$11,356 in cash, drugs seized

May 8, 2009 Independence County deputies say they arrested two people and found more than $11,000 in cash, along with drugs and paraphernalia, following a traffic stop on Highway 167 Wednesday evening.Around 8:30 p.m. deputy Michael Darr said he was on patrol south of Batesville when he saw a white Lincoln Continental approaching the highway from a side road.The driver of the car, later identified as 52-year-old Randy Hobbs of 25 Deer Run Lane in Floral, reportedly turned onto the highway, almost striking Darr’s squad car in the process.

Trail riders find hidden sites in forest

May 8, 2009 BIG FLAT — The trio of riders sat their horses at the edge of a small stream deep in the Ozark National Forest, watching water bubble up through the round hole in the solid rock bottom of a creek bed.The spot, aptly named Bubbling Spring, looks like someone had drilled a round hole in the rock, allowing the water to flow out and smooth the opening as if it were polished with sandpaper.The spring is one of the many sights seen on a recent day-long horseback ride with Shelly Bean, trail guide and owner of Ozark Trail Service headquartered in Alco.

Council to discuss water, sewer rates

May 8, 2009 The city’s water and sewer rates may or may not be up for discussion at next week’s Batesville City Council meeting. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, and tentatively on the agenda are two ordinances to increase the city’s water and sewer rates.The new rate structure will reflect operations and maintenance increases. Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson said it had been several years since the last increase.

Officers make shooting arrest

May 8, 2009 ASH FLAT — A 30-year-old Cave City man was arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting of Gar Jacobs earlier in the day, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Bobby Joe Cobb was arrested and formal charges are expected to be filed this afternoon or Monday. Weaver said this morning he did not know what the exact charge will be.“He was arrested for attempted homicide. The prosecutor is reviewing the case this morning and will decide what charge to file,” the sheriff said.Jacobs remains in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center in Little Rock.

Cattle rustling tip leads to two arrests

May 8, 2009 Cattle stolen out of Fulton County and sold in Independence has led to the arrest of a man and woman with a Baxter County address.Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers said his department was notified the cattle may have been sold at the Batesville Stockyards.Dennis Richardson filed a report about some cattle that had been stolen from Fulton County on May 6 and sold in Independence County. Deputy Fred Friar was dispatched to Batesville Stockyards at Charlotte in regards to five calves that had been sold at the facility.

Colleges Briefs

May 7, 2009 Arkansas Tech presents awardsRUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University in Russellville has presented scholarships to two area seniors.

6 area students hold scholarships to ASU

May 7, 2009 JONESBORO — Six area students have received scholarships to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro this fall.ASU awards scholarships each year through a competitive process based on ACT/SAT scores and grade point average. They are available to Arkansas residents who have graduated from an Arkansas high school. Awardees include:• Taylor Clark of Evening Shade, a senior at Cave City High School, has accepted a University Honors Scholarship and plans to major in civil engineering.

News of other days

May 7, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 20, 1996. 

Two accused of shoplifting; four-wheelers stolen

May 7, 2009 Two Batesville women were charged with shoplifting in separate incidents April 29, according to Independence County authorities.Julie Kay Watson, 35, of 782 Broad St., was arrested and taken to jail around noon after she was reportedly caught concealing various cosmetic items on her person and in her purse at the Fred’s Dollar Store.According to Deputy Mike Price, Watson was being detained in the store parking lot when he arrived and she was later arrested and taken to the Independence County jail. She has a date of May 20 to appear in court on the charges.

Melbourne seniors to graduate May 15

May 7, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School graduation will be at 7 p.m. May 15 in the high school gymnasium.Co-valedictorians are Kaleena Kristin Hutchins, Chelsey LyTae Moser and Brittnee Rae Arnold.Co-salutatorians are Jennifer Nicole Grigg and Jessika René Foster.Hutchins, the daughter of Donald and Linda Hutchins, plans to attend Lyon College for a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry before entering a graduate program to become a pharmacist.