Burglars get beer, BB gun

April 17, 2009 Someone went to a lot of trouble to break into a Batesville home and guest house and then not take anything of real value, according to Independence County Deputy Dustin Robbins.Louise Rutledge told Robbins Wednesday afternoon that when she went to check on some property owned by an out-of-town relative, she found where someone had entered the main house by smashing out a window above the kitchen sink. According to Robbins, other attempts to enter the house had also been made at a storm door and the screen had been cut off another window.

Disturbance ends with chase

April 17, 2009 A Batesville man was arrested on multiple charges Monday night after he reportedly was involved in a domestic disturbance in which he fled from police and refused to submit to arrest.Independence County Deputy Randy Sharp said he had been on a call regarding a disturbance around 8 p.m. in which 29-year-old Timothy E. Strain was involved.Sharp said before he could get to the office to type the report, he was notified by police dispatch that Strain had returned to the scene of the first incident.

Driver injured when log truck rolls over

April 17, 2009 A truck loaded with logs rolled over at the foot of Brock Mountain around noon Thursday, injuring the driver and strewing logs up and down the highway.According to Independence County authorities, 66-year-old Edward Frank Stepanek of Heber Springs, a driver for D&A Forest Services of Rose Bud, was reportedly coming down the mountain (northbound on Highway 25) when the accident occurred in the 5500 block.

Sharp Co. coroner appointed

April 17, 2009 ASH FLAT — Renee Clay-Circle was appointed Sharp County coroner during a special meeting of the county’s quorum court Thursday, County Judge Larry Brown said.Clay-Circle replaces Randy McComas, who died April 8.“She’s agreed to serve out the remainder of the term at no cost to the county,” Brown said. “Before the appointment, she was chief deputy coroner and has been to training at the state crime lab.”McComas and Clay-Circle were partners in funeral home businesses in Highland, Cave City and Batesville.

Canoe, kayak race slated

April 17, 2009 Local residents who have $10, a friend and a canoe or kayak, are invited to participate in the second annual Spring Time Sprint Canoe Race on the White River, April 25, according to a press release from George Latus.The annual event, sponsored by the Independence County Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew #320, is designed to encourage area canoeing and kayak enthusiasts to test their skills, according to Latus who serves as crew advisor.

Investigator to recreate fatal scene

April 17, 2009 Thursday morning, Jimmy Jackson was laughing and joking with his co-workers. He enjoyed his job working for the county, and when there was a job to do, he’d do it.No one had any idea that would be the last morning Jackson would report for work.He was killed Thursday morning while working on a chipping crew on Gainesboro Road, just a few miles from where he lived.It was around 8 a.m. that Jackson was hit by a northbound 2003 Ford pickup, driven by 21-year-old David Benson of Tuckerman, police said.

Field named after couple

April 17, 2009 The Lyon College softball team’s new home is going to be called a “House.”Lyon has announced that the newly-constructed softball field on campus will be named “Howard and Mary House Field” in honor of long-time friends of the college, Howard and Mary House.“Howard and Mary House were among the first to greet Peggy and me when we moved to Batesville,” Lyon President Walter Roettger said. “They’ve been great friends of the college and vigorous cheerleaders.

Former professor named president

April 17, 2009 Dr. Donald V. Weatherman left Lyon College 10 years ago as a professor of political philosophy. He will return in July as the 17th president of the college.The Lyon College Board of Trustees approved Weatherman’s nomination as the next president of Lyon at its spring meeting today. He will succeed Dr. Walter B. Roettger, who is retiring in June after 11 years as the college’s president.