• Felony charges filed

    Found at the Batesville Speedway with a Toyota truck racing hood strapped to his truck, a Batesville man is now facing several felony charges, some of which are drug related, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Robert Moser with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Moser said the charges stemmed from an incident that occurred around 2 a.m. June 11 while Deputy Randy Sharp was patrolling the area around the Batesville Speedway at 5090 Heber Springs Road.

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  • Vedder, Maines to perform at LR benefit for Echols

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines will perform at a benefit show in Little Rock in support of three Arkansas men convicted of the 1993 deaths of three West Memphis boys.
    Supporters of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley say Vedder and Maines will perform Aug. 28 at Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock, with proceeds from the show to benefit the legal fund for the so-called West Memphis Three. Tickets are $25.

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  • Man arrested after trying to purchase meth ingredient

    WALNUT RIDGE — A Walnut Ridge man was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to purchase an ingredient to make meth, according to a news release from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Jody Tribble, 32, was arrested for possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and over possession of pseudoephedrine.
    Capt. Jody Dotson said a concerned citizen reported that Tribble was trying to purchase pseudoephedrine from several different locations.

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  • Cyrus Ault

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Cyrus F. Ault, 86, of Cherokee Village died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at his home.
    He was born Feb. 23, 1924, in California. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He earned over 50 patents in the field of electronics and designed computerized hardware for AT&T for three decades. He volunteered for Cherokee Village Ambulance Service. He enjoyed working outdoors, creating rock walls and gardens, the beauty of the Ozarks and helping with electrical problems.

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  • Ruth Crumpton

    NEWPORT — Ruth Alice Crumpton, 87, of Newport, formerly of Newark, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010.
    Born March 21, 1923, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Clarence and Deaily Elizabeth Wilson Reeves. She was a homemaker and enjoyed collecting dolls. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
    Survivors include a son, Jay Clifford Crumpton of Newark; two daughters, Barbara Ann French of Newport and Ruth Anna Holt of Mayflower; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

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  • Nola Johnson

    Nola Elena Johnson, 95, of Batesville died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Aug. 11, 1915, in Sidney, she was the daughter of Robert Franklin and Stella Margart Franklin. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
    Survivors include a son, Homer Johnson of Franklin, Tenn.; a daughter, Mary Anderson of Batesville; a granddaughter, Terri Little of Franklin; and three great-grandchildren.

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  • Tommy Smart

    Tommy G. Smart, 66, of Batesville died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Oct. 6, 1943, in Batesville, he was the son of Melvin and Opal Vanatter Smart. He served in the U.S. Army as a radio dispatcher during the Korean War. He was retired from GenCorp, where he worked in maintenance. He enjoyed reading about history, drawing pictures and NASCAR.

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  • Dog dip, bath scheduled

    The Humane Society of Independence County will hold its next dog dip/bath of the year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.
    The humane society is asking for $6 donation for a bath, $6 for a dip or both for $10.
    “Our dog dip/washes this year have been very successful,” said Sue Augustus, volunteer. “The community has been so supportive, and what a good thing to protect their dogs — not to mention how cool the water felt these last several months.”

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  • Writers win fair ribbons

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Local writers won numerous awards at the Sharp County Fair this year, according to a news release.
    C. Allen Butkus of Ash Flat won the grand prize, a blue ribbon, and two red ribbons.
    Earl Belcher of Cave City received a blue ribbon, five red ribbons, and a white ribbon.
    Cherie Quattrochi of Cherokee Village won two blue ribbons, and two red ribbons.
    Patricia Oplinger of Cherokee Village received three red ribbons and a white ribbon.
    Michael Livingston of Horseshoe Bend received two red ribbons.

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  • Fullers to celebrate golden anniversary

    OIL TROUGH — Lynn and Shirley Fuller will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Oil Trough Community Center.
    Shirley Pipkins and Lynn Fuller were married Aug. 20, 1960, by the Rev. George M. Roberts of Rosie in his home.
    Mrs. Fuller retired from ConAgra Frozen Foods in Batesville. Mr. Fuller retired from Entergy in Newark.
    They have a son, Rick Fuller and his wife, LeAnna; and two grandchildren, Nate Fuller and Blake Fuller.
    The couple requests no gifts.

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  • Union Hill-Thida EHC

    UNION HILL — The Union Hill-Thida Extension Homemakers Club members were involved in many activities this summer.
    During the May meeting the club members planned for the county fair. Seven members were present.

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  • Coming in 2050

    After a big meal, I fell into a restless sleep and dreamt it was 2050 …
    “Follow me,” said a jittery old man as we hurried through a dark alley to a warehouse door.
    The man knocked on the door five times. It opened and we entered.
    “Where are we?” I said.
    “The last refuge of freedom,” said the man as he lit a cigarette and took a deep drag.
    “I don’t understand.”

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