Crash kills 3

August 31, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Three crew members were killed early Tuesday when the medical helicopter they were aboard crashed in central Arkansas.The Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter was flying to pick up a traffic accident victim when it went down near the Scotland community in Van Buren County at about 4:30 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.“They were flying under (visual flight rules),” Lunsford said. “It doesn’t appear they were talking to any air traffic controllers at the time.”No patients were aboard the Bell 206 aircraft.

Negligent homicide charge filed

August 31, 2010 It’s been almost a year since a man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, and now charges have been filed against the driver who reportedly hit them head-on.Formal charges were filed Monday against Brandy D. Mann, 23, of Newport, who police said was under the influence of drugs when she crossed the center line and caused the accident. The results of the blood and urine tests were revealed in an Independence County Circuit Court affidavit filed by Arkansas State Police Cpl. Douglas Cash.

‘Mad Men’ wins Emmy for drama, ‘Modern Family’ for best comedy

August 30, 2010 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The darkly intimate 1960s-era drama “Mad Men” and the comedy romp “Modern Family” were the top honorees at Sunday’s Emmy Awards as American life past and present proved a winning formula.“To our fans, we are so grateful, we are so thrilled that families are sitting down together to watch a television show, and we’re so happy that you have let us into your families,” said Steven Levitan, “Modern Family” executive producer.

School offers free aerobics classes

August 30, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School District is offering aerobics classes and a walking/running club. Aerobics will be held at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at the Newark Elementary gym. The first class begins tonight.The 45-minute sessions, featuring different levels for beginners and those more experienced, will be offered free to the community and instructed by Terri Ann Cunningham. Participants can sign up when the classes begin. A free running and walking club will also be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Cedar Ridge High School track.

Teens busted for drugs, auto theft

August 30, 2010 Claiming they were lost and didn’t know why their SUV smelled of marijuana, two teenage boys were detained by Lyon College security early this morning and are now facing numerous drug charges, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Stephens.Stephens, who responded with Deputies Wayne Green and Anthony Carter, said the boys, ages 15 and 17, were detained at the college security office around 2 a.m. after being found driving around the parking lots.Both boys claimed they were lost and trying to get home, Stephens said.

Marty Stuart to be at Folk Center

August 30, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Marty Stuart will be headlining the evening performance as part of the Tribute to Grandpa Jones weekend at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.Stuart will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20.Meanwhile, Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush will be headlining the Friday evening performance at 7. Tickets are $15.Tickets for either evening may be purchased by calling (870) 269-3851.

CPR class offered

August 30, 2010 Vital Link ambulance service will offer the Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee of $25 covers the cost of the textbook and CPR card.To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Desha plans class reunion

August 30, 2010 The 1950 and 1951 Desha High School class reunion will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The group will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant.For more information call Katie Hicks at (870) 793-6458 or Nona Jeffery at (870) 251-2891.

Dog walkers needed

August 30, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County’s Dog Walking Club meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Batesville North Complex and is seeking volunteers to help walk a shelter dog. Call Lynn Makarick at (870) 251-4145 or Sue Augustus (870) 307-5305 for more details or “to just let them know you’ll be there so they can bring the perfect dog for you,” according to a news release.

BAAC to screen ‘Nemo’

August 30, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host the final movie in its Summer Outdoor Movie Series on Sunday.“Finding Nemo” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in Couch’s Garden at Lyon College in Batesville (behind Brown Chapel). Attendees should bring blankets, lawn chairs (maybe some insect repellent). These outdoor movies are free, but donations will be accepted.