One resigns from HDC

August 26, 2009 One person has resigned from the city’s Historic District Commission, which is currently embroiled in a controversy with a downtown business over a window.Bill Olson has resigned, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said Tuesday night at the Batesville City Council, and the city will be looking to replace him. Anyone interested in serving on the HDC may call city hall at (870) 698-2400.

Three charged with raping mentally challenged girl

August 26, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — Lawyers were appointed during a court hearing Monday for three Smithville residents who were charged July 23 with allegedly raping a 17-year-old mentally challenged girl, according to sheriff’s investigator Capt. Jody Dotson.The case was set for trial in the Nov. 2-13 Lawrence County Circuit Court jury term.

Desha eatery opens with Mexican menu

August 25, 2009 DESHA — Beth Radtka and Francisco Ortega have teamed up to open a restaurant in Desha that features authentic Mexican dishes, as well as a few American standards.Radtka, who has some 27 years experience in food services, said El Sabor De Mexico, in the former Outpost building at 1007 Heber Springs Road, offers a Mexican breakfast all day, every day, starting at 7 a.m.

Stolen four-wheeler recovered

August 25, 2009 A Honda four-wheeler reported stolen in June was recovered recently during a traffic stop by state police, according to an affidavit in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by sheriff’s detective Brent Everett.According to Everett, the 2005 ATV was stolen from a shed behind the residence of Dewayne Beeler on Meadow Lake Road on June 21.

Woman taken to hospital after bag of powder breaks

August 25, 2009 Felony theft and drug charges have been filed against a Batesville woman after she allegedly stole a pickup truck in Batesville and later abandoned it in the Allen Chapel community, according to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by Detective Jeff Sims.“On Aug. 21, Deputy Randy Jones responded to the Danny Griffin residence at 1536 Lee Street in reference to a female stealing in 2009 Nissan Frontier (pickup),” Sims said.

Use of stolen credit card leads to charges for Newark man

August 25, 2009  A 23-year-old Newark man has been charged with fraudulent use of a credit card after it was discovered the card had been stolen, according to Independence County Detective Bobby Moser.In a court affidavit, Moser said he was called to the Batesville Walmart Aug. 7 after getting a report that 23-year-old Daniel Carlton Ledlow had used a credit card that had been stolen earlier in the day.According to Moser, store surveillance video showed Ledlow and a woman making a purchase and then leaving in a gold-colored Ford car.

Mom has son arrested

August 25, 2009  Afraid he would hurt someone while under the influence of drugs, a Pleasant Plains woman had her son arrested at a local convenience store early Sunday morning, according to Independence County Deputy Dee McFatter who said she and Deputy Ronnie Qualls responded to the call at the Exxon Tiger Mart atop Ramsey Mountain around 1:20 a.m.“The caller explained that a woman had asked her to call police for her,” McFatter said.

Charlotte EHC

August 25, 2009 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met Aug. 5 at the home of Pat Mason.The meeting open with a Bible inspirational. Members discussed the club’s blue ribbon from their fair booth. The August program was held, and plans were made for next month’s program, “Berry Health,” focusing on the health benefits of berries.Members also planned to be at the nursing home the end of the month to help pain rocks. Refreshments were served. The club’s next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at the home of O.V. Henley.

Yard sale announced

August 25, 2009 Calico Rock — Sept. 11 and 12 will be the Heavenly Highways Yard Sale for the Calico Rock and Pineville areas. The Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce has organized the sale from Mountain View, to Allison, Optimus, and on up Highway 5, through Calico Rock, Pineville and Salesville and back. Those who would like to participate in selling or buying should visit or call the chamber office at (870) 297-4129. Maps will be available at chamber offices and other places along the route or at the Web site.

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.