Small quakes near Guy

February 15, 2011 GUY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports recording two small earthquakes near Guy in central Arkansas.The USGS reports an earthquake of preliminary magnitude 2.5 was recorded at 11:28 a.m. Monday. That follows a preliminary magnitude 2.1 quake that was recorded in the same area at 10:08 a.m. Monday.No injuries or damage is reported.Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans.

Lyon alum to talk about amazing weight loss

February 15, 2011 Kevin Vornheder, a 2004 graduate of Lyon College, will return to campus Friday to share his inspiring weight loss story at 1 p.m. in Nucor Auditorium. The event is open to the public as well as Lyon students, faculty and staff. Admission is free.Vornheder, who lives in Mountain Home, was the subject of a news story in The Baxter Bulletin on Dec. 28. The story, by staff writer Josh Dooley, reported that Vornheder had started gaining weight in elementary school.

Willis to compete in Greece

February 15, 2011 This summer, Batesville native Chelsea Willis will be competing in the Special Olympics, in the birthplace of the ancient Olympics themselves: Greece.

Hydro levels running low

February 15, 2011 Dry spells equal low water levels equal the hydroelectric project shutting down, at least temporarily. John Stacy and Damon Johnson came before the Independence County Quorum Court Monday night to discuss production levels at the hydroelectric plant.Stacy was named the hydro project manager when the county took over, upon the departure of Luna Energy on Dec. 31. Johnson is the public works engineer for the city of Batesville.

Hospital plans $35M build, adding 270 jobs; county approves $540K grant in ‘seed money’

February 15, 2011 White River Medical Center is planning a four-story, 60-bed facility that will add nearly 300 jobs over the next five years.Monday night, Ed Mabry, executive director of the Independence County Economic Development Commission, came before the quorum court asking it to fund $540,000 for this major expansion project. The ICEDC met Jan. 28 to review the grant; recommendations must go before the full quorum court for approval.Mabry said this “seed money” will be used as leverage to obtain grants and monies from other programs.

Man arrives at jail clad in underwear

February 14, 2011 A man wearing only his underwear and claiming to see bugs in the back of a patrol car faces one count of public intoxication-drugs, according to a police report.Deputy Wayne Green said when he arrived at the Wildcat Station in Sulphur Rock Sunday, 24-year-old Joshua C. Best was there, apparently drunk. Jason Stoner, 36, of Sulphur Rock told the deputy that Best was in his work truck and was refusing to get out.

Dolph duo faces drug charges; 6 arrested at party for drinking

February 14, 2011 MELBOURNE — A Dolph man and woman were recently charged with multiple drug offenses: three felonies and two misdemeanors.Tony Alfonso Grigg, 41, and Danetta Marie Mayfield, 31, who reside at 85 Dockins Lane, were both charged Feb. 7 with possession with the intent to deliver-methamphetamine, a class Y felony; possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony; unlawful use of a communication device, a class C felony; endangering the welfare of a minor-second degree, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

Two jailed for leaving small children at home

February 14, 2011 When Laura Smith answered the door at her apartment Saturday she found a 5-year-old boy and his 3-year-old sister who were scared, searching for their mother and asking to stay with her.Smith, 25, took both the children into her residence and called the police.When Deputy Anthony Carter arrived Smith said one of the children had a $50 bill and tried to give it to her.Carter said he then spoke with the 5-year-old and asked if he knew where his mom was and he said “no.”

BHS seeks funds for ‘Project Graduation’

February 14, 2011 Batesville High School will be hosting its 23rd annual Project Graduation on May 20, and organizers are currently seeking donations to make the event a success. Project Graduation, which will be held the night of Batesville’s High School Graduation May 20, is an all-night, drug-free and alcohol-free party organized by high school seniors with the help of parents, school personnel, churches and businesses.

Dinner, cake walk planned

February 14, 2011 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Ladies of the Highland Elks Lodge will hold a spaghetti dinner/cake walk for members and guests from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Highland Elks Lodge, 15 Elks Drive in Cherokee Village.Serving of “all you can eat” spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert starts at 11 a.m. and the cake walk begins at 11:30.Tickets for adults are $6 at the door, $5.50 in advance, children ages 4-12, $2.50, and children under 4 are free.All proceeds go to local charities.