Students recognized for ACT, scholarships

June 30, 2009 Several Batesville High School students have earned recognition for ACT and/or scholarship achievement, according to school officials.The following students have received medals for ACT scores in previous years: Preston Caldwell, 34; Claire Brown, 33; Grant McChesney, 33, Megan Holifield, 30; and Jon-Michael Poff, 30.These students made 30 or above on the ACT this year: Angela Davidson, 30; Daniel Roettger, 30; Kaylin Cesarski, 30; Emily Barrett, 30; Josh Wilkes, 31; Jake Pitts, 31; Caitlin Campbell, 32; Natanya Clark, 33; and Andrew Cox, 33.

Surprise parole visit ends with drug arrest

June 30, 2009  Felony charges of possession of controlled substances have been filed against a Batesville man following a surprise home visit by his parole officer.In an Independence County Circuit Court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard said the charges were filed following a visit by Parole Officer Jimmy Moore and Deputy Fred Friar to the home of Kalob West, 18, on June 16.“Deputy Friar said when they arrived they made contact with Kalob sitting on the front porch drinking a beer,” Leonard said.

Agent attends class

June 30, 2009 Janet Smart of Batesville, an agent for Farmers Insurance Group, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers in Agoura Hills, Calif.“Janet completed the five-day course, which is designed to enhance the professional skills of Farmers’ agents,” explained Annette Thompson, vice president of Farmers, in a news press release.

Rosita’s now open in old Sweden Creme location

June 30, 2009 Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant in west Batesville is now open and offering authentic Mexican “home-style” food. “We have several years of experience in the restaurant business,” said Jose L. Rodriguez, who helps run the business with other family members. “We have many authentic home-style Mexican dishes, the type of food we would fix ourselves at home. It’s nothing like you get at other places.”

Youth ranch hosts rodeos

June 30, 2009 BETHESDA — Every other weekend, the Ronnie Welch Memorial Arena at the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches lights up as horses and riders participate in a rodeo. This is due, in part, to the White River Rodeo Association, according to a news release.Volunteers give their time to conduct the rodeo with 100 percent of the profits going to the ranch.

Woman beside wrecked car tells police someone else was driving

June 30, 2009  A woman who claimed someone else wrecked her car and then ran away was arrested for careless driving early Thursday morning.Around 6:10 a.m. Deputy Randy Jones was dispatched to a one-vehicle accident on Highway 25, just west of East Main Street, where he found a Chevrolet Malibu in the ditch and a woman standing beside it.Jones said the woman identified herself as Rosemary Hernandez, 22, of Spring Valley and said she didn’t know how the accident happened because she was in the passenger seat asleep when it occurred.

Two teenagers accused of snacking while taking five-fingered discount

June 30, 2009 Two girls, ages 15 and 17, were arrested Thursday afternoon for shoplifting after they reportedly cruised through Walmart snacking on hot deli food and putting items in their cart before leaving the store without paying.Independence County Deputy Gary Franks said he was dispatched to the store around 5 p.m. where an employee, Greg Sims, had detained the girls as they left the store.Sims said he had seen the girls with a shopping cart that had several hot food items from the deli, then watched as they walked into the domestics department.

Cops respond to report of gun at Moose Lodge

June 30, 2009 After reportedly being involved in an incident where a gun and drugs were involved at the Loyal Order of the Moose, three Hispanic men have been placed under an investigative hold, according to police reports.Deputy Bret Ward said he responded to the private club on Brewer Hill Road around 4 a.m. Saturday after a man had reportedly pointed a gun at a bouncer.Ward said that Batesville Police Dispatch gave a description of the car the suspect and two other men were in, and other officers stopped the car as it was leaving, Ward said.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 30, 2009 Hickory Hill to performHEBER SPRINGS — Hickory Hill will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the William Carl Garner Visitor Center, located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25.The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067. Homecoming set at Ravenden

Clinton Library sets event; fireworks scheduled in LR

June 30, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Clinton Presidential Center will host its annual Fourth of July Family Festival on Saturday, according to a news release.The free event begins at 4 p.m. and, in conjunction with the festival, the Presidential Library will have free admission. Featured entertainment includes storytellers, magicians, inflatable games and live music by The Big John Miller Band. For more information, visit or call (501) 374-4242.