Cousin reunion scheduled

May 10, 2010 The Huskey, Hibarger, Croom and Sharp cousin reunion will be held beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Western Sizzlin’ in Batesville. All relatives, friends and extended family are welcome to attend.

Hillcrest slates ‘Concert Extravaganza’

May 10, 2010 STRAWBERRY — The Hillcrest Music Club will host a “Concert Extravaganza” featuring the bands Ends Well & Konstant Haze at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Strawberry gymnasium. Admission is a $3 donation for the bands and concessions will be available. The event is open to the public.

Hospital to host nurse camp

May 10, 2010 JONESBORO — NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital is conducting a free two-day nurse camp June 29 and June 30 for area students interested in pursuing a career in health care. The camp is open to high school students grades 9-12, including seniors who are graduating this year.

Southside Board meets tonight

May 10, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight in the high school cafeteria annex where it will discuss seclection of aº valedictorian and salutatorian. Other items on the agenda include consideration of a memorandum of understanding to apply for a second round of Arkansas Department of Education Race to the Top funds, middle school science teacher contract offer and a possible bid proposal for land located near the district. Meetings are open to the public.

Former law firm employee charged

May 10, 2010 A former employee of the Blankenship Law Firm in Batesville is being charged with nine counts of class C felony theft by deception, and 43 counts of class A misdemeanor theft by deception. The charges were named in a court affidavit filed by Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. The owner of the law firm, Jill Blankenship, told investigators that a former employee, Sheila Rutledge, 43, of Batesville, had written checks out of the law firms account that were suspicious.

Meth lab found

May 10, 2010 The Izard County Sheriff’s Department and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force were assisted the Horseshoe Bend Police in the arrest of 30-year-old Jacob David Acord, of Glencoe. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, officers discovered an operating methamphetamine laboratory in the trunk of his car late Wednesday night.

Charges filed

May 10, 2010 Felony charges of attempted prescription fraud have been filed against a 20-year-old Batesville woman after she allegedly tried to get a phony prescription filled for Clonazepam, a controlled muscle relaxant, according to a court affidavit filed by Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Bittle said that on March 16, the sheriff’s office got a call saying that Danielle Wood was at Wilson’s Wil-Save Pharmacy to pick-up a prescription she claimed had been called in by Health Resource of Arkansas.

Not human: Mystery bones remain mystery

May 10, 2010 The type of bones found under the crawl space of a downtown business earlier this month remains a mystery to local authorities, but they are not human, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. The bones were found under the rear floor of the old Goodwin Drugstore building on Main Street that last housed an electronics store.

Water issue to be discussed

May 10, 2010 ASH FLAT — A discussion as to whether legislation passed a few months ago and approved by voters in the last election transfers property owners’ water rights to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is expected to continue when the Sharp County Quorum Court meets at 6 tonight in the courthouse in Ash Flat, according to an agenda for the meeting.

Dowell retires from jail

May 10, 2010 With 18 years behind her at the Independence County Jail, nearly seven of those as administrator, Rhonda Dowell is ready to hand the keys over to someone else. Her last official day on the payroll will be May 18. That’s the day Warrants and Civil Process Sgt. John Furgason, will replace her as jail supervisor. While talking with the Guard of her tenure at the detention center, Dowell said it all started with just one shift as a volunteer.