Crawfords to have reunion

April 28, 2010 The Joe Crawford family reunion will be Saturday at Oak Bluff Community Building, located on Oak Bluff Road, off of White Drive between Gainesboro and Charlotte. A potluck will be served at noon. All family and friends are invited.

Ozarka panel eyes finances

April 28, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees Finance Committee will meet at 2 p.m. May 6 at in the president’s conference room (administration building). Agenda items other than review of the 2010-11 operating budget proposal include designated reserve balance, year-end cash allocation, tuition and fee structure, adjunct faculty compensation and cost of living adjustment. For more information, call Karla Rush or Nancy Dust at (870) 368-7371.

Church homecoming set

April 28, 2010 CAVE CITY — The annual homecoming at Pleasant Valley Church and cemetery, near the banks of Poke Bayou 10 miles west of Cave City, will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, according to cemetery committee spokespersons Novelene Garrison and Cyndie Christopher. The event will open with singing followed by a gospel message, then a potluck lunch. Everyone who has family in the cemetery or who has other ties to the community is encouraged to attend.

New books at Independence County library

April 28, 2010 “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Rebecca Skloot “Citizens of London,” Lynne Olson “Game Change,” John Heilemann “What Happened,” Scott McClellan “Kelly’s Chance,” Wanda E. Brunstetter “The Declaration of Independence,” Rod Gragg “The Easter Egg,” Jan Brett “Holistic Herbal,” David Hoffman “You Are What You Eat,” Gillian McKeith “American Indian Healing Arts,” E. Barrie Kavasch “A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-functioning Autism,” Sally Ozonoff “Growing Fruit and Vegetables,” Richard Bird “Sacred Places in North America,” Courtney Milne

Shots fired, patrol cars damaged during high-speed chase

April 28, 2010 ASH FLAT — A “wild and woolly night” involving a high-speed chase in Sharp County ended this morning with a driver who struck two patrol cars with a pickup still on the lam despite the use of tracking dogs, Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning. Deputy Jeff Adam was injured when the driver’s black 2001 extended cab Dodge pickup crashed head-on into the sheriff’s department’s new Dodge Charger cruiser, heavily damaging and possibly totaling it, Weaver said. Shots were fired earlier in the chase in an attempt to disable the errant vehicle, he said.

Attorneys spar over experience

April 28, 2010 Experience was the buzz word in the debate for the 16th Judicial District prosecuting attorney. Criminal jury trial experience — who’s got it, or doesn’t have it. That was one of the main points tossed about Tuesday night. The final debate of the night was between incumbent Don McSpadden and his challenger, Jerrie Lee Grady. Again, each candidate was allowed a brief opening statement, during which both touted their legal backgrounds.

Griffin, Hicks debate finances

April 28, 2010 Incumbent Bill Hicks and challenger Robert Griffin both said the other had some learning to do, as they sparred over waste in the budget, JP pay, road equipment, county library and “business as usual.” The second of the three debates Tuesday night, the exchange between the candidates for Independence County judge was lively at times. Budget The first question pertained to whether the candidates believed there was waste in the county budget and if so, how they would eliminate it.

Sheriff candidates take stage

April 28, 2010 None of the three sheriff’s candidates have held that administrative role yet, but all have years of law enforcement experience, including in this county. Billy Meeks, Steve Jeffery and Bill Lindsey tackled such topics as the jail, immigration, concealed carry and what changes they would make, if elected. Immigration In light of the Arizona immigration law, which has been criticized as going too far as it classifies anyone without proper document as an illegal alien, the candidates were asked if Independence County has an immigration problem.

On the campaign trail

April 28, 2010 Between 300 and 400 people turned out to see three Democrat political debates in person, while just as many watched them at home on the Batesville Daily Guard’s website. The Guard and two student groups at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa, co-sponsored the debate Tuesday night at Independence Hall on the UACCB campus.

Ozarka announces registration

April 27, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College is now registering current students for the upcoming summer I, summer II and fall semesters. Students who have successfully completed a semester at Ozarka can register online after meeting and planning their class schedules with their academic advisor. Once registered, financial aid arrangements must be made. Any new or first-time, full-time students may register as follows: Summer I, II, and Fall May 10-11 — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ash Flat, Melbourne and Mountain View May 18 — 9 a.m. Compass Test; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mountain View