Man flees from police officer

June 15, 2011 Police chased a man who fled but arrested another — the one who didn’t run away — Sunday, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Michael Moody said in his report that he was on patrol Sunday when he saw a vehicle being operated by Devin L. Hutson, 20, of Batesville, whom Moody knew “from previous incidents” so he had dispatch check for warrants.

Board to consider lunch raise

June 15, 2011 The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the district administration office, 955 Water St.Agenda items include consideration of a proposed 2012 budget, a recommendation to raising prices 25 cents on full-paid meals (which are served to students who must pay full price) and a bid consideration for a security camera system at the technology building and administration office.Meetings are open to the public.

County parks/rec will meet

June 15, 2011 The Independence County Parks and Recreation Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the circuit courtroom of the Independence County Courthouse at 192 E. Main St.On the agenda is a reallocation grant request from the city of Batesville as well as a discussion about how the grant application process will change in 2012.The meeting is open to the public.

Paragould OKs quarter-cent tax

June 15, 2011 PARAGOULD (AP) — Voters in Paragould have approved a quarter-cent sales tax that’s expected to generate about $1 million a year for economic development project.The Paragould Daily Press reports that unofficial returns show the proposal passed Tuesday on a vote of 924-470.The money is to be used for infrastructure, buildings and incentives in an effort to attract businesses and industries to the northeast Arkansas city.

Night at the Races to benefit United Way

June 15, 2011 The United Way of Independence County will host a “Night at the Races” on June 24 at the Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove. The races will begin at 8 p.m. with a special cost of $20 a carload. Half of the gate proceeds will go to the United Way of Independence County and surrounding areas. The gates will open at 5:30.A $50 Walmart gift card will be awarded to the biggest carload of patrons, said Vonda Oberbeck, United Way executive director.

Man charged with murder in death of his son

June 15, 2011 SEARCY (AP) — White County prosecutors have charged a man with second-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old son on New Year’s Day.Investigators say Billy Joe Goff called 911 that day and said Joshua Goff had stopped breathing. Joshua was transported to a hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, where he was pronounced dead. Deputies were called after it was determined that Joshua had a crack in his skull.Billy Goff had been watching Joshua while the baby’s mother and grandmother ran errands.

Former U.S. Rep. Berry has brain tumor surgery

June 15, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Marion Berry underwent brain surgery on Tuesday and was awaiting a test on the growth of the recently detected tumor, his family said.Berry’s son, Mitch Berry, said the former 1st District congressmen underwent surgery Tuesday morning at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The 68-year-old will remain at the hospital for the next four or five days as he recovers.

River project to be let for bids

June 15, 2011 Documents were signed Tuesday authorizing a White River bank stabilization project to protect the Southside water system’s intake and pumping station from flooding and to help prevent the possibility of the river cutting a new channel that would bypass Lock & Dam No. 1, said Manager John Richardson.The signing took place at the Southside Public Water Authority’s water treatment plant on the river bank just upstream from the White River Bridge.

Council answer on hold

June 15, 2011 The future of the Mary Woods No. 2 is still uncertain.Tuesday night, Jack Krepps came before the Batesville City Council with a request to move the disaster-stricken boat from Jacksonport State Park, where it sank in January 2010, to Batesville’s Kennedy Park. Krepps said he represents a foundation called Save the Mary Woods.

Bogus marshal taken into custody

June 15, 2011 When a woman claiming to be a U.S. marshal attempted to place Cpl. Jeremy Hughes with the Arkansas State Police under arrest, he called for backup.When Officer Bret Ward arrived to assist him around 11:20 a.m. Monday at 11th and Main Streets, he found Hughes standing in front of his patrol car and a woman identified as Alyce Bibbs sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle.Hughes, he said, had pulled over to the side of the road while Bibbs was pulled up next to him in the traffic lane.