Man with four DWI’s facing felony charge

November 30, 2010 Juan C. Gonzalez has been charged with his fourth drunk driving offense, and now his bond is set at $15,000.An arrest warrant was issued to Gonzalez, 34, of Hidden Valley Trailer Park, following his fourth arrest earlier this month for driving while intoxicated, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.Mundy said that Deputy Billy Croom was on patrol on White Drive Oct. 16 when he saw a white four-dour passenger car speeding and weaving, so he stopped the car.

Youth ranch promotes Dahlquist

November 30, 2010 Judi Dahlquist has been promoted to director of annual giving for the Arkansas Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Her previous position was direct mail manager. She has worked at the ranch for six years.As director of annual giving she will organize, plan and manage the ranch’s annual fund-raising program. She is also in charge of coordinating board meetings.She is a native of Sulphur Rock and graduate of Lyon College. Dahlquist is a current chairwoman of the Family Violence Prevention board. She is married to Richard Dahlquist.

Senior citizens to hold sale

November 30, 2010 The Batesville Senior Citizens Center will have a yard sale with craft items and baked goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday inside the center at 1590 College St.For more information call (870) 793-8821.

Tutor workshop planned

November 30, 2010 The Literacy Council of Independence County will hold a tutor training workshop at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Jubilee Family Church, 45 Thunderbird Drive in Batesville.Volunteer tutors are matched with adult students who are learning to read or who are learning English. Tutors meet with their student for two hours each week at a public location of their choosing, director Nicole Stroud said.  To register for the workshop call (870) 793-5912 or e-mail

ICEDC plans session

November 30, 2010 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Friday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, according to Ed Mabry, ICEDC executive director.

Thanksgiving accident gets driver DWI

November 30, 2010 A Thanksgiving day accident in which a utility pole was broken and utility lines knocked down resulted in a Newark man facing several traffic charges, including drunk driving.Deputy Phillip Pickett, with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, said he and Deputy Duane Grice responded to a one-vehicle accident on North Hill Street in Newark around 10:30 a.m. where a 1991 Dodge pickup truck driven by 49-year-old John Norman Patterson had struck a power pole.

NCARED begins strategic planning process; name change considered

November 30, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — With the end of the year in sight, the NCARED Board has begun updating its strategic plan.The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development Board met recently at First National Bank and Trust in Mountain Home. Dr. Mark Peterson, professor of community development with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, facilitated the process during the four-hour session.

ASU Ringers present concert

November 30, 2010 SIDNEY — The Sidney Baptist Church will host the Arkansas State University handbell ringers during a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday.The church is located at 9 Branch St. in Sidney. Admission is free and open to the public, but a love offering will be received.

Arrested for burglary, theft, man faces felony charges

November 30, 2010 Charges of being a felon in possession of a gun, along with theft of property have been filed against a 23-year-old Batesville man after he allegedly stole several guns, a flat screen TV and other items from an Ashley Drive home sometime around the night of Nov. 20.“The victim at the residence said she had been gone since the afternoon of the previous day and when she returned she found that a shotgun, a pistol, a flat screen TV, and other electronic equipment were taken from her residence,” Independence County Detective Robert Moser said.

Hospice journey to camp at park

November 30, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — The Float for Life team will be camping in Kennedy Park at Batesville on Saturday night with special permission and the date, Dec. 4, has special significance for the team.On Dec. 4, 2004, three Arkansas men whose lives had been touched by Hospice of the Ozarks set out on a journey that led them 418 miles down the White River from Bull Shoals Dam all the way to the Mississippi River.