Biker dies in Sharp Co. wreck

April 16, 2010 CAVE CITY — A 32-year-old Nebraska man died shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday when he lost control of his motorcycle on state Highway 114 east of Cave City near its intersection with state Highway 58, according to Arkansas State Trooper Ben Rapert.Thomas G. Huckabay was riding his 2005 Suzuki motorcycle south on Highway 115 when he crossed the center line and struck a 2002 Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig which was traveling the opposite direction, Rapert said.

Barber wins Peace Award

April 16, 2010 WILMINGTON, N.C. — The recipients of the 2010 Sunshine Peace Awards were announced April 1 in Wilmington, N.C. This prestigious award was established to honor the vital role that workers in the domestic violence field play within our communities.

Reagan Day dinner set

April 16, 2010 The Independence County Republican party will have a Reagan Day dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at the fire training center on Chaney Drive in Batesville.Special guest speaker will be Doyle Webb, chairman of the Arkansas Republican party. State and local candidates will also speak.A barbecue meal will be served.Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Children 6 and under will be admitted free.

Voter registration deadline nears

April 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK —Secretary of State Charlie Daniels reminds Arkansans that Monday is the last day to register to vote in the May 18 Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial Election.Voter registration applications may be completed at the county clerk’s office located in the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville. A copy of the application is also available at Tuesday, Daniels announced the launch of a new mobile application that will allow Arkansas residents to verify their voter registration information with the convenience of a smartphone.

Armed robbery reported

April 16, 2010 The Independence County Sheriff’s Department was notified today of an armed robbery which had occurred at Desha Flash Market.It was reported that two suspects had entered the store armed with handguns and had taken money.Within minutes of the report, the sheriff’s department patrol division had apprehended two suspects. The suspects are currently incarcerated on a probable cause hold pending formal charges.Further details will be released as the investigation continues.

Pollie Verser remembered

April 16, 2010 GREERS FERRY — In the late 1970s, Pollie Verser showed that men weren’t the only ones who could serve, protect and defend. As the first female police officer in Batesville, she loved her job and took it seriously, never concerned about those who might have thought that a woman could never do a “man’s job.”

Rate hike proposed

April 16, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville may be asking for a tuition increase, but the cost to attend UACCB would still be lower than other community colleges in the area.

Two women taken into custody

April 16, 2010  The passing of a large number of phony $100 bills at the Batesville Walmart and nearby Murphy Oil gas station Thursday afternoon didn’t go unnoticed by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Alan Cockrill said this morning the suspect who passed the money was identified and after some preliminary investigation a search warrant was obtained for a room at a local motel and two arrests made.Arrested were 27-year-old Danille Taylor of Sandtown Road and Nicole M. Ervin of Jackson Road, Bradford.

Arkansas Scottish Festival is next week

April 16, 2010 Kilts and mulligans will be plentiful April 23-25 at the 31st Arkansas Scottish Festival on the Lyon College campus.Festivities begin that Friday with a bagpiping competition in the pocket park on Main Street in Batesville and the sixth annual Kilted Invitational Golf Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain.

UAMS first in state to let patients view, pay online

April 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Patients at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences can now view and pay their bill, schedule a doctor’s appointment, refill a prescription and view lab test results online through the free and secure MyUAMSHealth patient portal available at