Police Reports

December 1, 2008 Independence County One person has been arrested and another is being sought in the alleged theft of items from the Batesville Walmart store, according to Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Fred Friar.

Family & Friends Briefs

December 1, 2008 AARP executive meeting set A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex. This event is open to board members and AARP members. UACCB to host holiday recital

SAU students probe the paranormal

December 1, 2008 MAGNOLIA (AP) - If there's something weird, and it don't look good - who you gonna call? For Don Glasgow, 21, and Kat Alford, 20, ghostbusting is a spooky and enlightening hobby. The two Lafayette County residents, both students at Southern Arkansas University, spend part of their free time investigating eerie and supposedly haunted sites across south Arkansas.

Area Briefs

December 1, 2008 Cave City parade to be Tuesday CAVE CITY - The Cave City Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the UniFirst plant parking lot on state Highway 230 just east of town, local chamber of commerce president Ed Kegley said.

Gun, drug charges filed after traffic stop

December 1, 2008 A loaded 9 mm pistol and extra ammo were reportedly found in a car driven by a convicted felon over the weekend, according to a report from Independence County Deputy Johnny Byler. Around 9 a.m. Saturday, Byler said he saw the driver of a blue Cadillac make a turn off Highway 167 onto Cave Creek Road without using a signal light.

Sawmills slow with economic housing decline

December 1, 2008 NEWPORT (AP) - Like their counterparts elsewhere, Arkansas sawmills are struggling to survive as demand for hardwoods and pine have fallen off and lumber prices have reached new lows with the housing foreclosure crisis and little new construction.

Fundraiser about ‘kids helping kids’

December 1, 2008 With red markers in hand, Madelyn Grady, 9, and Candace Rogers, 8, worked diligently to make sure their chili peppers had the right amount of color, while parent volunteer Samantha Hayes helped other youth decide how to decorate their posters.

Main Street fire still under investigation

December 1, 2008 Fire officials are still unsure what caused a blaze in downtown Batesville Friday afternoon, but the building will remain secure until fire investigators can complete an investigation, according to Brent Gleghorn, the assistant fire chief.

Fire damages historical Main Street building

November 28, 2008 Just how the fire started at 101 West Main Street Friday afternoon is still under investigation, according to Brent Gleghorn. Gleghorn, who was on vacation when his pager went off around 4:52 p.m., said there was about five minutes left in a football game.

39th returns

November 28, 2008 HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The first contingent of soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade to return from Iraq stepped off an airplane at an Army post in southern Mississippi late Wednesday night.