Arrest made in theft case

July 24, 2009 A 38-year-old Batesville man has been charged with felony theft of property following an incident July 16 in which he reportedly stole four tires and wheels, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.In the affidavit, Mundy said that deputies were dispatched to a rural Independence County residence concerning a report of a man being at a residence where he wasn’t supposed to be.

Family and Friends Briefs

July 24, 2009 Account set up for babyAn account has been opened at Liberty Bank for Caden Taylor Hillis, son of Bartley and Tammy Smart Hillis, to defray medical costs incurred during his stay at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.He was born July 9 with myocardial non-compaction, a rare heart defect, on the left side of his heart. He is now on a ventilator and is stable. Ozarka to hold registration

WBC to hold classes at Bradford

July 24, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College will again offer fall semester classes in Bradford. Registration will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at Bradford High School. Classes begin on Aug. 17.Three-hour classes will be offered in Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Modern Math for Elementary Teachers I and Modern Math for Elementary Teachers II. Four-hour classes, which include a lab, will be offered in Physical Science, Biological Science and Chemistry I.

Area Briefs

July 24, 2009 High temps expected in state

Fair weather increases crowds, security issues

July 24, 2009 Along with the improvement in weather conditions, attendance at the Independence County Fair has increased, and so have security issues, according to Sheriff Keith Bowers.“After Tuesday’s washout with all the rain, the weather has been perfect for going to the fair,” Bowers said. “But we want folks to remember that an increase in numbers also means an increase in potential problems and people should be aware of what’s going on.”

Sharp County Fair gets under way Tuesday

July 24, 2009 ASH FLAT — Six contestants will seek the Miss Sharp County title as the county fair gets under way Tuesday for a five-day run, pageant director Sue Billiot said.Contestants include Tiffany Duke, 18, of Evening Shade; Madison Fuller, 16, of Highland; Megan Graddy, 17, of Evening Shade; Ashley King, 16, of Hardy; Amber Moore, 19, of Cherokee Village; and Tiffany Redwine, 19, of Hardy. The pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the pavilion on the fairgrounds, just east of Highway 167 about four miles south of Ash Flat.

Volunteers work behind scenes

July 24, 2009 Pageants. Educational exhibits. Livestock. ­These are a few of the things that people have come to expect at the Independence County Fair. But there are also countless people working behind the scenes to make sure everything is up and running smoothly.Most of those are volunteers working on the fair board.Imogene James, Steve Millikin, Madeline Southerland, Pam Lloyd, Matt Lloyd, Linda Brooks and Paula Lovell are a few of the people who work tirelessly to make the fair happen.

3 charged with rape

July 24, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — Bond for three people charged with rape was set at $150,000 each Thursday, Lawrence County sheriff’s investigator Capt. Jody Dotson said.Sheriff’s officers arrested 35-year-old Don Long, 30-year-old Andy Osburn and 50-year-old Lola May on Tuesday, Dotson said. Long, Osburn and May are all from Smithville.

Council to forgive water bill

July 24, 2009 The Economic Development Commission is doing what it set out do when voters approved a 1-cent special sales tax last December.Ed Mabry, commission chairman, told the Batesville City Council Tuesday night that several people have applied for monies to get started with new businesses or expansions in Independence County. Applicants are required to submit a business plan, which is then reviewed by the commission. If it’s approved, the plan then moves on to the quorum court.

Cargill hired to teach med pro ed at UACCB

July 23, 2009 Jesse Cargill has been selected as the new instructor for medical professions education program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Cargill graduated from Batesville High School in 2003 and took his first college class at UACCB, before attending the University of Central Arkansas. He graduated from UCA with a bachelor’s degree in radiography in 2007. That same year he also graduated from St. Vincent’s School of Radiologic Technology in Little Rock and became certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.