House of Sports tackles all kinds of equipment

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — From name-brand archery equipment to Ping-Pong balls, the House of Sports in Melbourne is serving the sporting good needs of Izard County and surrounding areas.“We opened in May of 2006 with just a few items and now we are really packed with every kind of sports stuff you can think of,” said Darlene Kyral, who runs the business with her husband, Mark.

Folk school sessions offered

March 3, 2009 Mountain View — Ozark Folk Center State Park will host the Ozark Folk School March 15-20 and March 22-24.According to a news release, the folk school offers the opportunity to “get away from it all” while learning traditional homesteading skills, such as how to make furniture, forge knives and sew clothes.Session 1 is five days of intensive learning from master craftsmen, herbalists and musicians. Daytime is reserved for studying and creating. The evenings are full of dancing, tours, fellowship and fun.

Sage woman arrested

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — A disturbance in the Sage community led to the arrest of the victim’s daughter Friday afternoon, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Deputy Phil Story responded to the residence of Rose McAfee in reference to her daughter’s demanding money and being physically abusive to her mother. Shawnee McAfee, 33, of Sage was arrested and charged with third-degree domestic battery. McAfee admitted to using cocaine and also tested positive for opiates and methamphetamine, Lawrence said.

Jewelry, electronics taken in home theft

March 3, 2009 A Batesville family arrived home Monday afternoon to find their door kicked in and valuables missing, according to a report filed with Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins.Jose Anvore of 220 West Pine St. told Collins that his family had left home around 5:45 a.m. and he discovered the break-in when he returned around 4:30 p.m.Collins said the back door had been kicked in and showed a footprint just above the door lock and a portion of the door frame was lying in the kitchen.

Drugs, gun found during traffic stop

March 3, 2009 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a man stopped for expired temporary car tags, according to a court affidavit filed by sheriff’s detective Jeff Sims.In the document, Sims said that around 7 p.m. on Feb. 24, Deputy Ernie Gillihan stopped Nathan Allen Steele, 30, of 1451 E. Oriole St., in the parking lot of Dodd Sign Company on Harrison Street for displaying an expired temporary tag on his Dodge pickup.Gillihan said when he stopped Steele and approached the truck he could smell marijuana, and then Steele told him his driver’s license was suspended.

Travel guide being offered

March 3, 2009 The 2009 edition of the Ozark Gateway vacation guide has just been published and copies are available to the public free of charge, according to Cathy Drew, executive director of the non-profit organization. “The full-color magazine is packed with vacation destination ideas, historic locations, shopping trips, outdoor adventures, restaurant guides and more,” she adds. The 48-page booklet also includes feature articles about the Gateway area, including Independence, Stone, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties.

Man passes fire truck, goes to jail

March 3, 2009 A man who said he would rather go to jail than get a ticket for passing a fire truck got his wish Friday afternoon, according to Independence County Deputy Michael Anderson.Anderson said he was dispatched to a fire at 135 Brewer Hill Road around 2:30 p.m. where firefighters told him they had been passed by a white Chevrolet van while they were responding to the fire.

Area Briefs

March 3, 2009 Highland treehouse under fire from zoning commission

Officials cite economic reasons for shutdown

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — A total of 204 workers were notified Monday by Columbia Flooring officials of the Melbourne plant’s intention to close, but the officials said the plant could reopen if the economy improves.Employees at the manufacturing facility were told the plant will close for an undefined period of time beginning in early May.Columbia, a manufacturer of hardwood flooring, reduced its work force at the Melbourne facility and at other locations in January as part of an ongoing effort to align production capacity with consumer demand, according to a news release.