Woman arrested for drug use

April 29, 2011 A Batesville woman who reportedly told police she had been using methamphetamine was arrested at a Boswell Street residence after she refused to leave.Independence County Deputy Randy Jones said he was dispatched to the home of Naomi Smith on Boswell Street around 7:30 Wednesday night where she told him that Rebecca Schultz, 30, had shown up and would not leave.“I tried to speak with Ms. Schultz but I could not understand her because she was delusional,” Jones said.

Promise Land gears up for summer therapy

April 29, 2011 The sound of gospel music coming from an outdoors concert, the aroma of home-cooked chili and soups filling the air and several tables featuring an assortment of pies and cakes for auction, helped Promise Land therapeutic riding sables kick off its 10th season Saturday night.The fundraiser took place at the home of Hairl and Lorena Anderson on Kyler Road where volunteer cooks and workers served a crowd hungry as much for the action of a live auction as for the food.

LR men plead not guilty to race crime charge

April 29, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Four men accused of targeting an Arkansas interracial couple in a Molotov cocktail attack pleaded not guilty Thursday to all charges.After brief appearances in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, three of the men — Jason Barnwell, Gary Dodson and Jake Murphy — were remanded to custody. The fourth man, Dustin Hammond, was released on several conditions set by U.S. Magistrate Judge H. David Young.

Tuition goes up

April 29, 2011 The cost of getting a diploma at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville just got a little higher. The UACCB Board of Visitors last week approved a tuition increase of $3 per credit hour for both in-district and out-of-district students wanting to attend the two-year college beginning this fall. In-state tuition will increase to $60 from $57 per credit hour while out-of-district tuition will increase to $72 from $69.

‘Prescription for Addiction’ platform for teen

April 29, 2011 Music may well be Ashleigh Rogers’ first priority, but bringing awareness to the growing abuse of prescription drugs is another.The 17-year-old who holds the title of Miss Batesville says she knows first-hand about the problems which has become her “Prescription for Addiction” platform.The Batesville High School senior said she has watched the addiction for prescription drugs take over the lives of her family.

Deep South braces for rising Mississippi River

April 29, 2011 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A surge of water not seen since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is forecast in coming days to test the enormous levees lining the Mississippi River on its course through the Deep South, adding another element of danger to a region already raked by deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms.

Ada Mae McCracken Ray to mark 93rd birthday

April 29, 2011 MOUNT PLEASANT — Ada Mae McCracken Ray of Mount Pleasant is celebrating her 93rd birthday today.She has a son, Remmel Ray; a daughter, Barbara Collie; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Bull Shoals park to host Civil War event

April 29, 2011 BULL SHOALS — One hundred and fifty years after it began the Civil War remains one of the most significant events in the history of the United States. Its impact is still felt in politics, customs and business. In Arkansas, it was an ugly personal and decidedly un-civil affair that touched everyone’s lives, according to a news release from Bull Shoals-White River State Park.

Arkansas rivers back up; state death toll hits 13

April 29, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Flooding in Pocahontas on Thursday inundated the city’s grocery stores and cut off the main north-south highway through town as river systems across east Arkansas continued to back up because the Mississippi River is so high.Counties from the Missouri border to Louisiana reported flooding, a condition that will continue until at least the middle of May.“We think this is going to be an issue for weeks, not days, in east Arkansas,” said Matt DeCample, spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe.

Crawford touts GOP plan at town hall

April 29, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford touted his party’s plan to privatize Medicare and cut government spending before a quiet, mostly friendly audience Thursday night — a far cry from the booing and jeering many House Republicans have faced at town halls this spring.Crawford addressed about 100 people in Jonesboro in his first town hall meeting since joining Congress in January. He said the budget passed earlier this month by House Republicans would help reduce the nation’s debt and prevent Medicare from going under.