Research shows drop in new car registrations

December 1, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — New research shows fewer Arkansans are registering new vehicles, while registrations for used vehicles is on the rise.Kentucky-based Cross-Sell provides market analysis on auto registrations in 27 states. The research firm shows registrations of new vehicles in Arkansas were down about 20 percent in October compared to the same month last year.The research shows there were about 7,000 new-vehicle registrations in October, down from more than 8,800 in October 2008.

Dairy Bar, car wash report break-ins to police

December 1, 2009 An undetermined amount of money was taken and some $3,250 in damages were incurred at the Pleasant Plains Car Wash sometime overnight Nov. 24, according to police.Business owner Danny Davis told Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens that money was collected from the car wash around 8 p.m. the night of Nov. 23 and everything was OK. When he went to the business around 7 the next morning he found someone had pried open a door to the equipment storage room, gained access to the dollar bill changer and taken a small amount of money.

911 gets man a room ‘where lights are left on’

December 1, 2009 A Texas man lying on the side of the road yelling for help got more than he bargained for Sunday afternoon when his pleas for help were answered.Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins said he, along with a state trooper, Desha first responders and a Vital Link ambulance crew, all responded to the top of Brock Mountain on Highway 25 around 4:25 p.m., after the man told several motorists to call 911 and get him some help, but would give no further information.

Charges filed against woman in money theft

December 1, 2009 Felony charges of theft have been filed against a Batesville woman for allegedly short-changing deposits made for her employer, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Bittle said that on Oct. 8 of this year, Linda Rounds, manager of MSC Self Storage, reported that while she was away from the business due to a family death, an employee, identified as Rhonda K. Rogers, 41, had taken money from the company.

Pictures with Santa offered

December 1, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa group will host pictures with Santa from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Main Classroom Building, room 230. The activity is free but donations will accepted. All proceeds will be used for future activities.In addition to Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf will be available for parents and children to have their picture taken.

Strawberry River DAR to meet

December 1, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Strawberry River Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its final meeting of the year at 1 p.m. Thursday at the home of Regent Nancy Thurston.Members are reminded to bring items for the veterans holiday box. Items should be toiletries; nonperishable food such as candy and popcorn; calling cards; playing cards; and books or magazines.Committee chairmen are also asked to bring a copy of their reports for inclusion in the Master Questionnaire.

Country Christmas planned

December 1, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Women’s Country Christmas, consisting of a luncheon, fellowship and service, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, located at 101 Fairview St. in Melbourne.Flora Bolden of Earle will be the guest speaker.The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken. For more information, call Jennifer Martin, pastor, at (870) 283-4238.

Blood drives announced

December 1, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The American Red Cross has announced several upcoming blood drives.

Driving tests canceled

December 1, 2009 The Arkansas State Police will not be conducting any driving related tests in Batesville on Thursday.Testing will resume on a normal schedule on Dec. 8.

Kids’ Christmas workshop set

December 1, 2009 The Batesville Area Arts Council will sponsor a children’s workshop featuring mini-cookie house building from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.The workshop will be held at the council’s art gallery at 246 Main St. For more information or to register a child, call (870) 793-3382.