Marijuana suspected as cause of accident

November 2, 2010 A 19-year-old driver from Mount Pleasant, Anna Starr Bryant, reportedly told Independence County Deputy Fred Friar that she had “smoked a joint” about an hour before she rammed a car at a Batesville intersection around 4 p.m. Monday.“Ms. Bryant stated that she had stopped her 2004 Nissan Altima at the intersection on 14th and Neeley streets and when she started to cross Neeley Street she didn’t see the other vehicle traveling west on Neeley,” Friar said. “Ms. Bryant struck the driver’s side door of a 1995 GMC Jimmy being operated by Duke Ashley.

Bond set at $100,000 in domestic fight

November 2, 2010 Police say an 8-year-old child was witness to an incident where a woman was choked and threatened with a gun during a domestic disturbance in Floral Monday morning.Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said in a court affidavit that officers were dispatched to a residence of a possible drug overdose.“When officers arrived they were met by a male identified as James Weaver (age 46) who advised his wife was inside threatening to kill herself and that she had attacked him with a broom,” Mundy said.

WRMC Auxiliary’s Gary Edwards honored as Volunteer of the Year

November 2, 2010 Visitors at White River Medical Center can’t help but notice the people wearing pink jackets or red vests. These are the volunteers who provide hours of service to patients and their families, as well as to the employees of WRMC. Whether it is driving a golf cart, caring for family and loved ones in the Surgical Waiting Room, or simply folding letters for employees, the work these volunteers do does not go without gratitude, hospital officials said. On Oct. 7, one of the many hardworking WRMC Auxiliary volunteers, Dr.

Roller-Crouch recognized

November 2, 2010 Roller-Crouch Funeral Home has been honored with the 2010 Pursuit of Excellence Award by the National Funeral Directors Association, according to a news release.

Two new businesses open downtown

November 2, 2010 Two historic buildings in downtown Batesville have undergone major remodeling and a fresh face lift to become new businesses owned by Gilbert and Melody Lopez.The Lopezes’ first venture was to totally remodel the interior, and repaint the front of the Goodwin Drug Store building at 115 E. Main and turn it into an inviting and modern fitness center they call Body Fit.“We offer group fitness classes for Body Sculpt to work every muscle in the body in a one-hour class, turbo kick exercises, Hot Yoga, and the new cardio Latin dance Zumba,” instructor Melody Lopez said.

RoseFire enters national competition; community encouraged to vote online

November 2, 2010 DULUTH, Minn. — A local band is hoping to make a big splash on the national music scene, according to a news release. RoseFire, of Batesville, has entered Maurices’ “Small Town Sound” band search. Maurices created this contest in partnership with PlayNetwork and Sonicbids to discover the next famous female-fronted band.More than 500 bands are vying for their big break.

Blanchard caverns list winter hours

November 2, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Although some visitor attractions close for the winter Blanchard Springs Caverns, which is operated by the U.S. Forest Service, stays open five days per week, Wednesdays through Sundays.This schedule begins Nov. 1 and stays that way through March. Located 15 miles northwest of Mountain View, Blanchard is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

HWY 7 to perform at Desha

November 2, 2010 DESHA — Christian recording artists HWY 7 will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, located at 2655 Heber Springs Road in Desha.The group has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., Country Tonite Theatre and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the Gibson Café at Opry Mills in Nashville, Tenn., the Great Passion Play and Pine Mountain Theatre in Eureka Springs and with country music group Little Big Town at Country Stampede in Kansas.

State vehicle report coming

November 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ chief financial officer said Monday that many state employees will have to give up their official vehicles when he completes a review of workers who use the cars to commute.The assessment of the state’s fleet, and limiting its use by workers who commute from home, had been ordered by Gov. Mike Beebe. The policy shift took effect Monday, and a review of applications from state employees who want to keep using the vehicles to commute should be finished by midweek, said Department of Finance and Administration Director Richard Weiss.

Entergy rates to drop

November 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Entergy Arkansas, the state’s largest supplier of electricity, says its rates will drop in January because of a reduction in what the company pays to get power from the Grand Gulf nuclear plant in Mississippi.Entergy said in a news release Monday that the average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month would see a reduction of about $1.40 a month.According to the release, that will drop the typical Entergy Arkansas residential customer’s monthly bill below $90 per month — basically, the same rate customers were paying 12 years ago.