$5,000 donated to Lyon College

November 29, 2010 First Community Bank recently donated $5,000 to Lyon College to help purchase new furniture after a fire destroyed the school’s cafeteria. The adjoining student lounge area also received damage due to smoke and water.The bank’s $5,000 gift has been earmarked to assist with the purchase of new furniture for the student center/lounge area where the smoke and water took its toll on the furnishings.

Petsense offers variety

November 29, 2010 Whether it’s canned food, clothing, toys, bakery-style treats, medicine or grooming you’re needing for a family pet, it only makes sense to shop at Petsense, store manager Carla Holt said. Aside from being the 39th store in the country and the third in Arkansas, Petsense is a much-welcomed addition to Batesville at 45 Eagle Mountain Blvd. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Petsense offers an assortment of products and services as varied as the animals it caters to which includes pets of the four-legged kind and those with fins.

Chase sends man to jail

November 29, 2010 A police pursuit across the county Wednesday afternoon, in which speeds often reached 100 miles per hour, ended in Cushman with two police cars damaged and one man under arrest for numerous felony charges.Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens said he was traveling north on Highway 69 near Limedale Road around 4:30 p.m. when he activated his radar on a truck doing 68 mph in a 55-mph zone.Stephens said he stopped the truck on Limedale Hill and the driver identified himself as 37-year-old Jason Lee Lewis.

Stories, carols, crafts Old-fashioned party set at museum

November 29, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum will host its 4th Annual Old-Fashioned Family Christmas Party from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 11, said administrative assistant April White.“Admission is free for this event, but donations are always appreciated,” White said. “This is the final installment of the museum’s popular Family Day series for 2010.“We envision an old-fashioned Christmas as one where families come together to enjoy the stories, sights and sounds of the season.”

Store clerk unharmed in armed robbery

November 29, 2010 CAVE CITY — An armed robbery at the Cave City Express Mart at 7720 N. Saint Louis St. early Sunday morning has the Independence County Sheriff’s Department searching for a suspect.   Store clerk Felice Wooldridge, 55, told police that a black male wearing a gray ski mask, with knife in hand, entered the store at about 3 a.m., demanding money from the register.Wooldridge said the suspect climbed over the counter and told her that if she gave him the cash from the register he would not hurt her, so she opened the register and let him get the money himself.

Skinner’s to close

November 29, 2010 When Thurman Skinner found himself medically discharged from the Army, he also found himself needing a job.That’s when he enrolled in the Memphis School of Watch Repair. But watch repair was only the start for Thurman and his brother Herbert when Skinner’s Jewelry and Watch Repair opened in 1946 on Broad Street in Batesville. A year later the brothers were bringing in jewelry to sell.

Tuckerman woman arrested

November 26, 2010 Doing “donuts” in the parking lot of the Country Crossroads Store at Cord Tuesday morning before passing out behind the wheel of her truck, landed a Tuckerman woman in jail, Deputy Patrick Collins with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said.Collins said he was dispatched to the store around 11 a.m. where store employee Lenette Melton said a woman in a maroon Ford Sport Trac had been doing “donuts” in the parking lot before she passed out behind the wheel just a few feet from a busy highway intersection.

Sharp JPs approve budget

November 26, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court approved a 2011 budget Monday that lists anticipated revenue of $2,635,739 in the general fund and $3,691,945 in the road fund.Projected expenditures are $2,635,108 in the general fund and $2,730,212 in the road fund.The largest line item budgets in the general fund include: County Sheriff’s Office & Jail, $1,104,568; Tax Collector’s Office, $182,775; County Clerk’s Office, $164,842; District Court, $147,060; and Tax Assessor’s Office, $132,203.

Truck shop burglarized, farm equipment stolen

November 26, 2010 Mike McIntosh showed up for work at MHC Kenworth a little early Tuesday morning so he could get started on making deliveries, but ended up spending most of the morning filling out a police report and doing inventory.McIntosh told police when he arrived around 7 a.m. he found a warehouse door open and the window on the north side of the building broken out.

Beekeeping course scheduled for Dec. 7

November 26, 2010 A Beekeeping for Beginners Short Course is scheduled for Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the Independence County University of Arkansas Extension Office at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville, said Stan Carter, Extension staff chairman.The course will be from 5:30 to 8:30 each night and is free and open to the public.“You can register by calling the Extension office at (870) 793-8840,” Carter said.