Museum honors docents

December 9, 2010 Noted historian David Lowenthal once said, “History in isolation is barren and lifeless; relics mean only what history and memory convey.”Old Independence Regional Museum is striving to do more than convey some old memories — it works to breathe life and create tangible exhibits for visitors to immerse themselves in.The museum honored the efforts of those who work behind the scenes, as about 50 docents, board members and other volunteers turned out for the Docent Appreciation Luncheon on Monday.

Horses rescued. Officials documenting neglect, starvation

December 9, 2010 SALEM — Just how many days or weeks it has been since 80 to 100 horses have been fed in Fulton County is still unclear, but as of this morning “100 bales of Bermuda grass and a half ton of alfalfa high protein cubes” are en route to help save the starving animals.The rescue got under way this morning after a search warrant was signed by Fulton County District Judge Jim Short Wednesday night giving permission to seize animals, registration papers, or any other papers or items that may contain information.

Newport man charged in furniture theft

December 8, 2010 Bond has been set at $25,000 for 28-year-old Jeremy Conway of Newport for allegedly being in possession of stolen furniture, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard.Leonard said that on Nov. 13, Deputy Billy Croon responded to a residential burglary call at 4930 Newport Road at the home of Karen Breen.Due to illness Breen reportedly had been staying with relatives for a few weeks and when she drove by her house she noticed a computer desk in her garage had been moved around.

County wins civil suit stemming from state police shooting

December 8, 2010 ASH FLAT — “We won.”That was the comment of Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver after jurors in Independence County found the county was not responsible for medical bills after a man was treated there after being shot.“Ten of the 12 didn’t believe the county was responsible for the bills,” Weaver said. “Mr. (Ralph) Ohm did a good job of representing the county.”Ohm is with the Arkansas Public Entites Risk Management. (APERMA).

Board member refuses trustee appointment

December 8, 2010 Searcy attorney Steven B. Jordan says he has no part of PA Alliance Trust. Jordan is also listed as a board member at First Southern Bank in Batesville.

Fraud lawsuit targets stockholder, bond salesman, chairman of the board

December 8, 2010 Right after the news broke First Southern Bank in Batesville may have purchased $22 million in bogus bonds from the son of its major stockholder, a lawsuit alleging fraud has been filed seeking $21 million in damages from the stockholder, the son, and the chairman of the board.

WRMC program fulfills health awareness role

December 8, 2010 Bank teller, manufacturer, construction worker, secretary, salesperson — just a few of the many different types of jobs that residents in and around Independence County go to every day. Although the jobs are different, there is one commonality: the need for health awareness and access to worksite wellness services.

Economic group reports progress

December 8, 2010 The economic outlook for Independence County is steadily getting better, according to information from the county’s Independence County Economic Development Commission, which met Friday afternoon. A quorum was not met, so the ICEDC will meet again at 5 p.m. Thursday at the chamber.Last week, however, committee chairman Bob Stroud reported construction is going well for the new Arkansas Department of Human Services call center being constructed near Western Sizzlin north of Batesville.

Lawmaker would ban plastic bags in some stores

December 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state senator from Fort Smith has prefiled a bill for the coming legislative session that would ban larger stores from giving plastic bags to customers.Republican Sen. Denny Altes filed what he calls the Reusable Shopping Bag Act on Monday. It calls for stores of more than 10,000 square feet with gross annual sales of $2 million or more to provide only paper bags and to sell reusable cloth bags. The ban would go into effect Jan. 1, 2012.He said many of the smaller stores “are in a financial bind and they can’t afford to do this.”

2 arrested in drive-by shooting

December 8, 2010 Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with Friday’s drive-by shooting on Broad Street in Batesville, said Sgt. Mike Mundy of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.The teens, ages 15 and 16, are expected to be charged in juvenile court with committing a terroristic act, a felony.Officers said the shooting occurred at about 11:45 p.m. Friday. Several people were in the house and front yard when shots were fired, but no on was injured.