Family to have reunion

August 25, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Tate/Twilley reunion will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Izard County Fairgrounds on LaCrosse Road near Melbourne.The event is open to all relatives and friends.“This will be our first reunion and we hope you will find time to drop by sometime during that day,” said Leveda J. Tate. For more information, call (870) 368-7489 or (870) 346-5207.

Youth rally planned

August 25, 2009 MAPLE SPRINGS — Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church will host a Back To School Youth Rally at 10 a.m. Saturday.The church is located on Highway 14, two miles west of Oil Trough. There will be spirit-filled music, Bible preaching and children’s games, officials said. Lunch will be served.The event is open to all ages. For more information visit

Concert set in Heber Springs

August 25, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Turner’s Bluegrass will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

Two come clean after police dispatched to laundromat

August 25, 2009 Two people came clean with police after they were questioned at a local laundromat Monday night.Officers were dispatched to Cooper Laundromat at 608 Harrison St. around 10:30 p.m. when it was reported that two women and a man were drinking beer inside the business.Deputy Dustin Robbins said when officers arrived they met with a witness outside the business and observed a woman (later identified as Ashley Melton, 24, of Cushman) getting something out of the passenger side seat of a car and then re-enter the business.

Woman charged with DWI, drug possession at school

August 25, 2009  A woman who reportedly passed out behind the wheel of her car while waiting to pick up her children at Southside School Friday, has been charged with several drug-related violations, according to Independence County Deputy Brian Luetschwager.Around 4:20 p.m. police dispatch received a call regarding a woman staggering into the school administration office to use the rest room before making her way back to her car near the bus garage.Luetschwager said school staff told him that once the woman left the building they had to clean the rest room floor.

Drivers recuperating from crash

August 25, 2009 ASH FLAT — Two drivers are in separate hospitals recuperating from a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 167 about 3.4 miles south of Ash Flat about 3:18 p.m. Thursday that State Trooper Dustin Rogers said “is the worst head-on collision I’ve ever seen where no one was killed.”And, Rogers said this morning, “I’ve seen a lot of wrecks — I’ve worked over 15 years in this line of work, from Little Rock all the way up to Sharp County ... It’s kind of a testament to air bags.”

AlertXpress signups announced

August 25, 2009 Batesville Fire Chief Danny Russell reminds Batesville citizens they can sign up for the All Hazards Early Notification Program through AlertXpress early warning system from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, at the firestation at Fourth and College streets.Citizens may also sign up at Batesville City Hall during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Russell said.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

August 25, 2009 Failure to use a turn signal in the early morning hours of July 18 resulted in Jessica Coleman’s getting stopped by Independence County Deputy Ben Keener.In a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle, Coleman, 28, of Batesville told Keener she didn’t have a driver’s license and a check through a state computer system showed that her license had been suspended.Bittle said Keener was given permission to search the vehicle, and a syringe and a set of scales were found. She was arrested and taken to jail.

Felton registered as sex offender in Izard County

August 25, 2009  MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has released information about a level 3 sex offender in Sage.Brock M. Felton, recently released from prison, is residing at County Road 72, House #3 (Bonetown Road). Felton was convicted Jan. 10 of this year of 12 counts of sexual indecency with a child and four counts of second-degree sexual assault.“Documentation indicates these offenses involved the offender engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior with 22 minor males ranging in age from 14 to 18 years,” Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.

Pham to head media

August 25, 2009 RUSSELLVILLE — New Arkansas Tech University student newspaper editor Kim Pham is a prime example of the journalist who is entering the workforce today, capable of producing content for a variety of media in a world where the lines between broadcast and print journalism become more blurred each day.Pham will seek to strengthen her print journalism credentials during the 2009-10 academic year by serving as editor of the Arka Tech, which has served as the student newspaper at Arkansas Tech University since 1923.