HSIC to host fundraiser

March 28, 2011 The Humane Society of Independence County will host a Trivia Game Night fundraiser Saturday at the White River Firefighters’ Training Center at Riverside Park.Doors open at 6 p.m., and the trivia starts at 7. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening, and bake sale items will be available for purchase.The registration fee is $10 per person, and that includes a chili supper and beverages. Tables of 10 people will compete in eight rounds of trivia. There will also be games and activities between rounds for extra points and prizes.

ICEDC to meet

March 28, 2011 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will have its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Prisoner walks away from unsecured facility

March 28, 2011 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities say a man who is serving time for second-degree battery has walked away from a non-secured treatment center in West Memphis.The Baxter County Sheriff’s office says 50-year-old Phillip William Rasmussen left the McCoy Clinic, where he was taken for treatment, about noon Friday. The sheriff’s office says an absconder warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Batesville board meets tonight

March 28, 2011 SULPHUR ROCK — The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 tonight in the training room at Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary.Agenda items include a special presentation by students from The Early Learning Center in Batesville, curriculum reports and discussion of personnel contracts and the 2011-12 calendar.Meetings are open to the public.

Fire destroys house

March 28, 2011 Lightning appears to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a Batesville area home early Saturday morning.Northside Fire Chief Karrell Fleetwood said his department was called out around 4:15 to 4:20 a.m. to the home at 2644 White Drive.“They said lightning struck it, and when we got there it was fully involved. ... Where it was at and it being so far along, we couldn’t do anything but keep it cool,” Fleetwood said. “It probably caught on fire in the attic or on the roof.”

Feb. unemployment rate same

March 28, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The unemployment rate for Arkansas remained stable at 7.8 percent for February.The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Friday that the jobless rate was the same as January and lower than the 8 percent reported in February 2010.The number of Arkansans in the labor force increased by 3,000, from 1.362 million in January to 1.365 million in February.The Department of Workforce Services reported that seven major industry sectors added jobs, offsetting declines in four sectors.

32nd Arkansas Scottish Festival scheduled

March 28, 2011 Free is the operative word this year for the 32nd Arkansas Scottish Festival at Lyon College.Admission is free to the three-day festival, which brings in the best pipe bands, Highland dancers, athletes, entertainment and Scottish food. The festival is scheduled for April 8-10.The Arkansas Scottish Festival at Lyon College began as a way to honor the college’s Scottish roots. The College was founded in 1872 by the Presbyterian Church, which has its roots in Scotland.The festival gives visitors a glimpse of traditional Scotland.

Wrecks claim 3 lives; Newark, Drasco men die in separate crashes

March 28, 2011 A Newark man and a Drasco man were among traffic fatalities over the weekend, according to Arkansas State Police reports.A third man — from Wisconsin — died in a White County crash.All were single vehicle accidents.Wet roads may have been contributing factors in two of them, according to the written reports.Cody Burcham, 22, of Newark died after he lost control of the 1996 Chevrolet pickup he was driving north on state Highway 25 and skidded into a bridge railing on Saturday, said State Trooper John Qualls.

Man accused of terror charged – Bond set at $500K

March 28, 2011 Terrorizing the neighborhood resulted in five felony charges and a $500,000 bond for a Batesville man who was taken into custody at gunpoint.According to the affidavit for arrest, 43-year-old George A. Brown is charged with battery in the second degree, false imprisonment in the first degree, aggravated assault on a family or household member, terroristic threatening in the first degree and battery in the third degree. All five are felonies.The incident involving Brown happened Thursday at three different residences with three different officers responding.

Movie will be screened

March 25, 2011 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“The Tourist” starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting. There will also be free popcorn.This is a special, family friendly edition of the movie that has removed any objectionable language or scenes, according to a news release. The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.