Rush, college agree

May 14, 2010 MELBOURNE —$155,000. That is the amount Ozarka College and Doug Rush have agreed upon. While the paperwork still has to be signed, all parties are in verbal agreement, according to attorney Denise Hoggard, who is representing Rush. When the former Ozarka president was fired July 7, 2005 by the board for “dishonesty, insubordination, failure to comply with state laws, and willful disregard of board policy after being warned that this would not be tolerated,” he sued.

Memorial is Friday

May 13, 2010 ASH FLAT — The 17th annual Police Officer Memorial Service in Sharp County will begin at 9 a.m. Friday in the courthouse parking lot near the memorial monument, Sheriff Dale Weaver said. The featured speaker will be Major David Daly of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Newark man charged with assault

May 13, 2010 Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 21-year-old Newark man after he allegedly fired a shotgun at a man and woman in front of his home. The charges were filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by Detective Sgt. Brent Everett with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. In his court affidavit, Everett says that on May 4 Cassandra Moody filed a report with the sheriff’s office saying that Phillip A. Morris fired a shotgun at her and Michael Bennett when they went to an address on North Hill Street in Newark to pick up Moody’s son.

Midland High graduation set for next week

May 13, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland High School graduation will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Thirty-four students will graduate. Co-valedictorians are Caleb Brackett and Derek Tharp. Brackett’s clubs and activities include Floral Baptist Church, senior high basketball and baseball, Gifted/Talented, Student Council, library representative, Senior Beta, Future Business Leaders of America, Bible Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, fire marshal, Midland High School honor graduate and Arkansas Scholar.

Haddock Cemetery group sets fundraiser

May 13, 2010 The Haddock Cemetery Association will hold a fund-raising dinner and bake sale at noon Saturday at Oak Bluff Community Center, located on Oak Bluff Road between Gainesboro and Charlotte. Funds raised will be used to help pay for reconstruction of a rock wall surrounding some of the graves and headstones.

Man charged with 20 counts; stolen items valued at $50K

May 13, 2010 Evidence collected from a Sunday night burglary at the Batesville Motor Speedway has a Batesville man facing 20 counts of commercial burglary, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Mundy said deputies were dispatched to a Batesville residence Monday morning where Jessan Taylor, 21, had spent the night and reportedly claimed to have several stolen portable radios from the speedway.

What’s going on?: The Weekend Events

May 13, 2010 Friday • Main Street Batesville will hold its 2nd Friday Wander and Wonder Walk, hosted by Main Street Batesville. Gage Country will perform at 7 p.m. at the Simply Southern Playhouse Music Theater at Main and Broad streets. The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a reception at the gallery, which will be open until 8. Batesville Gaming Center will host a grand opening at 5, Ken Smith will perform at the pocket park at 6, and Randy and Stephanie Wade and friends will be jamming at Randy’s Music. Call (870) 793-4632 or e-mail

Civil War skirmish marker to be unveiled

May 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — A historical plaque commemorating a Civil War skirmish at Lunenburg, near Melbourne, will be unveiled Sunday afternoon at the Lunenburg community building (formerly the Lunenburg School), said organizer Roger Harvell. The exact time depends upon preceding activities taking place at Hand Cemetery near Jordan Landing in the Pineville area, he said.

Wander, walk planned for Friday

May 13, 2010 Main Street Batesville will hold its 2nd Friday Wander and Wonder Walk this week. Gage Country will perform at 7 p.m. at the Simply Southern Playhouse Music Theater at Main and Broad streets. Gage Country is a family band led by Bill Gage on lead guitar and vocals, with his son Shannon, also on guitar and vocals, and daughters Kelsey and Ashley. Gage Country performs the hits of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson and the Judds.

District judge touts DWI court

May 13, 2010 In 2006, 1.46 million drivers were arrested for driving while impaired from either alcohol or narcotics — that’s an arrest rate equal to one in every 139 drivers in the U.S. That was one of many statistics presented by District Judge Chaney Taylor as he spoke to the Independence County Quorum Court on Monday night and to the Batesville City Council on Tuesday night. And it’s statistics like the one above that illustrates to him the need for a DWI court, which was implemented about a year ago in this county.