Bald Knob man dies in accident

August 10, 2009 SEARCY — A 46-year-old Bald Knob man died as the result of a one-vehicle crash shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday at 1719 Bald Knob Lake Road, said Arkansas State Trooper Ray Ervin.Two others were injured. None of the three were wearing seat belts, Ervin said.Roger Clark, the driver of a 1997 Ford Explorer, was westbound on Bald Knob Lake Road when he lost control, ran off the roadway, then crossed a driveway causing the vehicle to go airborne and overturn several time, ejecting all three occupants, Ervin said.

Man arrested on domestic, kidnapping charges

August 10, 2009 Aggravated assault on a family member, as well as kidnapping-false imprisonment charges, are pending on a Batesville man following an incident Sunday night.Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch said he was dispatched to 3045 James St. around 9 p.m. after 31-year-old Angela White called police to report being assaulted by her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Freddie Patrick Vance.

Rape charge filed in Izard County

August 10, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man has been arrested and charged with raping a 13-year-old girl, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Logan Anthony Edwards, 19, was arrested Aug. 2 and remains in the Izard County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, Lawrence said.Edwards is accused of having sexual intercourse with the alleged victim at her home.Rape is a class Y felony, which carries a sentence of at least 10 years to 40 years, or life in the Arkansas Department of Correction. In other sheriff’s department activities:

Two watermelon growers honored

August 10, 2009 CAVE CITY — Watermelon grower Johnny Wayne Carter and former grower Joe Ford were honored with a rendition of “Amazing Grace” Friday night at the 30th annual Cave City Watermelon Festival. Both died Friday.Carter was 58. Ford was 79.Carter was the overall winner in the professional division in Thursday’s watermelon judging contest. A plaque was given to his family on Saturday at the city park.“He was one of our first registered growers,” said James Mack Street, contest chairman.

Cave City district wins 3A sportsmanship award

August 10, 2009 CAVE CITY — Superintendent Steven Green of Cave City High School accepted the Sportsmanship Award for 3A schools Tuesday at the Arkansas Activities Association’s annual meeting in Little Rock, and he couldn’t have been happier.“It’s something we can all be proud of,” Green said. “It’s a really big deal. We were chosen out of all of the 3A schools in the state.

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.