Credit card used to pry office door

January 11, 2010 Police believe a credit card or perhaps a driver’s license may have been used to jimmy open the back door of a real estate office sometime overnight Saturday.Reported taken from the R.M. Weaver Real Estate office at 930 Newport road were a Hewlett Packard F50 Pavilion computer, along with a Dell flat panel monitor with a combined value of $1,400.Miscellaneous other items, including antique pocket knives, with a combined value of $400 were also reported stolen from the business.No suspects were listed in the case.

Couple shot to death at home

January 11, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — Authorities in White County say a man has been arrested on an outstanding warrant after a man and a woman were found fatally shot in the arrested man’s garage.Sgt. Greg Coney, a spokesman for the White County sheriff’s office, said the shootings occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Friday. He identified the victims as 40-year-old Audra Evans and her 41-year-old boyfriend, Robert Edward Berry. Both died at White County Medical Center.

Cyclist dies after single vehicle accident in Cleburne County

January 11, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — A Harley-Davidson rider died Sunday as the result of a 3:50 p.m. wreck on state Highway 110 in Heber Springs, according to a Heber Springs Police report.Patrolman John Murphy said Timothy J. Warren, 57, of Rose Bud was traveling south on Highway 110, operating a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and negotiating a curve when the cycle hit a guard rail, throwing Warren off. His body was taken to Dwight’s Funeral Home in Heber Springs.Murphy said weather conditions were clear and the road was dry.

All city workers in Arkansas Delta town laid off

January 11, 2010 ALTHEIMER (AP) — Residents wanting to conduct city business in the town of Altheimer will have to wait a while. Nobody is on the city payroll at the moment, Mayor Donald Robinson says.Robinson said Saturday that a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service had resulted in the layoffs, which he said would be temporary and he hopes to bring them back “early next week.” The layoffs include the police chief in the town of about 1,200 people, plus three part-time patrol officers.

Independence County Quorum court to meet

January 11, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet in regular session at 6 tonight in the juvenile courtroom on the second floor of the Independence County Library building at Third and Main streets in Batesville.Tonight’s agenda will include a resolution authorizing County Judge Bill Hicks to submit an application to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for a community development project.Also scheduled are departmental reports from the county sheriff, treasurer and juvenile detention.

Batesville City Council looks at four-year terms for itself

January 11, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to consider an ordinance to extend the terms of city alderman to a four-year staggered term. The ordinance would simply put the terms before a vote of the public in November.City Clerk Denise Johnston said that according to the proposed ordinance, those serving in positions 1 for all four wards would have to run again in two years, and those in position 2 would not have to run again for four more years.

Charles P. Jeffery had historical roots to Mount Olive

January 11, 2010 Izard County native Charles P. Jeffery, a direct descendant of one of the White River Valley’s earliest settlers who could trace his lineage to England, died Dec. 16 in Grass Valley, Calif., of natural causes. He was 91.Charles was a descendant of James Jeffery of England, who as a lad in his teens arrived in 1730 in Jamestown, Va., who in 1757 fathered James Jeffery of Virginia who begat Jehoida Jeffery and the succeeding male line of Jefferys who helped pioneer Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Illinois — all emblematic of the greatness that was to come to America.

Woman still thankful

January 11, 2010 BETHESDA — Fire destroyed a Bethesda home Thursday morning. Nancy Marshell, who lives alone, said a noise alerted her to the fire in a back bedroom of her home around 10:30 a.m.“I was in the kitchen at the other end of the house when I heard a popping sound and went to see about it,” Marshell said. “I saw smoke coming over the top of the closed door. When I opened the door I could see flames and I slammed it shut and called 911.

Warrants issued

January 11, 2010 ASH FLAT — Bench warrants have been issued for two Hardy residents accused of making methamphetamine in an apartment there, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Mark Counts said this morning.The two need to turn themselves in, he said.P.J. Carl Dunkel, 26, and Cheri Lynn Lamb, 25, are both being charged in Sharp County Circuit Court with manufacture of a controlled substance, a class Y felony, Counts said. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of either is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (870) 994-7356.

Upgrade has ‘potential’

January 11, 2010 The city of Batesville has upgraded its computer system, a move that officials hope will improve customer service.The first floor of city hall was closed Thursday morning, although customers could still drop off payments in the night deposit box on the building’s exterior. The upgrade was estimated to take about three to four hours and temporarily shut down those departments that use the system, including the utility, code enforcement and accounting. Other departments were not affected.