Thida man rescued

March 11, 2010 A young Thida man had to be rescued from his truck after floodwaters swept him off a low water bridge around midnight Wednesday.Union Hill-Thida Fire Chief Mark Hightower said his department was paged out a few minutes after midnight to a young man stranded in floodwaters on Departee Creek near Lost End.According to Hightower, who didn’t release the youth’s name, the incident occurred when the youth drove his pickup truck onto the low water bridge at Union Hill.“That bridge floods all the time and he drove off into deep water and was swept away,” Hightower said.

Tornado survivors

March 11, 2010 IN 1973 PRINCIPAL BILL COOP saw the approaching storm and remembers being consumed with more fear than he had ever experienced in his life.As Arkansans brace for possible tornados in the months of March and April, the Old Independence Regional Museum is presenting “Tornado Survival Stories” at 2 p.m. Sunday, said curator Twyla Wright.“A panel of people who experienced the destruction of a tornado will tell their stories,” Wright said.Coop was the principal of Batesville’s Central Elementary School when a tornado hit on Thursday, April 19, 1973.

Storm claims one life

March 11, 2010 One person was killed in the tornadoes that cut a path through Arkansas, ripping off rooftops and downing power lines along the way, authorities say. Ward Baldridge, 79, was killed in the storm that slammed through Cleburne County Wednesday night. Baldridge lived with his wife Imogene and grandson Blake (age and last name unconfirmed at press time) on Sawmill Road South, Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss said.

Checkpoints to target underage drinking

March 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Police will be working with other law enforcement agencies March 12-21 and April 16-25 conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. Officers will be looking for drunk drivers of all ages, but with an emphasis directed toward teenage drivers.

Woman charged after fleeing from hospital

March 10, 2010 After allegedly bolting from a hospital exam room with an IV still in her arm, a Bethesda woman is facing escape charges.Independence County Deputy Jeremy Qualls said he responded to an accident on White Drive, just west of Gainesboro around 3:40 a.m. Saturday where he found a car off in the ditch with a woman, later identified as Kandy R. Dowell, 27, of 185 Dowell Lane, slumped over in the seat.

ASU Small Business Center set to sponsor seminars in Batesville

March 10, 2010 Jonesboro — Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host two workshops for small businesses March 17 and 18 at the chamber conference room.“Seven Steps to Small Business Success: How to Get a New Business Started Right” will be from 1-4 p.m. March 17. This workshop is for those who are considering starting a new business and have the best potential to succeed regardless of economic conditions.

Naturally Ozark Web site to launch April 15

March 10, 2010 Melbourne — The Naturally Ozark Web site will be launched April 15, according to a news release from the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development corporation.During a recent meeting of the NCARED Creative Economy team, Rich Fischer, team leader and NCARED board vice chairman, said interest is building as word of the Naturally Ozark branding effort and Web site ( spreads through the region.

Izard County deputies arrest man for pulling weapon during fight

March 10, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies were dispatched to a residence in Plantation Estates in Melbourne around 1 a.m. Saturday in response to a domestic situation where weapons were involved, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said in a news release.According to the female victim, Joey E. Clairday, 20, of 3015 Plantation Circle grabbed her arm and twisted it and threw her onto the bed. Later during the fight, Clairday got a knife from the kitchen and said that he would kill her if she didn’t kill him first, Lawerence said. According to the report, the victim was holding a .40 caliber pistol.

Batesville area students recognized for leadership

March 10, 2010 For more than 60 years the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program has provided high school juniors from across the country with the opportunity to participate in a hands-on citizenship training program.On March 6, the American Legion Auxiliary of Jenkins-Henderson Unit 114 of Batesville recognized local participants Courtney Cross, Kirbi McMullin, Norma Lopez, Keri Rogers, Linh Tran and Tanya Tye for their participation in the 2009 Arkansas Girls State program held at Harding University in Searcy, May 30 through June 5, 2009. All are Batesville High School students.

Bayer must pay $1M to farmer

March 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Wooodruff County Circuit Court jury has ordered Bayer CropScience LP to pay a rice farmer more than $1 million in a lawsuit over experimental rice variety.The decision Monday awards $532,643 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages to Lenny Joe Kyle. The jury found Kyle suffered losses when the German corporation’s experimental variety of genetically modified rice was mixed with the rice supply.