McLoy honored for grades

February 1, 2011 POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Abigail McLoy, daughter of Mary Moore of Floral, was named to the College of the Ozarks fall 2010 Dean’s List.McLoy is a 2008 Southside High School graduate.To qualify for the Dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.6 minimum grade point average during the semester and carry at least 15 credit hours.

Pham makes list

February 1, 2011 ATLANTA — Candis Pham of Batesville made the Dean’s List for fall semester 2010 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Undergraduate students earning a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester gain the distinction of being named to the Dean’s List at Georgia Tech.

Cops recover property from multiple thefts

February 1, 2011 MELBOURNE — Two arrests have been made and some property has been recovered during an investigation by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department involving multiple thefts.John Edward Rone, 23, of Melbourne was arrested Jan. 18 in connection with thefts from the farm of John and Linda House of West Road, Mount Pleasant; and the Conway Miller farm near Sage.Rone was charged with breaking or entering, a class D felony; theft of scrap metal and theft by receiving, both class C felonies; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Citizens launch efforts for Bethesda boat ramp

February 1, 2011 BETHESDA — It was standing room only Friday night as citizens from the Bethesda area met in the fire station to hear District 71 Rep. Tommy Wren and Ken Shirley with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission discuss the possibility of a public boat ramp being built on the nearby White River.Credited with launching the effort for the ramp, Wren said he was following through on a promise to look into the matter after numerous local residents asked for his support during his 2010 campaign. “I’ve been lobbying for this for about three months,” Wren told the crowd.

No license plate ends in weapon, drug arrest

February 1, 2011 Various charges have been filed against a Batesville man after an officer made a traffic stop Saturday night.Deputy Michael Moody said he was on patrol near Locust Grove Road and Red Barn Lane when he stopped a white truck with no license plate.Moody made contact with the driver, 21-year-old Nathan Tyler Riddle, who could not produce a bill of sale or proof of insurance. He told Moody he had the vehicle for nearly a year, and during the conversation Moody said Riddle appeared to be very shaky and fidgety.

Man may have partied too hard, jailed for DWI

February 1, 2011 A man who initially refused help but was later taken to a hospital by ambulance faces careless driving and DWI charges.Deputy Duane Grice said he was dispatched to an area on Cord Road Saturday around 2:49 a.m. concerning a one-vehicle accident.Grice said he was told the vehicle had heavy front end damage and was still smoking.Eighteen-year-old  Colton Tyler Wolverton was located several feet away from the accident scene, and according to information from dispatch, was complaining of neck pain and being cold.

Petit Jean Poultry plant to shut down in April

February 1, 2011 ARKADELPHIA (AP) — Petit Jean Poultry Inc. says 385 workers will be idled when it closes its chicken-deboning plant at Arkadelphia, effective April 1.The Daily Siftings Herald reported Monday that the company said in a news release that the facility lost a deboning contract it had with Tyson Foods. Plant manager Ronnie Farham said efforts to find another company to contract with weren’t successful.The plant has a total payroll of more than $3.5 million annually.

Woman wins renovation contest

February 1, 2011 HOXIE (AP) — Serina Wilson was on the Hibbett’s Sporting Goods Inc. website searching for coupons on athletic equipment and ware. What she found instead was the deal of a lifetime for the Hoxie School District. The school is set to receive thousands of dollars in equipment and repairs after winning the Hibbett Sports Operation Sports Renovation Program award. “I’m ecstatic,” Wilson said. “It’s kind of like winning the lottery. You’re not sure if it’s real or not.”

Relocation to Jamestown is ‘Dream’ for flea market

February 1, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — Dot and Ronnie Enos have relocated their home decor business to the corner of Highway 25 and Jamestown Road, next to New Horizons School and renamed it Dreamland Flea Market.“We still have all the interior decorating items we’ve always had,” Dot Enos said recently. “Plus we’ve added an outdoor flea market area that can be used any day of the week and we take items on consignment too.”

City of Magness says ¡Olé! to new Mexican restaurant

February 1, 2011 MAGNESS — A bit of Mexico has come to Magness in the form of San Miguel Mexican Restaurant at 8757 Harrison St. in the former Whistle Stop Café, which has been remodeled in a style that carries a country motif.In addition to featuring a menu of traditional Mexican fare like tacos, enchiladas, tamales and quesadillas, San Miguel also offers chile relleno (stuffed poblano pepper with choice of beef or cheese), bistek ranchero (chopped fajitas cooked in a chile mix), as well as carne guisada (meat diced into chunks and cooked with gravy).