Engineers compete in human powered vehicle competition

May 8, 2009 Jonesboro — A Pleasant Plains man was among a team from Arkansas State University that recently placed in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle East Challenge at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., April 17-19.ASU’s mechanical engineering team placed third overall in the utility vehicle and seventh overall in the single-rider competition.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 8, 2009 Benefit yard sale plannedA benefit yard sale will be held today and Saturday at 3155 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.A large variety of items will be for sale. The event will be held rain or shine.All proceeds will go to Debbie Branscum Acklin, who is battling cancer.A benefit chili supper and auction will also be held at 5 p.m. May 22 at Oil Trough City Hall. Racial profiling hotline set up

UDC honors WW2, Vietnam veterans for military service

May 8, 2009 Four United States veterans were honored for their military service during the Lee/Jackson/Maury Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The luncheon was held at the Batesville Country Club on April 25. Kathy Hickerson, serving as a page, welcomed members and guests to the luncheon. Kathy Whittenton, second vice president, served as hostess for the meeting. The national, state and Confederate flags were posted by pages Elizabeth Cooper, Kay Southerland and Ernestine Boyce.

Area Briefs

May 8, 2009 Musicians for festival discussed

Batesville’s STAR program gets under way June 3

May 8, 2009 The Batesville School District is once again accepting applications for the Summer To Always Remember (STAR) program. This program is designed to provide a fun and safe environment for children who have completed kindergarten through the sixth grade, according to a news release. Approximately 140 children are expected to participate in the summer program, which will include weekly swimming, bowling, music ad gymnastics play.

New business comes to Sharp County

May 8, 2009 ASH FLAT — When people enjoy a visit to a scenic area like the Spring River country, they sometimes move there — and bring their business ventures along with them.That was one of the lessons the 50 people attending the Sharp County Powering Rural Development public input session on Thursday took away with them.The first people have been hired at an inbounds call center in the Cherokee Village town center, Greg Bess, head of the county’s economic development initiative, said.

$11,356 in cash, drugs seized

May 8, 2009 Independence County deputies say they arrested two people and found more than $11,000 in cash, along with drugs and paraphernalia, following a traffic stop on Highway 167 Wednesday evening.Around 8:30 p.m. deputy Michael Darr said he was on patrol south of Batesville when he saw a white Lincoln Continental approaching the highway from a side road.The driver of the car, later identified as 52-year-old Randy Hobbs of 25 Deer Run Lane in Floral, reportedly turned onto the highway, almost striking Darr’s squad car in the process.

Trail riders find hidden sites in forest

May 8, 2009 BIG FLAT — The trio of riders sat their horses at the edge of a small stream deep in the Ozark National Forest, watching water bubble up through the round hole in the solid rock bottom of a creek bed.The spot, aptly named Bubbling Spring, looks like someone had drilled a round hole in the rock, allowing the water to flow out and smooth the opening as if it were polished with sandpaper.The spring is one of the many sights seen on a recent day-long horseback ride with Shelly Bean, trail guide and owner of Ozark Trail Service headquartered in Alco.

Council to discuss water, sewer rates

May 8, 2009 The city’s water and sewer rates may or may not be up for discussion at next week’s Batesville City Council meeting. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, and tentatively on the agenda are two ordinances to increase the city’s water and sewer rates.The new rate structure will reflect operations and maintenance increases. Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson said it had been several years since the last increase.

Officers make shooting arrest

May 8, 2009 ASH FLAT — A 30-year-old Cave City man was arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting of Gar Jacobs earlier in the day, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Bobby Joe Cobb was arrested and formal charges are expected to be filed this afternoon or Monday. Weaver said this morning he did not know what the exact charge will be.“He was arrested for attempted homicide. The prosecutor is reviewing the case this morning and will decide what charge to file,” the sheriff said.Jacobs remains in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center in Little Rock.