Jonesboro man jailed for incest

September 24, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Police in Jonesboro say they’ve arrested a 50-year-old Jonesboro man for rape and incest after he allegedly married his 22-year-old daughter.Police say the man was arrested without incident Wednesday afternoon. He was expected in Craighead County Circuit Court for a bond hearing today.Police say the man’s ex-wife reported the marriage and abuse last week after being told of it by the alleged victim.A date for the marriage was not released but police reports say the sexual abuse began when the girl was 11.

Police respond to drunk at door

September 24, 2009 Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said he and Cpl. Ernie Gillihan found a drunk man walking in the middle of 15th Street after neighbors complained of him knocking on their door and causing problems.The man was later identified as 25-year-old John Vargas of 15th Street, according to Markum who said, “Cpl. Gillihan told Vargas several times to stop walking in Spanish and in English.”Vargas reportedly ignored orders to stop and walked into a nearby carport and leaned up against a car with his left hand under his shirt.

Barbecue dinner offered

September 24, 2009 PFEIFFER — The Old Country Church, located at 3675 North St. Louis St. in Pfeiffer, five miles north of Batesville, will have a barbecue pork dinner with all the trimmings beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.The meal will include baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and a drink. The price is $6.All proceeds will go to benefit the church’s general funds.To have a meal ready for pickup, call (870) 612-5044 beginning tonight and leave a message.

I.O.O.F. offers invitation

September 24, 2009 JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Lodge No. 352 of the International Order of Odd Fellows is inviting all firefighters and first responders who live south of White River in Independence County for a free meal at the lodge hall beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Noble Grand Master Vernon Inman said.The event is also open to all justices of the peace from throughout the county. The menu is yet to be decided, but is expected to be either hamburgers and hot dogs or chicken, along with side dishes.

Gold Star Mother’s Day to be observed

September 24, 2009 Gold Star Mother’s Day, which honors mothers who have lost sons or daughters who were serving in the active military, will be Sunday, according to a news release.The event was created by presidential proclamation and has been observed on the last Sunday of September since the 1940s.Jenkins-Henderson American Legion Auxiliary Unit 114 of Batesville recognizes the supreme sacrifice of all Gold Star Mothers.

Grease fire closes McDonalds

September 24, 2009 A small grease fire in the kitchen closed McDonalds restaurant for a short time for cleanup Wednesday morning.The Batesville Fire Department responded to a fire in a Fry Master unit around 11:40 a.m. However, the blaze was quickly controlled and the department only remained on the scene for approximately 12 minutes.No one was reported injured in the incident and no serious damage was reported.Detailed information regarding the incident was not available from McDonalds management prior to press time today.

Movie to be screened

September 24, 2009 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 8 p.m. Friday.“Joseph: King of Dreams” will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers need an FM radio to tune in 88.1 for the audio.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own concessions.

Ozarka College to offer GED testing

September 24, 2009 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7 and 19 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, Oct. 13 and 20;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Oct. 5 and 12;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Oct. 8 and 13;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Oct. 1 and 15.

October marks DV Awareness Month

September 24, 2009 Three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day in America, on average according to a 2000 study by U.S. Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control. Last year in Arkansas, 31 women were killed by an intimate partner. Domestic violence is a life-threatening crime affecting millions across our nation regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education.

Naturally Ozark Web discussed

September 24, 2009 CALICO ROCK — The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development continues to move forward with the Naturally Ozark Web site, officials said. Naturally Ozark is the name adopted by NCARED to be used in a branding effort for the region.The Creative Economy Team met recently with representatives from the University of Arkansas’ Institute for Economic Advancement DINA Project to provide input on Web site layout, content and functionality. In August, NCARED awarded the contract to DINA for the design, construction, hosting and maintenance of the site.