Flags lowered

June 15, 2010 Flags are being lowered and are to fly at half-mast until sundown Thursday in honor of Army Spc. Chris Yauch who was killed in action Friday.Yauch, a 2005 graduate of Batesville High School, was on active duty in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 23.Also killed in action was 24-year-old Sgt. Israel P. O’Bryan of Newbern, Tenn.

Arrest made in alleged rape of 12-year-old

June 15, 2010  An 18-year-old Batesville man has been arrested on the charge of rape of a 12-year-old girl, according to a press release from Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill.Cockrill said a report was filed by with his department on Friday by the girl’s mother stating that there had been sexual activity between the girl and Christopher Gray.“In an interview with Detective Sergeant Brent Everett the following day, Gray admitted that he had sexual contact with the 12-year-old,” Cockrill said.

Market needs vendors

June 15, 2010 Main Street Batesville will host a weekly open market in the downtown pocket park on Saturdays beginning June 26, Main Street executive director Paula Grimes has announced.The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors from Independence County and bordering communities are welcome to participate; there is no entry fee. Farmers and gardeners; artists and craftspeople; and cooks specializing in jams, jellies, baked goods, candies, and other homemade edibles are welcome to participate.

Gas project fizzles — at least, for now

June 15, 2010 ASH FLAT — When engineer Stewart Noland told Sharp County officials in April of 2009 that a proposed $30 million natural gas project was in line for $10 million to $15 million in stimulus grant funds, the project seemed like a shoo-in.That’s not the case now.Grant funds never came through, and the county’s quorum court voted Monday night to return every potential customer’s $100 deposit.

Blackford gets 50 years

June 15, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — Fifty years.That was the plea agreement entered in Cleburne County Circuit Court charging Mark Clifford Blackford, of Mountain View in the murder and aggravated robbery of 19-year-old Kagen Futrell.The capital murder trial was to get under way here today on a change of venue out of Stone County.Prosecutor Don McSpadden said the decision not to try Blackford was agreed upon by the family.“This is what the family wanted,” he said, adding Blackford will testify against two others who were also charged.

‘Juneteenth’ kicks off Friday

June 14, 2010 POCAHONTAS — The first “Juneteenth: A Celebration of Community” African-American Heritage Festival will be Friday and Saturday. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and continue at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Eddie Mae Herron Museum Center at 1708 Archer St. in Pocahontas.

Dog dip, bath scheduled

June 14, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County will host a dog dip/bath from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.The humane society is asking for $6 donation for a bath, $6 for a dip or both for $10.“It is a great opportunity to get the dogs dipped, since the flea and tick season is in full force now,” said Sue Augustus, volunteer.

Prayer shawl group to meet

June 14, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

Dog walkers needed

June 14, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County’s Dog Walking Club meets every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Batesville North Complex and is seeking volunteers to help walk a shelter dog. Call Lynn Makarick at (870) 251-4145 or Sue Augustus (870) 307-5305 for more details or “to just let them know you’ll be there so they can bring the perfect dog for you,” according to a news release.

Izard man should have obeyed judge’s orders

June 14, 2010 MELBOURNE — Failing to comply with orders from Circuit Judge Tim Weaver will keep a Franklin man in jail for the time being. Michael Joseph Kelly, 21, was arrested June 7 after failing to comply with Weaver’s orders. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Kelly will remain in jail until the next scheduled circuit court date.In other arrests:• Linda Faye Tenin, 48, of Cotter was arrested during the early morning hours Saturday on the charge of public intoxication-drugs. Tinin posted a $205 bond later that day and was released from jail.