Author Steece to sign books

August 25, 2010 David Steece, author of “Paradox,” will sign copies of his autobiographical book from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hastings Bookstore in Batesville.

Man sentenced in plot to kidnap sheriff’s son

August 25, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — A Mount Judea man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring to kidnap the son of Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape.Fifty-four-year-old David Middleton was sentenced after pleading guilty Friday to the conspiracy charge and to a charge of delivery of methamphetamine.Middleton is currently serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for a drug conviction. His state term is to begin when he completes the federal sentence.Police say Middleton planned to use the sheriff’s son as leverage for his own release from prison.

Man, 36, drowns

August 25, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — A Mountain View man drowned about 3 p.m. Friday in the Boswell Shoals area of White River, Stone County Sheriff Todd Hudspeth said.Scott Allen Price, 36, was at a cookout when he decided to swim, changed into shorts and went into the water. According to witnesses, Price never resurfaced.Several boat crews from Izard and Stone counties joined in the search for the victim.

Concord seeks donations

August 25, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord School District is in need of band instruments for students taking beginning band, district secretary Debbie Sartain said.“If you have a band instrument you would be willing to donate,  please call the school at (870) 668-3522.”

Edmonds named Eagle Scout

August 25, 2010 Jonathan Edmonds, 18, of Batesville was awarded his Eagle Scout badge during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at First Community Bank on Aug. 15. Edmonds began his career as a Scout in 1998. During that time, he has achieved star rank and earned the 21 merit badges required for the Eagle award plus 11 more badges. He passed his board of review in June.

Tyler Farr to be broadcast on Guardonline.com

August 25, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will live broadcast country newcomer Tyler Farr, the opening act for the Gone Country Music Fest set for Thursday night at Riverside Park.Farr takes the stage at 6:30. Tune in at www.guardonline.com.Steve Thomas with Batesville Promotions compares the 26-year-old Farr to Jason Aldean, saying, “We’ll be hearing more from him.”Farr counts among his influences George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Bocephus, Shenandoah, Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Keith Whitley, Conway Twitty and Chris Knight.

Burglary investigation ends with one arrest

August 25, 2010 A Batesville woman was arrested on a drug charge just before midnight Tuesday after a police officer investigated an unlocked security cable at a local business.Sheriff’s Deputy Fred Friar said he was patrolling businesses along the White River south of Kennedy Park and east of Highway 167 when he noticed the gate cable to the entrance of Scott Clark Construction was lying on the ground.

Melbourne staff gets raise

August 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — Teachers and staff at the Melbourne School District will be seeing a little extra money on their paychecks and in their bank accounts this year. The Melbourne School Board on Monday voted to give classified and certified staff an across-the-board 1.5 percent increase on their salaries. For certified staff, which includes those who hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees, that amounts to an extra $500 based on the district’s salary schedule.

WRMC among ‘Most Wired’

August 25, 2010 White River Medical Center is wired.The hospital earned the distinction of being among the most technologically-advanced hospitals in the country by being recognized as one of the nation’s 25 Most Wired-Small and Rural hospitals by the American Hospital Association, according to a news release.