Southside hears reports, thanks Luke 4:18

June 25, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board heard reports from elementary Principal Glenda Mueller, middle school Principal Dion Stevens and high school Principal Roger Ried when it met June 14. Mueller reported about the success of elementary students on their recent benchmark exams and on the recent new student registration. Stevens also reported on end-of-year testing and the success of Middle School Fun Day.

Near collision with cop leads to biker’s arrest

June 25, 2010 Martin Dakota Kayitah doesn’t like people in his personal space — and that includes police officers. Kayitah, 18, of Batesville, went to jail Monday night on charges of reckless driving and failure to yield from a private drive after he allegedly narrowly missed hitting a police car.Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins said that around 10:40 p.m. he was traveling south on St. Louis Street when a green motorcycle driven by Kayitah sped out of a nearby driveway into his path.

Henderson stepping down as director

June 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announced Thursday that Scott Henderson will step down as the agency’s director Sept. 1, spokesman Keith Stephens said.Henderson has been the agency director since 2003. He has worked for the AGFC since 1972.Beginning Sept. 1, current Deputy Director Loren Hitchcock will serve as the interim director. Hitchcock will serve in that capacity while a search both national and intra-agency is completed for a permanent director.

Women to compete for state crowns

June 25, 2010 Six area women will compete for the crowns of Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen this summer in Hot Springs.Miss White River Hollyann Crum and Miss Batesville Belinda Bube will compete July 14-17 for the title of Miss Arkansas.Miss White River’s Outstanding Teen Jordan Fonville, Miss Batesville’s Outstanding Teen Mason Magouryrk, Miss Three Rivers’ Outstanding Teen Colby Thomas and Miss Lights of the Delta Outstanding Teen Ashleigh Rogers will compete Tuesday through July 3 for the title of Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen.

Man survives plane crash into empty home

June 25, 2010 WILTON (AP) — Little River County authorities say a man escaped serious injury after crashing his plane into an empty home while attempting to take off.Sheriff Danny Russell says the man was able to walk away from the crash in Wilton — just north of Ashdown. Russell says the man had cuts to his forehead and was taken to an Ashdown hospital.His name and condition were not released.

Woman charged after ramming motorcycle twice with vehicle

June 25, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Lawrence County officers arrested a Pocahontas woman Friday after she allegedly rammed a motorcycle with her car at Sandy Beach near Black Rock, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.Deputies arrested Melissa Hancock, 40, for first-degree criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a minor, driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a breath test.The arrest followed a 911 call about an intoxicated woman with children in her vehicle ramming a motorcycle, Dotson said.

Anger classes offered

June 25, 2010 Family Connections Ministry at Batesville First Assembly of God is hosting “From Anger to Intimacy” small group on Sundays at 6 p.m. starting Sunday. The class is free.For more information call (870) 793-5489. Sessions include:Session 1: Anger — Stuff (Flight), Spew (Fight) or Study Anger is not a primary emotion. If you stop and think about it, anger is not usually the first emotion you feel when you get upset. It’s actually secondary.Session 2: Personal Responsibilityand Emotions

Mandolin maker to demonstrate craft at folk center

June 25, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Mandolin maker Mike Holmes will be demonstrating his craft and selling his instruments at the Ozark Folk Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 2-3. Though fairly new to the craft of building musical instruments, Holmes’ mandolins are quickly gaining a reputation for playability and beauty, according to a news release.

Pageant is Saturday

June 25, 2010 The Arkansas Best Beauty Pageant will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.For more information about fees and registration, as well as other dates and locations, e-mail or, or call (479) 443-9465.

Music program set for tonight

June 25, 2010 Brockwell Music School is finishing its 63rd year of teaching the shape-note, do-re-mi, Southern gospel style of piano playing and singing, according to Anna Floyd. Students from five different states, 12 Arkansas counties, and seven different Christian faiths have worked together to prepare themselves to sing and play the shape note convention style music.They will present a program at 7 p.m. tonight at the Brockwell Tabernacle located at jighways 9 and 56. The event is open to the public.Next year’s school will be June 13-24, 2011. For information call (870) 368-5012.