• Warrant served despite cameras, dog

    Counter surveillance cameras around the house and an aggressive dog in the yard weren’t enough to keep a Batesville woman from going to jail on an outstanding warrant and active subpoena Tuesday morning.
    Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Collins said he and Deputy Jeremy Qualls went to the home of 33-year-old Ann Marie Sullivan around 9:30 a.m. to serve a subpoena and a warrant when they encountered the collarless dog and called for Batesville Animal Control Officer Jeff Pender’s assistance.

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  • Rockin’ Luke to perform at 2 events

    NEWPORT — Rockin’ Luke Stroud of Cave City, a pianist/vocalist whose style is reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis’ will perform twice this weekend — at 6 p.m. Friday at the Depot Days Conductors Reception and about 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wild Duck Festival in Trumann.
    Both shows will be about two hours, although the conductors reception may last longer if those attending want to keep on dancing or listening.
    The conductors reception is a fundraiser for the town’s annual Depot Days music festival. Admission is $20 per person for the event.

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  • School consolidation: From 107 to four in Independence County

    Ted Hall, recently retired superintendent of Batesville School District, will present a program titled “Schools Consolidate: From One Room to Many” at 4 p.m. Sunday in Old Independence Regional Museum, curator Twyla Wright said.
    “Back in 1929, little one-room or two-room schools dotted our region,” she said. “At that time they were grouped into 107 school districts in Independence County alone. Over the years, most of these small districts closed their school doors and consolidated with others.

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  • Ozarka breaks enrollment record; total up 15 percent

    Melbourne — Ozarka College’s official enrollment count has been reported for the 2010 fall semester and the number of students attending Ozarka is 1,573.
    That is a 15-percent increase over the 2009 fall enrollment and a new record for the College. Full-time equivalency (FTE) is up 23 percent, which indicates students taking larger course loads.

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  • Nathan Blanton

    SULPHUR ROCK — Nathan Austin Blanton, 51, of Sulphur Rock died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, in a Little Rock hospital.
    Born June 16, 1959, in Newport, he was the son of Austin W.L. Blanton and Inez Warren Blanton. He was a top gunner with the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was a machine operator for Norandal Corporation. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, four-wheelers and dirt bikes and hunting and fishing. He was a member of Jacksonport Baptist Church.

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  • Dean Fortenberry

    NEWPORT — Dean Fortenberry, 80, of Newport died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.
    She was a member of Holden Avenue Church of Christ.
    Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Billy Fortenberry; a son, James Fortenberry of Newark; a brother; five sisters; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter; two brothers; and a sister.
    The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel in Newport. Burial will be in Gracelawn Cemetery.
    Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
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  • Catherine Brown

    HARRISBURG — Catherine A. Young Brown, 68, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, in a Jonesboro hospital.
    Born April 15, 1942, at Bay Village, she was the daughter of Doc Wilburn and Lucy Ollie Bedwell Fortson. She was a lifetime resident of Harrisburg. She married W.I. Crawford. She worked at Johansen Shoe Manufacturing Company for several years and helped her husband on the farm.   

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  • Van Tate Jr.

    MELBOURNE — Burton Vance Tate Jr., 52, of Melbourne died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, in Batesville.
    Born March 3, 1958, in Pasadena, Texas, he was the son of Burton Vance Tate Sr. and Mary Miller Tate. He was an emergency medical technician instructor and a certified emergency medical technician and paramedic. He was of the Baptist faith.
    Survivors include a son, Chance Tate of Melbourne; his father of Melbourne; two aunts, Diann Kent of Springfield, Mo., and Jeane Tate of Melbourne; and several cousins.

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  • Sulphur Rock man dies from injuries

    A man who fell from a power pole Monday night died from his injuries in a Little Rock hospital Tuesday, according to authorities.
    Nathan Blanton, 51, of 620 N. Main St., Sulphur Rock was using a deer stand to climb the electrical power pole when he fell while trying to get from the top of the pole back onto the platform of his tree stand, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Stephens, who said that when he arrived at the accident scene Blanton was hanging upside down from the pole.

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  • ‘Nutcracker’ auditions set

    The North Arkansas Dance Theatre will hold open auditions for “Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Batesville Ballet Etc., 206 E. Main St.
    Auditions are open to those kindergarten age through adult, organizers said.
    No dance experience is required for these parts. For more information call 1-866-GOT-NADT.

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  • Church announces homecoming

    CAVE CITY — A homecoming reunion at the old Maxville Log Church and Cemetery near Cave City will be held Sunday.
    A Sunday school class will be presented at 11:30 a.m. by Leon Snow.
    A potluck will be served at 12:30 p.m. After lunch, special singing will be provided by Leon Snow and Billy Snow with Crystal River Bluegrass.
    The event is open to the public.

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  • Pageant deadline extended

    SALEM — The deadline for entering the Miss North Central Arkansas District Fair Queen Pageant has been extended to Monday. The winner and first runner-up in the six-county NCA District Fair area are eligible to enter the pageant.
    For more information contact a local pageant director, or a District Fair Queen packet can be downloaded off the website at www.ncadistrictfair.org.

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