Atlas Asphalt receives award

April 28, 2009 Atlas Asphalt Inc. of Batesville recently won a top Region Five award for its work on Highway 69B in Batesville last year.Atlas received a regional award plaque in the category two-lane highways with average daily travel greater than 2,000 vehicles, one of four categories in the competition.Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department resident engineer Jim Leggett of District 5 also received a plaque in recognition of the inspection work on the project.

WRAAA adds 2 staffers

April 28, 2009 White River Area Agency on Aging in Batesville has announced the addition of two new staff members, Kristen Whillock and Anne Brooks.According to Shanna MaGuffee, regional manager for WRAAA, Whillock is serving as care manager, and Brooks is the registered nurse supervisor for the agency’s home care assistance.

Area soldier to plead to desertion

April 28, 2009 SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The attorney for a Fort Stewart soldier charged with deserting the Army says the soldier will plead guilty.A plea and sentencing hearing has been scheduled for this afternoon for Spc. Cliff Cornell, who fled to Canada in 2005 to avoid deploying to Iraq.Cornell’s lawyer, James Branum, tells The Associated Press the 29-year-old will plead guilty to the charge of desertion with intent to avoid hazardous duty. Branum said he expects a military judge to sentence Cornell after he enters his plea.

Woman reports intruder with tire iron

April 28, 2009 A Pleasant Plains woman said her scream and threat to call police scared off an intruder with a tire iron who crawled through a window of her home Friday morning.Sandra J. Drake told police she was home alone around 11:20 Friday morning when she heard a vehicle pull into her driveway. When she looked outside she reportedly saw a white Jeep belonging to a woman she had been in a fight with recently.Drake said she hid, then heard someone knocking on her door and windows.

Firefighters plan fundraiser

April 28, 2009 PINEVILLE — The annual Open House fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pineville Volunteer Fire Department.The fire department’s 2008 Kenworth pumper/tanker, which was acquired from the 2008 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, will be showcased.A silent auction will be held, and hamburgers, hot dogs and Polish sausage will be available.Proceeds will go toward purchase of a laptop computer, a Power Point projector and a screen for training purposes and fire planning.

EH Clubs seek new members

April 28, 2009 Independence County offers a number of Extension Homemakers club, which enrich one’s home and community, according to a news release. Extension Homemakers clubs are partners with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture-Extension. EH clubs are educational and community service organizations located in 74 Arkansas counties. Their mission is to empower individuals and help families improve their quality of life. EH clubs use the latest research based information to teach nutrition, food safety, health, money management, marriage, parenting and child development.

Cave City EHC

April 28, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met on April 20 at the Cave City Community Center. President Judy Breckenridge called the meeting to order and the group sang “Mockingbird Hill.” Words to Live By were read by Breckenridge. Roll call was “Where did you go on your honeymoon?” Nine members were present.Minutes and treasurer’s reports were given and approved.The Educational Lesson was “Makeup Tips For The Over 50 Crowd.” Literature was passed out and a discussion was held.

Area Briefs

April 28, 2009 Izard jailers complete training

Five arrested in drug, alcohol incidents

April 28, 2009 Five people were arrested for various drug-, alcohol- and traffic-related violations over the weekend, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Ben Keener arrested Megan N. Bean, 18, of Batesville after he stopped her in the 1600 block of Highland Drive around 11:42 p.m. Friday.Keener said Bean’s car only had one headlight and when he stopped her, she reportedly gave him a false name and date of birth, and he said a computer check revealed she had no driver’s license.

Archaeologist bemoans looting sites

April 28, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Artifacts of prehistoric people who lived in Arkansas are being excavated by professionals who are trying to piece together more of the story of those who once lived here. Those artifacts are also being dug up by criminals.Dr. Julie Morrow, station archaeologist for Arkansas Archaeological Survey, wants to get the word out that raiding the state’s past can be a felony.Morrow said that every winter, looters go to the Little Turkey Hill and Harter Knoll sites in Independence County to dig.