Alcohol, drug arrests keep Izard deputies busy

December 15, 2008 MELBOURNE - The Izard County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman on late afternoon on Dec. 9 after Deputy Carl Russell saw a vehicle being driven with two flat tires in the downtown area of Calico Rock.

Businesses to have open houses

December 15, 2008 Sherwood Urgent Care, a community clinic facility, and Diamond Design Salon, both of Batesville, have announced plans to hold holiday open houses. At Sherwood Urgent Care, attendees may meet the care providers, view the new facilities and enjoy holiday refreshments from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The clinic is located at 1547 Harrison St.

Man loses car, goes to jail

December 15, 2008 A call of a suspicious man trying to get into cars at the local Walmart resulted in an alcohol/drug-related arrest of a Horseshoe Bend man Thursday night. Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Bobby Moser said he responded to the call just before 8 p.m. and made contact in the parking lot with a man later identified as 32-year-old Phillip Barnes.

Actor Van Johnson, ’40s heartthrob, dies at 92

December 15, 2008 NEW YORK (AP) - Van Johnson, whose boy-next-door wholesomeness made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s with such films as "30 Seconds over Tokyo," "A Guy Named Joe" and "The Caine Mutiny," died Friday of natural causes. He was 92.

Shaw attends meeting

December 15, 2008 CONWAY - Desiree Shaw, a freshman at the University of Central Arkansas at Conway and former graduate of Hillcrest High school, recently attended SWACURH (Southwestern Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls) held at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Cave City man among laborers for ‘pleasance’

December 15, 2008 Jonesboro - A Cave City man recently helped on a project that should bring "pleasance" to many people for years to come. Phillip Ives is part of the Arkansas State University chapter of Alpha Tau Alpha (ATA), a national honorary organization in the field of agricultural education, which completed a "pleasance" - a place laid out as a pleasure garden or promenade. The author John Ruskin referred to "a secluded part of a garden" as in "the pleasances of old Elizabethan houses."

Area Briefs

December 15, 2008 Concord board meeting canceled The Concord School board meeting scheduled for tonight have been canceled due to weather. Angel Tree gifts need to be at fairgrounds Tuesday All Angel Tree gifts need to be taken to the Independence County Fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to Colin Patterson, volunteer with the United Way of Independence County.

Accident claims life

December 15, 2008 A 20-year-old Batesvillle man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover accident Saturday night, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff's Office. Anthony E. Richardson of 175 Oneal Road was on his way home when he lost control of the 2002 GMC pickup truck he was driving.

Expenses increasing

December 15, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas legislators have received about $4.1 million in expenses so far this year, suggesting an upward trend in what they seek for mileage, travel and daily allowance to serve their constituents.

Friends remember children during candlelight ceremony

December 15, 2008 Candles were lit and tears were shed, but the glow from the annual Candlelighting and Memorial Tree Decorating Service will stay with bereaved family members who were there to honor the memory of their children who have died.