Tools, scrap metal, household items reported stolen

May 20, 2010 Rickey Hambrick may not be climbing any utility poles anytime soon. Someone stole several pieces of lineman’s climbing gear from his storage building on South Fork Road. Hambrick told Deputy Chris Toland that the last time he saw the items was on Saturday afternoon and when he went back to his unlocked shop on Monday they were missing. Among the items taken are a Bashlin pole climbing belt, a set of Bashlin climbing hooks, a climbing safety system, miscellaneous Stanley hand tools, and a quantity of scrap metal. All the items are valued at $3,000, according to Hambrick.

Ozarka increases summer enrollment

May 20, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College is realizing record enrollment during the Summer I session, which begins May 24. According to initial registration numbers, 433 students are currently enrolled, which is a 44 percent increase from last year’s 299 students. Full Time Equivalent (FTE) numbers are at their highest overall for a summer session with a 59 percent increase over Summer I 2009.

Citizens to address city council about bills, dam caps, recreation

May 20, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to hear from several citizens. Greg Mohlke will make presentation on behalf of the recreational task force as a follow-up to a study recently completed by students at the University of Arkansas. Sherry Ward will ask about pro-rating sanitation bills; James Burnette will present a petition against caps on dams. The agenda also includes a reappointment to the Batesville Housing Authority, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.

ES to host benefit

May 20, 2010 Evening Shade — A benefit for the family of Randy Miller will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Evening Shade Pavilion on Main Street. Miller died April 15. There will be a barbecue with all the fixings and live music. Those attending may bring lawn chairs. For more information, call Lisa Sisson at (870) 307-5161.

Board recognizes retiring staff, discusses millage

May 20, 2010 From recognizing nine retiring district employees to the refinancing of bonds the Batesville School Board had plenty to do Monday night less than three weeks before the last day of school on June 3. With nearly 300 years in education between them, district employees Danny James, Larry Robertson, Eddie Brock, Caliene Coop, Mavis Elrod, Jeanette Emerson, Sandra West, Helen Musgrave and Suellen Dial were recognized by Superintendent Ted Hall, who’s also retiring from the district June 30.

Juvenile charged as adult

May 20, 2010 Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 17-year-old boy following a fight at the Independence County Juvenile Detention Facility Saturday in which a detention officer suffered a possible broken nose, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Rob Leonard with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. In his affidavit, Leonard said Deputy Bret Ward took a report from detention officers Lt. Dennis Fuller and Lilah Sanchez who told him the fight erupted after inmate Jamar Jordan had been placed in lockdown for making lewd comments toward Sanchez.

Body sent to crime lab

May 20, 2010 MYRON — An investigation is ongoing into the death of an Izard County woman after officers were called to the residence Tuesday where 28-year-old Jessica Cooper was shot. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, his department was dispatched around 8:30 a.m. to County Road 62 to the home of Lyndal and Jessica Cooper. Lawrence said the initial information is that it was an apparent suicide attempt.

Conservation Stewardship Program signup continues through June 11

May 19, 2010 WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that producers nationwide are invited to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) through June 11. Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CSP offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial forestland.

Farmers group lauds extra FSA funding

May 19, 2010 WASHINGTON — National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson commends Sen. Herb Kohl’s proposal that added funding for the Farm Service Agency loan programs in the fiscal year 2010 Supplemental Appropriations bill the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved. “U.S. farmers and ranchers are struggling to recover from low farm prices,” said Johnson. “The additional funds made available for production loans are valuable in these difficult economic times.”

USDA announces assistance program for orchardists, nursery tree growers

May 19, 2010 Orchardists and nursery tree growers can begin applying for benefits under the Tree Assistance Program, announced USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Dee Anne Barnes. Signup began earlier this month at local Farm Service Agency offices. “This program helps our orchardists and nursery tree growers replant and get back on their feet after natural disasters,” said Barnes.