Batesville native named to college senate

January 12, 2011 JACKSON, Miss. — Bonnie Tucker of Batesville has been elected to the 2010-11 Student Body Association Senate at Millsaps College at Jackson, Miss. Tucker, the daughter of Tommy and Betsy Tucker, is an English and communications major. Millsaps Student Body Association provides students an opportunity to participate in college government, matters involving students interests, campus life and working with the administration, staff and faculty to build and preserve a learning community, according to a news release.

Winter effects linger despite sunshine

January 12, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Schools across much of Arkansas were closed for a second day Tuesday but many government offices were open and road crews made more progress on clearing streets and highways of ice and snow from a deadly storm that brought much of the state to a standstill.Four people died in traffic crashes that occurred in winter weather in central and southern Arkansas — three on Sunday and one on Monday, state police said.

Woman taken jailed for trying to ‘eat’ pills

January 12, 2011 A woman who tried to hide prescription medication from a deputy by swallowing it was arrested, according to reports from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies Patrick Collins and Duane Grice were called to the E-Z Mart store in Newark shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, where a clerk reported that a drunk woman had gotten out of a truck and entered the store to pay for some items she was purchasing. When the woman pulled her hand out of her pocket, she had a “handful of pills.”

Drunk man arrested after death threat

January 12, 2011 MELBOURNE — An allegedly drunk man who threatened to kill a woman was arrested Saturday night, according to a report from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Deputies were dispatched Saturday night to a residence on Fourth Street in Calico Rock regarding a domestic fight. The woman told police that Ronnie L. Mooney, 55, had threatened to kill her and that he was drunk. Mooney had left before officers arrived, but they found him at another house in Calico Rock.

Powhatan, Sharp Co. history intertwined

January 12, 2011 ASH FLAT — Powhatan Historic State Park’s Steve Saunders will speak at the Sharp County Historical Society’s winter quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Community Room at First National Banking Co. in Ash Flat, said publicist Ina Gill.

Bank supports 4-H

January 12, 2011 First Community Bank recently presented the Independence County 4-H program with a $1,000 check as an annual donation, said Boris Dover, the bank’s president and chief operating officer. Dover said the bank strongly supports area youth, and recognizes the many benefits of this program. “We gladly continue our support, and have full confidence that this organization will continue to have a positive impact on our community and our youth,” Dover said. 

Mt. Zion Baptist to host benefit concert

January 12, 2011 Don Bingham and Todd and Sharon Morris will host a benefit concert at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for Renewal Ranch in Conway.The fundraiser will be at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 149 Rorie St., Batesville and is open to the public.A free catfish and chicken dinner will be served after the morning worship service. Donations will be taken.For more information about Renewal Ranch or to receive its newsletter, call director James Loy at (501) 680-4895 or e-mail

‘Draw Me a Story’ to be exhibited

January 12, 2011 Old Independence Regional Museum is now taking school tour reservations for the nationally touring exhibit “Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration,” said staff member Amanda Nikkel.

No expulsions – One student returning to district

January 12, 2011 The Batesville School Board voted during a special meeting Tuesday not to expel three high school students involved in an off-campus drive-by shooting in December, but only one will be returning to the district, finishing the year at the district’s New Horizons Alternative Learning School at Desha.

Neighbor: Parents of Ariz. shooting suspect devastated

January 11, 2011 TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The parents of a man charged with trying to assassinate an Arizona congresswoman are devastated and guilt-ridden, a neighbor said, mourning their own tragedy as Tucson residents prepare today for a week of funerals and a visit from the president.Jared Loughner’s mother has been in bed, crying nonstop since Saturday, neighbor Wayne Smith, 70, told KPHO-TV. Amy and Randy Loughner want to know where they went wrong with their 22-year-old son, who is charged with trying to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing a federal judge.