Storm knocks out power

August 5, 2009  A severe storm front that moved through northcentral Arkansas around 3 this morning pounded the area with rain, lightning and high winds that knocked out power in the Batesville and Melbourne areas.Entergy spokesman Les Frensley said this morning that several people lost power in Izard County when lightning struck a substation in Melbourne.“Two circuits at the substation were knocked out and that put about 2,000 people out of power,” Frensley said. “We have one circuit back on and should have the second one on by day’s end.”

Annual celebration to get under way

August 5, 2009 CAVE CITY — Hundreds of dollars in cash will be given away during the 30th annual Cave City Watermelon Festival, but that’s not what organizer Charles Landers wanted to talk about.“We’ve got some of the best entertainment we’ve ever had,” Landers said. “And our food vendors — we’ll have everything from hamburgers to catfish to blooming onions to Mexican food. We’re going to have a Mexican food vendor this year.”The festival starts Thursday and continues through Saturday, with most events at the city park.

AlertXpress comes to Cave City

August 4, 2009 CAVE CITY — Cave City Fire Chief Ronny Milligan has announced that members of the Cave City fire district can sign up to use the AlertXpress early warning system being initiated by Independence County Office of Emergency Management.According to Milligan, those wishing to sign up to receive the free service may do so Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, at the Cave City Watermelon Festival.

Humane society to have open house; adoptions half price

August 4, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County is celebrating its seventh year of operation with a birthday party and open house from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, volunteer Sue Augustus said.The public is invited to stop by and visit the shelter, meet our volunteers/staff, tour the cat rooms and dog runs and enjoy birthday cake and Pepsi products.

Auto theft, break-ins reported

August 4, 2009  Police are looking for a suspect in the theft of one vehicle and the break-in of two others, according to reports submitted with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Will Floyd of Newark reported his 2004 gold Hyundai Sante Fe stolen sometime between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6:20 a.m. Thursday.Floyd told Deputy Michael Darr that the SUV was parked in his driveway on 10th Street when it came up missing, and was not sure if it was locked or not. Darr said there was no broken glass on the ground where the vehicle had been parked.

Two arrested over weekend

August 4, 2009  Two men were arrested in separate weekend incidents involving driving, drugs or alcohol violations, according to local authorities.Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens was dispatched to the area of Ventura Lane around 4:40 Friday afternoon when a caller reported a man slumped over inside a truck.

John Drymon to lead St. Paul’s

August 4, 2009 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Rector Search Committee & Vestry has announced that John Drymon assumed the role of deacon-in-charge of the Parish starting June 1. A native Arkansan, Drymon graduated from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y. with his master of divinity in May. He did his undergraduate study at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. on a full academic scholarship. Drymon was placed on the clergy fast track and received early ordination into the Arkansas Diaconate on March 21.

Cabot man dies in crash of ATV near Norfork

August 4, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A 32-year-old man from Cabot is dead after crashing an all-terrain vehicle as he sought a stronger cell-phone signal from the top of a hill, the Baxter County sheriff’s office says.A news release from the sheriff’s office identified the victim of the accident early Saturday afternoon as Michael Millican.

Library to be closed

August 4, 2009 The Independence County Library in downtown Batesville will be closed Aug. 10-11 for staff training in preparation for the library’s automation project, according to a news release. The library will resume its normal business hours on Aug. 12. For more information concerning the automation project call (870) 793-8814.

Adults with Down Syndrome to get clinic

August 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Adult Arkansans with Down Syndrome will have a place to get medical care and advice starting today.The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences announced Monday that the UAMS Genetics Clinic would open today near the UAMS campus.“Because of advancements in medicine, many patients have outlived and outgrown pediatric genetics services,” the school said in a news release. “Until now, Arkansas didn’t have a resource dedicated to specialty care for adult patients.”