Parole officers report finding guns

May 27, 2009 A routine visit by parole officers led to drug and gun charges being filed against an Independence County man Friday morning.Independence County Deputy Jeremy Qualls said around 10 a.m. he was dispatched to 331 Rooster Road, the home of 44-year-old Shelby W. Crabtree.Qualls said he met with probation officers Jeremy Canard and Sherrill Middleton, who said they were at the Crabtree residence to do a home visit.According to Qualls, when the officers did a search of the residence they reportedly found two guns and a bag of what was believed to be marijuana.

Sheriff: Arrests expected in Calico Rock break-ins

May 27, 2009 MELBOURNE — Burglars gained entrance to three Calico Rock businesses the night of May 18 and attempted to gain entrance to a fourth business whose alarm system apparently scared them away, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.

Spaghetti supper planned

May 27, 2009 CUSHMAN — Cushman United Methodist Church will hold a spaghetti supper from 4-7 p.m. Friday.Plates will be $6 and include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink. The meal is dine in or carryout. All proceeds go to the cost of new central heat and air conditioning at the church.

Area Briefs

May 27, 2009 Relay For Life to kick off Friday

Chocolate to be sold

May 27, 2009 The Great Chocolate Escape, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, will be 3-5 p.m. today in Bryant’s Pharmacy back parking lot.A Styrofoam container filled with “chocolate greatness” will be sold for a $10 donation, volunteers said.Bryant’s Pharmacy is located at 2000 Harrison St., Batesville.

Thieves hit new Batesville fire station

May 27, 2009 Batesville Fire Station #3, under construction at 590 White Drive, was the target of copper thieves over the Memorial Day weekend, according to a report filed with Independence County Deputy Mike Price.Brandon Harlan of Noacon Inc., construction supervisor at the building site, said that sometime between 3:30 Friday afternoon and 10 a.m. Tuesday, someone had stolen wire and junction boxes valued at $1,200 from the site.Also reported missing was a 14-foot tandem axle dump trailer, with 4-foot diamond plate side panels, valued at $5,000.

Council hears about Census, utility rates

May 27, 2009 For the last few years, some city officials have been talking about the next Census, saying they believe Batesville has more than the 9,445 residents on the city limits sign.Next year, that number will change, hopefully for the better, when the next Census is completed.At Tuesday night’s Batesville City Council meeting, Gary Underwood, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau office in Little Rock, presented a short video and some facts about the upcoming Census.

Teen killed in head-on

May 27, 2009 A head-on crash between a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler claimed the life of a Newark teen Tuesday afternoon.Independence County authorities say the victim, 19-year-old Kayla Smart, was a passenger in a pickup truck, driven by Lyndon M. Gardner, 19, of 1655 N. Hill St., that collided with an 18-wheeler around 3 p.m.

Harrison Street ahead of schedule

May 27, 2009 It’s one thing to be ahead of schedule for a multi-million dollar street improvement project, but it’s another to be ahead of schedule even after losing a month’s time due to the recent rains.Work on the Harrison Street widening project continues to make progress, despite recent rain, said Mike Shetron, president of White River Materials, and Lyndal Waits, District 5 engineer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. Besides Independence, District 5 includes Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Stone, Jackson, Cleburne and White counties.