More than 100 teddy bears collected

March 25, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School District Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program hopefully brought joy to the kids in Batesville admitted into White River Medical Center. Chaplain “Doc” Spurlin from WRMC’s pastoral care visited and spoke to students at Southside High School about hosting a teddy bear drive for the Teddy Bear Ministry Program. EAST collected over 100 teddy bears. Bears were collected by EAST, FCCLA and Spanish Club.

Forgery charges filed

March 25, 2009 Three people have been charged with felony forgery in Independence County Circuit Court, according to affidavits filed by sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.A prescription forgery was reported by Econo-Mart Pharmacy on Feb. 6 and the report states that Rebecca Lovett, 22, of 631 Stacey Drive, came into the pharmacy with a prescription for 26 Percocet from Dr. Julia Allen.

Charges filed against three Batesville residents for theft, forgery

March 25, 2009 Felony charges of breaking and entering, theft and forgery have been filed against three Batesville residents stemming from an incident in December 2008.In a court affidavit, Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, said the charges are being filed against 24-year-old Christa Hooper of 2560 East Main St., 29-year-old Jimmy Hooper, of the same address, and 25-year-old Jason Strain of 3 Dari Drive.

Roach honored by Walmart representative

March 25, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Kim Roach, a teacher at Southside Elementary, was named local Teacher of the Year recently by Batesville Walmart.Roach received a $1,000 grant for the school, a $100 gift card to buy supplies for her classroom, a personalized certificate and a bouquet of roses, presented to her by Brenda Bullard, Walmart community coordinator.“The teachers in our area are superb,” Bullard said. “The selection process was not an easy one, but we are happy to recognize Kim Roach and share this great news with our community.”

Lyon alumna returns home to join father at OB/GYN practice

March 25, 2009 A Lyon College graduate and Batesville native recently returned home to join her father at The OB-GYN Center in Batesville. Dr. Meriden Glasgow said she always wanted to work in the medical field; however, it wasn’t until medical school when she realized she would indeed be “following in her father’s footsteps” to become a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. “Despite my best effort to enjoy any other specialty, throughout medical school my favorite rotation by far was my OB/GYN rotation,” she said.

Two charged with theft

March 25, 2009 Two Newark men remain in the Independence County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond each, after they were reportedly identified as the men who stole a portable pump from a Newark business Saturday morning.In a court affidavit, Independence County Detective Brent Everett said the pump in question was a 4-inch gas-powered portable pump which was taken from Hydropro, a business owned by Hershell Marshall, and located near his home at 411 Barber St. in Newark.

Break-in, criminal mischief reported

March 25, 2009  No suspects have been determined in the theft of some $375 worth of tools and other items from a vehicle at Pilgrim’s Pride parking lot.Independence County Deputy Jonathan Brown said he was dispatched to the north parking lot around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday where a car had been broken into.“Adrian Humphries advised that when he got off work he went to his 1997 Ford Mustang and found that someone had pushed his front seats down and pulled his back seat up,” Brown said.

Children’s birding workshop offered in Jonesboro

March 25, 2009 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will host “Let’s Get Birdy,” a workshop for children ages 8 to 12, at 9:30 a.m. May 2.Children will learn some bird identification techniques, then test their newfound skills around the nature center’s trails. Binoculars will be provided.Pre-registration is required.  For more information, call Sarah Baxter, information and education coordinator with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, at (870) 933-6787 or

Family & Friends Briefs

March 25, 2009 Hayes to celebrate birthdayRuth Hayes will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Central Avenue United Methodist Church’s Life Center, located at 1205 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.All friends are invited to attend. Christine Lynxwiler to hold autograph session at Hardy

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

March 25, 2009 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met March 17 at the Batesville Country Club with 36 members present.Helen Baker, queen mother, called the meeting to order. Willie Strong gave the invocation.Visitors, absent members and those celebrating birthdays in March were recognized.Joy Gunther, vice-queen mother, gave the financial report and mentioned that the club’s cookbooks are still available at $10 each.