Teen injured in rollover

September 1, 2009 CAVE CITY — Cave City High School junior Alex Cossey remains in serious condition in Arkansas Children’s Hospital this morning as the result of a one-vehicle accident Friday on Sunset Ridge Road, about eight miles southeast of Cave City, according to his sister, Cassie Cobb, who created and is keeping an Alex Cossey Support Group page updated every few hours on Facebook, the Internet social networking site.

$100,000 bond set in rape case

September 1, 2009  Bond for a Batesville man charged with raping a 12-year-old girl has been set at $100,000 by District Judge Chaney Taylor, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Mike Mundy of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Mundy said in his affidavit that Domestic Violence Officer Dee McFatter was dispatched Sunday to a county residence concerning a call of child molestation.“When she arrived she met with the victim, a 12-year-old girl who was deeply distraught,” Mundy said.

Pickler to entertain Bad Boy

September 1, 2009 With her “Red High-Heels,” country singer Kellie Pickler will be heading to Batesville Sept. 28 for a private concert as part of Bad Boy Mowers’ fourth annual dealer meeting. Pickler, 23, a top 10 finalist on season five’s “American Idol” who’s has also had hits with “Best Days of Your Life” and “I Wonder,” is set to perform at 8 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Pane ends – Resolution finalizes window debate on lower Main Street

September 1, 2009 Members of the Historic District Commission agreed to move forward when they met Monday night and put a conflict with a downtown property owner to rest.Two issues were on the agenda: One dealt with a compliance issue at the lower end of Main Street while the other was the appointment of a preservation enforcement officer.Chairman Terrell Tebbetts read a resolution concerning the installation of a window at 155 W. Main concerning a Certificate of Appropriateness and asked the commissioners to approve it before they discussed the issue.

Dugard’s story gives hope to some

August 31, 2009 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Patty Wetterling keeps a scrapbook of news clippings about abducted children being reunited with their families years later. It’s a source of hope for Wetterling, whose son, Jacob, was abducted nearly 20 years ago in central Minnesota.Soon, Wetterling will add another child’s story to her book: Jaycee Lee Dugard’s.

Sex Signals to perform Tuesday night at Lyon

August 31, 2009 Sex Signals, performers who provide a humorous but in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex and date rape on college campuses, will perform at Lyon College at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Holloway Theatre. “The show explores how mixed messages, gender role stereotypes and unrealistic fantasies contribute to misunderstandings between the sexes,” according to a news release.

Area schools take part in technology education event

August 31, 2009 Jonesboro — A group of Arkansas State University faculty recently presented a Technology Education through eXploration of Teaching Science (TEXTS) workshop to 15 middle school students and four teachers on July 6-7.

Newark builder charged with deception

August 31, 2009  A Newark builder has been charged with 14 counts of theft by deception, four of them felonies, after he reportedly accepted money for building materials and repairs, but never completed the work, according to a circuit court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.On July 13, Steven Sturdivant filed a deception report with the sheriff’s office saying that he had hired Richard Massey Jr., 30, of 100 Helen Lane, to do some work on his barn and had given Massey two checks for materials and labor.

Umbrella used to hide identity

August 31, 2009  An early morning burglary by a man carrying an umbrella to hide his identity has police scratching their heads.Security video shows a man with an umbrella covering his face and half his body, entering the back door of the adult education building at the University of Arkansas Community College Batesville around 1:30 Thursday morning, according to Independence County Deputy Ben Keener.

Burglary patrol leads to arrest

August 31, 2009  Routine burglary patrol in the area of Broad and Fowler streets by an Independence County deputy led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Batesville man around 1:30 Monday morning.Deputy Patrick Collins said he was patrolling in the business area when he saw a man walk out of the darkness, cross Broad Street and head in a westerly direction, crossing the parking lot of an empty business.Collins said he stopped the man and identified him as Cory Edward King, who seemed to be nervous.