• Little Rock native invited to perform for president

    MONROE, La. — Allyson Wilson unknowingly auditioned to perform at the White House in a local hotel lobby. The senior vocal performance student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will sing two songs during a campaign gala/fundraising event for President Barack Obama on April …

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  • Christian Health Center provides reading glasses

    Christian Health Center of Batesville and its volunteer optometrist, Mark Davis of Batesville Eye Care Center, provided a Literacy Project student with an eye examination and reading glasses recently. During weekly tutoring sessions, an Ozark Foothills Literacy Project tutor noticed her student struggling with self-prescribed …

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  • Chester Putzey

    HAZEL PARK, Mich. — Chester A. Putzey, 60, of Hazel Park, Mich., formerly of Batesville, died Feb. 14, 2012. He was born Dec. 2, 1951. Survivors include his wife, Diane Putzey; a stepson, William John Stephan of Batesville; a grandson, William Paul Stephan of Batesville; …

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  • John Mosher

    MELBOURNE — John William Mosher, 19, of Melbourne, formerly of Battle Creek, Mich., died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Melbourne. Born July 11, 1992, in Battle Creek, he was the son of William O. and Keri Jean Holborn Mosher. Survivors include his parents of Melbourne; …

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  • New Arkansas driver licenses hard to counterfeit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Seven months after Arkansas rolled out a new driver’s license look statewide, the new format appears to be foiling would-be counterfeiters, said an expert on fake identification cards. “I’ve not seen this ID faked yet,” said Rick Crisman, deputy director of …

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  • ADC to kick off Paws in Prison program

    Calico Rock — The Arkansas Department of Correction will kick off its Paws in Prison program Wednesday at the North Central Unit in Calico Rock. Inmates will meet their dogs for the first time at 1 p.m. NCU is the fifth ADC facility to participate …

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  • Vehicle crash reported near fairgrounds

    A two-car crash on Highway 69/North Central Avenue by the Independence County Fairgrounds Monday sent a 94-year-old woman to the hospital to be checked for injuries. Deputy Randy Jones said around 12:55 p.m. Rose Davis of Newark was traveling south on Highway 69 in her …

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  • Civil War Sesquicentennial events planned

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned several events for March, including exhibits, lectures, and activities marking the 150th anniversary of the battle of Pea Ridge. Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation will hold …

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  • Students picked for D.C. forum, summit

    FAIRFAX, Va. — Two  area students have been nominated as national youth correspondents for the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University, according to a news release. Ethan Barnes of Ash Flat, a student at Highland High School, and Savanna George, a …

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  • Political announcements

      Paige Hubbard   Hubbard announces Paige Hubbard has announced she will seek re-election to the Batesville City Council Ward 3, Position 2 seat.       Jason Jones   Jones seeks JP seat Jason Jones of Bethesda has announced his intention to run for …

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  • Couple arrested for stealing

    Randell Wisham Mildred Wisham MELBOURNE — Stealing firewood, hitting a woman, criminal trespass and warrants are among last week’s Izard County Sheriff’s Office reports. Among the arrests: • A Violet Hill couple has been arrested for theft and criminal trespass after allegedly taking property from a …

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  • Meeting to discuss tax proposal

    A meeting on the 2012 Community Development Initiative will be held at 7 a.m. Friday at city hall. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh will be speaking on the positive impact that the initiative could have on Batesville, Independence County and the surrounding areas. The meeting is open …

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