Rape survey puts Ark. second

April 22, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Arkansans must work to change a culture that led to the state being ranked second in the nation in the rate of high school girls forced to have sex.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that McDaniel on Thursday joined the director of the federal Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women in calling sexual violence a “curable social ill.” He and Susan Carbon spoke to a packed house at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Care Sitters offer 24-hour service

April 22, 2011 Because they feel no one should be alone when a health issue arrives, whether at home, an assisted living facility or hospital, The Care Sitters of Batesville offers round-the-clock companionship where needed.“We provide the highest levels of compassion, and understand that out clients input regarding the assistance they receive from our staff is most important,” a company brochure states.

Janet Carson, Chris Olsen to speak in Newport

April 22, 2011 NEWPORT — The Jackson County Cooperative Extension Service and the White River Garden Club will sponsor presentations by Janet Carson and Chris Olsen June 9 at the Arkansas State University-Newport Student/Community Center.

Corps to make releases through spillway at Norfork Lake

April 22, 2011 MOUNTAIN HOME — The Army Corps of Engineers will start releasing water today from the spillway of Norfork Dam while powerhouse turbines are being repaired. About 6,000 cubic feet per second will be released, which is a typical volume of water equal to two full units of power generation. The turbines are currently out of operation, and repairs are expected to be completed by mid-June. This is not related to ongoing construction to implement White River Minimum Flows.

Barbecue contest returns

April 22, 2011 It’ll be “Smokin’ on the White” April 29 and 30, as professional teams gather at Riverside Park in Batesville for the first barbecue competition in the area since the end of the Ozark Hawg Championship a few years ago.The event is sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network.Teams will be setting up their cookers in the park with judging on anything-but-pork and sauce scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday. A crawfish boil for the teams and judges is scheduled for Friday evening. Then on Saturday morning, the judging for best whole hog, shoulder and ribs will occur.

Head-on crash claims one life, injures three

April 22, 2011 A wreck just before 9 p.m. on rain-slickened Highway 167 north of Batesville claimed the life of a Batesville man and injured three other people Thursday night.Trooper Jeremy Page with the Arkansas State Police said Morris D. Miller, 57, of 3301 N. St. Louis St. was traveling north when his 2000 Harley Davidson crossed the center line and struck a 2004 Pontiac driven by 27-year-old Jennifer Patrick of 476 Heber Springs Road.Patrick and two passengers, 8-year-old Katheryne L. Patrick and 2-year-old Zander J. Patrick, all of the same address, received injuries in the crash.

College group visits world religion centers

April 22, 2011 SEARCY — On Thursday, 80 students from the Harding University Living World Religions class left campus for a weekend in Dallas where they visited prominent world religion centers, including a Hindu Temple, Buddhist Wat, Mosque, Sikh Temple, Jewish Synagogue, Baha’i Assembly and a Buddhist Soka Gakkai Center.Senior international studies major Caleb Rummel of Batesville was part of the group who spent the semester learning about the specific world religions they would encounter on the trip.

Gardens help keep prison costs down

April 22, 2011 PINE BLUFF — The rows are neatly formed and a sea of green fills domed-shaped houses. It’s spring planting season.Like farmers and gardeners all over the state, the Arkansas Department of Correction is busy minding its crops. From the largest farm operation at Cummins to the smaller satellite gardens at units like North Central at Calico Rock, agricultural division employees and inmates are at work growing a range of field crops and vegetables to help meet ADC needs.

Sailor a vital member of sub crew

April 22, 2011 BANGOR, Wash. — Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SS) Ryan E. Zohar, assigned to the Gold Crew of the Trident ballistic missile submarine USS Alabama, completed his fourth patrol on Alabama in January 2011.

Charges filed – Police find suspect’s truck at local motel

April 22, 2011 An out-of-state construction worker has been formally charged with last week’s commercial burglary of the Batesville Radio Shack store after a photo from the store’s surveillance video was made public.When Independence County deputies responded to an alarm at the Harrison Street store on the night of April 13, they found the back door pried open and management later determined that small electronic items were missing.