Arkansas colleges, universities enjoy record fall enrollment

October 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Total fall semester enrollment at Arkansas colleges and universities increased by 5 percent compared to last year, according to preliminary figures released by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE). Of the state’s 44 public and private institutions, 37 enjoyed overall increases in enrollment with some institutions growing by double digit percentages.

Burn ban issued in Newark

October 5, 2010 NEWARK — A ban on burning, effectively immediately, was issued this morning in Newark by Fire Chief James Langston and Mayor Randy Hendrix.Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston said the ban will remain in place until further notice.

Workers safety conference set

October 5, 2010 A workers safety conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Thursday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Private enterprise and local government officials are encouraged to send their hourly workers, members of safety committees, supervisors and managers with safety responsibilities to this conference.Nursing home managers and nurses may use this training for continuing education purposes.

Veterans memorial gets grant

October 5, 2010 ASH FLAT — Area residents are invited to the Veterans Memorial in Ash Flat at 2 p.m. Wednesday for the official acceptance of a $10,000 grant for the memorial’s fund, said Sharp County Judge Larry Brown.State Rep. Curren Everett of Salem secured the grant, Brown said.Veterans, especially, are encouraged to attend.

Southside man faces 24 counts of forgery

October 5, 2010 Twenty-four counts of felony check forgery have been filed against Christopher Keith Adams, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.In the affidavit Sims said that on March 17, Kyle Bennett of Pleasant Plains reported that someone had been writing checks on his closed account.During the course of the investigation, Sims said a review of surveillance tapes showed Adams, 25, of Sherrill Drive, using one of the stolen checks at the Pleasant Plains Video Mart.

Business luncheon announced

October 5, 2010 The business and professionals of the Batesville area are invited to a relaxed, free luncheon from noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursday in the west annex of First Baptist Church at 610 E. Main St., according to a news release.The lunch is presented by a group of individuals from various churches in the community in an effort to give business persons a mid-day break where they can relax, network with others, have a meal, and a little business-oriented pep talk before returning to their jobs.

Hunters charged with trespassing

October 5, 2010 Gregory D. Perkins and Edward L. Hamilton may have seen the “no trespassing” signs, but that wasn’t enough to deter them from hunting on posted property, according to a police report.Around 6:30 p.m. Monday Thomas Vanenburg reported two men in a Jeep hunting on his property in the Greenbrier bottoms that he had posted with no trespassing signs. Deputy Michael Moody with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office arrived and talked with Vanenburg, who said he spotted two men walking out of the woods into his bean field.

Teens charged with smoking pot

October 5, 2010  A quick smoke before school landed two 17-year-old Batesville teens in jail Friday morning.Deputy Randy Jones said he was dispatched to Riverside Park just before 8 a.m. where three teens were reportedly smoking something from a pipe that the caller believed might be drugs.Jones said when he walked up to the car he could detect the odor of burnt marijuana and asked the female driver of the car if they had been smoking anything.“At first she stated they had not been smoking anything, but then stated they were smoking cigarettes before school,” Jones said.

Man stabbed 22 times with screwdriver

October 5, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Cherokee Village man was arrested Saturday after stabbing a Lynn man 22 times, said Lawrence County Sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson.Jason Madrid Jones, 30, was arrested after a 911 call came in from a residence in Lynn about a man being stabbed, Dotson said.“Deputies, Lynn first responders and AET ambulance were dispatched to the residence,” he said. “Once at the residence a man named Jeremy Mullins was found to have 22 stab wounds, none of which were life threatening.

Farm Bureau official takes on EPA

October 5, 2010 ASH FLAT — The federal Environmental Protection Agency has, in essence, come out against agriculture by targeting farmers with overregulation that could take away their livelihoods, Arkansas Farm Bureau Vice President Rich Hillman of Osceola said Monday.Hillman told Sharp County Farm Bureau members during their annual meeting that the EPA is proposing more permit requirements. One of the latest proposals is to require poultry growers to have permits in regard to exhaust fans in their poultry houses.