Batesville becomes ‘Whoville’ when vandals target Christmas decorations

December 22, 2010 Thieves and vandals continue to hit Independence County homes, some even targeting outside Christmas decorations.Jim Wilson of Dennison Heights in Batesville told Deputy Michael Price on Saturday someone stole a standing deer ornament from his yard and moved other Christmas decorations around. The incident occurred between 10 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday. Value of the deer was estimated at $35.

Man with warrants in Izard admits to theft in Independence

December 22, 2010 A Paragould man accused of stealing his grandmother’s credit cards did it because he was “high,” according to an affidavit filed in Independence County Circuit Court.Officers took a theft report Sunday from Wanda Baxter of Batesville. She said she had family visiting on Saturday, and the next day a family member called her and told her to check her purse.

Wound Center physicians receive board certification

December 22, 2010 White River Medical Center Wound Healing Center medical director Ted Shields and physicians Anthony Lamkin and Jason Paxton recently earned certification by the American Board of Preventative Medicine in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine after successfully completing a rigorous credentialing and examination process.

Main Street offers gifts

December 22, 2010 Last-minute Christmas shopping is a thrilling event for some, and a nightmare for others. This type of shopping can lead to crowded malls with long lines, but these discouraging obstacles can be overcome by shopping with locally owned and operated Main Street Batesville merchants who offer something for just about everyone on your Christmas list. Most are open on Christmas Eve too.Take a day to shop downtown by parking at the upper end of Main Street and making your way downtown.

U.S. gas demand should fall for good after ’06 peak

December 21, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — The world’s biggest gas-guzzling nation has limits after all.After seven decades of mostly uninterrupted growth, U.S. gasoline demand is at the start of a long-term decline. By 2030, Americans will burn at least 20 percent less gasoline than today, experts say, even as millions of more cars clog the roads.The country’s thirst for gasoline is shrinking as cars and trucks become more fuel-efficient, the government mandates the use of more ethanol and people drive less.

Bank promotes one

December 21, 2010 The Citizens Bank has promoted Karen Shaw to senior vice president and loan review officer. Shaw, with 10 years of banking experience, joined Citizens Bank in 2003. She will continue to serve as loan review officer and will join the bank’s senior management team. As a certified public accountant, Shaw will supervise the loan review department that is in charge of determining compliance with bank policies, procedures and federal regulations as well as the collateral tracking of loan documents.

4-H’ers assist Williford library

December 21, 2010 WILLIFORD — On Nov. 27 members of Hillbillies 4-H Club donated their time and hard work to a cause near to their hearts, according to a news release. Club members spent their day boxing up books at the old Sharp County Library-Williford Branch located on Highway 58 in Williford. Once all the books and other furnishings were boxed and loaded into several vehicles they were taken to the new, state of the art, library located on Highway 63 where club members unloaded and cleaned all the books. The books were then shelved to prepare the library for its opening day.

Pfeiffer water board meets tonight

December 21, 2010 The Pfeiffer Water Authority will meet at 5 tonight at the Batesville Municipal building. Agenda items include requests for new service, construction updates and possible discussion of the widening project on Highway 167, which will result in relocating water lines, said Nick Baxter, office manager of the Pfeiffer/Batesville water utilities. Meetings are open to the public.

One dies in car-train crash at Bay

December 21, 2010 BAY (AP) — The Craighead County sheriff’s office says a woman has died in the collision of a car with a train near the community of Bay.Jonesboro television station KAIT reports that the accident occurred Monday afternoon on County Line Road, just east of Arkansas 463 and south of Bay, which is about 10 miles southeast of Jonesboro.Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division identified the woman as 45-year-old Linette Bradsher of Trumann was killed in the incident.

Christmas veggie dinner slated

December 21, 2010 The Seventh-day Adventist Church will host a free community vegetarian Christmas dinner at 1 p.m. Friday.The church is located at the corner of Harrison Street (Highway 69) East and Gap Road in Batesville.For a ride to the church, call Laurie DeWitt, pastor, at (870) 793-4688.The event is open to the public.