Ernie Couch & Revival to perform at Evening Shade

January 25, 2011 EVENING SHADE — Nashville, Tenn., male gospel group Ernie Couch & Revival will be in concert Sunday at First Baptist Church of Evening Shade, located on Main Street, during morning worship service at 11 a.m. Donations will be collected.Couch is a native of Sharp County and has many friends and family in the area.

Ultimate Scrubs will hold its grand opening Friday

January 25, 2011 Medical personnel, cosmetologists, and those who just like to be comfortable, now have a new place to shop for their scrubs: Ultimate Scrubs & More at 148 W. Main St. in downtown Batesville.Ultimate Scrubs, owned by Brenda Tucker and Chasity Hastings, offers medical uniforms and jackets by Jockey, White Swan, Peaches, Dickies and Med Couture in a rainbow of colors, as well as a line of comfortable shoes by Veggies and Dawg.“We are a medical scrub store in the former Batesville Uniform Shop, but we have a new twist on things,” Hastings said.

Color marks the spot for new styling salon

January 25, 2011 CAVE CITY — Wyndi’s Salon of Cave City has expanded, and not just with more clientele, but with a bigger facility, more stylists and a new location.The salon is now located in a tropical green cottage style building, off-set and between Wilson Chiropractic Clinic and Cave City High School at 625B Main St.In addition to herself, owner Wyndi Ratliff’s staff includes Jeri Turner, a recent graduate of the Highland Academy of Cosmetology and Ramona Brewer, a graduate of Bee Jay’s Hairstyling Academy in Batesville.

OBU prof pens ‘Stories of Survival: Arkansas Farmers During the Great Depression’

January 25, 2011 ARKADELPHIA — A Calico Rock man born during the Great Depression has written a book about farmers who lived through that time. “Stories of Survival: Arkansas Farmers during the Great Depression” by Dr. William D. Downs, Jr., of Arkadelphia has been published by Phoenix International Inc.Downs was born in Calico Rock in 1932, which has been identified as the worst year of the Depression.

Property owners report stolen items

January 25, 2011 Thieves, particularly targeting vehicles and storage units, are raking in the goods, judging by the number of stolen items reported to police the past several days.• Morgan Isley of Case Street said someone broke into her 2006 Saturn Ion between 11 p.m. Friday and 9:50 a.m. Saturday by breaking the front passenger window. Stolen were her checkbook and wallet containing her driver’s license, credit cards and miscellaneous papers. Damage was estimated at $125.Isley said she heard a loud noise outside around 5 a.m., but did not investigate.

MOD event is Thursday

January 25, 2011 The March Of Dimes of Independence County’s annual kick-off celebration will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville.Individuals and anyone wishing to form a team or already have a team are urged to attend. There will be fun, food and door prizes, according to a news release.Attendees can pick up team packets and supplies for the upcoming walk held during spring. Sandy Liles will be recognized as the new March of Dimes Batesville walk coordinator.

Man killed in crash

January 25, 2011 A 27-year-old Quitman man, Eric Watts, was killed Monday when he failed to negotiate a curve and his 2001 Dodge pickup ran off the road and overturned, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Sean Reigle.Watts was traveling east on Highway 16 about two miles west of Greers Ferry when the accident occurred. Reigle said it was unknown for sure when the accident occurred and that Watts was not wearing a seat belt at the time.Watt’s body was being held by the Cleburne County Coroner’s office Monday afternoon.—from police reports

Actor to perform

January 25, 2011 Main Street Batesville has announced the guest artist for the 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk.Arts-in-Education artist Patty Carreras is working with one of the schools during the week of Feb. 6-11 and has agreed to provide a little performance during Batesville’s 2nd Friday event on Feb. 11. She will be providing a short comedy piece starting at 6:30 p.m.

Officers mum about search

January 25, 2011 Authorities believe they have just begun scraping the tip of a large scale investigation that already has resulted in the arrest of three people and left more questions than answers.And, investigators are keeping tight-lipped on details because the investigation is still in its infancy, Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery said this morning.It was about 4 a.m. when the sheriff’s department Narcotics Division and SWAT team met with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to finalize plans for this morning’s bust.