Bowlers needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters

February 22, 2010 Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas will host a “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” April 17 and is currently recruiting teams for the fundraising event.“Our ‘Big’ volunteers invested almost 19,000 one-on-one mentoring hours with children in northcentral Arkansas last year,” said Scarlett Barnes, event co-chairwoman. “Support Batesville programs match children with carefully-screened, caring Big Brothers and Big Sisters who make a positive impact in the lives of children. Supporting each match takes an investment of $1,000 annually.”

Two face charges

February 22, 2010 Arrest warrants have been issued for a Desha woman and a Paragould man for check forgery, according to affidavits filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said the two are identified as 27-year-old Rachel A. Cook and Darrell L. Tate, 32.Bittle said that on several occasions in late 2009, the sheriff’s department began getting complaints of forged checks on several bank accounts in the area.In one case the owner of the forged checks, Shirley Cummings, had been dead since 2004.

Melbourne meets tonight

February 22, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will have a light agenda when it meets at 7 tonight in the administration board room, Superintendent Gerald Cooper said.Students with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America will present a program, the board will discuss an Alert Now program and members will review principals’ contracts.Meetings are open to the public.

Council to consider speed limit

February 22, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes a second reading of an ordinance to establish a uniform speed limit in the city; an ordinance to establish a flood damage; a resolution in support of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council Scenic Byways initiative; a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson; and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Bond set at $100,000

February 22, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Bond was set at $100,000 Friday for a Bono man who is facing residential burglary and theft charges, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.Allen Michael Bounds, 20, of Bono was one of three suspects in the case, which involved a residence on County Road 701 near Hoxie. Bounds was arrested Wednesday; the burglary and theft were reported the previous Saturday.“The reason the bond is so high is he was on parole for two other burglaries and thefts,” Dotson said.Bounds’ circuit court date was set for March 19.

Messiah concert to be Feb. 26

February 22, 2010 The Batesville Choral Society and Lyon College Concert Chorale, conducted by Dr. Joel Plaag, will present the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Bevens Music Room on the Lyon College campus. The concert will feature choruses and soloists in the famous piece. Soloists featured will be (in order of appearance): Diana Turnbo, alto; Cory Emerson, tenor; Tyler Sarracino, tenor; Josh Palmer, tenor; Amanda Pickett, alto; Han Ong, bass; and Kristian Martin, tenor.Admission to the concert is free.

Second annual Friends in Great Places concert set at UACCB

February 22, 2010 The second annual Friends in Great Places concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 20 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.All proceeds from the event will go toward the Nursing and Allied Health facility currently under construction. This year’s concert will once again feature a variety of musicians from the surrounding area.“We will feature the same lineup of musicians as last year,” said Danny Dozier, who assists UACCB in setting up this event. “I’m proud to call them my friends and I rank their talent among the highest anywhere in the country.”

Search under way for superintendent

February 22, 2010 Let the search begin.Ted Hall may still have a few more months as Batesville superintendent, but the school board isn’t wasting any time in finding his replacement, and it’s looking outside Pioneer territory for assistance. In hopes of finding the right person for the job by July 1, the board has hired McPherson and Jacobson, an executive recruitment and development firm from Omaha, Neb. that specializes in such searches.

15-year-old won’t face adult charges

February 22, 2010 Authorities have decided to charge a 15-year-old as a juvenile instead of an adult following the shooting death of 40-year-old Larry Michael Howard.Howard was reportedly shot Feb. 15 with a .44 caliber hunting rifle at 5859 Batesville Blvd., Pleasant Plains.Investigators had first indicated they would seek a first-degree murder charge and ask that the teenager to be charged as an adult.Prosecutor Don McSpadden said he could not elaborate on what charge the teen faced in connection with the incident because the boy is a minor.

Teen killed by Amtrak train

February 19, 2010 HOPE (AP) — Authorities in Hope say the death of a 17-year-old Hope boy who was struck by an Amtrak train appears to have been accidental.Jerry Lollis died Wednesday night after being hit around 9:30 p.m. Hope police say it appears Lollis simply tied to beat the train at a crossing at U.S. 67 and Generator Street.The Texas Eagle train was en route from San Antonio to Chicago. The train was delayed two hours.Police say Amtrak may have video of the incident. An Amtrak spokesman says the train crew reported that Lollis saw the train but tried to cross anyway.