Trespassing leads to drug arrest

April 24, 2009 Bond has been set at $25,000 for a 26-year-old Mountain View woman after she was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine March 7, according to an affidavit filed in Independence County Circuit Court by Detective Alan Cockrill.According to the affidavit, Deputy Ernie Gillihan was dispatched to 3076 Heber Springs Road where the property owner was holding two people in a Ford Explorer he had caught trespassing on his property.“The complainant said that he had held the occupants of the vehicles because he felt they were up to no good,” Cockrill said.

Golf classic to raise funds

April 24, 2009 Golfers from all over the northcentral Arkansas will be at the Searcy Country Club today to participate in the eighth annual Sonic North Central Arkansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Classic, according to area FCA director David Parker.“This four-person scramble greatly benefits the North Central Arkansas FCA ministry and provides an opportunity for a local team or teams to qualify for the FCA National Scramble Finals at the Tournament Players Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in November,” Parker said in a press release.

Ozarka to offer GED test 

April 24, 2009 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. May 7 and 20 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, May 5 and 19;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, May 4 and 11;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, May 5 and 12;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, May 11 and 26.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 24, 2009 Cord center to host bandCORD — The Cord Senior Citizens Center hosts a country and western band every Friday night beginning at 7.The event is open to the public. For more information, call Delia Jones at (870) 799-8148. Lyon schedules poetry reading

Area Briefs

April 24, 2009 Election commission to meetThe Independence County Election Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the basement of the county courthouse in Batesville.The commission will discuss the Help America Vote Act in 2010, the newly proposed hardware maintenance plan with Election Systems & Software and next year’s budget requirements.Justices of the peace have been invited. All meetings are open to the public. Marine from Arkansas dies in Iraq

UK residents enjoy visit to Batesville

April 24, 2009 A Batesville couple is hosting three Scottish natives this week but they weren’t here for the Arkansas Scottish Festival. In fact, they didn’t even go, although it’s not because they didn’t want to.Ruth Caird of Musselburgh, Scotland and her daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Lawrence Illingworth of Yorkshire, England, came for the wedding of Ruth’s granddaughter, Kathleen Highsmith, daughter of John and Sandra Malin of Batesville.

Fire damages café

April 24, 2009 MAGNESS — Fire heavily damaged a rear portion of Rick’s Whistle Stop barbecue in Magness Thursday afternoon.The Newark Fire Department was paged to the eatery around 2 p.m., with the Sulphur Rock department responding to assist a short time later, after an overheated meat smoker caused a fire to break out and destroy an outdoor “add-on” cooking area of the café. Although flames were so intense that metal walls and roofing were melted away, and food freezers were destroyed, no serious damage was reported to the main part of the business.

UPS grant finds new ‘Habitat’

April 24, 2009 In many ways it’s been a gift that’s kept on giving. When employees of the United Postal Service of Batesville volunteered more than 100 hours on the construction of Independence County’s first Habitat for Humanity house last year, the nonprofit organization was more than thrilled.On Thursday, the excitement continued when UPS of Batesville handed the Christian ministry a check for $5,200 to continue efforts in providing affordable housing for families in need.

Fly tying class offered

April 23, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center is offering a free Beginner Fly Tying Class from 4 to 6 p.m. May 5 in the auditorium of the William Carl Garner Visitor Center. The class is available to those ages 12 and older and a limit of 15 participants will be allowed. Preregistration is required and may be done by calling (501) 362-9067.Other upcoming free fishing seminars for 2009 will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the visitor center as follows:• June 20 — Beginner Fly Fishing;