UCA students receives award

May 13, 2011 CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas presented the first Jerald Manion Outstanding Chemistry Student award to Brian Besel, a senior chemistry major from Rogers.

Author pens ‘psyche’ book

May 13, 2011 Author Jay Morgan has released his first book, “Fingerpainting in Psych Class: Artfully applying science to better work with children and teens,” according to a news release.Topics in the book include “Sticks and Stones” and “The Approach.” The book can be purchased at Hastings or The Paper Chase Bookstore in Batesville. “Sticks and Stones” is about confronting the old adage “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” However, this is an invitation for children to be dishonest with their feelings, Morgan said.

1 jailed for near crash with police

May 13, 2011 It’s unknown what his morning had been like, but Thursday afternoon wasn’t good for Pinnell Thor Capehart, 53, of Blytheville.First, around 12:30 p.m. while driving in the vicinity of Mark Martin Ford, he allegedly pulled onto Highway 167 and into the path of an oncoming police car and almost got hit.Next School Resource Officer Randy Lamons, after dodging the accident, stopped Capehart near Section Lane and asked about the dangerous maneuver.“I told my wife I should not have done that,” Capehart is reported to have said.

Driver of stolen truck taken to jail

May 13, 2011 The driver of a pickup truck that wrecked on Community Drive Tuesday didn’t have any papers on the vehicle, and further investigation resulted in the driver’s arrest, according to Independence County Sheriff’s investigator Jimmy Smith. Smith said that while Deputy Michael Thatch was investigating the accident he asked Cody Ryan Edwards, 24, of Buckeye Lane for insurance and registration for the truck.

WRMC completes challenge

May 13, 2011 A weight has been lifted from White River Medical Center.Six hundred and fifty-four pounds to be exact.April marked the final month of WRMC’s dietary department’s Eat Wise, Lose a Size weight-loss challenge. The contest, which started in January, challenged employees to get healthy by making better eating and exercising choices.

Window jumper flees

May 13, 2011 They flee police in Indiana. At least, that’s what 32-year-old Nicholas E. Oliver of Campbell Loop said after Deputy Wayne Green was sent to a disturbance on Edgar Road twice Tuesday night. The man “causing trouble” was later identified as Oliver.On his first trip to the residence, around 10:40 p.m., Green said he was told that neighbors had been screaming and yelling at each other, but when he spoke with Jimmy Choate where the disturbance occurred, he was told the problem person had left.

Board to recognize retirees

May 13, 2011 The Batesville School Board will recognize retiring employees when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center.The agenda also includes recognition of the Coordinated School Health Committee for its work in promoting health wellness initiatives throughout the district, personnel reports and discussion of annual commodity bids.The center is located at 1900 Lyon St. Meetings are open to the public.

‘Free’ yard sale planned

May 13, 2011 North Heights Church of Christ in Batesville will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. All items will be free and include clothes and furniture. The sale is open to the public, but organizers request no dealers.The church is located at 200 Warrior Road near the fairgrounds.

AG Dustin McDaniel to speak at Police Officers Memorial Day

May 13, 2011 ASH FLAT — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will be the featured speaker at the 18th annual Sharp County Police Officers Memorial Day ceremony which begins at 9 a.m. Monday in front of the courthouse in Ash Flat, said Sheriff Mark Counts.Other special guests will be members of the Jack Richardson family, Counts said.Jack and Tommie Richardson’s son, Jeff Richardson, was a Cave City police officer when he died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while assisting a Sharp County officer during a pursuit in 1993.

Man busted in sheriff’s parking lot for huffing air

May 13, 2011 A man found slumped over the steering wheel of his pickup in the parking lot of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office went to jail Thursday afternoon.Deputy Colby Markum said he was leaving the parking lot around 2 p.m. when he noticed a white Ford Ranger stopped near the edge of the street, with the driver slumped over.Markum said when he walked up to the pickup he saw the driver, later identified as Howard H. Huntsman, 29, of Batesville, holding a can of compressed air duster near his nose.