Business After Hours slated

March 30, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and White River Health System will host a Business After Hours from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women & Imaging Conference Center.For more information about Business After Hours events, call the chamber at (870) 793-2378.

Woman jailed for taking daughter

March 30, 2010 An incident of a child being taken from an Independence County home has resulted in the issuance of a warrant and arrest of the child’s 27-year-old non-custodial mother.In a court affidavit Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said that at approximately 8:10 p.m. March 23, Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch took a report regarding a missing child who had been taken from a residence by the child’s mother. According to the affidavit, Foster was allowed to have visitation with the child who was staying for a short time with a grandmother.

Man faces contributing charges

March 30, 2010 ASH FLAT — A Hardy man arrested Saturday has been charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver reported.“Deputy Brian Coble responded to 84 James St. in Hardy in reference to a complaint of underage girls at that location with a possible sex offender. After arriving at the home, Deputy Coble was able to identify two female juveniles who had apparently been drinking,” Weaver said.Both juveniles identified the suspect who had supplied them with alcohol as Samuel Mullins of Hardy.

Sharp Co. inmate escapes

March 30, 2010 ASH FLAT — A work release inmate escaped Monday afternoon as he was completing his day of work and was still at large at 9:20 this morning, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Michael Shane Mallonee, 20, was being held in the Sharp County Jail for probation revocation.“Mallonee was allowed to be on work release and was being dropped off at the county yard after completing his day of work. A white SUV pulled up and Mallonee jumped into the vehicle and fled,” said Weaver.

Rural fire ruled arson; suspects sought

March 30, 2010 Fire and police authorities have ruled an early Monday morning Sulphur Rock mobile home fire as an act of arson.Independence County Deputy Brian Luetschwager was called to the home of Mike Shaw at 409 Shamrock Lane shortly before 6 a.m. after Shaw arrived home and discovered his home had been set afire.“Mr. Shaw advised me that he had left around 3 p.m. Sunday and arrived back home around 5:30 a.m. (Monday),” Luetschwager said. “Mr. Shaw said when he pulled up he noticed a light on in the residence that he didn’t remember leaving on.

Cave City duo arrested for drugs

March 30, 2010 ASH FLAT — When Sharp County Deputy Gary Mitchell met a vehicle traveling east on state Highway 230 just before dark Friday, he turned around to stop it because he recognized the driver as Thomas King and knew King had warrants on him out of Batesville.“I turned around to stop the vehicle and I could tell it had gained speed,” Mitchell said. “When I caught up with the vehicle it was passing a car on a double yellow line. King then turned on Grange Road, where I made a traffic stop on the vehicle.”

Wooldridge un-resigns

March 30, 2010 In a letter issued to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks just before 2 p.m. Monday, Independence County Clerk Karen Wooldridge announced that she was rescinding her earlier letter of resignation issued on March 12.In her first letter Wooldridge announced she would be retiring at the end of the year, but since she had some chronic health issues felt that in all fairness to the people of Independence County and the ladies in her office she should step down and let one of them be appointed to finish her term.

Guion storm 1929

March 30, 2010 Editor’s note: With tornado season on the horizon this is the fifth in a series of memories from those who recall the tornado of April 10, 1929 that left death and destruction in the town of Guion. Many of those injured were taken by train to Batesville where they received medical treatment, food, clothing and shelter. Some of these authors are no longer living. The stories were complied by Jaydine Arnold Morton.The Sheffield Ruminer and Claude Campbell Familiesfrom the memories of Inez Ruminer Collie 12 years old in 1929

Woman charged with giving drugs to 3-month-old baby

March 30, 2010 ASH FLAT — A woman was arrested Friday in Hardy after an alert Sharp County deputy noticed a baby was not acting normally, Sheriff Dale Weaver said on his department’s Web site.Shannon Marie Asher, 30, is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, a class D felony, and introducing a controlled substance into the body of another person, a class C felony, sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said this morning.