Food drive is Saturday

May 3, 2010 The Batesville Post Office will hold its annual food drive for Batesville Help and Hope on Saturday. Last year Batesville carriers collected more than 6,000 pounds of food for the nonprofit organization, said Doug Davis, who serves as the food drive coordinator for the NALC Local Union 1684. “People can put their donations in their mailbox, hang them from their mailbox or put them under their mailbox,” Davis said. If customers wish to donate money, they may make out their checks to NALC with “food drive” in the comments portion of the check.

Arrest made in cemetery vandalism

May 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — An arrest has been made in connection with the destruction of a memorial bench at the Spring Creek Cemetery in Calico Rock, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The bench that had been placed near the grave site of Willis Hankins by Sally Austin was destroyed along with a monument. Alodia Hankins of Stone County was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor that carries punishment up to a year in the county jail and/or a $2,500 fine. Hankins posted a $2,500 bond and was released with a court date.Progress edition coming

Prayer, flag burning event set

May 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — A National Day of Prayer observance will be held Thursday at the Izard County Sheriff’s by the Melbourne Area Ministerial Alliance, according to spokesman Ricky Burke of that organization. The short event will be held at 12:05 p.m. to allow people to attend during the lunch hour. In addition, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, a ceremonial flag burn will be held in conjunction with the event. Anyone having unserviceable American or Arkansas flags are invited to bring the items to the sheriff’s office that day for proper disposable.

Wreck near Higden claims life

May 3, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — A Greers Ferry man died about 2:38 a.m. Saturday in Cleburne County when the vehicle he was driving struck an 18-wheeler headed the opposite direction, according to Arkansas State Trooper Sean Riegle. Daniel Williams, 22, was westbound on state Highway 16 about one mile east of Higden when the 1999 Ford Mustang he was driving crossed the center line and hit a 2007 International tractor-trailer. A passenger in the Mustang, Alexis Brown, 19, of Higden was injured and taken to Baptist Hospital in Heber Springs.

Bond set at $100,000 for alleged drug dealer; Calico woman accused of beating small child

May 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Salesville man has been charged in Izard County for the possession/manufacturing of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and delivering that substance, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. David Michael Fiss, 20, was arrested Thursday on those charges and the additional charge of failure to pay fines. Lawrence said that Fiss was living in the Calico Rock area at the time he committed the alleged offense. Circuit Judge Tim Weaver set bond at $100,000. Fiss remains in the Izard County jail in lieu of bond.

EDC reports progress, promotes involvement

May 3, 2010 With limited construction already under way, the Economic Development Commission of Independence County learned in its regular meeting Thursday that no date has been set for a “ground breaking” ceremony for a new call center being built in Batesville. “We’re waiting on the ceremony to be coordinated with the governor’s office,” EDC Director Ed Mabry said. Mabry said Gov. Mike Beebe had been out of state and was trying to get his schedule worked out to be in Batesville

Three-car pileup; one injured

May 3, 2010 No one was seriously injured in a three-car accident that occurred at the intersection of St. Louis and Broad streets Wednesday morning. Danielle Manley, 23, of Batesville told police she was driving her Dodge Neon north on St. Louis Street around 11 a.m. when a Chrysler Voyager van, driven by Elder E. Vasquez, 35, of Batesville, came across Broad Street from the west (near McDonald’s) and struck her broadside. “I didn’t have time to slam on my brakes, I went under him and spun around and he landed on top of me,” Manley told police.

Teens stranded on Poke Bayou

May 3, 2010 Three of five teenagers who set out on a short canoe trip on Poke Bayou late Friday afternoon spent the night in a hunting cabin weathering out a storm, while the fate of their canoeing partners was unknown, according to local authorities. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Fred Friar said 19-year-old Keith Jacobson and two unidentified companions were picked up as they walked along Claxton Loop around 7 a.m. Saturday by Heather Fulbright as she was on her way to Melbourne.

Storm hampers some activities

May 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — It usually rains on Pioneer Day weekend, but Friday night it stormed. As weather forecasters throughout the state were keeping Arkansans posted about possible tornadoes, those present for the annual Melbourne Pioneer Day event were soon finding themselves in need of shelter from the storm. According to Izard County Office of Emergency Management Director Dennis Williams, several hundred people were in fact seeking shelter.

‘LSD’ located in Teddy bears

May 3, 2010 These Teddy bears may have been cute, but they also sent one man to jail Thursday. The Independence County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call stating that 19-year-old Kalob West of Locust Grove Road and 18-year-old Tiffany Blue of McGuire Street were selling drugs out of a local motel. Police then contacted the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force about the information, and DTF contacted the Independence County District Court Probation.