Homes burglarized; shoplifting reported

April 7, 2009  Two homes were recently burglarized and electronic equipment was stolen.Don Hastings of Batesville reported two Hewlett Packard digital cameras, a Sony video camera and a modified competition Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun stolen from an upstairs bedroom of his home.According to Hastings, it is believed entry to the home was made through the back door, but he didn’t have any suspects.In another burglary incident, Juanita Thompson of Magness said someone stole her new Dell computer while she was at work March 27.

Credit card fraud warrants issued

April 7, 2009  Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Floral woman accused of felony theft of a credit card and checkbook, fraudulent use of a credit card and attempted forgery, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.In the affidavit Bittle said that on Feb. 12, Nancy Young reported her credit card and checkbook had been stolen while she was giving Mary L. Page, 36, of Floral, a ride to do some shopping.

Trimble House gets donation

April 7, 2009 CALICO ROCK — Calico Rock businessman and Izard County Justice of the Peace Jim Simmons recently donated $250 to be used in the relocation and restoration of the historic Trimble House in Calico Rock. Simmons is the owner/operator of Advantage Refrigeration. He has issued a challenge to all area businesses to match his donation to help move the project forward.

Facility offers new therapy

April 7, 2009 A new treatment is available for dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, according to a news release. It is called VitalStim Therapy, and it is available at Batesville Healthcare Center.

Newark barber shop reopens

April 7, 2009 NEWARK — Walking into Ladies and Gents hair salon/barber shop in Newark is kind of like stepping back in time, with just a touch of today for balance. As one sits down in the well-worn leather barber chairs, looks at the scars and stains on the barber’s back bar, one can almost hear the sound of a razor being stropped and smell the aroma of barber’s talc.That is until stylist Brian Combee fires up an electric hair dryer from across the room as he styles the hair of a client in the “ladies corner” of the shop.

Relay team to raffle quilt

April 7, 2009 The Townsends of Arkansas of Batesville Relay for Life team will raffle off a quilt decorated with the Relay for Life ribbon and stars.The quilt was made by Uneeda Sharp and Jean Muns, both of Concord.Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. To purchase tickets, contact any team member, call (870) 793-7511 or come by the front desk of the Townsends plant in Batesville.The drawing will be held May 29 at the Relay for Life event at Riverside Park in Batesville, where tickets may also be purchased.

Sheriff: Alcohol factor in family altercations

April 7, 2009 MELBOURNE — Alcohol was a factor in two family fights over the past few days, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Simon Keith Ducker, 29, of Pineville was arrested late Saturday night on charges to include assault on a family member and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from Ducker’s coming to his father and mother’s residence and cursing them. Ducker fled the scene but was located in a nearby barn. In another domestic fight, Lisa Jane Greenwood, 47, of Calico Rock was arrested Friday afternoon for third-degree domestic battery.

Service news

April 7, 2009 NORFOLK, Va. — Navy Reserve Seaman Recruit Ernesto C. Gonzalez Villoria, a 2001 graduate of Batesville High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to his current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Gonzalez Villoria completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 7, 2009 Pastels class offeredBatesville Area Arts Council is offering a painting in pastels class with artist Kim Hinkle from 6-8 p.m. on April 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the gallery.For more information or to register call (870) 793-3382 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit UFO conference announced

4-H’ers named ambassadors

April 7, 2009 Three Independence County 4-H’ers were recently selected as Arkansas State Fair Junior Ambassadors.Cecile Harris, a student at Cedar Ridge School; Leigh Ann Bridgers, a student at Cave City School; and Jackson Mead, a student at Southside School, were chosen as ambassadors because of their good communication, leadership and organizational skills, according to a news release.The students have been involved as junior livestock exhibitors at the Spring Livestock Show and the Arkansas State Fair for many years.