Crushed cars block Ramsey Mountain

August 11, 2010 Benton truck driver Jimmy Willis, 40, said he was going up Ramsey Mountain on Highway 167 south a few minutes after 8 this morning when he heard a snap.“I had just slowed for the curve, I was doing about 30 when everything happened,” said Willis. “I heard the snap and didn’t even have time to look in my mirrors to see what was wrong before I was on my side.”Willis was driving an International tractor to pull an open box trailer loaded with crushed cars headed for a recycling center when his load shifted, causing his trailer to turn over and take his truck with it.

Sex offender caught

August 11, 2010 A Texas sex offender who fled on foot from local police early Tuesday morning was caught later in the day near the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill said 20-year-old Michael Sean Lee was arrested in a small wooded area near the College View Apartments north of UACCB shortly before noon Tuesday.

Southside fireman jailed for forgery

August 11, 2010 Accused of forging his fire chief’s name on gas receipts, Southside firefighter and fire department board member Tony Younger, 43, was arrested Tuesday afternoon.A warrant was issued for Younger after Southside Fire Chief Jeremy Loggins noticed a lot of fuel charges from a Southside convenience store bearing his signature, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.

No more poulter-geists running loose: Council wants ‘caged fowl’ left in ordinance

August 11, 2010 Hundreds of pitbulls, chickens running at large and any breed of dog on chains could be on the way out of Batesville.Tuesday night, the council again discussed a proposed vicious animal ordinance that also addresses fowl as well as animals tethered in the city limits.The council took no formal action but heard from a number of citizens about all three issues.Alderman David Shetron would like to see caged fowl be allowed in the ordinance, acknowledging “we don’t need chickens running around.”

Recreation tax defeated

August 11, 2010 The difference of 101 — that’s what it took to defeat a citywide sales tax election Tuesday.The number of ballots cast was 2,160, well above the 1,097 that turned out for the special wastewater tax in March 2009.But unlike the wastewater tax, which saw a 93-percent in favor, the recreation tax that would have paid for a $45 million community center and ball complex was much closer.The ballot had four questions, which may have confused some people. The four tallies were not equal in number, but they all had the same result — defeat.

Shopping cart crash sends man to jail

August 10, 2010 Just minutes after Michael Don Prince had wiped out several shopping carts, then damaged a wall and two vehicles, he returned to the scene of the crime to continue his shopping early Saturday, police say.Employees with the Batesville Walmart called police dispatch around 4 a.m. Saturday to report a car ramming a line of shopping carts, pushing them into the side of the store before they scattered and hit a car and a pickup truck and then driving away.

Per capita income falls in 6 Ark. metro areas

August 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Per capita income fell in six of Arkansas’ seven metropolitan areas in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.The bureau reported Monday that only Pine Bluff’s per capita income rose last year, up by 1.6 percent to $29,170 from $28,698 in 2008.Per capita income is the total income of residents in an area divided by the population. Total personal income includes wages and salaries, property income including interest and dividends and receipts such as insurance settlements or unemployment benefits.

Blue Dogwood brings bluegrass to music hall

August 10, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The area bluegrass band, Blue Dogwood, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall. Admission in $6, with children under 10 admitted free.Gwenn Marie, the band’s leader handles lead vocals, harmonies, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass and is also an accomplished songwriter. In 2007 she was honored by the North American Country Music Association as “Song Writer of the Year” and “Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year.”

Pancake breakfast scheduled

August 10, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City Kiwanis Club will host a pancake breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Bank of Cave City.Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and are available at the Bank of Cave City, Cave City Pharmacy and Cave City Library.

Daltons will perform

August 10, 2010 The Daltons, a gospel music group from Somerset, Ky., will perform at several area locations this weekend.The concert at Ruddell Hill Southern Baptist Church will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. Call Alan Brown, pastor, at (870) 612-8924 for more information.John 3:16 Ministries at Charlotte will host the group Sunday morning. Call Paul Anderson at (870) 251-1054 for details.The group will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Kensett. Call Martin Palmer at (501) 230-0590 for more information.Donations will be taken at each performance.