Evidence of tornado found in LR

October 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A survey by National Weather Service meteorologists has concluded that a small tornado was briefly on the ground southwest of Little Rock.A news release Monday from the agency said a survey team determined that a tornado rated as an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with winds from 65 mph to 85 mph, was on the ground for about three-quarters of a mile late Sunday afternoon.

Ark agencies join forces to help at-risk children

October 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Several Arkansas agencies announced a joint effort Monday aimed at reaching the children of drug dealers and abusers before it’s too late.In the past decade, Arkansas police have seized 7,800 methamphetamine labs, and officials say residents in those homes included more than 1,000 children. Add the children whose caregivers are wrapped up in cocaine, heroin or marijuana dealing or abuse and the problem is more pronounced.

Helen Keller’s mushrooms

October 26, 2010 The precise word to explain this season’s big new trend in campaign financing is obliviousness. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that everybody is allowed to give as much money as they desire to anybody they choose and absolutely nobody needs to know about it. The upshot of which has all of America knee deep in the oxymoronic spectacle of a very expensive free-for-all.

Man killed in Fulton, dumped in Izard

October 26, 2010 SALEM — Salem Police Chief Al Roork knew when he returned back to work Monday morning there would be a lot of catching up to do after being off on vacation. What he hadn’t planned on was a homicide.The call came around 8:30 a.m. that a body had been found in Izard County after a motorist pulled off at the second overlook on Arkansas Highway 9 south of Melbourne and saw a truck at the bottom of the embankment.Thinking someone had run off the road, a call was placed to Izard County for a deputy to respond.

Drunk driver busted by motorists’ tips

October 25, 2010 Motorists’ tips to police regarding a possible drunk driver on East Harrison Street Thursday night lead to the arrest of a 20-year-old Batesville man.Deputy Billy Croom said he was dispatched to the area of Walmart just before 11:30 p.m. where a dark-colored quad cab Dodge pickup was driving erratically.Croom said when police dispatch advised him the truck had turned onto 30th Street he was nearby and made the same turn just moments later.“When I turned I could see two vehicles approximately three blocks north of me,” Croom said.

Bart Schulz announces candidacy

October 25, 2010 SIDNEY — Bart Schulz, a graduate of Evening Shade High School and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, has announced his candidacy for Sharp County District 7 Justice of the Peace seat. He lives at Sidney where he owns and operates a cattle farm. If elected, Schulz states his first priority will be working with the quorum court and county judge to improve county roads and bridges.“We have a lot of dangerous low water bridges in our county,” he said. “I would like to see an aggressive effort to eliminate them.” 

Glover elected

October 25, 2010 White River Medical Center Medical Staff Coordinator Liz Glover has been elected to the Certification Commission of the National Association of Medical Staff Services.Glover was voted onto the commission by certified members of NAMSS.Only two medical staff coordinators nationwide were selected to the commission this year. Glover’s term will begin in January 2011 and she will serve three years.

BHS sets conferences

October 25, 2010 Batesville High School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday. Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to visit with teachers and pick up their children’s report cards in the high school media center.

Hardy man arrested

October 25, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Hardy man was arrested Thursday in Lawrence County on a drug charge after a deputy checked out a report of a reckless driver, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.Beau Adams, 27, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

HSIC selling lunches

October 25, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County will host its eight annual pork barbecue meals featuring “Bev Finch’s World Famous smoked pork butts,” according to a news release.The fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 615 E. Main St., Batesville. The meal is dine-in or carry-out.Plates are $6 and includes a barbecue sandwich, coleslaw, beans and dessert, or $25 for a whole smoked pork butt (call ahead).For lunchtime delivery of five or more meals, call (870) 793-5682 to pre-order by Wednesday.