Library board meets Thursday

March 1, 2011 The Independence County Library Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Citizens Bank Annex in downtown Batesville to discuss its ongoing activities.Meetings are open to the public.

Board sets expulsion

March 1, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will conduct a student expulsion hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday in Superintendent Gerald Cooper’s office.The board’s regular public meeting will follow.

Teen missing

March 1, 2011 Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl.Brandi Burgess of Batesville was last seen about 10 p.m. Friday in the west Batesville vicinity, said Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery.“Ms. Burgess was known to have left her house on foot. She had previously appeared to have made a call to an unknown person to pick her up,” Jeffery said. “If you have seen or heard of any information on this missing girl please contact the Independence County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 793-8838 or (870) 793-8878 and ask for Detective Michael Mundy.”

Judge orders cash only

March 1, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Cash only.That was the decision of Circuit Judge Harold Erwin after hearing testimony Monday on whether to raise the bond amount already set by a district judge or leave it the same for land developer Wayne Watkins who is currently incarcerated in the Sharp County Jail.Watkins, who has been living in Mexico for the past four years, is facing one count of theft by receiving, a class B felony.

Stone County Community Resource Council becomes Cornerstone Patron

February 28, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Stone County Community Resource Council has become the first Cornerstone Patron designee for Ozarka College-Mountain View’s amphitheater. After its Feb. 14 meeting, a $10,000 check was presented to Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe. The council has now made two substantial donations toward the building project. After sponsoring the Student Success Center in July 2010 and this recent gift, the council is now one of the largest donors for the Ozarka College Foundation, according to Ozarka Director of Advancement Suellen Davidson.

Man prepares to retire from military service

February 28, 2011 FORT SMITH (AP) — There wasn’t a time in his life that Kyle Gilliam did not want to wear the uniform of his country.His father, Gary Gilliam, was a crew chief with the 188th Fighter Wing.“I remember seeing my Dad come home from weekends on Guard duty wearing his fatigues,” he recalled. “And by the time I was 12 years old, my mind was made up.”On his 17th birthday, the first day he was eligible, he had his parents sign the necessary papers and enlisted in the Arkansas National Guard.

Reckless driving, fleeing lead to DWI arrests

February 28, 2011 Telling a cop he was not fleeing didn’t keep a Batesville man from being on the receiving end of several charges Feb. 20.According to an Independence County sheriff’s report Deputy Duane Grice was traveling south on Highway 167 at about 2:15 a.m. when he spotted a white Nissan Sentra driving 70 mph in a 50-mph zone. Grice followed the vehicle up Ramsey Mountain when he noticed the driver, later identified as 24-year-old Richard Blaine Crafton, driving halfway in the turning lane and halfway in the inside southbound lane.

List of 2011 Oscar winners:

February 28, 2011 Best Picture: “The King’s Speech”Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”Actress: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”Directing: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”Foreign Language Film: “In a Better World,” DenmarkAdapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”Original Screenplay: David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 3”Art Direction: “Alice in Wonderland”Cinematography: “Inception”

Oscar awards go young and hip, with traditional results

February 28, 2011 LOS ANGELES — These were supposed to be the younger, hipper Academy Awards, the ones that shook up the ceremony’s conventions with popular, great-looking emcees in actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who were unlike the middle-aged comedians and TV talk-show hosts of years past.

United Way shows appreciation to campaign helpers

February 28, 2011 The United Way of Independence County held its annual Campaign Appreciation Reception recently at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce office.“With a 2010 campaign goal of $300,000, the numbers were better than expected for such a down economy,” said United Way executive director Vonda Oberbeck. “Volunteers were able to raise a little over $286,000.”With about 35 board members, volunteers and agencies attending, the United Way was able to show appreciation with the following special awards: