School board calls special meeting

April 22, 2010 The Batesville School Board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 tonight to interview its final candidate for Batesville schools superintendent.Mark Porter, retired Missouri schools superintendent who currently serves as an education consultant for Kansas and Florida, will be interviewed. Finalists Randy Willison, superintendent of the Prairie Grove School District, and Malvern schools superintendent Brian Golden were interviewed April 15 and Tuesday, respectively.

Barren Fork to celebrate 150 years

April 22, 2010 Mount Pleasant — Barren Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant is celebrating its 150th year of worship at its homecoming, set for May 2 at the church. “The church has touched many lives during its existence and the public is invited to come join in this celebration,” according to Kevin McMahan, one of the volunteers.

Local man to walk across U.S.

April 22, 2010 SULPHUR ROCK — A Sulphur Rock man has made a bet to walk 4,000 miles across the United States for a beer, according to a news release. The trek, in which Woody Brown will chronicle via his website,, is scheduled to begin May 1 at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.The challenge began when Brown, who was visiting home from Korea, was heard saying, “I have so much freedom now that if I wanted to, I could walk across the country,” to which a friend replied, “I’ll bet you a beer that you won’t do it,’” the release states.

Deputies graduate

April 22, 2010 Benjamin R. Keener and Jason Edington of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office are two of 43 officers who successfully completed Basic Police Training recently at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas.The 13-week, 620-hour course included instruction in standard police tactics, firearms, legal, educational, technical skills, and practical exercises.

Arrests made after tow truck driver recognizes stolen items

April 22, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Two Craighead County men were arrested Tuesday after a tow truck driver recognized stolen items in their vehicle as belonging to the wrecker company, said Lawrence County sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson.Shon Locken, 25, of Jonesboro and Jeffery Rouse, 23, of Bono were arrested for theft of property.

Man found in car

April 22, 2010 When a reportedly drunk man got into a car that wasn’t his, he got to sleep it off — in jail.Derrick Hicks, 29, of Woodland Street, Cave City was arrested around 2 this morning after Deputy Patrick Collins was dispatched to Lyon Street, where he met with Norma Castillo.Castillo said she awoke and found the rear driver’s side door of her car standing open in the front yard and a man inside.Collins said he woke Hicks up to talk with him. “He was clearly intoxicated and unable to make coherent statements,” Collins said.

Mobile home hit by truck

April 22, 2010 THIDA — Wayne Circy wasn’t in the Thida Store longer than it took to get a sandwich, but when he came back out he noticed his truck wasn’t parked where he’d left it. His truck had somehow crashed into a mobile home across the road, knocking the trailer about four feet from the front porch and off some of its supports. Furthermore, a 200-gallon propane tank in the front yard was knocked over.

Fast pursuit – Chase covers three counties

April 22, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE ­— Driving a vehicle he was unauthorized to use did not turn out well for a Melbourne man Tuesday.Lawrence County sheriff’s officers arrested Matthew Hawkins, 31, for aggravated assault, fleeing, criminal mischief, reckless driving and driving on a suspended driver’s license following a lengthy chase across three counties involving several patrol cars, tracking dogs, a helicopter and an airplane, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.

Candidates to meet Tuesday

April 22, 2010 A Meet and Greet will also include a debate afterwards when the candidates assemble Tuesday night at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.The event will be held in Independence Hall on the UACCB campus.Candidates for Independence County judge, as well as prosecuting attorney for the 16th Judicial District and those seeking the title of Independence County sheriff have been invited to participate in the 7 p.m. event.

Ozarka PTK has induction

April 21, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College’s Beta Alpha Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), a national honor society for students in two-year colleges, inducted new members during its Induction Ceremony, held the evening of April 5. After PTK president Shelly Whetstone welcomed students and their guests to the ceremony, Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka president, congratulated the new inductees on their educational success and leadership thus far and wished them continued success in their future endeavors.