Fair honors veterans

July 1, 2011 The third annual Independence County Fair Veterans and Military Appreciation Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23 at the fairgrounds, according to a news release from the fair’s Veterans and Military Day Committee.Entertainment will include patriotic singing, playing of bagpipes, marching bands, performances by Bugles Across America and Fusion Dance Academy, a United Service Organizations show and a heroes balloon release.

Animal Kingdom, Derby champion, to undergo surgery for broken leg

June 30, 2011 NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom has a more serious leg injury that will require surgery, and the colt won’t race again this year.The colt’s ownership, Team Valor International, said in a statement Wednesday that a second set of X-rays has revealed Animal Kingdom has a slab fracture in his left hind leg just above the small fracture to the cannon bone found two weeks ago.

Batesville, local teams to host first of two state tournaments

June 30, 2011 The second of three youth league postseason baseball tournaments is scheduled to start this weekend at Fitzhugh Park, and it will be the first of two state tournaments.The first pitch of the Cal Ripken North Arkansas State Tee-Ball Tournament is slated to begin Friday evening at 5 when one of two local teams will play. The Batesville Blasters are to take on the Bentonville Gold on one field while Osceola is to face Bentonville White on another.

Drunk arrested Allegedly

June 30, 2011 Admitting that she had drank “four or five beers,” a Mount Pleasant woman was arrested outside Hawgs Exxon around 11:39 a.m. Wednesday.Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter said he was called to the business regarding a woman passed out in a car, but when he arrived he found the woman, later identified as Kathy Mae Pannell, 52, looking through her purse for her keys.

Theft from storage unit tops $13K

June 30, 2011 Tools, wire, auto parts, antique clocks, a chain saw, lawn mower and even water coolers, with a combined value of $13,075, were targeted during a break in and theft at a Bethesda storage unit sometime in the past three weeks.Vance Richardson of Batesville said among the items taken were 42 sections of galvanized wire cage material with a combined value of $8,000.Richardson said the items were taken from his rental unit sometime between June 1 and Thursday when someone broke through an interior wall of the unit.No suspects were listed.

ASUN is national test site for ACT

June 30, 2011 NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will soon offer the ACT as a national test center beginning in January 2012. Students will register for the test using the ACT packets and may have scores sent to any college or university in or out-of-state (not just ASUN).ASU-Newport’s name and code number will be listed in the ACT material as a national test site.

Newspaper target of activists

June 30, 2011 A group taking issue with the Batesville Daily Guard’s obituary policy began picketing the newspaper office around 9 a.m. today.The Center for Artistic Revolution, a Little Rock-based gay and lesbian rights organization, targeted the Guard with signs demanding the policy be changed.

Beebe repeats opposition

June 30, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe told gay rights advocates on Tuesday that he can’t see himself supporting same-sex marriage or civil unions, even though he has changed his stance since his election in 2006 to support allowing gay couples to foster children.The Democratic governor repeated his opposition to gay marriage and said he doesn’t see Arkansas eventually allowing it or civil unions. He addressed members of the Stonewall Democratic Caucus, a group that once withdrew its support of the governor over his stance on gay foster parents.

New rescue truck rolling

June 30, 2011 Batesville’s new rescue truck was put into service earlier than Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn wanted, but a mechanical failure on the old truck didn’t leave him much choice.The new truck — a 2011 Ford F-550 with a Rosenbauer body — went into service around 9:45 Tuesday night.“It wasn’t intentional; I still had some things I wanted to do but we had an issue with the other truck, so I called a crew in. The guys came in and mounted a bunch of stuff on there, and she’s rolling,” Gleghorn said.

200 out of work

June 30, 2011 SEARCY  — Approximately 200 employees found themselves out of work when Yarnell’s Ice Cream officials confirmed that the Searcy business has closed its doors.Lower-level production workers say the were informed of the closure as they arrived for work this morning.“Yarnell’s Premium Ice Cream ceased operations today after the Board of Directors voted yesterday to end production indefinitely. The privately owned company, headquartered in Searcy, told its approximately 200 employees today that they would be paid through every day worked but not beyond that.