Candidate event scheduled

March 15, 2010 The Ruth Chapter No 91 Order of the Eastern Star is hosting a candidates-meet-and-greet, spaghetti lunch and pie/cake auction at noon Saturday, according to Mayfan Thomas. The event will be in the hall at Mount Zion Masonic Lodge No. 10 located on Highway 167 South across from the Batesville Regional Airport.

Bethesda Fire Department to host Mad Hatters Ball

March 15, 2010 BETHESDA — The Bethesda Area Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host a Spring Fling Mad Hatters Ball on Saturday. This will be a part of the department’s annual dinner and business meeting.The dinner will start at 6 p.m. and will consist of baked ham, cheesy potatoes, pinto beans, cornbread, slaw and dessert. The costs are $6 for adults and children age 12 and older; $3 for children 3-11. There will be no charge for children under age 3.

Newark intersection is site of two-vehicle crash

March 15, 2010 Rumble strips, flashing lights and other warnings of an upcoming dangerous intersection were not enough to prevent a two-vehicle accident near Newark Friday afternoon that sent three people to the hospital.Around 3:45 p.m. truck driver Christopher P. Tamporello, 36, of Del Norte, Colo. was traveling northbound on Highway 69 when 21-year-old Savanna S. Brady of Oil Trough ran a stop sign at the intersection of Highways 29 and 122, and drove into the path of Tamporello’s 1996 Peterbilt, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper David Jones.

Fight sends one to jail, one to hospital

March 15, 2010 Words supposedly said to a woman resulted in two men fighting in the parking lot of a local restaurant, according to a police report by Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson. Jackson said he was dispatched just before 4 p.m. to Josie’s at the Lockhouse to find William Allen Arnold, 25, bleeding from facial injuries and his assailant, identified as 27-year-old Courtney Lacy, already gone.

Purcell to speak at Lyon meeting

March 15, 2010 Dr. Jim Purcell will speak at the Lyon College President’s Council meeting March 23 at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.Purcell has served as the director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education since January 2008. Purcell’s efforts in institutional effectiveness are wide and varied with extensive experience in student placement, academic and student affairs program review, academic program development, program entrance requirements, course evaluations, grade distributions, and student retention and graduation.

Jail beating injures one

March 15, 2010 An Independence County jail inmate is in serious condition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital and another is in solitary lockdown following a fight that occurred between the two just before 6 p.m. Saturday.Deputy Fred Friar said he was called to the jail where he was told that inmate Timothy Austin Brady, 22, attacked 42-year-old Robert Byrd.During the attack, Brady reportedly bashed Byrd’s head against a steel bunk bed that resulted in injuries to his left skull area serious enough to require transfer to Little Rock.

Woman joins Senate race

March 15, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Melissa “Missy” Thomas Irvin, of Mountain View, filed for the Arkansas State Senate District 10 race as a Republican candidate recently. Thomas and her husband, Dr. John Dawson Irvin, have lived in Mountain View for 13 years. They have four children, Allyn, Hennelly, Josie and Ike. They are members of First United Methodist Church of Mountain View.

Dirtless gardening – Hydroponics: Freshness year-round

March 15, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Five years ago David Hughes never dreamed he’d one day be operating a hydroponic farm, but he knew he’d have to do something. His family was growing, the economy was in a downturn, and it was time to make a change.

ATV riders find body

March 15, 2010 A man and wife out for a Saturday morning four-wheeler ride came upon the body of a man that resembled a family member, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Price.William Kennedy called police around 11:15 a.m. saying that his mother and stepfather, Carol and Roy Ball, were four-wheeling in the wooded area of 750 Departee Creek when they came across a man’s body they thought might be him (Kennedy). Price said he then spoke with the couple by phone.