Fantasticks to be staged

October 15, 2009 Walnut Ridge — “The Fantasticks” will be presented at Williams Baptist College at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. WBC’s Theatre Department is presenting the play, which is based on an 18th century romantic comedy.“This is my third time to direct this musical and it is one of my all time favorites. It is representational, very symbolic, and does not have realistic sets. It is a great comedy,” said Melinda Williams, who heads the theater program at WBC.

Sharp jail needs more staffing

October 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court learned Tuesday during a regular meeting that the county jail is out of compliance with jail standards.The jail is understaffed and also does not have an activity room for inmates, 3rd Judicial District Jail Standards Review Chair Sylvia Ross wrote.

Trail ride to be Saturday

October 15, 2009 CUSHMAN — A “Fall for the Children” trail ride will be held Saturday at the Rafter D, located between Cushman and Mount Pleasant.Foothills Cowboy Church is hosting the trail ride to raise money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.The ride will begin at 9 a.m. with a break for a Dutch oven meal around 11. The afternoon ride will be followed by a Dutch oven dessert and country music entertainment by Gary Gibbs.Prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children and include the ride, the meal and the entertainment. For more information call (870) 698-1713 or (870) 384-0183.

Southside seeks input

October 15, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School board has agreed to seek more input from district patrons before making any decision on the future of its old elementary building. Board members and administration will be available for comments or suggestions concerning the old rock building during Southside’s parent-teacher conferences from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday. While the district also hopes to have suggestion boxes available at each building during the conference, plans are also being made to have an area on the school’s Web site for comments and suggestions.

Death ruled natural

October 15, 2009 Police have ruled the death of a Batesville man found outside his home Wednesday afternoon as being from natural causes.Just before 2 p.m., Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch was dispatched to the home of 81-year-old John H. Newberry at 4776 N. St. Louis St. where his body had been found.Witnesses said they had been visiting nearby when they learned that Newberry hadn’t been seen in awhile and when they went to his home they found him lying outside the door of the travel trailer he lived in.

Missing man found dead at deer stand

October 15, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities say a 71-year-old Mountain Home man who’d been missing since Saturday has been found dead in a deer stand in the woods near Lake Norfork.The body of Tedrick Proctor was located by Baxter County sheriff’s deputies at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Traffic accident leads to drug bust in Hardy

October 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — Investigation of a traffic accident in the Hardy area on Monday led to a drug bust, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Weaver said during Deputy Brian Coble’s investigation, he was asked to do a welfare check of a cabin in the rural Sharp county area.“During the welfare check, Deputy Coble found the cabin in question had been broken into,” Weaver said. “While checking further he located two subjects in the cabin as well as components to a meth lab.”

Chamber CEO to speak

October 15, 2009 The White River Shrine Club will meet Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville. The Dutch treat meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:30.Crystal Johnson, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce president/CEO, will be the guest speaker.The meal and meeting are open to members, guests and potential members.

4-lane to open near Newport

October 15, 2009 NEWPORT (AP) — Bit by bit, upgrading of U.S. 67-167 to interstate standards has pushed the high-speed four-lane farther and farther into northeast Arkansas.Gov. Mike Beebe and the state Highway Commission planned to be present when yet another stretch of four-lane is ceremonially opened in Newport today.The ribbon-cutting will take place at the intersection of U.S. 67 with Arkansas 18.The new stretch of interstate-grade four-lane will carry traffic about 18 miles from Newport to Arkansas 226 in Craighead County, west of Jonesboro.

Kiwanis briefed on Kabul, Afghanistan

October 15, 2009 In a country where a child may get burned with acid just for going to school, Khalid Ahmadzai finds hope in something as simple as a pane of glass.Ahmadzai was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. Last week, he came with his wife, Batesville native Katie Shaver, to talk about his country, its politics and its future.History