Hit/run reported

December 27, 2010 Independence County authorities are investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred at about 4:50 Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of East Main Street and Central Avenue.According to a report by Deputy Andrew Rogers, James Kerr of Cave City was driving a 2004 Kenworth tractor trailer rig south on Central Avenue, crossing the Main Street intersection, when the truck collided with a pickup truck that was traveling the wrong way on Main Street. Kerr said the pickup driver was attempting to make a left turn onto Central Avenue.

Gov. Beebe not pleased with 3 agencies on vehicle use

December 27, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says the governor isn’t pleased that there has been no change in vehicle use at three state agencies despite his call for officials to re-evaluate the use of state-owned vehicles for commuting by state employees from home to work.

Victim visiting mom for Christmas

December 27, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities say one of three people who died in double murders and a suicide at a Lake Norfork home on Christmas Eve was visiting his mother from a Chicago suburb where she had formerly lived and he still did.The Baxter County sheriff’s office has identified the three as 20-year-old Victor Robles of Villa Park, Ill.; his mother, 56-year-old Louise Svensson; and her husband, 52-year-old Harry Svensson.The sheriff’s office said evidence indicated that Harry Svensson shot his wife and his stepson before turning the gun on himself.

Izard County reports arrests

December 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — A man suspected of several thefts has been arrested, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Dennis Jay Lawrence, 45, of Melbourne was arrested Tuesday for stealing copper wire from a residence near Lunenburg. The sheriff said Dennis Lawrence is a person of interest in other theft cases in the county. He posted a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court.In other arrests:• Stacy Lea Boling, 26, of Ash Flat was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of forgery of a prescription. She remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Worn tires blamed for wreck on Ramsey Mountain

December 27, 2010 Driving on bad tires left a Batesville woman with some minor injuries and a ticket following a one-vehicle crash Wednesday on Ramsey Mountain.Arkansas State Police Cpl. Jeremy Page cited Michelle Sipe, 25, for driving with defective equipment. Page said Sipe was northbound on Highway 167 about 1:50 p.m. when she apparently lost control of her van, which then ran off the road and hit a utility pole, breaking both the pole and the guy wires. The pole landed on top of Sipe’s vehicle and wires fell to the ground all the way up the mountain.

NCARED to host state legislators

December 27, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — A legislative breakfast and a summit are two upcoming events for the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development Corporation.The board met earlier this month to work on plans for a legislative breakfast at the state Capitol on Feb. 10. NCARED representatives will meet with state legislators to discuss the organization and how it works to promote economic development in the eight-county region it represents.

Emergency department joins antibiotic campaign

December 27, 2010 It’s that time of year again — cold and flu season. Once you have exhausted all of the over-the-counter and home remedies for getting rid of that nasty bug, it’s tempting to pick up that bottle of antibiotics prescribed to you last year for an infection. That should help you get well, right? Wrong!White River Medical Center (WRMC) Emergency Department (ED) is partnering with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to conduct an Antibiotic Campaign, which promotes and educates proper antibiotic use, including the importance of taking all the medication prescribed.

Bank donates $5,000

December 27, 2010 First Community Bank has made a $5,000 donation to the Batesville Regional Airport, said Dale Cole, bank chairman and CEO.“We are a well-equipped airport with full instrument approach and a 6,000-foot runway, which can accommodate all corporate sized aircraft,” said Mary Amos, airport manager. “Last year, First Community Bank fulfilled a five-year financial commitment to our organization. We are thrilled that the bank sees the crucial part a nearby airport plays in the progress of an area and has generously extended their financial support.”

Pangburn chief says he, 2 officers fired by mayor

December 27, 2010 PANGBURN (AP) — The former police chief of Pangburn, who ran unsuccessfully this year against the incumbent mayor, said Thursday that the mayor had fired him and the town’s only two officers, leaving the community’s 650 residents without a police force.Former Chief Harold Glenn said Mayor James Williams — who won a runoff against Glenn on Nov. 23 — fired him and his brother on Wednesday, then dismissed the remaining officer on Thursday. Williams had demanded the resignations of all three police officers five days after the election, Glenn added.

Mabry optimistic about future

December 27, 2010 Looking at statistics from the Department of Workforce Services as a “report card,” it wouldn’t be too hard to give Ed Mabry an A for effort.Independence County has 400 fewer unemployed people than it did at the start of 2010, an increase in the workforce, and its unemployment rate has dropped from 9.5 to 6.9 percent.