Batesville woman critical from Christmas Eve crash

December 29, 2009 Alene Anderson of Batesville was on her way to a family Christmas party on Kyler Road around 5 p.m. Christmas Eve when she suddenly struck another vehicle head-on and suffered severe injuries that sent her to a Memphis hospital.Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes said Anderson, 71, was traveling south on Highway 167 in her 1992 Geo Metro when she went through a green light at the intersection with Highway 14 and struck a pickup truck head-on.

Bar fight sends man to med center

December 29, 2009 A Cord man is listed in stable condition at a local hospital following an altercation at a local bar early Sunday morning, according to a press release from Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers.Bowers said officers were sent to White River Medical Center around 4 a.m. where 34-year-old Cameron Wood of Cord was being treated for injuries he suffered in an altercation at the Loyal Order of the Moose off Brewer Hill Road north of Batesville.According to Bowers officers weren’t able to talk with Wood due to the extent of head injuries.

Missing girls back at home

December 29, 2009 ASH FLAT — Two Cave City teens who had been missing for a couple of days were located by their families Monday evening and are back in their homes, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Mark Counts said this morning.Missing were Jessica Tackett, 17, and Kelsey Crock, 16.The search had centered in Jackson County where one of the girls had a friend and because the vehicle they were in had apparently last been seen heading in that direction, Counts said.

Peabody Hall getting renovation

December 29, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A 98-year-old University of Arkansas building is in the midst of an $8.8 million renovation that campus leaders hope will make it more energy efficient.Peabody Hall was built in 1911 and administrators say they plan to respect the building’s historic character during the renovations, which are scheduled to be done by August 2011.In 2004, the university began requiring LEED Silver certification on all new buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, as a standard for energy efficiency.

Van Buren lands $15M plant

December 29, 2009 VAN BUREN (AP) — A manufacturer specializing in technology to help increase oil and gas production plans to build a $15 million plant in Van Buren, employing about 50 workers by the summer.Oxane Materials Inc. says it plans to expand the plant through 2014, with an expected total investment of $32 million and additional employment of up to 300 workers.

Fire destroys Batesville home

December 29, 2009 Nineteen Batesville firefighters and three fire trucks responded to a house fire at 1556 Lee St. around 6 Monday evening and stayed on the scene for approximately two and half hours in near freezing temperatures.The blaze at the home of Deanna Hollowell reportedly started somewhere in the back of the house and got into the attic where it quickly spread.According to Batesville Fire Chief Danny Russell, the cause of the fire has not been determined at this time, but remains under investigation. No one was injured in the blaze.

Library to close for holiday

December 29, 2009 The Independence County Library will be closed Thursday through Sunday in observance of the New year’s holiday. It will reopen Monday morning at 9.

Youth to have New Year’s party

December 29, 2009 The youth groups of First Baptist and First United Methodist churches of Batesville invite teens of the community to an alcohol free New Year’s Eve party at the West Annex of First Baptist Church on Main Street.“The Main Event,” featuring Mitch Wright as guest speaker, will take place from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., Thursday, .Activities will include a Main Street scavenger hunt, games and lots of food and fun in a safe environment.For more information contact Kathryn Blackwell at (870) 834-5575.

Success academy for children now open

December 29, 2009 A day treatment center for preschool children, who may be at risk or have chronic medical problems, is now open at 200 General Street in the Bad Boy Mowers building.Miracle Kids Success Academy is an inspired venture, according to owner/chief operating officer Mary-Katherine Hardin.Hardin said the academy was the result of her winning a battle over cancer in 2007. “The dream of opening a clinic to serve families in this area became a way to celebrate my victory and a way to serve others,” Hardin said.