Ozarka board to meet Thursday for quarterly report

September 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees will hold a regular quarterly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Board Room of the John E. Miller Education Complex.Agenda items include consideration to approve new hires, end-of-year and year-to-date financial reports, Board Policy revisions, partnership with the Gorno-Altaisk University, Core Strategic Plan and election of a Board of Trustee Secretary.For more information, contact Nancy Dust at (870) 368-2006 or ndust@ozarka.edu.

Quorum court set for tonight

September 13, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the second floor courtroom of the Independence County Library building at Third and Main streets.Among items on the agenda will be:• a report on construction progress with the Department of Human Services call center.• resolution announcing grant to expand facilities at the Batesville Help and Hope distribution center.• revised guidelines for county parks and recreation grant applications.• county department head reports.The meeting is open to the public.

Body sent to crime lab

September 13, 2010 The state medical examiner’s office has been given the task of trying to determine if the death of Ronald Edward Berry was from injuries he may have suffered in a recent vehicle accident with a deer, from non- prescribed medications, or from other causes, according to local authorities.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Friar said he was dispatched to the Harrison Street residence of Berry around 5:20 p.m. Sunday after family members reportedly found his body in a bedroom.

20 vendors commit to festival

September 13, 2010 Twenty antique and craft vendors from around the state have already reserved booth space for Batesville’s second annual Autumn Antique and Crafts Festival, set for Oct. 22-23. Vendors scheduled to date include Junction Leather (belts, wallets, and quality leather products), Florence Bullington (antiques and quilts), landscape artist Lanny Canady, Francine Everett (antiques and furniture), and 16 others. Main Street Batesville executive director Paula Grimes is “planning for as many as 50 vendors.”

UACCB sees enrollment triple

September 13, 2010 In the 13 years since UACCB merged with the University of Arkansas System, enrollment has nearly tripled.This fall, the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has enrolled 1,718 students, and while not a new record, that number is still something to be proud about, Chancellor Deborah Frazier noted.Frazier told the approximately 200 people attending a Community Cookout Thursday afternoon that the number of student semester credit hours was 18,677

Roger Bennett Memorial Concert set for Oct. 2

September 10, 2010 The Roger Bennett Memorial Concert will feature Brian Free and Assurance, taking the stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Citizens Bank began the gospel concert series in 2006 with Roger Bennett & Legacy Five playing at a homecoming for Bennett, who was the group’s piano player. Bennett was from Strawberry and very well known in the area, according to a new release. His performance at his homecoming was the last, as he soon after lost his battle with leukemia on March 17, 2007.

Local teen missing

September 10, 2010 A request is being made for the community’s help in locating a missing teen who has not been seen since he left home five days ago.The request came from Independence County Sheriff Office Alan Cockrill.“Timothy Reams, 17, was last seen on Sunday, Sept. 5 at approximately 11 a.m. in the vicinity of 950 Bethesda Road,” Cockrill said. “Timothy told his mother he was going to a friend’s house but never showed up.

Guardsmen to be pinned as 2nd Lt.

September 10, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Denise Douglas of Batesville will be recognized as a second lieutenant in the Arkansas Army National Guard during a pinning ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, according to a news release. Douglas is one of four cadets who completed the final phase of the Officer Candidate School Traditional Class #53 at Fort McClellan, Ala.Ten cadets who completed the Officer Candidate School Summer Accelerated Class, which was conducted at Fort McClellan, will also be recognized.

Charity store reports theft

September 10, 2010 As he was being arrested for taking donated items from the holding area at a Water Street resale store, Duke Ashley, 35, of Batesville, told police he was taking the items to give to needy people.Ashley was arrested shortly after noon Monday by Deputy Duane Grice after Martha Justice, manager of Almost New resale store, called the sheriff’s office complaining of a man stealing items from a holding area in the back parking lot of the business.

Traffic stops end in drug, warrant arrests

September 10, 2010 Things didn’t go so well for a Salem man when he was stopped by Batesville police Saturday night for having only one headlight and not using his turn signal.Jamey C. Dockins, 32, was stopped on Agnes Street after he failed to use a turn signal on Highway 106 around 11:30 p.m. by Deputy Bret Ward who noticed that Dockins’ pickup only had one headlight.“I asked Mr. Dockins to step out of the vehicle and performed a patdown search on him,” Ward said.