Three charged in inmate’s death

January 12, 2010 LONOKE (AP) — Lonoke County prosecutors have charged three inmates with second-degree murder in the death of a former prisoner.Prosecuting Attorney Wes Feland said Monday Eddie Buchy, David Lane and Wesley Minnie also were charged with engaging in violent criminal group activity for the fatal beating of Jerry Luker.County officials say Luker was taken from the jail to the hospital Oct. 19 after he was found to be suffering from a skull injury.

Damages awarded in ATV crash

January 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A legislative subcommittee has upheld a $1.5 million award the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is to pay a Des Arc man.Thirty-three-year-old Jeremy Kirkland was injured when he crashed an ATV into a 3-foot-deep ditch dug by AHTD crews on a Prairie County road. The department has been found to have been negligent for failing to post warning signs.

Police allowing online reports

January 12, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Fayetteville police have started a Web-based crime report system allowing residents to report some minor crimes online.Crimes such as minor theft, criminal mischief, lost property, harassing communications and illegal dumping can be reported through and selecting the police department.Police Sgt. Bill Phelan says the reports go through the system the same way — residents just won’t speak with a police officer. Phelan says that gives officers more time to respond to major crimes.

Wrong way driver arrested for DWI

January 12, 2010 A Batesville woman reportedly seen driving the wrong way on a one-way street Friday night went to jail for drunk driving.Independence County Deputy Bret Ward said he was sent to College Avenue where a red Cadillac was seen driving the wrong way around 11 p.m.While driving around in the area of the call, Ward said he saw a red Cadillac turn off a side street onto Pine street and travel toward Central Avenue and then onto Westside Laundry where the woman driver parked.

Board denies mobile home permit

January 12, 2010 Last week the Batesville Board of Zoning Adjustment upheld a ruling by Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure, denying a permit for Jerry Waugh to place a manufactured home in a mobile home park at the corner of Chestnut and Bayou streets.“The code enforcement officer denied the permit on the basis of a non-conforming use,” said board member Steven Lewis. “Mr. Waugh however believes he is in full compliance, that this is an existing and continuing non-conforming use and therefore does not require a permit.”

Pham makes Dean’s List

January 12, 2010 ATLANTA — Candis Pham of Batesville made the Dean’s List for fall semester 2009 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Undergraduate students earning a 3.00 or higher academic average for the semester gain the distinction of being named to the Dean’s List at Georgia Tech.

UCA presents degrees

January 12, 2010 CONWAY — More than 700 degrees were conferred during the winter commencement at the Farris Health and Physical Education Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas on Dec. 12.The following students were awarded degrees: Joanna Anderson of Cave City, bachelor of science; Andrea Baker of Batesville, master of arts in teaching; Teela N. Baxter of Batesville, bachelor of science in education; Ashton Schmidt of Batesville, BS; Christopher Willette of Batesville, BS.

Author to sign books

January 12, 2010 Wade Rivers will return to Batesville to sign copies of his first book, “Y City,” a suspense thriller based in western Arkansas. He will be at the Hastings Bookstore from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.Rivers is now at work on his second book, a collection of suspenseful stories.For more information, visit, call (479) 216-0963 or e-mail

GAP to meet Jan. 14

January 12, 2010 The Batesville School District’s Grandparents as Parents program will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Batesville Early Learning & Enrichment Center Resource room at 1900 Lyon St. Child care will be provided and refreshments will be served.

Sidney man named broker

January 12, 2010 Coldwell Banker Choice Realty announced recently that Greg Hodge of Sidney has been named as the new executive broker for the company as of the first of this month.“We’re happy to have Greg as our new Executive Broker,” said Missy Aaron, a spokeswoman for the company. “He has an excellent background in real estate sales, and is extremely motivated and knowledgeable about our ever-changing market.”Hodge can be reached at Coldwell Banker Choice Realty at 513 Batesville Blvd., or by calling (870) 793-7778.