Storage building items taken, truck damaged

May 21, 2009 Independence County authorities are investigating the theft of guns and electronics from the storage rental building of a Batesville man sometime in the past month.Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he took the report from Kevin Carnes around 2:20 Sunday afternoon.“Mr. Carnes said the last time he had visited his storage building (at 1009 Batesville Blvd.) was approximately five weeks ago,” Friar said. “The owner of the storage facility contacted him to let him know that someone had cut the lock off his storage facility.”

Tools, cash, ammo, flowers taken in thefts

May 21, 2009 Police are looking for construction and hand tools, cash and hunting ammunition reported taken in recent burglaries and thefts across Independence County.Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he took a report from Jackie Amparan of Pleasant Plains, who said $1,325 worth of tools were taken from her family’s home sometime between May 10 and Sunday.

Alleged shoplifters jailed for possession

May 21, 2009 Detained as shoplifting suspects at the Batesville Walmart, a Springfield, Mo. couple ended up going to jail on drug charges Tuesday afternoon.The couple was identified by Independence County Deputy Fred Friar as 28-year-old Barbara Jean Whitten and 42-year-old Bryan Keith Strader.A loss prevention officer for Walmart said around 3:30 p.m. he saw Strader take a package of lithium batteries from one area of the store and go into the hardware department. There he reportedly opened the package, concealed the batteries on his person and threw the package away.

NCARED team moves forward with Web design

May 21, 2009 CALICO ROCK — During a recent meeting, the Creative Economy team, sponsored by the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development (NCARED) group, moved ahead with their effort to design a Web site aimed at publicizing the area’s numerous creative assets.Using the NCARED approved “brand” for the region, Naturally Ozark, the team hopes to have the site up and running by the end of the summer.

Family and Friends Briefs

May 21, 2009 Cemetery to have cleaningCHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Cemetery will have a cleanup beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Those attending are asked to bring tools.In case of rain, the cleanup will be rescheduled. Family reunions planned

Batesville preschool to host meeting about vouchers

May 21, 2009 The Batesville Early Learning & Enrichment Center will host a meeting Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Jacqueline Lanier from the Arkansas Division of Childcare.Lanier will be bringing voucher applications for parents who need childcare assistance. Preschool staff will assist parents in filling out the application, and several area childcare providers are also expected to attend and bring information about their centers and help families with the process. Refreshments will be served. Spanish speakers will be on hand.

Local offices closing for Memorial Day

May 21, 2009 Several local, state and federal offices will close Monday for Memorial Day observation, but will resume normal service on Tuesday.All city offices will be closed. City trash is not picked up on Monday. Water utilities that will be closed include Batesville, Southside Public Water Authority and Rock-Moore Water Association.

Area Briefs

May 21, 2009 DAV Auxiliary to host eventsThe Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will host a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the old revenue office in Batesville. Members are asked to come help.Then on Monday, the group will have a business meeting at 7 p.m. in the conference room at Rolling Hills Nursing Home in Southside. Students help woman with ALS

Two arrested for alcohol following traffic stop

May 21, 2009 Two people went to jail on alcohol-related charges early Wednesday morning after an Independence County deputy said he saw a truck being driven in a dangerous manner.Just before 2 a.m., Deputy Brian Luetschwager said he saw a black truck going 57 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone on White Drive, just off Highway 167 north of Batesville.Luetschwager said when he turned around to catch up to the truck, it was going even faster than when he originally saw it.