Squadron to host open house

March 24, 2010 The Batesville squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will host an open house starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Batesville Regional Airport.“This is an excellent opportunity for the public to discover what the Civil Air Patrol is all about. Cadets and adult members will be available to answer questions. Search and rescue aircraft will be displayed. Food and refreshments will be provided for this drop-in event,” a news release states.

Egg hunt set for Saturday

March 24, 2010 Alpha Xi Delta at Lyon College will sponsor an Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday at Couch Garden, located behind Brown Chapel on the Lyon College campus.The hunt is open to all ages. Prizes for each division will be awarded.For more information call Tesla Fields at (501) 428-8734.

Thieving team hits business

March 24, 2010 A Batesville tattoo shop owner says he believes three men working as a team stole equipment and cash totalling $4,150 from his business Thursday night.Friday afternoon Jerry Nash, operator of New Traditions tattoo shop at 453 Batesville Blvd., reported to police that three tattoo guns, an iron clipper liner and a roundback shader valued at $2,350, as well as $1,800 in cash used as store start up money, were taken from his shop around 8 p.m. Thursday.

Audit talk of council

March 24, 2010 You get what you pay for, the Batesville City Council has decided, at least when it comes to audits.Tuesday night, the council agreed to hire a firm to perform audits of the city government and utilities departments.Stephen Davis, a consultant with Davis Business Planning, LLC in Fayetteville, said city governments are audited by the Arkansas Legislative Audit under a regulatory basis (stipulated by the state). The basis is “how you account for your governmental funds.”

Blevins curates exhibit

March 24, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Though many Arkansans left their mark on international popular culture — musicians Al Green and Louis Jordan; politicians J.W. Fulbright, Winthrop Rockefeller and Bill Clinton; athletes Brooks Robinson and Scottie Pippen; and movie stars Alan Ladd and Mary Steenburgen — the state is often better known as a place of hillbillies, rednecks, moonshine and double-wide trailers.

Woman dies in house fire

March 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — Firefighters in Ash Flat found the body of a woman tentatively identified as 68-year-old Wanda Yates after responding to a house fire Tuesday at 134 N. Circle Drive in Ash Flat, according to Sharp County sheriff’s investigators.The fire was reported at 3:59 p.m. and damage was confined to the living room and kitchen areas, sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said.“It wasn’t a real big fire,” and firefighters had the fire extinguished within a short time.Several firefighters responded with two trucks.

Guion storm 1929

March 24, 2010 Editor’s note: With tornado season on the horizon this is the first in a series of memories from those who recall the tornado of April 10, 1929 that left death and destruction in the town of Guion. Many of those injured were taken by train to Batesville where they received medical treatment, food, clothing and shelter. Some of these authors are no longer living. The stories were complied by Jaydine Arnold Morton.The Arnold Family from the memories of Geneva Arnold Rodman11 years old in 1929

Man wanted for selling non-existent airplane

March 24, 2010  The excuses just kept mounting up as to why a $10,000 airplane could not be delivered.Tuesday, a felony charge of theft by deception was filed against 36-year-old Darrell Candler after he allegedly sold another man an apparently non-existent airplane, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.In her affidavit, Bittle said that on Dec. 30, Jack Krepps reported to the sheriff’s office that he had bought an airplane from Candler with a cashier’s check for $10,000 on April 26 last year, but Candler never delivered the plane.

Heifer sees drop in donations

March 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Donations to Little Rock-based Heifer International dropped by more than $20 million in the charity’s last fiscal year.Heifer took in $128 million is fiscal 2008, compared to $102 million in fiscal 2009, which ended June 30. That’s a decline of 20 percent.Charities across the country have struggled during the recession. And like many others, Heifer has laid off employees. In June, Heifer let go 230 workers in the U.S. and abroad. Heifer spokesman Joedy Isert told Arkansas Business on Monday that no more layoffs are in the works.

One killed in crash near Capitol

March 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A woman whose vehicle struck a tree at the state Capitol grounds in Little Rock is dead.Little Rock police said 31-year-old Shekina Jones was pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:44 a.m. crash.Jones’ compact car was going west on 3rd Street when it left the road and went about 40 yards on the Capitol lawn before hitting a tree. Police say Jones was not wearing a seatbelt and that she was found slumped on the driver-side floorboard.An autopsy is to be performed. No one else was in the vehicle and there were no other injuries.