Man found with drugs inside jail

January 14, 2010 A motorist’s report of a reckless driver led police to arrest a 33-year-old Pleasant Grove man on felony drug charges Dec. 18, according to a court affidavit by Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Sims.Deputy Randy Sharp stopped a pickup truck driven by Daniel T. Younger around 4 p.m. at the foot of Ramsey Mountain on Highway 167 south of Batesville after police got a report of a reckless driver.Sharp arrested Younger on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, according to the affidavit.

Foundation gives scholarships

January 14, 2010 The White River Health System Foundation recently presented scholarships to Emily “Emmy” Perrin, Valerie Ragsdale, Amanda Scribner and Mandy Tedeschi, to continue their education and professional development. Scholarships are awarded annually to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) seeking degrees as registered nurses (RNs).

R&B singer Pendergrass dead at 59

January 14, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, who was one of the most electric and successful figures in music until a car crash 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair, has died of colon cancer. He was 59.Pendergrass died Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized for months.The singer’s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had “a difficult recovery.”

Library to be closed

January 14, 2010 The Independence County Library will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Home Depot to host Do-It-Herself workshop tonight

January 14, 2010 The Home Depot of Batsville will host a free Do-It-Herself workshop from 7 to 8:30 tonight. To register visit  Women will learn how to replace a shower head, install bathroom accessories, select and install a new bathroom faucet as well as how to install a new toilet.

Church to hold special service

January 14, 2010 FLORAL — Floral Baptist Church will host a church and community wide farewell service and fellowship at 11 a.m. Sunday for past and present members and members of the community.The church will vacate the existing sanctuary in anticipation of a new sanctuary as the church continues to grow. The church was established in 1889 and has been in the present building since 1946.A potluck will be served in the family life center immediately following the service.

Presentation canceled

January 14, 2010 The Leila Lenore Heasley Prize presentation scheduled for Feb. 24 at Lyon College has been canceled. The winner of the prize, Ron Rash, is having shoulder surgery and will be unable to fly to Batesville. So his presentation will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Road budget increased $100,000

January 14, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court increased the 2010 road budget by $100,000 for machinery and equipment Monday so a dump truck and other equipment can be purchased later this year, County Judge Larry Brown said.“I had planned to do that later this year,” he said, but decided to go ahead and make the money available now, with the justices’ approval. The money will come from existing balances, he said.Other 2010 line items increased include: Grants-in-aid/Tri-County Recycling, $16,000; circuit court, $3,791; and law enforcement, $261.

Southside joins Race to Top

January 14, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School Board met Jan. 4 and signed a memorandum of understanding to participate in the Arkansas Department of Education Race To The Top Initiative. Schools nationwide have the opportunity to receive additional federal stimulus funds through the competitive grant program if they can show they are trying to improve education. Arkansas could receive between $60 and $175 million.

Aunt Minnie Miles, Hoedown crew to perform in Newport

January 14, 2010 NEWPORT — Aunt Minnie Miles and her White River Hoedown gang from Mountain View will perform music and comedy at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts on the Arkansas State University-Newport campus, said Brenda Dunn of the Newport Kiwanis Club, which is sponsoring the event as a fundraiser.Local musicians will provide the opening act, Dunn said.“It’s about a two-hour show, just good family entertainment,” she said.Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased from any Newport Kiwanis member or at the door.