Jewelry recovered

April 8, 2010 An estimated $5,000 in stolen jewelry, as well as a stolen credit card, checkbook and Dell computer were recovered when police served a search warrant on a Batesville woman’s car Wednesday afternoon.Independence County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeff Sims said he and Detective Rob Leonard served the warrant on Tabitha Brashers while she was conducting business at Tractor Supply Company.“She was inside returning merchandise for cash,” Sims said. “It was stuff she had bought with a stolen credit card.”

Levee certification under way

April 8, 2010 The city of Batesville is looking at a $150,000 price tag to get its levee certified this year, but if it’s not done it will mean a huge insurance increase for properties near the levee.Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson said the city is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to keep a FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) projection.“This is the first time we’ve ever been required to certify the levee, and it’s not just us; anybody with a levee has to certify it.”

Tax eyed

April 8, 2010 MELBOURNE — They want a tax.That was the decision Monday night of the Izard County Quorum Court when justices of the peace met prior to the regular meeting Tuesday.According to Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley, the tax would be used for roads.Just how much that tax might be is still up for debate. JP Justin Sanders said the court has not agreed on how much that tax should be, but have discussed either a half-cent or quarter-cent tax.

Eight jailed

April 8, 2010 ASH FLAT— Eight people were arrested in Sharp County Tuesday following a lengthy undercover operation conducted by the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Eleven arrest warrants were issued for suspects who are alleged to have sold various drugs, he said.“Three suspects are still at large,” Weaver said.Tuesday’s arrests during the mass round-up were made by drug task force agents assisted by the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, the Arkansas State Police and the Hardy, Cherokee Village and Ash Flat police departments.

Indicted – Couple face federal charges

April 8, 2010 Little Rock — An Ash Flat couple has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Little Rock in connection with their tax preparation business, Jane W. Duke, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Wednesday.James B. Morris, 65, and his wife, Karen Sue Morris, 47, are charged with theft of Social Security funds, conspiracy to defraud the United States, fraudulently obtaining Title IV Education funds, filing false tax returns, income tax evasion, and aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns.

Walden joins honor society

April 7, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE — James Walden of Batesville, a junior information systems major in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, was recently inducted into the Arkansas Alpha Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society for business students.Students must have a cumulative academic average placing them in the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors or the top 20 percent of graduate students in the Walton College to be eligible for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Walden is the son of Dan and Terri Walden.

Hillcrest student wins award

April 7, 2010 Blake Simmons, a Hillcrest High School student and member of the Future Business Leaders of America, received a first place award for technology concepts at the Future Business Leaders of America state leadership conference in Little Rock March 29 and 30.Simmons will compete at the national conference in Nashville, Tenn., in July. Hillcrest also received a first place certificate from Arkansas Children’s Hospital at Little Rock for fundraising.

Batesville offers ‘New Horizons’

April 7, 2010 New Horizons Alternative Learning Center is a secondary school of “choice” for students who may require a different approach to accomplish their educational needs and goals.  New Horizons was created in 1994 by the Batesville School District and initially served five other school districts located in Independence County.  School annexations and other issues have reduced that number to the present situation. New Horizons currently serves students in 7-12 grades from the Concord School District as well as the Batesville School District.

Community garden plots available

April 7, 2010 A Friends of the White River Community Garden meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Independence County Extension Office at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville for anyone interested in a gardening plot in the new community garden, according to Susan Shawver of the local Master Gardeners program.Applications for those wishing to participate in this year’s garden will be taken and rules discussed.

Woman charged for Facebook postings

April 7, 2010 ARKADELPHIA (AP) — A 16-year-old boy claims his mother slandered him on his Facebook page and has filed charges against her.Denise New of Arkadelphia is charged with harassment and her son — whose name was not released — is asking that New be prohibited from contacting him.Authorities say the boy lives with his grandmother — who has custodial rights.New says she believes she has the legal right to monitor her son and plans to fight the charges.Prosecutor Todd Turner said he can’t comment because of the son’s age.