Law meeting canceled

April 1, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court Law Enforcement Committee meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. today has been canceled.

Civitan Club selling pork butts

April 1, 2010 White River Valley Civitan Club is taking orders for smoked Boston pork butts, which will be ready in time for Mother’s Day.Orders may be given to any Civitan member or by calling Nancy Roberts at (870) 698-6317 or Lisa Pinkston at (870) 612-5900, extension 13, before April 15.The meat will be ready for pickup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8 at the Citizens Bank main branch parking lot, located at the corner of Third Street and College Avenue.The cost is $25.All proceeds will go to fund the club’s service projects.

Church slates egg hunt

April 1, 2010 NEWARK — The Hazel Edwards Methodist Church in Newark will host an Easter egg hunt 2 p.m. Saturday at the Newark Lake Park located behind the Town and Country store.“The event is open to everyone,” and will be held rain or shine, unless it’s lightning, organizer Connie Hackworth said. “Bring your Easter baskets.”

Ozarka president named distinguished alumnus

April 1, 2010 Melbourne — Dr. Richard Dawe, president of Ozarka College, recently received an award as the distinguished Ph.D. alumni for 2010 from Saint Louis University’s College of Education and Public Service.

Census takes ‘snapshot’

April 1, 2010 Have you filled out your Census form? Only about half of the nation has — so far.Today is the day that the U.S. Census Bureau takes what it calls a “snapshot” of the U.S. population.Although today is Census Day, residents still have time to fill out and mail back their 10-question Census form, saving the government about $57 for each household that does not have to be visited by an enumerator, officials said.

Contractor rejects settlement offer

April 1, 2010  An offer of $75,000 to settle a three-year-old lawsuit between Independence County and Mobley Construction, the company that built three hydroelectric generation stations along the White River, has been rejected.News of the rejection was made to members of the Independence County Quorum Court Hydro Committee during a hydro committee meeting Wednesday afternoon.The committee had received word last week that Mobley was willing to accept a settlement of $700,942.70 for what the county allegedly owes the company for work completed.

Skull identified

April 1, 2010  Partial human remains found in west Batesville in 2008, have been positively identified as a local missing person, William Ernest Green Jr., according to a news release by Detective Sgt. Brent Everett with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Green, who was 25 at the time of his disappearance, was last seen on Nov. 28, 2003, while he was living at Independence Inn on East Main Street.

Inmate caught

April 1, 2010 ASH FLAT — An escapee from the Sharp County Jail was arrested Wednesday with the help of high-tech surveillance and other law enforcement agencies, Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning.The fugitive, Michael Shane Mallonee, was captured about 5:15 p.m. “with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service out of Jonesboro and some high-tech surveillance, the Jonesboro Police Department and the DTF (drug task force)” Weaver said.

Medical bill dispute goes to trial

April 1, 2010 A trial in a civil lawsuit will be set for later this year in connection with the shooting of a man by an Arkansas State Police officer in Sharp County three years ago.James Naldo Arnold, who was struck in the side by a bullet from Special Agent Wendall Jines’ service pistol during a struggle as Jines attempted to arrest Arnold, spent four days in White River Medical Center.The hospital is suing Sharp County for $20,746 plus 6 percent interest from December 2008 plus fees and court costs amounting to about $5,000.

Senate hopefuls woo farmers at forum

March 31, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Republican Senate hopeful Gilbert Baker on Tuesday criticized rival U.S. Rep. John Boozman for supporting a 2008 bailout of the nation’s banks, while Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination targeted her for the Senate’s inaction on unemployment benefits.