AG targets sex offenders, renegade sports agents

December 28, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Renegade sports agents, sex offenders, synthetic marijuana and spam telephone calls are among the issues that Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel hopes to target next year in his smaller-than-usual package of legislative proposals.McDaniel told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he would be making fewer requests of lawmakers because he wants to keep a close eye on freshman legislators, to make sure they don’t put the state back in court over how public schools are funded.

Citizens announces new personnel

December 28, 2010 The Citizens Bank has announced two new personnel positions. Lisa Davis is supervisor of loan processing and Joyce Prickett is supervisor of loan assistants. Davis began her career at Citizens in 2009, but has been in the banking industry since 2006. She graduated magna cum laude from Lyon College with a bachelor of science in business administration.

Serenity Massage now offering techniques for cancer patients

December 28, 2010 Serenity Massage is now serving clients in the Batesville area from its new facility inside Sederberg Chiropractic Clinic at 2121 Harrison St.Owner and licensed therapist Sarah Westervelt said she offers a variety of massage techniques for not only relaxation but for health benefits as well. “I offer oncology massage for cancer patients,” she said. “This is something I’m proud to offer. My mother was a cancer patient and this is something I learned out of my experiences with her.”

Teen dies in crash of Model A kit car

December 28, 2010 OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A teenager killed in the northeast Kansas crash of a Ford Model A kit car has been identified as an Arkansas resident.Overland Park police say 17-year-old Travis McAfee of Fort Smith died on Christmas Day from injuries he suffered the day before.McAfee was one of four people riding in the Model A on Friday afternoon when it struck a light pole in the Kansas City suburb and rolled over. McAfee was thrown from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries.

Snail mucus, potheads add to strange Fla. news in 2010

December 28, 2010 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— This year, Floridians learned that burials at sea don’t work if the body doesn’t sink, giant snail mucus can make you sick and that an underwire bra can stop a lawyer from visiting her client in prison.Florida lived up to its reputation for being an odd state in 2010, with residents committing stupid crimes, making poor decisions and exhibiting general weirdness.

Farmers’ markets open year-round

December 28, 2010 PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A steady stream of customers filled baskets and shopping bags with vegetables, cranberries, cheese, fresh-baked breads and pies while chatting with the dozen or so farmers selling goods in the visitor’s center of a local museum.It was a bitterly cold, gray December day, but for many, it felt just right for the farmers’ market as live music and a warm fireplace helped set a holiday mood.

$900K in marijuana found in Bee Branch home

December 28, 2010 BEE BRANCH (AP) — Authorities say they have confiscated more than $900,000 worth of marijuana and a cache of illegal weapons in a raid at Bee Branch.Officers say they found the illegal goods when they executed a search warrant at the home of 31-year-old Tyler Lamastus in Bee Branch, about 60 miles north of Little Rock.Little Rock television station KTHV said the Dec. 14 raid resulted from an investigation by the Van Buren County sheriff’s office, state police, the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force and other agencies.

Business nominations sought

December 28, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year and New Business of the Year. These awards will celebrate the outstanding contributions being made in the Batesville area. The categories and instructions for submitting nominations can be found online at or by contacting membership director Angela Connell at (870) 793-2378.All businesses nominated must be members in good standing with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Officials to be sworn in during midnight ceremony

December 28, 2010 Independence County District Judge Chaney Taylor will administer oaths of office at a swearing-in ceremony for elected officials and law enforcement personnel at midnight Friday at the Independence County District Courtroom, located at 549 W. Main St. in Batesville, for all persons who wish to take their oath of office at that time.The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Graffiti lands on businesses

December 28, 2010 Two Batesville businesses reported criminal mischief to authorities after discovering graffiti painted on outside walls last week.Sheila Anderson of The Hair Loft Family Hair Care at 1370 Neely St., told Deputy Patrick Collins the damage was done between noon last Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.Damage was estimated at $250.Deputy Fred Friar took a report from John Smith of Kroger, who said several symbols were painted on the south side of the grocery store between 10 p.m. last Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. Damage was estimated at $50.—from submitted reports