$2,500 reward offered in truck arson fire

May 18, 2009 Owners of a tanker-type truck that was destroyed by fire May 10 are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of person(s) responsible, according to Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers.“The company that owns the trucks called me and said they wanted to put up a reward in hopes that we (police) would have a better chance of catching whoever did it,” Bowers said.Police were called to the old Walmart store at 20th and Harrison streets around 3:20 a.m. Sunday where a tanker truck was reported on fire.

Fleeing man surrenders to fake bark

May 18, 2009 When he heard a police dog barking behind him, a man who had reportedly fled from police suddenly stopped and surrendered Thursday afternoon. Much to his surprise, there was no dog behind him, just an imaginative cop.Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson said around 2:40 p.m. he and Deputy Michael Darr responded to a request to assist Parole and Probation Officer Becky Clark at Town Plaza Shopping Center on upper Main Street, where she had detained 42-year-old John L. “Snake Puppy” Huff of Sulphur Rock.

Glass-throwing woman taken to jail

May 18, 2009 A woman who was reportedly nude while throwing things at her boyfriend in a public parking lot early Friday morning was arrested on charges of drunk and disorderly conduct, according to police reports.Independence County Deputy Ben Keener said just after midnight he was dispatched to Huskey Apartments at 2575 Case St. regarding a woman yelling and throwing glass in the parking lot.Keener said when he arrived he could see glass scattered all over the lot and up to the front of an apartment door.

Faith Tabernacle has new pastor

May 18, 2009 CAVE CITY — Faith Tabernacle Church, located on Christopher Street in Cave City, has a new pastor, Mike Beck.The church meets at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The services are open to the public.For more information call (870) 373-0794.

Bear Creek plans decoration day

May 18, 2009 EVENING SHADE — The annual decoration day at Bear Creek Cemetery will be Saturday. This is a change from previous years when the date was always the last Saturday of May.  At the last meeting, the majority voted to change the annual event to the Saturday prior to Memorial Day.  A potluck lunch will be served, so those attending are asked to bring a favorite dish and lawn chairs.Bear Creek Cemetery is located west of Evening Shade in Sharp County at the Bear Creek United Methodist Church.

Salem to host homecoming

May 18, 2009 SALEM — The 60th annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival will be Friday and Saturday in Salem on the Fulton County Courthouse Square.The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with a fish fry at the Salem Senior Citizens Center and a barbecue dinner on the court square.The First National Bank of Sharp County Street Dance will start at 8 on the south side of the court square. The Mesa Mitchell Band of Branson, Mo. will provide music. An Arkansas Cowboys Association rodeo will be at 8 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena.

Music hall to host gospel night

May 18, 2009 Calico Rock — Level Ground Ministries will perform a gospel music concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.

Rains make waterfalls even better photo ops

May 18, 2009 Spring rains have made the already picturesque waterfalls in The Natural State even better photo opportunities. The 96-foot Cedar Falls, located at Petit Jean State Park, is cascading into Cedar Creek with a mighty roar, and the various falls around the Buffalo National River are just a few of the awesome results of recent rains in Arkansas.

Area Briefs

May 18, 2009 Batesville board meeting tonight