Items reported stolen

July 27, 2009 Doors were forced open to a shop building to gain access to pistols and cash at the J.B. Galloway residence on King George Street recently.Galloway told police the shop building was broken into sometime in the past couple of weeks and the items were taken from a locked filing cabinet.Investigating officer Dale Jackson said the pistols taken, a 9-shot Hi Standard .22 revolver and an unknown brand 6-shot .22 revolver, both with pearl handles, were valued at $800 by Galloway.

BBBS students participate in movie camp

July 27, 2009 For the second consecutive year, students in the Independence County Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program are attending the T Tauri Movie Camp at no cost, according to a news release.Ozark Foothills FilmFest Inc., the educational non-profit that presents the annual T Tauri Film Festival and Movie Camp, offered scholarships for any of its four filmmaking workshops to interested students. A total of nine chose to participate, four of whom are returning for a second year.

Area Briefs

July 27, 2009 Educators attend state workshop

Melbourne, Mount Pleasant to hold new student registration

July 27, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School, Melbourne Elementary and Mount Pleasant Elementary will hold new student registration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 5. Students new to the district, including those attending under the Freedom of Choice Act who have not fully filled out registration papers, will need to bring these records: proof of immunization, date of birth papers, Social Security numbers and previous school records (with the former school’s name and address), and any other important education information.

Ozark Folk Center to hold Cowboy Poetry Contest

July 27, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Cowboys were drawn to the Ozarks in the late 1940s and early 1950s by cheap land, low taxes, abundant water and good grass, according to a news release. When they came, they found their neighbors had a rich tradition of songs, “ballads” similar to the cowboy songs and poetry from the West. Famous cowboy balladeers such as Glenn Ohrlin, Jim McElroy and Hubb Willis have called the Stone County area home.

Family & Friends Briefs

July 27, 2009 Family reunion to be SaturdaySULPHUR ROCK — A reunion of the relatives and friends of Telia Godair, Wallace Sherrill, Hattie Turpin Godair Bice and Columbus Vallie Godair will be Saturday at the Sulphur Rock Community Building.A potluck will be served at noon.An auction will follow the potluck, with the proceeds going to the upkeep of Mac’s Chapel Cemetery, located east of Sulphur Rock. CPR class to be offered

Hydrologist to discuss Spring River Basin flooding

July 27, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Geologist/hydrologist Bill Prior will discuss surface water and groundwater facts for the Spring River Watershed at the Aug. 6 meeting of the Spring River Gem and Mineral Club, president Paul Grindol said.Prior’s talk will relate specifically to the flooding in the Spring River Basin, Grindol said. It is titled “Where Is All This Water From?”The club meets from 10 a.m. until noon on the first Thursday of each month at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. Guests are welcome.

Two face charges in burglary of guns, electronics

July 27, 2009 MELBOURNE — Noel Gene Loosey, 48, of Pleasant Valley Road in Calico Rock was arrested Friday in connection with the June 6 burglary and theft at the Mike Thompson home, where more than 40 guns, electronics and other items were stolen. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the arrest was made without resistance at what is commonly known as “the Loosey compound,” off Arkansas Highway 5 near Calico Rock. Lawrence said many of the guns have been recovered along with some other items and have been returned to the owners.

Street gathering, traffic violations lead to arrests

July 27, 2009 Complaints of a group of intoxicated men standing in the middle of the street drinking and yelling at passing cars resulted in one man going to jail Thursday night.Police were sent to the 900 block of Brooks Street in Batesville where they encountered several men standing in the street around 11 p.m.Deputy Patrick Collins said when officers arrived they started conducting routine warrant checks through a state computer system, at which time one man, 34-year-old Freddie Patrick Vance, started walking away, refusing to cooperate.

One dies in shooting

July 27, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County authorities are investigating a weekend shooting that cost one man his life, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Counts said the shooting at 4238 state Highway 56 between Poughkeepie and Evening Shade was reported by a 911 call at 6:24 p.m. Saturday.“Sharp County sheriff’s deputies along with officers from Cave City, Cherokee Village, Ash Flat and the Arkansas State Police responded to the scene,” Counts said.