• Wooten, Richardson win

    CAVE CITY — David Wooten and Chris Richardson caught 11.7 pounds to win the Cave City Bass Club’s tournament Saturday on Bull Shoals Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
    They weighed in a five-fish limit.
    Jerry McCall and Randal McCall finished second with three fish totaling 6.15 pounds.
    Richardson caught the biggest bass of the day, a 3.1-pounder.
    Nine boats and 17 anglers competed.
    The next tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 on Crown Lake, out of Box Hound Ramp.

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  • How to combat small biting critters

    Ahhhhh, spring! The sun shines longer and warmer, and Pandora’s box of critters that try to make life miserable, begin to flourish.
    We’re talking mainly about ticks, chiggers and fleas, here.
    The blood sucking critters can pretty well be controlled around the home with either granules or sprays especially formulated to kill them.

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  • Autism conference to be held May 1

    JONESBORO — The Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas will hold its annual conference on Autism May 1 at the Fowler Center in Jonesboro.
    The featured speaker is Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-known leader in the field of autism spectrum distorders.

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  • Alcohol Awareness Month declared

    April has been declared Alcohol Awareness Month in Batesville and Independence County.
    “This is the time for everyone to recognize the extent to which the misuse of alcohol can produce problems for individuals, families and communities,” said pharmacist Dennis F. Moore, Independence County Hometown Wellness Coalition. “For a variety of reasons, many adults choose to use alcoholic beverages and do so with little to no consequences; however, everyone needs to recognize that there is no safe nor legal use of alcohol in minors.”

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  • Man to appear in court for taking $10 sunglasses

    An erratic driving pattern and a failure to have proper lighting on his license plate led to a Batesville man being stopped and arrested by police late Tuesday night.
    Deputy Bret Ward said he was patrolling in the vicinity of White Drive and Barnett Drive just before midnight when he noticed a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup without lights on the license plate.
    Ward said he stopped the truck and identified the driver as 23-year-old Christopher R. Hudson of 1450 Gregg Drive.

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  • College students, prof win awards

    Dr. Gloria Everson, associate professor of anthropology, was named the Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year at the Honors Convocation at Lyon College Tuesday.
    Alpha Chi is a national honor society for students who are in the top 10 percent of their class. Each year, Lyon’s chapter recognizes a faculty member for their dedication to the campus community and academics.
    Everson was selected for her willingness to help students in and out of the classroom and for her involvement in service projects on campus and in the community.

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  • Pine Bluff senior elected Young Alumni Trustee

    Jordan Lupo, a senior from Pine Bluff, has been elected a Young Alumni Trustee by her fellow students at Lyon College. She will begin her two-year term on the Lyon Board of Trustees when she graduates May 9.
    Lupo will succeed John Boling, class of 2007, who is completing the second year of his term. The practice of electing a graduating senior to be a Young Alumni Trustee began in 2006 with the election of Adam Long of Jonesboro. Lupo will join Daniel Haney of Little Rock, who was elected in 2008.

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  • James Schultz Sr.

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — James E. Schultz Sr., 88, of Cherokee Village died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at his home. Born June 8, 1920, at Moline, Ill., he was the son of Fred P. and Kathryn E. Snyder Schultz. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, having served during World War II. He was a retired machinist for Northrop Grumman in California. Survivors include a son, James E. Schultz Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Kathryn Nelson of Bridgeport, Texas, and Darla Schultz of Hawthorne, Calif.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

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  • Norma Wiles

    HARDY — Norma Wiles, 95, of Hardy died Thursday, April 23, 2009, in a Mountain View nursing home.
    Born May 9, 1913, in Ash Flat, she was the daughter of William Otto and Fannie Paralee Biggers. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Hardy.

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  • Robert Robinson

    JONESBORO — Robert W. Robinson, 80, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at his home.
    Born May 7, 1928, in Cave City, he was the son of Frank and Izora Laman Robinson. He grew up in Cave City and attended Cave City Schools. He married Ruth Ella Landers Nov. 2, 1946, and they moved to Borger, Texas, where he was employed by Laman’s Pipe Line Industries.

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  • Deputies complete training

    Three Independence County Sheriff’s deputies were among the 45 officers who successfully completed Basic Police Training April 17 at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas, according to a press release.
    Officers who successfully completed the 13-week, 612-hour course were Chris Toland, Gary Franks and Brian Luetschwager.
    Officer training included instruction in standard police tactics, legal, educational, technical skills and practical exercises.

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  • Trespassing leads to drug arrest

    Bond has been set at $25,000 for a 26-year-old Mountain View woman after she was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine March 7, according to an affidavit filed in Independence County Circuit Court by Detective Alan Cockrill.
    According to the affidavit, Deputy Ernie Gillihan was dispatched to 3076 Heber Springs Road where the property owner was holding two people in a Ford Explorer he had caught trespassing on his property.
    “The complainant said that he had held the occupants of the vehicles because he felt they were up to no good,” Cockrill said.

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