Armed man sought in thefts

April 14, 2009 The theft of three pickup trucks in the Southside area Friday night may have been by an armed man who reportedly confronted a tow truck driver as he towed one of the stolen trucks.“The description given was of a white male with blue jeans and a black hoodie, approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall and skinny,” Deputy Shawn Stephens said. According to Stephens, Phillip Poff reported his 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck stolen from his residence on Red Barn Lane around 11 p.m. Friday night and last saw it headed toward Jamestown.

Two ‘most wanted’ caught

April 14, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Two of Cleburne County’s most wanted are in jail today, Sheriff Marty Moss reported.At approximately 10 p.m. Friday, Moss, Chief Deputy Scott Willeford and Detective Kim Bettis, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Marion Jared Boshell.Boshell, 29, has been avoiding apprehension since December, when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a four-wheeler, Moss said.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 14, 2009 Two from Cushman place firstCUSHMAN — Kaisha Ferrell and Jakki Tomlinson of Cushman High School placed first in Business Presentations at the state Future Business Leaders of America state competition in Little Rock, according to a news release.In June, they will represent Arkansas at the national competition. Nationals will be held in Anaheim, Calif.Ferrell and Tomlinson will be the last Cushman FBLA members to compete in nationals, as this is the school’s last year. It will be annexed to Batesville next year.

Man stabs self in neck

April 14, 2009 HARDY — A man distraught over his girlfriend leaving stabbed himself in the neck at the Hardy Motor Courts in the east side of town, said Hardy police officer Carroll Traw, the investigating officer.Traw said 911 central dispatch received a call about 5 p.m. Sunday that an occupant of Room 9 in the motor court needed an ambulance.Upon arrival, first responders, ambulance personnel and Traw found Bill Henry Stricklin Jr. with a knife wound to the neck.

Area Briefs

April 14, 2009 Tax rally planned in Batesville

Beebe names Batesville woman, two others to lottery commission

April 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe appointed the remaining three members of the Arkansas Lottery Commission Monday, clearing the way for the panel to meet and begin hiring staff and contracting with vendors for the state-run games approved by voters last year.Beebe on Monday named George J. Hammons of Pine Bluff, Dianne Lamberth of Batesville and Ben Pickard of Beebe to the nine-member panel. Legislative leaders had already named the others.

Batesville native finds niche in hotel chains

April 14, 2009 It’s a big step from coaching football to building hotels, and an even bigger step from the small town of Batesville to big cities across the United States, but Mickey Powell says he has been lucky to do all he’s done.Now he sits on what might be one of the most influential boards in the state: the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, of which he was recently named chairman by Gov. Mike Beebe.

$10M to $15M of good news for Sharp JPs

April 14, 2009 ASH FLAT — Engineer Stewart Noland, briefing the Sharp County Quorum Court on Monday, said he could hardly believe his eyes when reading his e-mail about government funding for a proposed $30 million local natural gas pipeline.“I read my e-mail and it said $10 million in stimulus funds were available for this project,” Noland, of Crist Engineers, said. “I read another e-mail a little bit later and it said $15 million may be available for this project.

Intersection to get lights

April 14, 2009 NEWARK — A Newark intersection that claimed the lives of four people in 2008 is set to receive new safety measures from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, according to Dan Flowers, department director.In a recent press release, Flowers said a crash analysis was completed at the intersection of Highway 69 and Highway 122 near Newark and it was determined that safety enhancements are warranted for the intersection.