Motorcycle wreck leads to drug charge, flight

March 1, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A Hoxie man who fled to Michigan after a motorcycle accident in September turned himself in to Lawrence County officers Monday to face a drug charge, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.Christopher Montelongo, 19, had been sought on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.“During the investigation of the accident officers discovered a large baggie of marijuana in Montelongo’s coat pocket,” Dotson said. “Montelongo was transported to the hospital for his injuries he received as a result of the accident.”

Family Reading Night slated

March 1, 2011 A free Family Reading Night will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St.This month’s theme is “Seuss on the Loose” and will include a reader’s theater presentation of Dr. Seuss stories performed by Batesville High School theater students along with food, book giveaways, crafts and guest speakers.

Library board meets Thursday

March 1, 2011 The Independence County Library Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Citizens Bank Annex in downtown Batesville to discuss its ongoing activities.Meetings are open to the public.

Board sets expulsion

March 1, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will conduct a student expulsion hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday in Superintendent Gerald Cooper’s office.The board’s regular public meeting will follow.

Teen missing

March 1, 2011 Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl.Brandi Burgess of Batesville was last seen about 10 p.m. Friday in the west Batesville vicinity, said Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery.“Ms. Burgess was known to have left her house on foot. She had previously appeared to have made a call to an unknown person to pick her up,” Jeffery said. “If you have seen or heard of any information on this missing girl please contact the Independence County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 793-8838 or (870) 793-8878 and ask for Detective Michael Mundy.”

Judge orders cash only

March 1, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Cash only.That was the decision of Circuit Judge Harold Erwin after hearing testimony Monday on whether to raise the bond amount already set by a district judge or leave it the same for land developer Wayne Watkins who is currently incarcerated in the Sharp County Jail.Watkins, who has been living in Mexico for the past four years, is facing one count of theft by receiving, a class B felony.

Stone County Community Resource Council becomes Cornerstone Patron

February 28, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Stone County Community Resource Council has become the first Cornerstone Patron designee for Ozarka College-Mountain View’s amphitheater. After its Feb. 14 meeting, a $10,000 check was presented to Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe. The council has now made two substantial donations toward the building project. After sponsoring the Student Success Center in July 2010 and this recent gift, the council is now one of the largest donors for the Ozarka College Foundation, according to Ozarka Director of Advancement Suellen Davidson.

Man prepares to retire from military service

February 28, 2011 FORT SMITH (AP) — There wasn’t a time in his life that Kyle Gilliam did not want to wear the uniform of his country.His father, Gary Gilliam, was a crew chief with the 188th Fighter Wing.“I remember seeing my Dad come home from weekends on Guard duty wearing his fatigues,” he recalled. “And by the time I was 12 years old, my mind was made up.”On his 17th birthday, the first day he was eligible, he had his parents sign the necessary papers and enlisted in the Arkansas National Guard.

Reckless driving, fleeing lead to DWI arrests

February 28, 2011 Telling a cop he was not fleeing didn’t keep a Batesville man from being on the receiving end of several charges Feb. 20.According to an Independence County sheriff’s report Deputy Duane Grice was traveling south on Highway 167 at about 2:15 a.m. when he spotted a white Nissan Sentra driving 70 mph in a 50-mph zone. Grice followed the vehicle up Ramsey Mountain when he noticed the driver, later identified as 24-year-old Richard Blaine Crafton, driving halfway in the turning lane and halfway in the inside southbound lane.

List of 2011 Oscar winners:

February 28, 2011 Best Picture: “The King’s Speech”Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”Actress: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”Directing: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”Foreign Language Film: “In a Better World,” DenmarkAdapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”Original Screenplay: David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 3”Art Direction: “Alice in Wonderland”Cinematography: “Inception”