city in Faulkner County.Arkansas and the small nation off the coast of China have a “sister state” relationship, which involves economic, cultural and educational exchanges. It’s that relationship that led leaders in Taiwan to make the donation.

Council to discuss Mary Woods

June 13, 2011 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. Jack Krepps will give a presentation regarding plans for the Mary Woods No. 2 paddleboat from Jacksonport State Park.The agenda also includes the rezoning of property at 2505 N. Central and at 3319 Harrison St., an ordinance to allow the city to conduct business with its employees, a tax-back resolution for Pilgrims Pride, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.

Planners to review proposed Jonesboro expo center

June 13, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — Plans for the Northeast Arkansas Exposition and Conference Center in Craighead County are to go before the local planning commission.The center is to replace the Craighead County Fairgrounds and is on the Tuesday agenda of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.The Jonesboro Sun reports that one change in the design will move an amphitheater to a spot on the 80-acre site that is away from a residential subdivision to the south of the parcel.

Powhatan man jailed for drugs

June 13, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A Powhatan man was arrested Wednesday for possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and for illegal sales of pseudoephedrine, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson.A deputy arrested Ronnie Lee Moore Jr., 34, after seeing the vehicle Moore was driving “going all over the road” and stopped the vehicle to check on the driver near Portia, Dotson said.

Jewelry, firearms recovered

June 13, 2011 ASH FLAT — Officers with the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, the Cave City Police Department and Arkansas State Police found stolen property during a search Tuesday of the Billy Arivett residence at 217 S. Main St. in Cave City, leading to the recovery of firearms in an adjoining county and the arrest of three suspects, Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said.“The focus of this search warrant was for items that had recently been reported stolen during the course of a burglary at the Cherokee Trading Post located in Cave City,” Counts said.

Melbourne looks to resurface, restripe lots

June 13, 2011 MELBOURNE — The parking lots and roads at Melbourne High could soon be getting a facelift. The Melbourne School Board recently hired Lewis Elliott and Studer architectural firm to develop specifications and solicit bids for resurfacing and restriping parking lots and roadways at the high school.In January, the board was asked to brainstorm how it could use $120,000 remaining in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stabilization funds, to be used primarily for construction-related purposes.

Undercover operation results in one arrest

June 13, 2011 MELBOURNE — An undercover drug operation conducted by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force resulted in the arrest of a Calico Rock woman on Thursday, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Lynette Irene Broadhurst, 48, was charged with nine drug felonies after DTF and Izard County officers conducted three controlled purchases of marijuana from Broadhurst and executed a search warrant at her residence where marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.

EAST hosts technology camp for elementary

June 13, 2011 Newark — Cedar Ridge High School’s EAST program hosted a technology camp for elementary students in the school district last week, facilitator Kimberly Jones said.The camp focused on camera, audio and lighting equipment. Students also learned to set up for a two-person and individual interviews. Each of the videos they created had to feature at least one interview. Students were divided into one of three groups based upon their interests. There was a “Commercial Group,” a “Newscast Group” and a “Red Carpet Group.” Each of these videos was combined into one overall video.

UACCB hires two

June 13, 2011 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has hired one new employee and moved another into a new position.

Stolen truck found at scrap yard

June 13, 2011 Crushed.That is how Independence County offices found a stolen 1993 pickup, that was stolen from a residence in Sulphur Rock after it was reported stolen.According to the affidavit for arrest, Millard Stracener reported the theft May 9 after he arrived home and saw the truck missing from the back of the house. Stracener said he called his son Justin to see if he might have sold the vehicle and was told no.