Duncan-Wolfe Reunion set

October 21, 2010 DARDANELLE — The Duncan-Wolfe Reunion will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pavilion No. 8 at Old Post Road Park at Dardanelle, said organizer Art Duncan.Old Post Road Park is three miles west of state Highway 7 south in Russellville on state Highway 7 south spur. It is overlooking the north bank of the Arkansas River at Dardanelle Lock & Dam. 

Cop spots unlicensed driver; arrest follows

October 21, 2010 Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be well-known, especially by police.Cpl. Ernie Gillihan with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said he was sitting in traffic at the intersection of State Street and Highway 106 Wednesday morning when he saw Richard Dale Hall, 21, of Bayou Street, Batesville, drive by in a Lincoln Continental.Knowing that Hall had a suspended license, Gillihan said he had police dispatch run the car tags through its computer system and was told the tags were registered to a Dodge Caravan.

Batesville man killed in Gap Road accident

October 21, 2010 Arkansas State Police Trooper Russell Brinsfield said Micah A. Weaver, 26, of Batesville, died in a one-car crash on Gap Road (Highway 394) east of Batesville around 11:30 Wednesday morning.Brinsfield said that Weaver was traveling east on Gap Road about two miles from town when he lost control of his 2000 Toyota SUV, ran off the roadway overturning, and throwing him out of his vehicle. Weaver, Brinsfield said, was not wearing his seat belt.Weather and road conditions were reported to be dry and clear.

Driving test changed

October 21, 2010 The Arkansas State Police will not be offering written or driving tests in Batesville Tuesday.Testing will resume on the next scheduled test date, Oct. 28.

Sheriff announces police meeting

October 21, 2010 Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill has announced there will be a Newark Interlocal Law Enforcement meeting at 3 p.m. Monday at the sheriff’s department at 1750 Myers St.“This is just a routine fall meeting,” Cockrill said.The meeting is open to the public.

Church to hold benefit for man burned in explosion

October 21, 2010 Fellowship Bible Church of Batesville will host a benefit for Jeffery Stobaugh and his family during the downtown autumn antique and crafts festival Saturday on Main Street in Batesville.The church will sell doughnuts and coffee in the morning and Dippin Dots ice cream and water in the afternoon in front of the Landers Theater.Proceeds will go to help with medical costs for Stobaugh, who suffered severe burns from an explosion on Oct. 7. He is recovering in the burn unit at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Literacy council seeks volunteers

October 21, 2010 The Literacy Council of Independence County, a nonprofit organization which helps adults improve their reading and English skills, relies on trained volunteers to provide one on one tutoring.However, the council is always looking for more volunteers, director Nicole Stroud said.Seven volunteers participated in the council’s September and October tutor training workshops. Tutors are matched with students on the council’s waiting list and meet two hours a week at public facilities such as libraries, churches and schools for tutoring. 

Committee eyes deputy clothing allowance

October 21, 2010 Independence County Sheriff-elect Steve Jeffery wants to change the way new hire deputies and jailers receive their annual $750 uniform allowance money.Tuesday night, the chief deputy presented his department’s 2011 budget to the quorum court’s Law Enforcement Committee, and right away, under the direction of committeeman Bill Cash, acting chairman in the absence of Tim Stewart, attention was drawn to Jeffery’s request.

Man hit by truck

October 21, 2010 ASH FLAT — A man who called for help from horseback in eastern Sharp County saying men were after him to beat him up later was run over by a pickup, possibly breaking his leg, according to a 911 emergency dispatch center printout.Sheriff Dale Weaver said the incident, which occurred early Wednesday, is under investigation by both his department and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.The man, Michael Mayberry of 37 Calamine Road, Strawberry, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Animals get gifts

October 21, 2010 When Hannah Driver celebrated her ninth birthday with a party at Riverside Park in Batesville on Saturday she had only one request for those in attendance. Bring a gift.Not for her, but for those in need, particularly the four-legged kind at the Humane Society of Independence County. On Tuesday along with friends Isabelle Mead and Lily Gillihan, Hannah, owner of two dogs, Molly and Zoey, delivered more than 400 cans of cat and dog food, several bags of dry kibble, treats, toys, sheets and towels to the shelter.