Armed robbery reported

April 16, 2010 The Independence County Sheriff’s Department was notified today of an armed robbery which had occurred at Desha Flash Market.It was reported that two suspects had entered the store armed with handguns and had taken money.Within minutes of the report, the sheriff’s department patrol division had apprehended two suspects. The suspects are currently incarcerated on a probable cause hold pending formal charges.Further details will be released as the investigation continues.

Pollie Verser remembered

April 16, 2010 GREERS FERRY — In the late 1970s, Pollie Verser showed that men weren’t the only ones who could serve, protect and defend. As the first female police officer in Batesville, she loved her job and took it seriously, never concerned about those who might have thought that a woman could never do a “man’s job.”

Rate hike proposed

April 16, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville may be asking for a tuition increase, but the cost to attend UACCB would still be lower than other community colleges in the area.

Two women taken into custody

April 16, 2010  The passing of a large number of phony $100 bills at the Batesville Walmart and nearby Murphy Oil gas station Thursday afternoon didn’t go unnoticed by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Alan Cockrill said this morning the suspect who passed the money was identified and after some preliminary investigation a search warrant was obtained for a room at a local motel and two arrests made.Arrested were 27-year-old Danille Taylor of Sandtown Road and Nicole M. Ervin of Jackson Road, Bradford.

Arkansas Scottish Festival is next week

April 16, 2010 Kilts and mulligans will be plentiful April 23-25 at the 31st Arkansas Scottish Festival on the Lyon College campus.Festivities begin that Friday with a bagpiping competition in the pocket park on Main Street in Batesville and the sixth annual Kilted Invitational Golf Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain.

UAMS first in state to let patients view, pay online

April 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Patients at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences can now view and pay their bill, schedule a doctor’s appointment, refill a prescription and view lab test results online through the free and secure MyUAMSHealth patient portal available at

What’s going on this weekend in the Batesville area:

April 15, 2010 Friday• 48th annual Arkansas Folk Festival, Mountain View. Handcrafted goods, music, talent show, frontier life demonstrations, parade, dancing and more. Call 1-888-679-2859 or visit In conjunction with this, the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village will have an open house with free admission (music shows extra) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (870) 269-3851 or go to• Mark Trammell Quartet in concert, 7 p.m., Oxford Baptist Church.

4-H’ers attend global youth conference

April 15, 2010 Leigh Ann Bridgers, a member of the Cave City Livestock 4-H Club, and Laman Fountain, a member of the Batesville 4-H Club recently attended the Kansas City 4-H Global Conference, in Kansas City, Mo.

Free smoke detectors, fire extinguishers offered

April 15, 2010 The Batesville Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and will install them at no charge. This service is only available to residents in the city limits.The fire department received a $2,500 grant from State Farm to buy 516 smoke detectors including batteries then bought the fire extinguishers at a fraction of the retail price through federal surplus.

UACCB’s SGA, PTK to host meet and greet

April 15, 2010 Candidates running for office in Independence County are invited to attend a meet and greet at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville on April 27.The meet and greet is hosted by the Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and will start at 6 p.m. in Independence Hall, 140 West. Designated tables will be available for candidates to place campaign materials and visit with the public. At 7, candidates will be given two minutes to make a statement to attendees.