• Rev. Norris Steele

    LITTLE ROCK — The Rev. Norris Steele, 82, of Little Rock died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009.
    He served as a Merchant Marine during World War II. He served 43 years in the United Methodist Ministry.
    Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Virginia Davidson Steele; three sons, the Rev. Bill Steele, the Rev. David Steele and the Rev. Rodney Steele; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dulcia Smith.
    He was preceded in death by a daughter, Allidel Steele Whitwell.

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  • Darrell Hunt

    CAVE CITY — Darrell Morris Hunt, 77, of Cave City died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Aug. 23, 1932, at Huntsville, Ala., he was the son of Reuben and Gladys Sample Hunt. He was retired from GenCorp Automotive in Batesville and was a retired drywall installer. He was of the Baptist faith.

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  • Tom Hampton

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Tom Hampton, 65, of Pleasant Plains died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born June 1, 1944, at Lake City, he was the son of Henry and Mary Josephine Baldridge Hampton. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He had worked for Gateway Technical College in Batesville and Black River Technical College in Newport as an automotive mechanics instructor and had worked as a prison guard in Newport.

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  • Donna Carlson

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Donna M. Carlson, 75, of Cherokee Village died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at her home.
    She was born Aug. 20, 1934, at Monroe, Wis.
    Survivors include two sons, Randy Hartman of Texas and Ricky Hartman of Hawaii; two stepsons, Terry Carlson of Mississippi and Roger Carlson of Arizona; two stepdaughters, Cathy Deatherage of Missouri and Cris Flies of Illinois; and three grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Carlson.

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  • Melanie Brown

    Melanie Marie Brown, 25, of Batesville died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, in Batesville.
    Private funeral services will be held. Burial will be in the Winters family mausoleum in Desha.
    Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
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  • Newark builder charged with deception

     A Newark builder has been charged with 14 counts of theft by deception, four of them felonies, after he reportedly accepted money for building materials and repairs, but never completed the work, according to a circuit court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.
    On July 13, Steven Sturdivant filed a deception report with the sheriff’s office saying that he had hired Richard Massey Jr., 30, of 100 Helen Lane, to do some work on his barn and had given Massey two checks for materials and labor.

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  • Umbrella used to hide identity

     An early morning burglary by a man carrying an umbrella to hide his identity has police scratching their heads.
    Security video shows a man with an umbrella covering his face and half his body, entering the back door of the adult education building at the University of Arkansas Community College Batesville around 1:30 Thursday morning, according to Independence County Deputy Ben Keener.

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  • Burglary patrol leads to arrest

     Routine burglary patrol in the area of Broad and Fowler streets by an Independence County deputy led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Batesville man around 1:30 Monday morning.
    Deputy Patrick Collins said he was patrolling in the business area when he saw a man walk out of the darkness, cross Broad Street and head in a westerly direction, crossing the parking lot of an empty business.
    Collins said he stopped the man and identified him as Cory Edward King, who seemed to be nervous.

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  • Two arrested after accidents

     Two people have been arrested on a variety of traffic violations following separate early morning accidents, according to Independence County authorities.
    Deputy Dustin Robbins said he responded to a 911 call of an accident just east of Salado on Highway 14 around 4 this morning where the driver was trying to hitch a ride.
    Robbins said when he arrived at the scene he found a 2000 Dodge pickup that had run off the road and hit a tree, but no one was around.

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  • AARP executive meeting set

    A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex.
    This event is open to board members and AARP members.
    The committee will discuss the chapter’s annual picnic.

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  • Chuckwagon races set

    CLINTON — A popular and unique event in The Natural State, the 24th annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Clinton, according to a news release.
    In addition to chuckwagon races, there will be a Snowy River race, bronc fanning, camping, trail rides, horseback activities, concerts, Western trade show, clinics and non-denominational church services.
    For more information visit www.chuckwagonraces.com or call (501) 745-8407.

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  • Lassiters to have reunion

    SIDNEY — The Lassiter family reunion held bi-annually in conjunction with the Sidney School Reunion will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sidney Community Center.
    A potluck lunch will be served at noon. The event is open to the public, and attendees may bring photos, memorabilia and/or stories associated with this family and friends.
    For more information call Eileen Adam at (870) 612-2216.

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