Inmate caught

April 1, 2010 ASH FLAT — An escapee from the Sharp County Jail was arrested Wednesday with the help of high-tech surveillance and other law enforcement agencies, Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning.The fugitive, Michael Shane Mallonee, was captured about 5:15 p.m. “with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service out of Jonesboro and some high-tech surveillance, the Jonesboro Police Department and the DTF (drug task force)” Weaver said.

Medical bill dispute goes to trial

April 1, 2010 A trial in a civil lawsuit will be set for later this year in connection with the shooting of a man by an Arkansas State Police officer in Sharp County three years ago.James Naldo Arnold, who was struck in the side by a bullet from Special Agent Wendall Jines’ service pistol during a struggle as Jines attempted to arrest Arnold, spent four days in White River Medical Center.The hospital is suing Sharp County for $20,746 plus 6 percent interest from December 2008 plus fees and court costs amounting to about $5,000.

Senate hopefuls woo farmers at forum

March 31, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Republican Senate hopeful Gilbert Baker on Tuesday criticized rival U.S. Rep. John Boozman for supporting a 2008 bailout of the nation’s banks, while Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination targeted her for the Senate’s inaction on unemployment benefits.

Establishing Bermuda grass

March 31, 2010 For Bermuda grass sprigging we have from February until June 1 in this area. The presence of moisture is the primary reason that makes this the most favorable time for sprigging. The risk is greater when sprigging later because rains are generally less frequent. After obtaining a soil sample and applying lime if needed, the recommended sprigging practices are:1. Prepare a firm seedbed. Rains after tilling or using a roller will help firm the seedbed.2. Don’t sprig when the seedbed is dry. Fifty percent of the sprigs die within two days of exposure to hot, dry soil.

Church to present Passion film

March 31, 2010 CEDAR GROVE — The Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 3600 Sunset Ridge Road southeast of  Cave City will be present the Mel Gibson movie, “The Passion of The Christ,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.“Everyone is invited to the free event with refreshments being served,” the release states. “Folding chairs are provided, but you are welcomed to bring a chair of your choice.”On Easter Sunday, the church will have special music and a service starting at 11 a.m. followed by lunch, congregational singing and concluding with an egg hunt for all ages.

Two special meetings called

March 31, 2010 A special meeting of the Independence County Quorum Court hydro committee is set for 5 p.m. today in the Jess B. Carpenter building at Third and Main Streets.Discussion of the county’s hydro electric budget will top the agenda.On Thursday, the Independence County law enforcement committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the district courtroom adjacent to the Independence County jail at 549 W. Main St.Discussion of jail matters and a tour of the jail are on the agenda for that committee.Both meetings are open to the public.

Ark. First Lady to be guest at ‘Picasso’s Play Date’

March 31, 2010 Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe will be the special guest during “Picasso’s Play Date” at 6 p.m. April 22 in the cafeteria of the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center. This year’s theme is “Making Our Earth Beautiful.” The free event is for all children and is being presented by the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. “Bring your child and create masterpieces at our many creation stations and art tables and view local artwork on loan from area children,” PAT coordinator Lorrie McClure said.The center is located 1900 Lyon St.

Free fish fry offered

March 31, 2010 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries will have a fish fry Saturday to help promote the upcoming fifth annual Unity Fest, set for May 29 at Riverside Park in Batesville.The free fish dinner will be served at 5, and after that the men will be giving testimony. There will also be two inflatables for children. John 3:16 is located at 75 Holmes Road in Charlotte. For more information, call (870) 799-2525 or visit

Republicans to meet

March 31, 2010 The Independence County Republican Party will meet for a Dutch treat dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.A business meeting will follow at 7. The agenda includes discussion of the Reagan Day dinner slated for April 17.The event is open to the public.

Library to be closed

March 31, 2010 The Independence County Library in Batesville will be closed Friday through Sunday in observance of Good Friday.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday.