FBI mum on target

May 10, 2011 POCAHONTAS — Federal agents were in Pocahontas on Monday, but a spokesman for the FBI declined to comment because the investigation is ongoing.FBI special agent and media representative Steve Frazier said he could not comment on the matter due to the federal agency’s policy regarding investigations.Other local and state officials mirrored Frazier’s comment.Numerous police and federal vehicles were spotted Monday at locations in Pocahontas.

Rich completes super program

May 10, 2011 MORRILTON — Southside School District Superintendent Roger Rich was recently honored for having completed the Arkansas Leadership Academy’s superintendents’ institute program, according to a news release.Rich was among 20 Arkansas superintendents selected to participate in the program at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute at Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton.

Pick-up is Saturday

May 10, 2011 Come Saturday, Batesville letter carriers will be picking up more than the mail.The local post office will hold its annual food drive for Batesville Help and Hope that Saturday, and officials are asking for the public’s help with the largest one-day food drive in the nation.With the nation in the worst recession since the Great Depression, the demand for food is higher than ever — and showing no signs of slowing down.The good thing is, the donations have increased not only in Batesville but across the nation as well.

Nursing graduates honored

May 10, 2011 MELBOURNE — Practical Nursing graduates at Ozarka College were honored at a Recognition Ceremony in the John E. Miller Education Complex on May 3.

DHS center opens soon

May 10, 2011 The new Department of Human Services processing center is three weeks away from opening in Batesville, Ed Mabry said Monday night.Mabry, director of Independence County Economic Development, gave his usual report to the quorum court.The processing center has been working out of its training site at the old Cushman school campus.Speaking of economic development, White River Medical Center has been through its bond rating for its $35 million expansion.

Stabbing under investigation

May 9, 2011 A Porter Street man told police he was awakened at his home early this morning by three men who beat and stabbed him. Tweny-six-year-old Nathan R. Montoya said he was awakened around 4:45 a.m. by his roommate and told there were men downstairs wanting to speak with him.“Montoya went downstairs and found Hernando Cruz and two other Hispanic males waiting on him,” Deputy Jonathan Brown said.“Montoya said the unknown Hispanic males then accused him of stealing dope from them and wanted it back.”

Pleasant Plains council to meet

May 9, 2011 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall to hear reports and review current bills, said Mayor Rick Siler.The council may also discuss the possibility of trying to schedule a flu shot clinic this fall, he said.

Body sent to crime lab

May 9, 2011 The body of a 51-year-old Batesville man has been sent to the state crime lab.Independence County authorities were dispatched to an address on Sutherland Lane Sunday. When they arrived they found Steven Ray Gilbert with a fatal gunshot wound.According to Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery, his death may be ruled as suicide. An official report is still pending.

Wreck claims man’s life

May 9, 2011 HEBER SPRINGS — A Tennessee man died in a one-vehicle crash on state Highway 110 about 12:02 a.m. Saturday near Heber Springs in Cleburne County, said Arkansas State Police Cpl. Mark E. Holland.Jerry D. McClure, 58, of Cordova, Tenn., was driving a 2004 Vespa west on Highway 110 and attempting to negotiate a curve to the right when he overcorrected, running off the roadway on the opposite side and coming to rest in a ditch, according to Holland’s report.McClure was pronounced dead at the scene.McClure was not wearing a seat belt.

Chicken supper scheduled

May 9, 2011 STRAWBERRY — The Strawberry Fire Department is sponsoring a chicken supper beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Strawberry School Cafeteria, said Fire Chief Stanley Mayland.The night will offer “food, auction, fun, door prizes,” he said. “Come join us for a fun time while raising funds for the volunteer fire department.”Plates are $6 for adults and $4 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under eat free.Everyone is invited, not just those living in the Strawberry Fire District.