Vance gets life in murder case

November 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Anne Pressly’s mother approached defense attorneys moments after jurors spared the life of the Arkansas man convicted of killing her daughter in an attack so brutal that it left the television anchor’s face shattered and unrecognizable.She leaned in and said softly, “You protected someone who should have never been protected.”

Students send notes to vets

November 13, 2009 Working through the Batesville Area Arts Council, local school and college students recently designed patriotic note cards and sent them to service men and women in the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock and the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.More than 900 cards were sent to let veterans know how much they are appreciated for their service, according to a news release from BAAC.

Parolee arrested for possessing stolen property

November 13, 2009  A 46-year-old Batesville man, free on parole from a state penal facility has been charged with theft by receiving, a class C felony, according to an affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Robert Moser.Moser said that on July 8, while test driving a car being repaired, Ed Carter of Barnett Auto Repair saw a Geo Tracker he had been working on sitting at a grocery store on North Central Avenue.“Upon returning to his place of business, Mr. Carter discovered the 2003 Geo Tracker had indeed been taken from the shop,” Moser said.

Community orchestra to perform

November 13, 2009 The Lyon Community Orchestra, directed by Barbara Reeve, will present a fall concert featuring fifth- and sixth-grade choirs from area schools at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Brown Chapel. The concert will feature school choirs from Cedar Ridge and Southside.Dr. Joel Plaag, director of Lyon College Concert Chorale, will direct choir pieces featured in “The World’s Greatest Concert.” Barbara Reeve and Brett Kootz will perform the Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor. Kootz is a senior homeschooled student from Star of the Sea near Hardy.

Batesville board meets Monday

November 13, 2009 Batesville School board will meet at the Central Magnet Elementary gym at 5:30 p.m. Monday for its regular meeting.Informational reports, presentations and consideration of nominating member Paul Hance to the vice president’s position to the Arkansas School Boards Association board top the agenda.   

Thanksgiving service slated

November 13, 2009 SMITHVILLE — Smithville Baptist and Methodist churches will host a community Thanksgiving service on Wednesday at the Smithville Community Center in Lawrence County.A potluck meal is planned for 6 p.m. with the service to begin at 7. Bob McMillon, pastor of Smithville Methodist Church, will be the speaker. Special music is also planned.The event is open to the public.

Melbourne to kick off recycling program Tuesday

November 13, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne’s drop-off recycling program will begin Tuesday at the Highway 69 fire station. Mayor Mike Cone said city and recycling officials will be greeting recyclers to acquaint them with the city’s new recycling trailer and answer questions about the recycling program. Recycling may be dropped off from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. Materials collected will be taken to recycling centers in Independence and Fulton counties for processing and shipping.

Man sentenced to 10 years for sexual contact with child

November 13, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — a 52-year-old Walnut Ridge man avoided a trial in a sex case by pleading guilty Thursday while 79 prospective jurors waited in the Lawrence County Courthouse for the trial to begin, Third Judicial District Prosecutor Henry Boyce said.David Wayne Summit pleaded guilty to sexual assault in the second degree for making sexual contact with a 5-year-old girl. Summit was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and was placed in the custody of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department awaiting a bed in a Department of Correction facility.

Community School to meet

November 13, 2009 The Community School will hold its regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the workshop at 1550 Cottonwood Drive in Batesville. Meetings are open to the public.

Thief found asleep inside home where he allegedly stole mower

November 13, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — A 21 year-old Tumbling Shoals man, Cyrus Bond, was charged recently with breaking and entering and theft of property, as well as with public intoxication, according to a news release from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department.Bond is accused of breaking into a residence on Saw Mill Road in the Quitman area.“Bond stole a riding lawn mower from the residence and was later located back at the residence inside the home sleeping,” the release states.