Chamber CEO takes on multiple tasks

August 10, 2009 Crystal Johnson has been on the job for a little more than a month, but she’s probably already put in enough work for two.Johnson is the new president/CEO at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Her first day on the job was June 29, and plans were already under way for the 66th annual White River Water Carnival. From the get-go, she’s had to jump in with both feet.Johnson, who moved to Batesville in 2003, said she had no idea that there was so much work involved in the water carnival. She thought it would be fun; after all, it was a carnival.

Chamber CEO takes on multiple tasks

August 10, 2009 Crystal Johnson has been on the job for a little more than a month, but she’s probably already put in enough work for two.Johnson is the new president/CEO at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Her first day on the job was June 29, and plans were already under way for the 66th annual White River Water Carnival. From the get-go, she’s had to jump in with both feet.Johnson, who moved to Batesville in 2003, said she had no idea that there was so much work involved in the water carnival. She thought it would be fun; after all, it was a carnival.

Couple wins energy efficiency makeover

August 7, 2009 Little Rock — Aaron and Jerissa Rogers of Wesley, members of Ozarks Electric Cooperative, are the winners of an energy efficiency makeover for their 1,304-square-foot home. The value of the makeover is up to $50,000.The couple’s home will receive a complete pre- and post-diagnostic energy audit, including a blower door test and infrared thermography. The home will receive energy-saving applications, including sealing the building envelope, cellulose insulation, a Marathon water heater, a high efficiency heating and cooling system and insulated windows and doors.

Batesville man named Sturgis Fellow at UofA

August 7, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE — The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas announces the 2009 Sturgis Fellowship selections, according to a news release.The incoming freshman class for fall 2009 is comprised of four Arkansans and one out-of-state student from Mississippi. Those from Arkansas include Preston Caldwell of Batesville, Bobby Howard of Mountain Home, Katie Soerens of Fayetteville, and Lydia Thompson of Bentonville. Christopher Peterson is from Ocean Springs, Miss.

Deputy involved in 2-vehicle crash

August 7, 2009  Vegetation along a county road and faulty brakes may have been contributing factors in causing an accident between a police car and a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Page.“Deputy John Carroll, who I believe was working as marshal for the city of Cushman at the time of the accident around 3:15 p.m., was southbound on Oak Hill Loop just off Highway 69 when he met a pickup truck driven by Oran Verser, 39, of 100 Happy Hollow Road,” Page said.

Newark death investigated, body to crime lab

August 7, 2009 The body of a Newark man has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy after he was found dead in his home Wednesday morning.Deputy Chris Toland said he was dispatched to the home of 49-year-old Carlton M. Ledlow around 10:45 a.m., where witnesses said they had found Ledlow dead on his couch.According to Toland, Larhonda Taylor of Batesville, and Jennie Hogans of Newark found Ledlow’s body when they went to his home at 205 11th St. to check on him after they did not hear from their friend.

Hearing set for two convicted in West Memphis trio’s deaths

August 7, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — A hearing is set to resume into whether two men convicted in the deaths of three West Memphis 8-year-olds received adequate legal counsel.The hearing will begin Monday in Jonesboro for Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin. The two were convicted with Damien Echols of the May 1993 killings of Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore.Misskelley was sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison while Baldwin was sentenced to life without parole.

$2,400 in cigarettes taken

August 7, 2009   Police are releasing few details regarding the burglary of a local grocery store in which some $2,400 worth of cigarettes were reported stolen.Investigators say Southside Grocery at 1681 Batesville Blvd. was the target of thieves who busted a glass door to gain access and steal several cartons of various brands of cigarettes.Robin Sanders, an employee, told police she discovered the front door broken out when she arrived for work around 4:30 Thursday morning.Investigators were able to review a video from the store but are not listing any suspects at this time.

AlertXpress sign-ups set

August 7, 2009 Residents in the Cushman and Charlotte fire districts will have the opportunity to sign up for the AlertXpress early warning system.The Cushman sign-up will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and again on Aug. 15, at the fire station.Also, during the month of August, the Charlotte Fire Department will be open Monday through Friday for patrons in that fire district to sign up for AlertXpress. Sign up sheets can also be filled out at the Stockyard Café in Charlotte Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Farmer killed when tractor flips

August 7, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — The body of a Jonesboro area farmer has been found in a tractor that overturned into a water filled ditch.Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann says the body of 45-year-old William Todd May was found Wednesday afternoon.May’s wife had reported him missing about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.McCann says it appears May was mowing when the tractor overturned into the ditch.