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.

Two arrested after accidents

August 31, 2009  Two people have been arrested on a variety of traffic violations following separate early morning accidents, according to Independence County authorities.Deputy Dustin Robbins said he responded to a 911 call of an accident just east of Salado on Highway 14 around 4 this morning where the driver was trying to hitch a ride.Robbins said when he arrived at the scene he found a 2000 Dodge pickup that had run off the road and hit a tree, but no one was around.

AARP executive meeting set

August 31, 2009 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.The committee will discuss the chapter’s annual picnic.

Chuckwagon races set

August 31, 2009 CLINTON — A popular and unique event in The Natural State, the 24th annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Clinton, according to a news release.In addition to chuckwagon races, there will be a Snowy River race, bronc fanning, camping, trail rides, horseback activities, concerts, Western trade show, clinics and non-denominational church services. For more information visit or call (501) 745-8407.

Lassiters to have reunion

August 31, 2009 SIDNEY — The Lassiter family reunion held bi-annually in conjunction with the Sidney School Reunion will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sidney Community Center. A potluck lunch will be served at noon. The event is open to the public, and attendees may bring photos, memorabilia and/or stories associated with this family and friends. For more information call Eileen Adam at (870) 612-2216.

Stamp show announced

August 31, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — The Mountain Home Area Stamp Club will sponsor the 32nd Annual Stamp and Picture Postcard Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at Ramada Inn, located at Highway 62B and Commerce Drive in Mountain Home.Dealers from six states will be available to buy, sell and trade.Included in the event will be U.S. postage stamps, foreign postage stamps, picture postcards, first day covers, flight and naval covers, foreign and topical covers, stamp collections and accumulations, odd lots and stamp and postcard supplies.

Desha reunion scheduled

August 31, 2009 DESHA — The Desha High School classes of 1950 and 1951 will have a reunion at 5 p.m. Saturday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The group will also meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville.For more information, contact Katie Hicks at (870) 793-6458 or at 185 Rosewood, Batesville, AR 72501; or Nona Jeffery at (870) 251-2891 or at 159 Park Road, Batesville, AR 72501.

Holocaust survivor to speak

August 31, 2009 POCAHONTAS — Black River Technical College will host Holocaust survivor Estelle (Wakszlak) Laughlin at the Randolph County Development Center in Pocahontas.She will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 and at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 22. The event is open to the public.For more information, call Dina Hufstedler at (870) 248-4000, ext. 4187Laughlin was born in Warsaw, Poland, on July 9, 1929 to Michla and Samek Wakszlak. She now lives in the Washington, D.C. area and is a volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Albert Sidney Johnston, UDC

August 31, 2009 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its August meeting at the Batesville Country Club. After a Dutch treat luncheon, the meeting was called to order by vice president Fran Haverstick in the absence of president Mary Miller.Secretary Judy Baker read the minutes, and Patti Emmons gave the treasurer’s report. Dues for the 2009-10 year are now payable.