Farmstead listed as historic

June 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arnold Springs Farmstead in Izard County is one of six properties in the state recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain said.The farmstead at Melbourne features an 1857 vernacular Greek Revival house and several outbuildingsThe other properties named to country’s official list of historically significant properties are:• Century Flyer at Conway, a miniature train manufactured by the National Amusement Device Company of Dayton, Ohio, around 1955;

Board meets tonight

June 16, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will meet at 7:30 tonight in the district office, Superintendent Gerald Cooper said.The board will consider the hiring of personnel. Meetings are open to the public.

Phony construction worker scams store

June 16, 2010 Police are looking for a man who allegedly scammed a local store by saying he worked for a bridge building crew when he bought a welder on credit.Joel Austin, of Air Gas in Batesville, said on June 9 a man came into the store saying he was part of a local bridge crew working for J.A. Riggs Construction and needed a welder.Austin said he sold the man a $709 Millermatic 140 auto welder and had him sign the purchase order with his name, Michael Floyd Sandlin.Austin said he helped load the welder into a black Toyota pickup with Texas tags.

Felony charges lodged following bomb threat

June 16, 2010 Bond has been set at $40,000 for a 25-year-old Cave City man accused of making threats to employees of the Batesville office of Health Resources of Arkansas, around 12:45 p.m. June 10.The charge of class D felony terroristic threatening was listed in a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mike Mundy.“When officers arrived it was discovered that Ricky Tillery had been in the office earlier in the day and had gotten upset and made vague threats upon leaving,” Mundy said.

Board meeting rescheduled

June 16, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has rescheduled its next quarterly Board of Visitors meeting for July 29. A reception honoring outgoing board members Roger Ried, Gary McDonald and Ronnie Hampton will follow the meeting. The meeting will start at 4 p.m. and be in the east banquet hall.

JPs fill vacancies

June 16, 2010 With one roll-call vote, employee vacancies in three county offices were filled by the Independence County Quorum Court Justices of the Peace Monday night.The vacancies were in the tax collector’s office, the tax assessor’s office and the Office of Emergency Management.Funding for these positions is already in place and filling of the jobs doesn’t change the annual budget.A similar and fourth request from Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden was not as easily approved.

Living with Alzheimer’s

June 16, 2010 It wasn’t like Larry Travis to chop firewood any size other than what he knew would fit in the stove or have to be told one day while driving that he was veering into the middle of the road.Sure, his memory wasn’t as sharp and his reasoning skills not as quick as they used to be, but Travis had chalked it up to old age.Feeling some questions needed answered, wife Ida called family doctor J.R. Baker, who recommended they see Dr. Homer Brooks at White River Health System.

UofA graduate inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

June 15, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE — McKinley Case from Batesville was inducted into the Alpha of Arkansas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa during a ceremony on May 7. Case graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Pham honored at Georgia Tech

June 15, 2010 ATLANTA — Candis Pham of Batesville made the Dean’s List for spring semester 2010 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, one of the nation’s leading research universities home to more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students.