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.

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.