Medicated driver faces several charges

March 31, 2009 Arrested for being under the influence of drugs as he drove home from the hospital, a Batesville man is scheduled to answer to the charge in a court appearance on April 22, according to a report by Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins.Melvin Barraco, 55, of Desha was stopped on Lawrence Street around 3:45 p.m. Monday after Collins reportedly saw him run off the right side of the roadway.

Mountain View man charged with DWI

March 31, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Mountain View man was arrested early Sunday morning following a traffic stop.Dominic Nelson, 35, was seen near the intersection of highways 5 and 56 driving in a suspicious manner around 1 a.m., Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Nelson was later charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle without insurance and driving on a suspended license. While being booked into the Izard County jail, Nelson was charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Weekend alcohol, drug arrests made

March 31, 2009 A 51-year-old Batesville man is facing several charges following a traffic stop for driving too slow and on a flat tire around 1:45 a.m. Sunday.Independence County Deputy Michael Darr said he stopped Michael L. Musser near the recycling plant on Highway 167 and when he approached he noticed the rear driver’s side tire was gone and the truck was being driven on the rim.Darr said when he pointed out the flat to Musser, he reportedly replied, “Yes sir, I am aware it is flat; I just thought I could make it home because I didn’t want to change it.”

Family & Friends Briefs

March 31, 2009 VFW to host chicken dinnerHIGHLAND — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Highland Memorial Post 4772 will host a baked chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.The dinner will include mashed potatoes, gravy, lima beans or mixed vegetables, salad bar, roll, dessert and beverage.

Club News

March 31, 2009 Charlotte EHCCHARLOTTE — Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met March 17 at the home of O.V. Henley with six members present.Ann Mobley opened the meeting with a reading titled “Think About It: If Every Member Were Just Like Me.”The program of the month was “Attracting and Retaining Volunteer Members.”Pat Mason gave a report on the Ferndale meeting and the county board meeting and mentioned that the yard sale went well.

Guitar museum displays eclectic Americana items

March 31, 2009 Glenwood — Among the storefronts along the downtown streets of Glenwood, an anomaly of sorts is found behind the doors of Billy’s House of Guitars and Musical Museum.The store, which opened in 1995, not only features guitars for sell, it serves as a portal to something akin to a Smithsonian of music heritage. There is a “mom and pop’” feel to it which adds to the allure of the depth of musical history preserved here. And all of the pieces come from owner Billy Herrell’s personal collection.

Area Briefs

March 31, 2009 Program offers medical prescription assistance

Mock accident will result in lots of sirens, activity

March 31, 2009 CAVE CITY — Residents and visitors to Cave City should not be alarmed by sirens and emergency vehicles in action at 10 a.m. Thursday near and on the school campus, Fire Chief Ronny Milligan said.The vehicles and emergency workers will be responding to a mock accident on Cave City High School’s back parking lot, he said.“The fire department is setting up a realistic scene using real cars and real ‘patients’ to show the high school students the consequences of drinking and driving,” Milligan said.

Renaissance Days 2009 planned for Friday, Saturday

March 31, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s annual Renaissance Days start Friday with area high school competitions.This year’s theme is “Arts and Crafts in the Renaissance Marketplace.” Area high schools will compete in the following: quiz bowl, carving contest, costume contest, banner contest, scavenger hunt, tug o’ war and a cooking contest. Activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 2:15 p.m.

Triplets join military

March 31, 2009 CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON ­— Proving that good things come in threes, a set of triplets from El Dorado has joined the Arkansas Army National Guard, pledging to “defend the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Arkansas against all enemies foreign and domestic.”Joshua, John and Jacob Temple, all 17, took the oath of enlistment March 30 at the Military Enlistment Processing Station in Little Rock as their parents looked on.