State News Briefs

June 9, 2009 Woman burns to death, poured gasoline on selfPINE BLUFF (AP) — A woman in Pine Bluff died after pouring what appeared to be gasoline on herself and getting in a car, where she and the vehicle burst into flames.A Pine Bluff police officer saw the woman pour fuel on herself Monday afternoon near the intersection South Ohio Street and Interstate 530.

Craft school offers course

June 9, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Arkansas Craft School is offering a continuing education course for classroom teachers July 6-10 at Ozarka College in Mountain View campus. Classes are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.The course, limited to 30 participants and designed for K-8 elementary and middle school teachers, will provide a variety of experiences for teachers including guidance in the use of arts and crafts in teaching strategies and hands on skill training in basic craft media.

Service News

June 9, 2009 San Antonio — Army Pvt. Bradley W. Altom has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Foul mouthed biker faces traffic charges

June 9, 2009 A 19-year-old motorcyclist who reportedly kept up a running dialogue of foul-mouthed abuse against his arresting officer is facing several traffic charges following an incident early this morning.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was parked at St. Louis and Harrison streets just before 2 a.m. when he noticed a man on a motorcycle stop at a yield sign on Lawrence Street and then travel south on St. Louis Street, spinning his back wheel and almost losing control of his bike.

Car, four-wheeler, gun thefts reported

June 9, 2009 A Batesville woman who reported her car stolen overnight Sunday later reported it found behind a local restaurant on Monday, according to local authorities.Amanda D. Childress of 2615 Neeley St. reported her 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix taken from her yard sometime between 10 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday. Childress said her husband discovered it missing when he left for work around 6 a.m. Monday.Childress said the doors to the car couldn’t be locked because the keys had recently become stuck in the ignition.

Area Briefs

June 9, 2009 Council to discuss utility rates, historic district commission

Inmate accused of taking narcotics

June 9, 2009 A jail inmate who was taken to the nurses station for an insulin shot was later found to be in possession of narcotics she had stolen, according to a police report.Stephanie Williams of 2564 East Main Street in Batesville faces additional charges, and bond was set at $10,000.According to the report, jail administrator Rhoda Dowell said the pills were found missing after jail nurse Bob Barnett counted the narcotics and found methadone was missing and that only one person had been in the nursing station area.

Cellar Door to perform

June 9, 2009 Calico Rock — Local rock group Cellar Door will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall. The band has rocked out to full houses during their three prior music hall appearances, according to a news release. The group includes Geoffrey Watts, guitar, on lead; Jeremy Powell on drums; and Erik Edwards on bass and vocals. The local trio has continued to work up new material during the evenings at the Music Hall since their last performance and is ready to again share it with local and area rock fans, the release states.

Church schedules homecoming

June 9, 2009 CHARLOTTE — Center Grove Baptist Church, located on Highway 25 between Cord and Charlotte, will observe its 151st Anniversary Homecoming Sunday.The activities will begin with morning worship at 10:30 a.m. followed by a potluck and an afternoon of congregational and special singing.A community meeting to take care of the business of the Center Grove Cemetery will be held at 2:30 p.m., and contributions may be made for the upkeep and care of the cemetery. Charles Bullington is pastor.The event is open to the public.

DAR announces winning students

June 9, 2009 The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, continued its tradition of honoring outstanding high school students for the 2008-09 school year.One of the DAR’s objects is promoting education, and the local chapter is happy to support the school districts in the area by honoring students with a Good Citizen Award and an Outstanding Student in American History Award. They were presented during each school’s Honors Assembly.