TV team blazes trail to help wounded soldiers’ families

January 7, 2011 CAVE CITY — The Cave City High School TV team is going boldly where no video documentary team has gone before.The television team filmed documentary footage in December at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to bring attention to the needs of families of severely wounded soldiers.“The (military brass) said it had never been done before — they’ve had documentaries on the soldiers, but not the families,” Vietnam amputee Gary Farmer, who brought the families’ plight to the television team’s attention, told the Cave City Kiwanis Club on Thursday.

Commissioners hear concerns from candidate

January 7, 2011 A candidate from one of last fall’s elections is now raising concerns with the Independence County Election Commission. Hershell Marshall, a candidate in the Newark mayoral race, addressed the election commission at its meeting Wednesday. He said when the polls opened on the day of the general election, voting machines were not properly programmed with the local election and several people voted before the correct program was installed.

Ralph Grant retires

January 7, 2011 The new year is under way and regular customers have already noticed a familiar face is missing at the Batesville Post Office. Ralph Grant, with his friendly smile, crisply ironed shirts and classy neckties, is no longer greeting customers at the service window he has manned for so many years.

Lewis responds to bank suit

January 7, 2011 A man who is accused of causing the failure of one bank and bilking others out of millions by selling bogus bonds and defaulting on loans is refusing to address those allegations, citing his right to not incriminate himself in a federal investigation in the matter.Little Rock attorney Kevin Lewis is being sued by First State Bank of Lonoke, First Community Bank of Batesville and Capital Bank of Little Rock, alleging, among other things, that he sold the banks bogus bonds and/or defaulted on loans, in both cases pocketing the money.

Early tests show blackbirds died of trauma

January 6, 2011 BEEBE (AP) — Preliminary lab results show the blackbirds that fell from the sky in central Arkansas died from blunt force trauma.That supports the theory that fireworks on New Year’s Eve spooked the birds and sent them flying into cars, houses and each other and plummeting to their deaths.The Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., released the results Wednesday.Arkansas’ Game and Fish Commission says the birds didn’t test positive for any pesticides. Officials are still awaiting lab results from tests for other toxins and infectious diseases.

Water board to hear reports

January 6, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear a report on wastewater (sewer system) expansion possibilities, said Manager John Richardson.Matt Dunn with Crist Engineers will give the report.The directors will also hear a report on board position filings, a 2010 year-end report, a manager’s report, December water and wastewater financial reports and a December system totals report. A discussion and possible action on the personal leave policy is also on the agenda.

Trauma council to meet

January 6, 2011 The North Central Arkansas Trauma Regional Advisory Council will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Vital Link Conference Center, 1033 EMS Drive in Batesville.The council will discuss its efforts to build a trauma system in Arkansas. The meeting is open to the general public. For more information, call the Trauma Section at (501) 671-1428 or visit

Aircraft repair firm in Blytheville to add 300 jobs

January 6, 2011 BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — An aircraft repair firm in Blytheville says it will double its workforce to 600 and spend $10 million to expand its facilities.Aviation Repair Technologies announced the plan Wednesday. The company says the expansion will enable it to repair more aircraft components.Aviation Repair Technologies performs heavy aircraft maintenance and also disassembles jet engines, servicing regional aircraft. Its customers include American Eagle, Bahamasair, Dynamic Airways and Magellan Aerospace, among others.

Newark meeting date changed

January 6, 2011 NEWARK — The first Newark City Council meeting of the year will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Newark Municipal Building, Recorder-treasurer Joann Langston said.The meeting date is a one-time departure from the usual meeting schedule, she said. The council normally meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, in the municipal building.The aldermen will review current bills and departmental reports and handle any other business that arises during the meeting.

Additional charges filed against man on probation

January 6, 2011 A Batesville man is facing revocation of a probationary sentence and new drug charges after probation officers allegedly found methamphetamine and guns at his residence.Zachary Adam Piker of 49 Delta St. in Batesville is charged in Independence County Circuit Court with possession of methamphetamine, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of drug paraphernalia and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.