Two arrested over weekend

August 4, 2009  Two men were arrested in separate weekend incidents involving driving, drugs or alcohol violations, according to local authorities.Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens was dispatched to the area of Ventura Lane around 4:40 Friday afternoon when a caller reported a man slumped over inside a truck.

John Drymon to lead St. Paul’s

August 4, 2009 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Rector Search Committee & Vestry has announced that John Drymon assumed the role of deacon-in-charge of the Parish starting June 1. A native Arkansan, Drymon graduated from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y. with his master of divinity in May. He did his undergraduate study at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. on a full academic scholarship. Drymon was placed on the clergy fast track and received early ordination into the Arkansas Diaconate on March 21.

Cabot man dies in crash of ATV near Norfork

August 4, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A 32-year-old man from Cabot is dead after crashing an all-terrain vehicle as he sought a stronger cell-phone signal from the top of a hill, the Baxter County sheriff’s office says.A news release from the sheriff’s office identified the victim of the accident early Saturday afternoon as Michael Millican.

Library to be closed

August 4, 2009 The Independence County Library in downtown Batesville will be closed Aug. 10-11 for staff training in preparation for the library’s automation project, according to a news release. The library will resume its normal business hours on Aug. 12. For more information concerning the automation project call (870) 793-8814.

Adults with Down Syndrome to get clinic

August 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Adult Arkansans with Down Syndrome will have a place to get medical care and advice starting today.The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences announced Monday that the UAMS Genetics Clinic would open today near the UAMS campus.“Because of advancements in medicine, many patients have outlived and outgrown pediatric genetics services,” the school said in a news release. “Until now, Arkansas didn’t have a resource dedicated to specialty care for adult patients.”

Fish dinner to be served

August 4, 2009 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — Hutchinson Mountain Community Center will have its fish fry and chicken dinner from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The center is at 3370 Camp Tahkodah Road.Prices are $8 per adults, $4 for children 11 and under. Drinks and dessert are included in the all-you-can-eat buffet.

Three Izard County inmates transported to prison

August 4, 2009 MELBOURNE — Three Izard County inmates who were awaiting bed space in the Arkansas Department of Correction were transported to prison on Thursday. Roy Stroud, 72, of Batesville will serve time for sex-related crimes. Paul David Beaver, 25, of Horseshoe Bend was sentenced under a parole revocation associated with breaking and entering along with theft of property. Donnie Ray Woodcock, 28, of Calico Rock was sent to prison on a parole violation. In other sheriff’s department activities:

Everett announces for District 10 senate seat

August 4, 2009 SALEM — Rep. Curren Everett (D-Salem, District 82) has announced he is seeking election to Arkansas’ State Senate in District 10.The seat is currently held by Senator Paul Miller, who is restricted by term limits from running for re-election. District 10 includes Fulton, Sharp, Randolph, Izard, Stone and part of Independence County. The primary election will be held May 18, 2010 and the General Election will be Nov. 2, 2010.

Sun Records musician dies

August 4, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Billy Lee Riley, a rambunctious performer and songwriter who helped develop the Sun Records sound as a studio musician for other headliners, died Sunday in Jonesboro. He was 75.Riley’s singles included “Red Hot” and “Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll,” the latter of which led him to call his band “The Little Green Men” for a time. Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport is handling arrangements.

Melon judging planned

August 4, 2009 CAVE CITY — The annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will once again feature a judging contest of the “world famous Cave City watermelons,” contest organizer James Mack Street said.The judging will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, the first event on the opening night of the festival.Musical entertainment Thursday features harmonica player Kaleena Hutchins at 6, Rockin’ Luke Stroud at 7 and the Billy Joe French Band at 8. The performances will take place in the Cave City Park.The festival continues through Saturday.