Drunk man arrested on playground

April 28, 2010 An allegedly drunk man on a Batesville school ground caught the eye of an off-duty policeman around 4 p.m. Monday. “I was traveling north on Seventh Street beside the Central Elementary School when I noticed a white male wearing a dark ball cap and blue jeans standing behind a cedar tree on the southeast corner of the school yard,” Deputy Dustin Robbins said. “He appeared to duck behind the tree when he noticed that I was watching him; I then pulled into the school parking lot so I could see what he was doing.”

Civil War battle to be re-enacted

April 28, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Seventh Arkansas Volunteer Infantry will recreate the Battle of Lunenburg at 3 p.m. Saturday in the same farm field south of Melbourne where the 1864 battle was fought. The event is open to the public. Led by their color guards, Confederate and Union re-enactors in authentic uniforms will take up positions as five full size cannons take the field. A second re-enactment is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tea Party to have forum

April 28, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County The People Rule Tea Party will be having its third meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Izard County Fairgrounds. Members of the public who are interested in finding ways to decrease the size of our federal government, curtail illegal immigration, decrease taxes, stop the incremental advance of socialism, and restore the United States to its proper foundation as a sovereign Constitutional republic are invited to attend and participate.

Camp Crossed Arrows to re-open

April 28, 2010 A grand re-opening ceremony for Camp Crossed Arrows Girls Scouts camp at Camp Tahkodah will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Events will include an open house, dedication of the new pool, a dedication of the flag pole in honor of camp supporters Randle and Sally Yarberry and the recognition of the Camp Blazers, a group of Girl Scouts that was very active at Camp Crossed Arrows during the 1960s. Girls Scouts will be participating in scavenger hunts, canoeing and archery throughout the day.

Cemetery cleaning planned

April 28, 2010 MARCLELLA — There will be a cleaning of the Evetts Cemetery, which is located close to Marcella, Saturday beginning around 8 a.m. For more information call (870) 262-7088.

Crawfords to have reunion

April 28, 2010 The Joe Crawford family reunion will be Saturday at Oak Bluff Community Building, located on Oak Bluff Road, off of White Drive between Gainesboro and Charlotte. A potluck will be served at noon. All family and friends are invited.

Ozarka panel eyes finances

April 28, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees Finance Committee will meet at 2 p.m. May 6 at in the president’s conference room (administration building). Agenda items other than review of the 2010-11 operating budget proposal include designated reserve balance, year-end cash allocation, tuition and fee structure, adjunct faculty compensation and cost of living adjustment. For more information, call Karla Rush or Nancy Dust at (870) 368-7371.

Church homecoming set

April 28, 2010 CAVE CITY — The annual homecoming at Pleasant Valley Church and cemetery, near the banks of Poke Bayou 10 miles west of Cave City, will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, according to cemetery committee spokespersons Novelene Garrison and Cyndie Christopher. The event will open with singing followed by a gospel message, then a potluck lunch. Everyone who has family in the cemetery or who has other ties to the community is encouraged to attend.

New books at Independence County library

April 28, 2010 “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Rebecca Skloot “Citizens of London,” Lynne Olson “Game Change,” John Heilemann “What Happened,” Scott McClellan “Kelly’s Chance,” Wanda E. Brunstetter “The Declaration of Independence,” Rod Gragg “The Easter Egg,” Jan Brett “Holistic Herbal,” David Hoffman “You Are What You Eat,” Gillian McKeith “American Indian Healing Arts,” E. Barrie Kavasch “A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-functioning Autism,” Sally Ozonoff “Growing Fruit and Vegetables,” Richard Bird “Sacred Places in North America,” Courtney Milne

Shots fired, patrol cars damaged during high-speed chase

April 28, 2010 ASH FLAT — A “wild and woolly night” involving a high-speed chase in Sharp County ended this morning with a driver who struck two patrol cars with a pickup still on the lam despite the use of tracking dogs, Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning. Deputy Jeff Adam was injured when the driver’s black 2001 extended cab Dodge pickup crashed head-on into the sheriff’s department’s new Dodge Charger cruiser, heavily damaging and possibly totaling it, Weaver said. Shots were fired earlier in the chase in an attempt to disable the errant vehicle, he said.