Blanchard caverns offers several gifts

December 8, 2008 MOUNTAIN VIEW - Holiday shoppers may want to visit the Ozark Interpretive Association Gift Shop at Blanchard Springs Caverns, according to director Kelli Trammell. She said the staff has been hard at work bringing in new items for the gift shop, adding, "One of the new items may be just what you're looking for."


December 8, 2008 Zackary Lee Spinks Caleb and Robyn Spinks and Halle of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Dec. 2, 2008. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 2.9 ounces and has been named Zackary Lee Spinks.

Area Briefs

December 8, 2008 Teen driver dies in crash HEBER SPRINGS - A Heber Springs youth died and two were injured Saturday in a one-vehicle accident on Hiram Road in Cleburne County, said Trooper Brent Bittle of the Arkansas State Police.

Thefts, burglary reported

December 8, 2008 Independence County authorities are investigating the theft of a U-Haul car-towing dolly from 2100 Harrison St. Van Jackson, who operates U-Haul Moving Services, said the car hauler turned up missing Nov. 17, just one day after a man had called the business inquiring about a dolly.

Bond set in forgery, firearms charges

December 8, 2008 Investigation of a check stolen from a Sidney Street business run by Maria Chavez of Batesville has resulted in a felony forgery warrant being issued for Rosa I. Lopez, 27, of 9 Dogwood Lane, Batesville.

Medical examiner asked to rule on two deaths

December 8, 2008 A man living without heat or water died at a friend's home sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to Independence County Deputy Tim Conyers. Conyers said he was dispatched to the home of John Schwake on Antioch Road where he was told of the death of 47-year-old Edmond B. Brown Jr.

Vandals strike again

December 8, 2008 Vandals have struck Riverside Park - again - although the Christmas lights have only been turned on for two days. Jonathan Abbott, supervisor of the city of Batesville's cemetery and landscaping department, said the latest incident occurred sometime Sunday night or early this morning. "I came by last night about 10 o'clock and everything was up and running, everything looked good."

Eatery opens on lower Main

December 8, 2008 A few days before the doors opened to Jennifer Davidson's newest business venture, she held a "sneak peek" inviting other downtown business leaders to taste-test her soup and sandwiches, and the "quiet" grand opening was well-received.

Lyon receives $800,000 gift

December 8, 2008 An $800,000 gift from the Rogers Foundation of Fairfax, Va., to Lyon College will be used for scholarships for music students and for Christian education, according to Dr. Walter Roettger, president of the college.

Sports Briefs

December 5, 2008 National Football League MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge will be asked to decide today whether five suspended NFL players deserve a chance to play this weekend. At issue is whether the league had a duty to notify its players and their union that a dietary supplement the five took contained a banned ingredient. The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit claiming the NFL knew about the tainted supplement but failed to share that information with players whose careers were on the line.