Confession obtained

April 20, 2010 Bond was set at $150,000 for a man who confessed to robbing the Desha Flash Mart on April 16 and to a residential burglary where he obtained a gun.According to the affidavit for arrest, Danny Foster of Batesville has been charged with aggravated robbery along with residential burglary and theft of property.Foster was taken into custody, along with a juvenile, when officers spotted them under the White River Bridge.

Hoxie 21, part 2

April 20, 2010 HOXIE — Born and raised in Lawrence County, Fayth Hill Washington has fond memories of her childhood in Hoxie.“We were very happy. I had a wonderful and supportive family. ... Mom, Dad, Brother (Wesley Hill), and my grandparents lived next door,” she said. Next door to them was Buddy Rasdon’s grocery store.

Old-Fashioned Games: Family Day resumes

April 20, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum continues its popular Family Day series with a celebration of spring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1, traditionally known as May Day, said Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator.“Admission for this event is free, but donations are always appreciated,”  Nikkel said.

Food drive to be May 8

April 20, 2010 The Batesville Post Office will hold its annual food drive for Batesville Help and Hope on May 8.The 2009 food drive was a success, as the carriers collected more than 6,000 pounds of food for the nonprofit organization, said Doug Davis, who serves as the food drive coordinator for the NALC Local Union 1684.The week of the event, postal customers will receive postcard reminders in their mailboxes.“People can put their donations in their mailbox, hang them from their mailbox or put them under their mailbox,” Davis said.

Coordinator sees need for donations

April 20, 2010 It was just last winter that Carolyn Wilson and another volunteer were talking about how cold it was. The mercury was below freezing, and Wilson mentioned her car’s seat hadn’t even warmed up before she got to work at Batesville Help and Hope.Then, a homeless man came in, and Wilson got a dose of reality.“He’d been living under the bridge, it was 13 degrees out and he was almost froze,” she recalled.

Highway commission awards bids

April 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Highway Commission has opened bids for improvements to roadways in Independence County, according to a news release.The first project will install traffic signals at several intersections on Highway 167 in Batesville. Shelby Electric Company Inc. of Memphis was awarded the contract at $276,028.

BAAC offers collage class

April 19, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will provide a collage workshop entitled, Unleashing Your Creative Spirit” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1 at the BAAC Art Gallery, 246 E. Main Dy.This will be a one-day workshop using a variety of mediums. Participants will explore papers, paints, collage components and techniques, just to name a few.No experience is needed for this class. Everyone will go at their own pace with the assistance of instructor Ann Snyder, a member of the Off the Beaten Path Art Guild from Mountain View.

2 nabbed after posting pics of stolen backhoe

April 19, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Two men who stole a backhoe valued at $25,000 were arrested in Lawrence County Friday after they posted pictures of them with their stolen prize on Facebook, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.Arrested were 20-year-old Justin Winters of Walnut Ridge and Adam Madden, also 20, of Hoxie. Both are being charged with theft of property and criminal mischief.

Wreath laying ceremony set for Saturday

April 19, 2010 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter No. 135 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will lay a wreath at the Confederate monument on the courthouse lawn in Batesville at 10 a.m. Saturday to commemorate Confederate Memorial Day and to remember all those who participated in the Civil War.The ceremony is open to the public.

Southside sees increase in students, funding

April 19, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — More students equals more money.With 76 more students attending the Southside School District this year than last, according to the district’s third quarter average, this will result in growth funding for the current year and increased revenue for next school year, Superintendent Roger Rich told the school board during its regular board meeting on April 12.