62 Bearkatz slated to receive diplomas Thursday

May 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School graduation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Melbourne High School gymnasium. Sixty-two students will graduate. Valedictorian is Emily Elaine Carroll, daughter of Jim and Melody Carroll of Melbourne. Carroll has been a member of Student Council, Bible Club, Beta Club, Junior Optimist Octagon International Club, History Club, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America and Spanish Club.

Smoking ban to be enforced

May 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Law enforcement officers are going to start enforcing a law that bans smoking in vehicles with young children. The law, which was passed by the Legislature in 2006, prohibits smoking in a vehicle that has a child younger than 6 or weighing less than 60 pounds as a passenger. Violating the law can generate a $25 ticket. Those pushing the law say the purpose is to reduce the exposure of young children to secondhand smoke, which can lead to health problems including asthma attacks, respiratory infections and sudden infant death syndrome.

Cop catches man allegedly stealing from him

May 7, 2010 Keith Edward Adams’ luck ran out last week when the farm he was allegedly stealing from turned out to belong to a cop, and the owner was the one who caught him. In a court affidavit filed Tuesday afternoon, Detective Brian Luetschwager said the incident occurred around 2:20 p.m. April 30 when off duty sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Stephens went to his farm near Charlotte to feed his horses and instead found a strange car loaded down with stuff pulling away from his barn. “Deputy Stephens noticed what appeared to be metal feed troughs hanging out of the back of the car’s trunk,” Luetschwager said.

Driver of stolen truck leads police chase in two counties

May 7, 2010 With speeds reaching in excess of 100 miles per hour, Independence County and Jackson County authorities were able to chase down and arrest a Newport man after he reportedly stole a car from a Batesville motel Thursday afternoon. Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter said the incident started just before 8 a.m. when Aaron Boswell reported his 2009 Ford F-150 pickup stolen from a motel where he stopped for a few minutes to get breakfast. Boswell reportedly told police that he was just going to be inside for a couple of minutes, so he left the keys in the truck with the engine running.

Gourd decorating workshop scheduled

May 7, 2010 POWHATAN — A “Gourds, The Versatile Plant! Beginners Workshop” will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15 at Powhatan Historic State Park, said Kristyn Watts, interpreter. The registration fee is $20 per participant. “Gourds have been used for centuries for a variety of artistic and functional purposes,” Watts said. “This exciting workshop will show you how to decorate and shape these versatile and unusual plants. “The fee includes all materials and tools. Please bring protective clothing, as some materials used may stain. “The class size is limited; contact the park to reserve your space.”

What’s going on this weekend:

May 7, 2010 Tonight • Batesville Motor Speedway points races, grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8. • Hutchinson Mountain Community Center, fish fry and chicken dinner, 3-7:30 p.m. Saturday • Lyon College’s 138th commencement, 10 a.m., Couch Garden. New president Dr. Donald V. Weatherman will speak. • Early voting for the May 18 primary, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. county clerk’s offices throughout Arkansas.

Pageant rescheduled

May 7, 2010 The Spring Fling Beauty Pageant has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. June 19 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. For more information call (870) 612-5900 ext. 21. The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Automotive students excel

May 7, 2010 Melbourne — Five automotive students who are completing degrees and graduating from Ozarka College’s Automotive Service Technology program on May 13, recently took an end-of-program test administered by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

BBBS Bowl for Kids’ Sake nets success; nearly $11K

May 7, 2010 In 2009, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas helped 85 local youth. This year organizers hope to help even more following the recent Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake, which raised close to $11,000 and included more than 100 participants at Hollywood Bowl in Batesville. “Teams of co-workers and friends raised funds and had lots of fun helping make a positive lasting impact on children, schools and neighborhoods right here in our community,” organizers said.

Teen reported missing

May 7, 2010 Pamela McKinney, of east Batesville, reported to local authorities Wednesday that she hasn’t seen her son, 18-year-old Zachary McKinney, since she dropped him off with a friend just before noon on Sunday. “Ms. McKinney stated she believes her son is missing and might be in danger because he has not come home and gotten any clothes or anything,” Deputy Michael Darr said. “Ms. McKinney stated she has tried to make contact with some of his friends and they stated they have not seen him either.” According to his mother, Zachary McKinney does not have any suicidal problems.