Pleasant Plains fish house gets new name, management

May 26, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Tadpole’s Catfish Barn, located at the corner of Highway 167/87 in Pleasant Plains, is the place “sure to please your cravings for good catfish and seafood,” according to manager Donnie Rawlings, who owns the business with Thad “Tadpole” Franks.In addition to new ownership, there have been some upgrades, a name change and new items added to the menu at Tadpole’s, which offers a buffet Thursday through Sunday.

National Merit Scholarship winners announced

May 26, 2009 EVANSTON, Ill. — National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of 2,500 students who have won National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Designees were chosen from a talent pool of approximately 15,000 finalists in the 2009 program.Local winners include Mary E. Castleman, a graduate of Southside High School. Her probable career field is in psychology/English.National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Factory reports nothing missing

May 26, 2009 Police say nothing could be found missing following a weekend burglary of the TWH Inc. plant at 700 Pepsi Cola Road in the Allen Chapel community.Deputy Gary Franks said he was dispatched to the factory Sunday morning to speak with Vonda Crowl, who said she discovered a window broken out when she arrived around 8 a.m.

Area Briefs

May 26, 2009 Council to discuss rates, hear from Census Bureau

Speeder arrested on drug, weapons charges

May 26, 2009 A Batesville woman was arrested Thursday morning on drug and weapons charges after Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer tried to stop her for speeding.Brewer said he was performing traffic control on Broad Street around 8:20 a.m. when a white Oldsmobile turned off Neil Street and passed him at 45 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.Brewer said by the time he could turn on his blue lights and pull out to stop the car, it went out of sight as it topped a hill on Broad Street and he wasn’t able to locate it right away.

Rajun Cajun fundraiser set for Saturday

May 26, 2009 CONCORD — The Junior Auxiliary of Independence County’s sixth annual Rajun Cajun fundraiser will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Chimney Rock Cattle Co. in Concord.Events will include karaoke and a disc jockey as well as Cajun food prepared by Charlie VanBenschoten from Louisiana. All proceeds will go to help the children of the community, a news release states.

Smith, Releford to perform at June 13 boxing event

May 26, 2009 On June 13 former Mixed Martial Arts star Pat Smith will challenge Bad Boy Mowers fighter Kendrick Releford to a boxing event in Batesville.Brandon Foster, one of the event’s organizers, said Releford is preparing to “put an end to ex-MMA start Pat Smith’s boxing days.”Smith, who has fought the likes of Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie, and has recently defeated Butterbean will take an eight round-boxing match against Releford.

Searchers find body

May 26, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy swept away by flash floodwaters early Monday morning, one of three deaths blamed on rains this weekend, authorities said.Meanwhile, forecasters with the National Weather Service at North Little Rock said May has been one of the wettest on record and the possibility remains that the state could get even more rain.

Stone County breaks ground for hospital

May 26, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Stone County Medical Center held the groundbreaking Wednesday for the construction of the hospital in Mountain View. The new facility will replace the portion of the hospital destroyed by the February 2008 tornado.Pedro Garza, regional director for the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development, was the keynote speaker. Garza pointed out the importance of health care to communities and discussed the EDA’s mission of community and economic development.