Former Texas man facing theft charges

December 9, 2008 A former Dallas man, believed to be homeless and living in the Batesville area, has been charged with two counts of breaking or entering, theft of property and criminal mischief, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Jeff Sims of the Independence County Sheriff's Office.

Area students, faculty, parents experience seaside adventure

December 9, 2008 SULPHUR ROCK - A group of students from this landlocked state went seaside for a unique study about the ocean and the creatures that dwell there. Twenty-eight children from Sulphur Rock Magnet Math & Science, along with Principal Jack Sanders, science specialist Stacey Lindsey, sixth-grade teacher Tiffany Stadler and 12 parents, went to Sea Camp in Dauphin Island, Ala.

Children’s workshop scheduled

December 9, 2008 JONESBORO - The Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro will host an hour-long "Let it Snow!" workshop for children ages 4 to 8. Set for 2 p.m. Dec. 27, the program is about snow and how animals survive the winter.

Man arrested following accident

December 9, 2008 MELBOURNE - A Melbourne man was arrested following a pedestrian/vehicle accident Thursday night, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Paul Rodgers, 47, was on the state highway 9 near the Pizza Inn restaurant and claimed to have been hit by a vehicle. Lawrence said. Rogers was transported to a nearby hospital where he was examined and released.

Parade winners announced

December 9, 2008 The winners of the annual Christmas Parade have been announced by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. "All the hard work of various organizations was very evident with so many floats entered, and it was also evident that the people who attended were treated to some very creative and well decorated floats," said Jonah Shumate, chamber president and chief executive officer.

Holiday decorating has ‘modern vibe’

December 9, 2008 For habitual home decorators, the holiday season is like, well, Christmas. Creativity runs happily amok as rooms become set pieces for a few weeks. And while conventional trims and colors remain popular, some people take the opportunity to use more daring hues and accessories.

Couple to mark 50th

December 9, 2008 Freeman and Wilma Hochstetler will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a drop-in reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Shady Lawn Gospel Chapel, located on Highway 5, 13 miles south of Mountain View.

Campus sees changes

December 9, 2008 By Roger Head Lead instructor at New Horizons Alternative Learning Center As we move toward the end of the 2008-09 fall semester, now is a good time to bring the community up to date on some changes (past and pending) at New Horizons Alternative Learning Center.

AHPP nominates 12 Ark. properties to historic register

December 9, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program nominated 12 properties in 10 Arkansas counties to the National Register of Historic Places when it met Dec. 3, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced.

Area Briefs

December 9, 2008 Council has light agenda The Batesville City Council has changed its December meeting from the second Tuesday to Thursday because of a bid opening Thursday for the new Westside fire station. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at city hall. The agenda includes appointments to the historic district and parks commissions, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh. The council will also recognize outgoing members.