Sheriff: Alcohol factor in family altercations

April 7, 2009 MELBOURNE — Alcohol was a factor in two family fights over the past few days, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Simon Keith Ducker, 29, of Pineville was arrested late Saturday night on charges to include assault on a family member and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from Ducker’s coming to his father and mother’s residence and cursing them. Ducker fled the scene but was located in a nearby barn. In another domestic fight, Lisa Jane Greenwood, 47, of Calico Rock was arrested Friday afternoon for third-degree domestic battery.

Service news

April 7, 2009 NORFOLK, Va. — Navy Reserve Seaman Recruit Ernesto C. Gonzalez Villoria, a 2001 graduate of Batesville High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to his current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Gonzalez Villoria completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 7, 2009 Pastels class offeredBatesville Area Arts Council is offering a painting in pastels class with artist Kim Hinkle from 6-8 p.m. on April 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the gallery.For more information or to register call (870) 793-3382 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit www.batesvilleart.org. UFO conference announced

4-H’ers named ambassadors

April 7, 2009 Three Independence County 4-H’ers were recently selected as Arkansas State Fair Junior Ambassadors.Cecile Harris, a student at Cedar Ridge School; Leigh Ann Bridgers, a student at Cave City School; and Jackson Mead, a student at Southside School, were chosen as ambassadors because of their good communication, leadership and organizational skills, according to a news release.The students have been involved as junior livestock exhibitors at the Spring Livestock Show and the Arkansas State Fair for many years.

Ozarka to host portrayal based on nursery rhyme

April 7, 2009 Melbourne — The Ozarka College Drama Club will host Arkansas Arts Center’s production of “This Little Piggy Went to Market” on April 28. This tale by Keith Smith is based on the classic Mother Goose nursery rhyme. This production is recommended for children ages pre-school through third grade.

Voluntourism: Clinton School student initiates original venture

April 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — An organization that captures the spirit of both adventure and service is in the works in Arkansas. Nicholas Hall, a 27-year-old student at the Clinton School of Public Service, is in the process of starting the nonprofit, Volunteer to See.The springboard for the concept came from Hall’s second year serving with AmeriCorps in post-Katrina New Orleans where he saw how volunteers contributed to the city’s revival.

Teen charged with possessing drugs

April 7, 2009 Sitting in his car under the carport of an abandoned house Monday night was not the best choice for a 19-year-old Cave City man. He was charged with trespassing and possessing marijuana.Suspicious of a car parked at a house he knew was abandoned, Independence County Deputy Wayne Green said he approached the car around 10:45 p.m. and saw the driver, identified as William S. Gann, slide down in the seat as if to hide.

School board hears about testing, playground equip.

April 7, 2009 The Batesville School Board had a short meeting Monday afternoon, hearing from Richard O’Neal and Debbie Miller.Miller, who is director of curriculum and instruction, gave a brief report of a meeting with members of the Walton Family Foundation. She said the school district will receive help in applying for a grant from the foundation.Miller also said a couple of the district campuses will receive “reward” funding based on the growth that students made in statewide test scores.

BHS band places first in All American Music Festival

April 7, 2009 The Batesville High School band members won two Outstanding in Class and Outstanding Overall awards at the annual All American Music Festival in Orlando, Fla. after they competed against bands from around the U.S. and Canada.