Rape filed

March 20, 2009  A former Batesville man has been charged with the rape of a 5-year-old girl in Independence County, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.In the affidavit, Independence County Detective Mike Mundy said a report was filed with the sheriff’s office in March of 2008 from a woman who said her underage relative had confided in her that she had been molested by Calvin Ray Morris, who is in his 50s, sheriff’s officers said.

Restoration continues

March 20, 2009 It was overgrown and in shambles, the remnants of a bygone era offering little clues about its residents, but now Haddock Cemetery will remain silent no longer.

Scots, Toppers go wild in wild-card showdown

March 4, 2009 The Lyon College Scots and Blue Mountain Toppers lived up to expectations Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.Lyon won the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament “wild card” game 107-97 and advances to face top-seeded Union on Thursday night.In three games, the Scots and Toppers have combined for 606 points.“When you play that bunch, if you don’t come prepared to score a lot of points, you better get ready,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said.

Southerners even record with victory over Tigers

March 4, 2009 PANGBURN — The Southside Southerners evened their record to 2-2 with a 13-2 hammering of the Pangburn Tigers here Tuesday afternoon.The home team took an early 1-0 advantage, but a 2-run third put the Southerners in the lead for good. They added seven runs in the top of the fourth and four more in the fifth to force the run rule.Southside’s 13 runs came on seven hits and four errors by the Tigers.Jared Dahl didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and collected his first win of the season.

Lady Screamin’ Eagles advance; Pirates fall

March 4, 2009 GREERS FERRY — One area high school basketball team will return to the Class 1A State Tournament and one won’t.In first-round games here Tuesday, the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles edged the Caddo Hills Lady Indians 40-39 and the Mount Vernon-Enola Warhawks whipped the Concord Pirates 61-27.“It was ugly,” Hillcrest Coach Shawn Rose said. “We shot 32 percent from the field and we had probably 10 shots from right under the basket we couldn’t get to go down. We also hit just eight of 16 free throws.”

BHS outscores opponents 12-1 for soccer sweep in Conway

March 4, 2009 CONWAY — Batesville’s soccer teams allowed one goal in two matches here Tuesday while sweeping Conway Christian in nonconference soccer action.The Pioneers won 6-0 as goalie Vivien Ramirez stopped eight shots and Shelton Parker led the defense.“We did a very good job executing what we emphasized the past week in practice after the tournament in Paragould,” Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud said, referring to the season-opening event on Feb. 21. “It started with the leadership of Shelton Parker on defense and grew from there.”

Lady Southerners win softball debut

March 4, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners opened their season with an 11-6 win over the McCrory Lady Jaguars here Tuesday evening.Southside’s Melanie Rohrscheib led the squad with a 3-for-3 outing, which included a fence-clearing home run to left. Rohrscheib drove in three runs and scored four times.Teammates Lunden Roberts and Haley Mourer collected two hits each. Kayla Brooks was credited with two runs batted in.

Near crash with cop lands man in jail

March 4, 2009 A Batesville man driving in the wrong lane of traffic while meeting a police car was arrested on one felony and six misdemeanor charges Tuesday night, according to Independence County Deputy Wayne Green.While patrolling Highway 69 between Batesville and Cushman, Green said he barely escaped a head-on crash after he met a pickup truck driving in his lane with bright lights.

Portfest announces entertainers

March 4, 2009 NEWPORT — Little Big Town will be the headline act on Friday, June 5 at the 28th annual Portfest “Rollin’ on the River” Festival.  Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, Portfest is held on the banks of the White River at Jacksonport State Park, three miles north of Newport off Hwy. 69. 

Two charged with Apple Grocery burglary

March 4, 2009 A state trooper who saw a light inside an abandoned store stopped to investigate, and as a result two women went to jail on burglary and theft charges, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.On March 1, Arkansas State Police Trooper Chad Conder was traveling north on Highway 167 around 7 p.m. when he noticed a light behind the old Apple Grocery at Huff, according to Bittle.