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.

Woman arrested for taking handgun to school

May 21, 2009 NORFORK — Bond has been set at $100,000 for a woman who caused a disturbance at the Norfork schools, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.Montgomery said Deputy Billy Cox, who is the school resource officer at the Norfork schools, confronted a disorderly woman on school property who, due to her behavior, was interfering with school operations. Montgomery, who was already in the area, responded to the school to assist Cox around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Old, young gain confidence, learn respect Without Limits

May 21, 2009 CAVE CITY — At 60 pounds, 7-year-old Kilynn Dugger can flip his 190-pound stepfather, Matt Sellers, over his head and onto a padded exercise mat. It’s a move Dugger has learned since joining Without Limits in Cave City.In Matt and Amanda Sellers’ Mixed and Martial Arts classes, students learn about punching, kickboxing and the knowledge of how to flip an opponent twice his or her own weight. However, there’s one rule owners and instructors Matt and Amanda make sure all students know before fighting commences.

Dealership to remain status quo

May 21, 2009 MELBOURNE — While some car dealerships are reeling from the news they will face closure, a Melbourne dealership that has been in business for the past 30 years will continue with business as usual.Paul Gray Miller, owner and operator of Paul Miller Motors Inc., received a letter from Chrysler stating it will remain as a dealership.Miller said the Melbourne dealership opened in 1979 with Howard Lamb and the late Weldon Campbell at the helm. In 1980, Miller bought Lamb’s half and in 1986 bought the rest of it.

Change affects Concord

May 21, 2009 CONCORD — Upcoming changes in the Cleburne County court system may cost the city of Concord about $5,000, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The city council discussed the changes during a regular meeting Monday.“Cleburne County is going to a district court system,” making the city court obsolete, Pettit said.Computer software will cost approximately $4,500 and a new computer may also have to be purchased, since the software may not be compatible with the old one, she said.“The court has to be in place by July 1,” Pettit said.

Mom charged

May 21, 2009 ASH FLAT — A Cherokee Village woman was arrested about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday on three felony warrants from a Trumann court.Sharp County sheriff’s detectives Mark Counts and Ken Guidry arrested 22-year-old Crystal Williams at 218 Cherokee Road for allegedly allowing a five-week-old baby to ingest liquid morphine on May 4.About 3 that afternoon, Williams and her husband, Robert Williams, took the baby to the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, where it was treated for an overdose. The infant was then transferred to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.