Nervous Rice arrested on two drug charges

January 27, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A shaking Joseph Fred Rice of Black Rock was arrested Sunday for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson.Rice was behind the wheel at the time.“The arrest came after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy noticed a vehicle sitting in the middle of the street in Black Rock blocking traffic,” Dotson said.“The deputy stopped to check on the driver, Joseph Rice. Rice was shaking and acting very nervous.

Flowers awards Shellenberger with Spirit Award

January 27, 2011 Flowers Baking Co. of Batesville has selected employee John Shellenberger recipient of its 2010 Flowers Spirit Award.“The Flowers Spirit Award recognizes employees who are a positive force at work and in their community,” according to a news release. “The award was inspired by the kindness and generosity of Langdon S. Flowers, past president and chairman of the board of Flowers Foods. Throughout his life, Langdon Flowers encouraged many people within the company and throughout the country and was an active supporter of many charitable and community organizations.”

Cedar Ridge oks outdoor classroom

January 27, 2011 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board on Jan. 18 approved the construction of an outdoor classroom for students at Newark Elementary at a cost of $42,160. The outdoor classroom is a collaborative effort among the district, Newark Elementary, parent-teacher organization, Newark Elementary student council and Independence County and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission grant funds, with each contributing towards the total amount.

Batesville son to retire from Army after 30+ years

January 27, 2011 After more than 30 years of service to his country, Col. Thomas Maxx Baker will retire from the United States Army on Feb. 4. The ceremony will take place aboard the USS battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The USS Missouri was the location of the signing of the Japanese surrender ending World War II. Baker is currently stationed at Camp Smith Hawaii and serves as the logistics operations officer for the Pacific Command, which controls U.S. military interests throughout the Pacific theater.

Car hits shop

January 27, 2011 A Batesville woman was treated at White River Medical Center after her car collided with another vehicle and then struck a building at the intersection of Boswell and South State streets.According to a report by Independence County Deputy Fred Friar, Kimberly Pierce, 46, of 565 Hawkins St. was driving west on Boswell when her 2004 Ford CVC collided with a 1992 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Andrew Martin, 21, of 20 Bobbye Lane.The report indicates Martin, who was southbound on State Street, failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection. He was cited for failure to yield.

EHC lists tips for dryer safety

January 27, 2011 Clothes dryers are a helpful appliance many of us rely on almost daily. However, they cause about 15,000 fires in the United States every year, resulting in nearly a dozen deaths and several hundred injuries. Proper installation, use and maintenance of your clothes dryer will allow you to reap its’ benefits without the worry of damage or injury.The following clothes dryer safety tips are presented by the Independence County Extension Homemaker Council:• Have your dryer installed and serviced by a competent professional.

Church planning event

January 27, 2011 The Family Connections Ministry of Batesville First Assembly is hosting an F3 event: Family Food & Fun right after Sunday’s worship service at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center at 20th and Lyon Streets for all parents and their children.The event is free and open to the public, especially single parents and grandparents who are acting as parents. Those attending are asked to register by calling (870) 793-5489.

Craft workshop scheduled

January 27, 2011 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will host a “Hug-a-Bugs” workshop at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 designing a one-of-a-kind bug for Valentine’s Day.This creature craft is made from a wooden heart and all supplies will be furnished. No pre-registration is required. For more information call (870) 933-6787 or e-mail

Poetry reading is tonight

January 27, 2011 The Southside Creative Writing Club will host a poetry reading from 6-7:30 tonight at the Cinnamon Stick, 151 W. Main St., Batesville. This is the second poetry event hosted by the club, and it will feature returning poets as well as a few new ones, adviser Tim Bennett said. The event is open to the public. For more information call Bennett at (870) 251-2662.

Church to feature ‘Grace’

January 27, 2011 Grace will be the topic of discussion when the North Heights Church of Christ presents Winter Wednesdays at the church located at 200 Warrior Road, Batesville.The series began Wednesday and will continue Wednesdays through March. The next discussion, “Grace with Skin On It,” will be held Feb. 2.Other presentations in the series include “Grace Came Running,” Feb. 9; “In Your Face Grace,” Feb. 16; “Grace with a Hook,” Feb. 23; “Grace Rejected,” March 2; “Who is this God of Grace,” March 9; and “Is Law the Balance to Grace,” March 16.