Me Jane. You Tarzan? Loco Ropes now open

November 4, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Moving through a forest canopy like Tarzan was something I associated with television until recently when I found myself on a 35-foot-tall tree platform with a rope in my hand ready to jump off and swing more than a bowling alley length to a large net. Could I do this?Could you? Find out by visiting Loco Ropes, a ropes challenge course located at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. This new attraction opened to the public on Oct. 30.

Court orders new hearings for WM3

November 4, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a judge to consider whether newly analyzed DNA evidence might exonerate three men convicted in the 1993 murders of three West Memphis Cub Scouts.The justices also said a lower court also must examine claims of juror misconduct in the eastern Arkansas murder case that has drawn the attention of Hollywood celebrities and civil rights activists.Lawyers for Damien Echols say Circuit Judge David Burnett, at a recent hearing, should have considered DNA test results in deciding whether to grant Echols a new trial.

The Weekend Events

November 4, 2010 Friday• Chicken dinner and crafts exhibition, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Barren Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Mount Pleasant. The meal will include chicken strips, coleslaw, potato salad, beans, roll and cookies. Cost is $6.50. For delivery to Mount Pleasant or Melbourne call (870) 346-5121.• Ozark Folk Center Craft Village free admission, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mountain View. Continues each weekend through Dec. 18.

Man threatened with gun

November 4, 2010 An Oil Trough man said he was threatened at gunpoint while he was at a Batesville residence around 4:30 this morning.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Kirk Green said he took a report at the sheriff’s office from Talmadge Guy Robertson, 36, who said he was at a residence on Vine Street when the incident occurred.Robertson said while he was at the residence Jonathon David Conway, 26, of Newark, got up and went into another room.

County recreation grant requests top $400,000

November 4, 2010 It was special requests night Monday for the Independence County Parks and Recreation Committee.The requests were coming from nonprofit agencies, towns and schools across the county wanting the committee to help fund programs special to them.The biggest special request, of the 54 made to the committee, came from the Batesville Recreation Department to the tune of $149,132.80.No one from the city of Batesville was present to give a verbal request, so the county committee just mentioned the dollar amount briefly before moving on to other requests.

Legalize-marijuana loses in California

November 3, 2010 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians heeded warnings of legal chaos and other dangers and rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have made their state the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use.The spirited campaign over Proposition 19 pitted the state’s political and law enforcement establishment against determined activists seeking to end the prohibition of pot.It was by far the highest-profile of the 160 ballot measures being decided in 37 states. Other topics included abortion, tax cuts and health care reform.

Voters approve amendments

November 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas voters on Tuesday gave their approval to a trio of constitutional amendments, including one that ensures the right to hunt and fish.A measure that gives the Legislature the power to issue bonds to help lure companies to the state was approved, as was an amendment to raise the state interest-rate limit for business and government loans. Included in that proposal was a provision to allow bond financing for energy-efficiency projects.

Library board eyes activities

November 3, 2010 The Independence County Library Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter library building at 368 E. Main St., Batesville.Library activities will be discussed.

Post office to hold meeting on moving some operations

November 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposal to move some mail processing operations from the Batesville Post Office into the Northeast Arkansas Mail Processing Center in Jonesboro.The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 East College. A summary of the proposal and presentation materials will be made available to the public on usps.com prior to the meeting.

Clark, Boone counties OK booze

November 3, 2010 ARKADELPHIA (AP) — Voters in southwest Arkansas’ Clark County and northern Arkansas’ Boone County have approved the sale of alcoholic beverages.In Clark County, the Daily Siftings-Herald newspaper reported that final but unofficial results show 4,305 votes cast to approve alcohol sales, with 3,380 voting to keep the county dry.In Boone County, the Harrison Daily Times reported that unofficial results showed 7,582 votes in favor of alcohol sales, 6,771 votes against, with all but 431 absentee ballots counted.