Lakes open for holiday

May 21, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lake resorts and marinas, and many campgrounds and launching ramps, are open for business Memorial Day weekend.Although some campgrounds and boat ramps across the state have closed because of recent heavy rains, many remain open.Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the favorable weekend weather forecast and call ahead to their travel destinations to check conditions.

Stobaugh recognized for service

May 21, 2009 Mark Johnson, board president of Network of Community Options Inc., recently recognized Jennie Lee Stobaugh, executive director, with an award for over 28 years of service.Stobaugh holds a masters in special education.“Jennie Lee’s leadership has caused Network of Community Options to thrive and grow,” Johnson said.Network of Community Options provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Storage building items taken, truck damaged

May 21, 2009 Independence County authorities are investigating the theft of guns and electronics from the storage rental building of a Batesville man sometime in the past month.Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he took the report from Kevin Carnes around 2:20 Sunday afternoon.“Mr. Carnes said the last time he had visited his storage building (at 1009 Batesville Blvd.) was approximately five weeks ago,” Friar said. “The owner of the storage facility contacted him to let him know that someone had cut the lock off his storage facility.”

Tools, cash, ammo, flowers taken in thefts

May 21, 2009 Police are looking for construction and hand tools, cash and hunting ammunition reported taken in recent burglaries and thefts across Independence County.Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he took a report from Jackie Amparan of Pleasant Plains, who said $1,325 worth of tools were taken from her family’s home sometime between May 10 and Sunday.

Alleged shoplifters jailed for possession

May 21, 2009 Detained as shoplifting suspects at the Batesville Walmart, a Springfield, Mo. couple ended up going to jail on drug charges Tuesday afternoon.The couple was identified by Independence County Deputy Fred Friar as 28-year-old Barbara Jean Whitten and 42-year-old Bryan Keith Strader.A loss prevention officer for Walmart said around 3:30 p.m. he saw Strader take a package of lithium batteries from one area of the store and go into the hardware department. There he reportedly opened the package, concealed the batteries on his person and threw the package away.

NCARED team moves forward with Web design

May 21, 2009 CALICO ROCK — During a recent meeting, the Creative Economy team, sponsored by the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development (NCARED) group, moved ahead with their effort to design a Web site aimed at publicizing the area’s numerous creative assets.Using the NCARED approved “brand” for the region, Naturally Ozark, the team hopes to have the site up and running by the end of the summer.

Family and Friends Briefs

May 21, 2009 Cemetery to have cleaningCHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Cemetery will have a cleanup beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Those attending are asked to bring tools.In case of rain, the cleanup will be rescheduled. Family reunions planned

Batesville preschool to host meeting about vouchers

May 21, 2009 The Batesville Early Learning & Enrichment Center will host a meeting Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Jacqueline Lanier from the Arkansas Division of Childcare.Lanier will be bringing voucher applications for parents who need childcare assistance. Preschool staff will assist parents in filling out the application, and several area childcare providers are also expected to attend and bring information about their centers and help families with the process. Refreshments will be served. Spanish speakers will be on hand.

Local offices closing for Memorial Day

May 21, 2009 Several local, state and federal offices will close Monday for Memorial Day observation, but will resume normal service on Tuesday.All city offices will be closed. City trash is not picked up on Monday. Water utilities that will be closed include Batesville, Southside Public Water Authority and Rock-Moore Water Association.