The Batesville School board will consider approving the purchase of a bus for students with disabilities when it meets Monday at Sulphur Rock Magnet.
Other items on the board’s agenda include reports from personnel as part of its annual report to the public, approval of the 2009-10 proposed budget for the state department of education and a facilities report.
The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The school is at 480 N. Main St., Sulphur Rock.
Police say a clerk was distracted by a couple and their small child long enough for them to steal two pistols at Batesville Gun & Pawn around noon Wednesday.
Store clerk Bruce Howard told Independence County Deputy Fred Friar that around 11:40 a.m. a man in a yellow rain coat, accompanied by a woman and a small child came into the store and the man started looking at guns.
From Afghan hounds to Daschunds, two dozen dogs showed up Saturday for a swim party at the Batesville municipal pool.
A fundraiser for the Humane Society of Independence County, the event raised $303. Dog owners paid $5 for one dog or $10 for multiple dogs to swim, and the humane society sold hot dogs and drinks as well.
Among the swimmers were Indy, an Afghan hound owned by Dr. Ed and Gale Casper of Batesville, and Dylan, a Corgi belonging to John and Diane Ellis.
“Our dog died this summer,” Diane Ellis said, adding they had gotten the dog from “a rescue online.”
Old Independence Regional Museum will host its Fall Home School Day from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12.
“In the early days of our county, fall was a time to get the work done before winter came,” said Amanda Nikkel, education coordinator. “After the work was done it was time to celebrate before the long months of the winter, when cabin fever set in.
“Candle making was a necessary chore in the fall. As the days became shorter candles were needed to provide light in the dark corners of homes.”
Participants in this program will make a hand-dipped, beeswax candle.
MARIANNA (AP) — Mourners on Thursday remembered an Arkansas soldier killed in Afghanistan as a brave, dedicated man who knew what he was getting into when he enlisted in the Army.
Family and friends gathered in Marianna to honor 1st Lt. Tyler Parten, who was killed Sept. 10 in Kunar province after insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Parten is the grandson of Lowell and Charleen Parten of Cherokee Village.
The first Variety Night helped build a halfway house. Now the annual event helps John 3:16 Ministries grow.
Proceeds from the fourth annual Variety Night, set for Oct. 10 at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall, will go toward the ministry’s building fund and to the scholarship program set up at UACCB to help men at John 3:16 further their education.
Wednesday night, people in the Yellville area celebrated the life of Kymball Duffy, a Yellville-Summit football player who died last Friday in an automobile accident.
Three others were treated and released and another remains medically sedated in a Springfield, Mo. hospital.
How quickly the Mountain Home Bombers climbed startled even their coach.
“We made huge improvements from the first week to the second week,” Shane Patrick said. “I really didn’t know about this team after the first week because we didn’t play well at all.”
On Sept. 4 in Highland, the Bombers, a Class 6A team, just barely escaped the Class 4A Highland Rebels. The final score was 14-7.
LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway has taken on too much rain and it’s forced the postponement of the Schoenfeld Headers Mid-America Street Stock Championship, announced Connie Starr.
The 3-day event has been rescheduled for Sept. 24-26. For more information, call BMS at (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com.
CONWAY — The Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs swept the Cave City Cavewomen in a conference volleyball match here Wednesday.
CSJ won 25-9, 25-16, 25-16.
“We just came out in the first game, we didn’t step up. We weren’t ready,” Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley said. “The inexperience showed. They were able to do some things that I think in time we will be able to do, but right now we’re too young. I think we’ll get there.”
Rachel Roebuck led the Cavewomen with 10 points and 20 digs. Libero Elisha Ramos returned to the court and collected 25 digs.
MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas-Monticello Lady Boll Weevils swept the Lyon College Pipers in nonconference volleyball action here Wednesday night.
The game scores were 25-20, 25-19, 25-15.
Lyon fell to 4-10. UAM improved to 2-9.
“We didn’t play very well, but UAM is pretty good, too,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said. “They changed some things in their lineup and it worked. I talked with their coach and know they had been struggling here lately. They are a little bigger than we are and they have a faster offense than what we’ve been seeing.”