United Way seeking applications

February 19, 2010 Applications will be accepted for 2011 United Way funding until March 31, according to Robb Roberts, chairman of the Agency Relations Committee for the United Way of Independence County.Applying organizations must be nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organizations providing direct and meaningful service to the people of Independence County and must have been in existence for at least two years, according to a news release.

Hardy fire dept. gets money

February 19, 2010 Washington, D.C. — Hardy Fire Department is among several Arkansas fire departments receiving federal grants, according to a news release.Hardy received $118,750 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. All awards were made through the AFG’s Vehicle Acquisition and Operations and Safety Program Areas.

Bono man faces charges

February 19, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — One of three suspects in a residential burglary and theft case was arrested Thursday in Lawrence County, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.Sheriff’s officers arrested Allen Michael Bounds, 20, of Bono. Thursday afternoon, Bounds was in the Lawrence County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.“The arrest came after a Lawrence County residence was broken into on County Road 701 near Hoxie,” Dotson said. The burglary was reported Saturday.

Tip helps officers nab man trying to sell meth from home

February 19, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Portia man was arrested Wednesday for trying to sell methamphetamine from his house, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.Steven Wilson, 28, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.“The arrest came after a concerned citizen called the sheriff’s department about Wilson trying to sell meth at Portia,” Dotson said. “Deputies responded to the residence and found Wilson with the meth. Wilson was placed under arrest and transported to the Lawrence County Jail to await a bond hearing.”

Sweet Tea Cottage opens Saturday

February 19, 2010 The adventure begins on the front porch.But it doesn’t end there.For the past several weeks Jennifer Davidson and Ina Lee Henley have been painting, scraping and decorating in preparation for the Saturday opening of Sweet Tea Cottage at 555 Water St.Previously located at the lower end of Main Street and known as Judith Lee’s Antiques, the new site is just a “better fit, along with the new name,” Davidson said.The converted house lends itself to being more customer friendly with its high-ceiling rooms and home-like atmosphere, Davidson said.

Film, upgrades, hydro topics of quorum court

February 19, 2010 Film crews for CNN and Fox networks won’t be coming to town after all, but that doesn’t mean a video promoting Batesville is totally off the table.Ed Mabry, director of the Independence County Economic Development Commission, told the quorum court Tuesday night that he had previously been contacted by the crew wanting to do a feature film clip on Independence County for airing on the networks. But he has since learned the company might not be right for the county.The quorum court met Tuesday night, a week later than usual because of inclement weather last week.

Motorist finds, returns wallet

February 19, 2010 “I started blowing my horn like crazy and pointing to the roof of my truck. She just turned right and took off. I thought maybe I had scared her and she was trying to get away from the crazy guy behind her.”— Joseph Bramblett 

Bears dive in Feb. 27

February 19, 2010 Frigid water and sleet didn’t stop 69-year-old Lesta Stroud from taking the plunge last year.For the past two years, Stroud has earned the “oldest plunger” award at the Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser for Arkansas Special Olympics, and she’ll probably earn that title again this year — but she probably deserves two trophies. After all she’ll be plunging into the White River twice this year.

Green sentenced to 56 years

February 19, 2010 POCAHONTAS — A Randolph County jury deliberated only one hour and 14 minutes Thursday before finding Charles Wayne “Chad” Green, 34, guilty of four counts of rape of a child and sentencing him to 56 years in prison.Green, who is still facing four counts of capital murder and one count of kidnapping in connection with the killing of a Dalton family of four, was also found guilty Thursday of one count of first-degree terroristic threatening.

Suspect appears in court

February 18, 2010 MALVERN (AP) — The man arrested in the shooting death of the son of Malvern’s mayor has made his first court appearance.A Hot Spring County judge on Wednesday ordered 23-year-old Timothy Wells held without bond on a first-degree murder complaint in the death of 30-year-old Shane Northcutt.Wells did not enter a plea and did not have an attorney.Northcutt was found shot in the chest early Sunday a few blocks from his home. Wells was arrested Tuesday and an affidavit says he confessed to the crime.