Area Briefs

June 22, 2009 Cedar Grove to have VBSCAVE CITY — Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church will have its vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8 tonight through Friday with the closing program at 5 p.m. Sunday.The church is located at 3535 Sunset Ridge Road in Cave City.The church bus will run down Antioch Road and Sunset Ridge Road each night.For more information call (870) 698-1212. State Youth Choir to perform

Heat advisory issued

June 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for eastern and west-central Arkansas.The weather service says high temperatures today will reach the 90s statewide under sunny skies followed by overnight lows in the low to mid 70s.Skies are to remain clear through the remainder of the week with highs expected in the 90s through Friday.

Wild hogs: Loose pigs shut down interstate

June 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Woo pig uh oh.Arkansas State Police say an overturned tractor trailer on Interstate 430 has closed a stretch of the highway connecting Little Rock to North Little Rock.State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says the crash happened at 3:30 this morning. At 11 this morning Sadler said troopers and others were still trying to catch the hogs and a detour was in effect for commuters heading both north and south.

Desha death ruled suicide

June 22, 2009 The weekend death of a 34-year-old Desha man has been ruled a suicide, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Shawn Stephens said he was dispatched to the home of Rodney Melton at 60 Dishongh St., just before 9 Friday night where Melton’s father, Dean Melton, reported finding his son’s body hanging in a bathroom of the home.According to Stephens, Dean Melton and Jerry Sandefur had gone to the home to check  on Rodney Melton and weren’t able to get in.

Judsonia teen drowns

June 22, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — At approximately 11 a.m. Friday, Cleburne County deputies were dispatched to a possible drowning in the “trouble island” area of Dam Site Park on Greers Ferry Lake, Sheriff Marty Moss said in a news release.When the deputies arrived, 14-year-old Bill Miller Horton of Judsonia had been brought to shore and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was in progress, Moss said.“Horton was transported to Baptist Medical Center where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Third arrest made in CR burglaries

June 22, 2009 MELBOURNE — A third suspect has been arrested in three May burglaries and one attempted burglary of businesses in Calico Rock. Arrested Thursday was Jeff Shankle, 22 of Batesville who had been wanted for questioning shortly after the crimes occurred. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said at the time of these crimes Shankle was wanted on a Department of Correction absconder warrant and was located in Missouri.

‘Mr. Whitt’ retires

June 22, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Bill Whittington of Southside retired this year from 30 years of music education and administration.Known as “Mr. Whitt,” he was a choral director and band director at Southside High School for 20 years. He was an administrator at Evening Shade School. He taught band at Newark High School and finished his last year at Cushman High School this year.He has led singing at North Heights Church of Christ for 30 years and owned Whittington’s Home Furnishings for five years.

Book signing scheduled

June 22, 2009 Former Lyon College associate director of public relations Jason A. Marzewski will be at the Mabee-Simpson Library on the Lyon College campus at 10 a.m. Wednesday for a book reading and signing of his new children’s book “Toad Meets His Forever-Friend.” He will also appear at the Paper Chase Book Store at 136 W. Main St. in Batesville at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Both events are sponsored by the Friends of the Library at Lyon College.

Inmate walks

June 22, 2009 An Independence County jail inmate has walked away from a work detail and is still at large, according to the sheriff’s office.Aaron Lee Kelley, 26, of 1540 N. State St., Batesville, was working at Oaklawn Cemetery Saturday when around 9 a.m. he asked a worker to take him to the shop building to use the bathroom. Kelley never returned, and officials searched the area and concluded a person may have walked from the back of the shop through the grass toward the Med Aesthetics building at 1500 Lawrence St.

Power failure alerts family to fire

June 22, 2009 Trey and Trevor Clark were watching TV early this morning when the power went off. The brothers went looking for a fuse box only to discover a fire in the ceiling of their home.Dawn Clark said that around 12:20 a.m. she and her 10-year-old daughter, Lexus, were asleep while her sons, Trey, 13, and Trevor, 12, were watching TV at their home at 1178 E. Main St.“The power went off and they came and woke me up, and I told them it was probably a circuit breaker thrown,” Clark said, as she stood across the street from her home watching firefighters battle the blaze.