DWI, theft, dog poisoning reported

April 27, 2009 A Batesville man, who was reportedly so drunk he couldn’t stand without holding on to something, was arrested following an accident where he ran his pickup truck into the rear end of a semi-trailer Wednesday night, according to Independence County Deputy Jonathan Brown.Brown said when he arrived at the accident scene at St. Louis and College around 8:20 p.m., he spoke with the pickup driver, identified as Tommy Glenn Baker, 48, of 380 Seventh St., and could smell a strong odor of alcohol about his person.

Tourism celebrated

April 27, 2009 National Travel and Tourism Week takes place May 9 to 17, and local celebrations are planned, according ot Cathy Drew, executive director of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council. The annual tourism week event is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide, Drew said. The goal is to enhance the country’s economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism. The theme of this year’s week is “Travel Matters.”

Man dies in crash

April 27, 2009 A 32-year-old Melbourne man died near Batesville Sunday morning when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a rocky cliff, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes.In his report, Hughes said that around 6 a.m. Corey D. Masson was driving his 2006 Chevrolet south on Highway 69 near Limedale Road when he failed to negotiate a curve.Masson then reportedly lost control of his car, left the roadway and struck the rocky bluff.

March for Babies nets a success

April 27, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Some walked and some ran, while some opted to be pushed in their strollers or pulled in their Radio Flyer wagons. While the modes were many, the reason only numbered one for those young and old who turned out for the annual March for Babies walk at Southside’s Stewart Field on Saturday.

Governor to be in Batesville for Unity Fest; Mark Martin-autographed truck to be given

April 27, 2009 Gov. Mike Beebe will be in Batesville May 30 for the fourth annual Unity Fest on the River, and the truck that will be given away that day has been signed by Mark Martin.Unity Fest, which will be at Riverside Park, is a fundraiser for John 3:16 Ministries, men’s residential spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions.Last year, about 1,200 people attended the event, and John 3:16 director Bryan Tuggle said this year the camp’s catering crew is planning for 3,500.

News of other days

April 24, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 7, 1996. 

Wooten, Richardson win

April 24, 2009 CAVE CITY — David Wooten and Chris Richardson caught 11.7 pounds to win the Cave City Bass Club’s tournament Saturday on Bull Shoals Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.They weighed in a five-fish limit.Jerry McCall and Randal McCall finished second with three fish totaling 6.15 pounds.Richardson caught the biggest bass of the day, a 3.1-pounder.Nine boats and 17 anglers competed.The next tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 on Crown Lake, out of Box Hound Ramp.

Autism conference to be held May 1

April 24, 2009 JONESBORO — The Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas will hold its annual conference on Autism May 1 at the Fowler Center in Jonesboro.The featured speaker is Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-known leader in the field of autism spectrum distorders.

Alcohol Awareness Month declared

April 24, 2009 April has been declared Alcohol Awareness Month in Batesville and Independence County.“This is the time for everyone to recognize the extent to which the misuse of alcohol can produce problems for individuals, families and communities,” said pharmacist Dennis F. Moore, Independence County Hometown Wellness Coalition. “For a variety of reasons, many adults choose to use alcoholic beverages and do so with little to no consequences; however, everyone needs to recognize that there is no safe nor legal use of alcohol in minors.”

Man to appear in court for taking $10 sunglasses

April 24, 2009 An erratic driving pattern and a failure to have proper lighting on his license plate led to a Batesville man being stopped and arrested by police late Tuesday night.Deputy Bret Ward said he was patrolling in the vicinity of White Drive and Barnett Drive just before midnight when he noticed a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup without lights on the license plate. Ward said he stopped the truck and identified the driver as 23-year-old Christopher R. Hudson of 1450 Gregg Drive.