Public meetings postponed due to impending weather

February 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Due to the forecast of impending inclement weather, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has postponed tonight’s public input meetings, said panel spokesman Keith Stephens.The meetings have been rescheduled for Feb. 8, Stephens said.Locations of the meetings are being confirmed and will be announced as soon as they are definite.The meetings are part of the commission’s annual hunting regulations process, giving hunters the opportunity to make comments and proposals for the 2011-12 hunting seasons.

Arts council gearing up for Souper Bowl

February 1, 2011 For over a decade football and soup fans have enjoyed a variety of homemade soups in what has become a popular fundraising event for the Batesville Area Arts Council known as Souper Bowl Saturday.Held on the same day as the football Super Bowl, the idea behind the fundraiser is that game fans can pick up a quart of soup Saturday morning before the game and not have to cook and miss any football action. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Main Street.

No AARP tax help

February 1, 2011 The local AARP’s annual tax site will not be open this year due to lack of personnel, announced Celeste Whipple, lead coordinator for Batesville.

Smith named to Chancellor’s List

February 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced that Nicole Smith of Batesville has made the Chancellor’s List for the fall 2010 semester.Smith is the daughter of Nathan and Lynnette Smith of Batesville. She is a 2007 graduate of Batesville High School.  To qualify for the Chancellor’s List students must be enrolled in at least nine credit hours and maintain at least a 3.9 grade point average for the semester.

McLoy honored for grades

February 1, 2011 POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Abigail McLoy, daughter of Mary Moore of Floral, was named to the College of the Ozarks fall 2010 Dean’s List.McLoy is a 2008 Southside High School graduate.To qualify for the Dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.6 minimum grade point average during the semester and carry at least 15 credit hours.

Pham makes list

February 1, 2011 ATLANTA — Candis Pham of Batesville made the Dean’s List for fall semester 2010 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Undergraduate students earning a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester gain the distinction of being named to the Dean’s List at Georgia Tech.

Cops recover property from multiple thefts

February 1, 2011 MELBOURNE — Two arrests have been made and some property has been recovered during an investigation by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department involving multiple thefts.John Edward Rone, 23, of Melbourne was arrested Jan. 18 in connection with thefts from the farm of John and Linda House of West Road, Mount Pleasant; and the Conway Miller farm near Sage.Rone was charged with breaking or entering, a class D felony; theft of scrap metal and theft by receiving, both class C felonies; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Citizens launch efforts for Bethesda boat ramp

February 1, 2011 BETHESDA — It was standing room only Friday night as citizens from the Bethesda area met in the fire station to hear District 71 Rep. Tommy Wren and Ken Shirley with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission discuss the possibility of a public boat ramp being built on the nearby White River.Credited with launching the effort for the ramp, Wren said he was following through on a promise to look into the matter after numerous local residents asked for his support during his 2010 campaign. “I’ve been lobbying for this for about three months,” Wren told the crowd.

No license plate ends in weapon, drug arrest

February 1, 2011 Various charges have been filed against a Batesville man after an officer made a traffic stop Saturday night.Deputy Michael Moody said he was on patrol near Locust Grove Road and Red Barn Lane when he stopped a white truck with no license plate.Moody made contact with the driver, 21-year-old Nathan Tyler Riddle, who could not produce a bill of sale or proof of insurance. He told Moody he had the vehicle for nearly a year, and during the conversation Moody said Riddle appeared to be very shaky and fidgety.

Man may have partied too hard, jailed for DWI

February 1, 2011 A man who initially refused help but was later taken to a hospital by ambulance faces careless driving and DWI charges.Deputy Duane Grice said he was dispatched to an area on Cord Road Saturday around 2:49 a.m. concerning a one-vehicle accident.Grice said he was told the vehicle had heavy front end damage and was still smoking.Eighteen-year-old  Colton Tyler Wolverton was located several feet away from the accident scene, and according to information from dispatch, was complaining of neck pain and being cold.