Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 A Valentine’s Day break-up with his girlfriend apparently led to the suicide death of a 30-year-old Independence County man, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Kirk Green said the body of Phillip R. Prickett was found just before noon Saturday in the garage of a residence at 2710 Camp Tahkodah Road that he had been sharing with 24-year-old Amanda C. Stark.Green said upon his arrival at the residence, Stark told him that she and Prickett had decided to end their relationship and he had been packing his belongings to leave.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 There were no signs of forced entry into the bookstore at Lyon College where $415 turned up missing from a cash register over the weekend, according to Independence County authorities.Deputy Randy Jones said he spoke with college security officer Wally Hightower around 8 a.m. Monday and learned that someone had gotten into the bookstore and taken money from a locked cash register.According to Hightower, a door to a loading dock that leads into a bookstore workroom was found open and showed no signs of forced entry.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 ZION — The Zion Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house and appreciation chili supper at 3 p.m. Saturday. The buildings that were destroyed in the February 2008 tornado have been rebuilt, and this event has been planned to show appreciation to the community and to all who had any part in the rebuilding efforts, according to a news release. Several people donated time, money and equipment; many of those volunteers were from other fire departments, the release sates. For more information, call (870) 368-7509 or 368-7653.

Local governments seek aid from storm

February 16, 2009 FEMA has promised aid money for damages caused by a recent ice storm, but it won’t be right away and there’s lots of paperwork to be done first.That was the message heard by dozens of city and county government representatives who packed the juvenile courtroom in Batesville Friday afternoon.The “good news, bad news” scenario regarding response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency came from Sylvia Hardy, the public assistance coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Go Red for Women event well attended

February 16, 2009 Valentine’s Day usually brings to mind heart-shaped boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers, but last Thursday some 280 people had a different kind of heart on their minds at the Go Red for Women luncheon.The event is an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, which reports that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.The luncheon has raised about $40,000 for the heart association, but it was a first for Betty Harper of Batesville who was there with her sister, Joann Cothrine.

Sharp Co. judge puts road damage at $2M

February 16, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County, still dealing with the aftermath of the recent ice storm, probably has more than $2 million in damage — not counting damages to individuals’ homes, property and timber, County Judge Larry Brown told the quorum court last week.“What made it so bad, it was so widespread,” he said.“That’s a conservative estimate.”

Jewelry, vehicles swiped

February 16, 2009 A Batesville woman returned home Wednesday morning following an extended absence to discover her jewelry missing.Rose Hanson told police she had been out of town for about a month and that is when a gold ring, a loose stone and a pair of earrings came up missing. The items were valued at $5,600, according to Hanson.No suspects were listed in the incident.In other reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:

Power restored to NAEC customers

February 16, 2009 SALEM — North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem announced today that power had been restored, where possible, to all of its customers. In a news release, Mel Coleman, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative chief executive officer, said January’s icy weather was unlike any other the cooperative had experienced.“While it was a trying time for both our employees and members, I feel like we did an outstanding job rebuilding a system that took 70 years to build.”

Woman’s death ruled suicide

February 16, 2009 The official report from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory says that the cause of death of 31-year-old Jennye L. Davis of Newark was suicide. The ruling came this week from Daniel J. Konzelmann, associate medical examiner for the state.Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said this morning that Davis apparently entered the densely wooded area behind her parent’s house in Newark with a bag containing a rope and hanged herself.“She left two notes behind, both related to a bad marriage,” Bittle said.

Student’s purse, $1,484 cash stolen

February 16, 2009 An hour of fun and games at a local game room Monday night ended on a bad note for a local college student when she discovered her wallet, along with $1,484 in cash, had been stolen from her car.Twenty-year-old Rachael Ann Burris of Batesville, a student at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, said she stopped at Riverside Conoco around 8:45 p.m. and bought a few items before driving to Bald Man Games at 1543 Harrison St.