Vehicle break-ins reported

March 11, 2011 Police are investigating the theft of personal items from vehicles that were broken into while parked at Batesville businesses.Elaine Hancock reported her truck broken into while it was parked at White River Diagnostic Clinic Tuesday. She said a radar detector, flashlight and about 50 music CDs were taken. The items were valued at $460.On Wednesday, Wendy Coggins of Franklin, and April Miller of Oxford reported their purses and a radar detector stolen from Coggins’ van while it was parked at White River Medical Center.

Defensive driving offered

March 11, 2011 A defensive driving class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 at the First United Methodist Church, 615 Main St., Batesville, according to a press release from Farmers Insurance agent Janet Smart.“State legislature recently passed new seat belt laws in addition to laws affecting young drivers using cell phones and electronic messaging devices,” the release states. “People who send text messages while they drive spend 4.6 seconds of every 6 seconds not watching the highway.”

Southside schedules Community-Parent Fair

March 11, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School District will host its  Community-Parent Fair from 3-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Southside Elementary.Representatives with local agencies, programs and businesses will be on hand to talk with attendees. Free promotional items, information and door prizes  will also be available. Free health screenings including those for vision, blood pressure, blood sugar, height and weight, and stress reduction will be offered by students in the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s nursing program.

Housing board to meet

March 11, 2011 MELBOURNE — The board of commissioners of the White River Regional Housing Authority will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. March 31 at the authority’s training center, 1327 E. Main, Melbourne.

3 killed in head-on crash

March 11, 2011 KNOBEL (AP) — Three people have been killed and two injured in a head-on collision on Arkansas 135 near Knobel in northeast Arkansas.The Arkansas State Police say 36-year-old Jessica Moore of McDougal, 26-year-old Tina Garrett of Paragould and 27-year-old Joshua Jones of Cherokee Village died in the crash just after 2 p.m. Thursday.

Police: Transgender woman was shot to death, then dragged

March 11, 2011 FORREST CITY (AP) — Authorities say a transgender woman found dead this week in eastern Arkansas was shot to death and then likely dragged under a vehicle as the killer drove away.St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May said Thursday that preliminary autopsy results show 25-year-old Marcal Camero Tye was shot in the head.Local authorities have ruled out a hate crime, but an FBI spokesman says federal investigators are now looking into the death and whether it constitutes a civil rights violation — which could include a hate crime.

Tsunami takes lives after quake

March 11, 2011 TOKYO — A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast today, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor’s cooling system failed.

Wilkes to head airport

March 11, 2011 Darren Wilkes isn’t a pilot, but he sure hopes to be one of these days. He’s got the perfect place to learn, right at work — Wilkes has been named the new manager at the Batesville Regional Airport.Wilkes’ interest in aviation began in elementary school with a field trip to the Batesville airport. “Russ (Amos) was flying a cropduster, doing maneuvers and stuff, and at the end of his talk he asked if there were any questions. I held my hand up and asked him, ‘How do you stay in the plane when you’re upside down?’

Broadway star has roots in Ark.

March 11, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — It is possible for someone from Jonesboro to find success on Broadway. That’s the message Kyle Dean Massey brought to the students at the Jonesboro Visual and Performing Arts magnet school. “When you live in Arkansas, there is not an outlet for professional actors and performers,” Massey said, adding that if students don’t have an opportunity to see professional performers they sometimes think a career in theater is not possible.

Workshop on herbs scheduled

March 11, 2011 POWHATAN — An Herb Garden Workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 2 at Powhatan Historic State Park, said interpreter Kristyn Watts.The registration fee is $30 including a $10 non-refundable deposit by two weeks before the workshop begins.