‘Oh, no, it’s the cops,’ man says before fleeing

February 24, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A man who reportedly said, “Oh, no, it’s the cops” and fled on foot was captured a short time later in Portia and arrested for theft, Lawrence County sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.The man, 22-year-old Denny Joe Smith, was developed as a suspect after a Portia resident reported to police that he had $400 stolen from his residence the previous day.Information gathered from the homeowner led investigators to believe Smith might be a suspect, Dotson said.

Nelson seeks re-election

February 24, 2010 Larry Nelson has announced he is seeking a second term as justice of the peace, District 7, on the Independence County Quorum Court in the Democratic primary in May.District 7 is composed of the area east of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, all of Ruddell Hill, all of Bethesda and part of the Cushman area.Nelson serves on three committees: solid waste, county road and parks and recreation.

Girtman announces

February 24, 2010 CAVE CITY — Wanda Girtman of Cave City has announced her intent to seek a fourth term as Sharp County treasurer.“I consider it an honor that the citizens of Sharp County have allowed me to serve as their county treasurer. I truly enjoy the job of Sharp County treasurer and the people I serve,” Girtman said.

Brown seeks re-election as judge

February 24, 2010 CAVE CITY — Larry Brown of Cave City recently announced his candidacy for re-election as Sharp County judge, subject to the May 18 Democratic primary election.“I have appreciated the opportunity to work for the citizens of Sharp County during the past three years,” Brown said. “With five federally declared disasters in the last two years, it has been challenging, but I have enjoyed working with the quorum court, city and county officials.

Ponder seeks Congress seat

February 24, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — Businessman and educator Ben Ponder of Mountain Home has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arkansas’ First Congressional District.Ponder grew up in Mountain Home and graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1993. After high school, he attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville as a Chancellor’s and Governor’s Scholar, earning bachelor’s degrees in communication and architectural studies. While an undergraduate, he was active in Christian campus ministries.

City endorses scenic byway

February 24, 2010 Local officials are hoping to get a set of three scenic drives designated as scenic byways.Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council passed a resolution endorsing the Ozark Scenic Byways initiative. The Ozark Gateway Tourism Council has established a trio built around a number of historic assets, including museums, downtown historic districts, state parks and numerous churches, schools, farms and historic homes.

FCCLA president visits

February 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — Melbourne High ninth-grader Cara Smith will spend the next year speaking to many crowds as the newly elected state president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.One of those opportunities came Monday night at the Melbourne School Board where she spoke about the high school organization and gave her song/speech presentation that helped her win the state seat earlier this year.

Council deals with traffic light issue

February 24, 2010 Drivers going down Batesville’s Main Street will still be required to stop at Fourth and Third streets, the city council decided Tuesday night.The only difference is that the city employees will remove the yellow and green light boxes from the signals, leaving only the red lights to flash, which means stop.

Missing man found

February 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — An elderly Cave City area man missing since Monday has been found, thanks to the help of a Jacksonville couple, said Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver.“The family of Billy S. Wilkerson reported him missing when he did not show up at the location he had been headed to,” Weaver said. “Mr. Wilkerson left his home at 8 a.m. on Wilkerson Way and was headed to Cave City. According to family members, he never arrived. Mr. Wilkerson has Parkinson’s and dementia.”Wilkerson also uses a walker to get around and is likely to fall without it, family members said.