Woman busted eating, driving

July 28, 2009 With a cheeseburger in her mouth and a heavy foot on the gas pedal, a Batesville woman was arrested Saturday night after she reportedly busted a red light in front of a police officer.Independence County Deputy Bret Ward said he was waiting for a green light at the intersection of St. Louis and Myers streets around 7:30 p.m. when he heard what sounded like someone “burning out” behind him.

White River’s Got Talent finalists announced

July 28, 2009 Sixty auditions were held, and now 10 acts have been chosen to advance to the finals of the White River’s Got Talent Competition set for Friday at Riverside Park.The top 10 acts are: • Chelsea Savage Candler, playing guitar/yodeling; • Emily Copeland, playing guitar/singing; • Francine Everett, singing; • Darrel Candler, playing guitar with daughter Jessica singing;• Jonathan Huggins, playing guitar and singing an original song; • Kaleena Hutchins, playing the harmonica;

Calico Rock Visitors Guide going into Welcome Centers

July 28, 2009  Calico Rock — The new Calico Rock Visitors Guide will be going into all 13 Welcome Centers across the state, according to the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. The 28-page, full-color publication, printed in a tabloid format, was released the first week of July for local distribution.

Yogi Baird to perform

July 28, 2009 Calico Rock — Yogi Baird will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.

Club News

July 28, 2009 Cave City EHCCAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met on July 20 at the Cave City Community Center. Vice President Frances Ball called the meeting to order and the group sang “God Bless America.” “Words To Live By” were read by Karen Basinger. Roll call was “A recent event that makes you proud of America.” Six members were present. Minutes and treasurer’s reports were presented and approved.Plans were finalized for the club’s Educational Booth for the Sharp County Fair.

Missing man said he was going to Australia

July 28, 2009 Saying he was going to Australia with his wife to work, a Newark man has been reported missing by his mother, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Toland.Friday afternoon, Lola Mae Mole of Newark told Toland that her son, 58-year-old Ralph D. Mole, accompanied by his wife, Julie Mole, and a representative from the White River Area Agency on Aging, came by her house about two months ago and that was the last time she has seen or heard from him.According to Toland, she said the visit was in reference to Ralph Mole getting monetary help from her.

Submarine highlights mini-trip

July 28, 2009 Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of “Travel in Arkansas” tourism articles for the Batesville Daily Guard.The stainless steel steps in the ladder-well of the aft hatch of the ancient diesel class World War II submarine are worn smooth by numerous feet on untold missions all over the world.They lead down to a dim and once-ominous world of danger. That feeling is enhanced when you add the faint odors of various oils and greases emanating from now silent engines, along with the sight of massive torpedoes filling the cramped space.

Area Briefs

July 28, 2009 Write-in candidate creates raceASH FLAT — Cave City has two races for school board positions in the Sept. 15 school elections.Robert Hutchison, the incumbent in Position 7, recently filed as a write-in candidate, according to public records in the Sharp County and Circuit Clerk’s office.Stephen Stauffer filed for the same position during the regular filing period.The other race pits challenger Kirk Ratliff against incumbent Jeff Eddy for Position 6.Both positions carry five-year terms. 

Museum owns John Hancock letter

July 28, 2009 A patriotic display at the Old Independence Regional Museum includes an original letter from John Hancock, famous as the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, administrative assistant April White said.Hancock wrote the letter during the Revolutionary War when he was the leader of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to Rhode Island leaders. Hancock asked for their help to defeat the enemy, British Gen. Lord Cornwallis and his troops, who had been pinned down on the peninsula of Yorktown.