Fall photo tour of Izard County historic, scenic sites slated

October 15, 2010 The crew at Exploring Izard County and T Mac Photos have teamed up to offer local photographers of all ability levels an outstanding fall photo tour of historic and scenic Izard County, said photojournalist Tony McGuffey of T Mac’s and the Batesville Daily Guard.On this motoring photo tour Oct. 30, (from 8 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m.) Denny Elrod and Ricky Dowdle of EIC will act as guides to a number of breathtaking waterfalls, colorful fall foliage, Indian shelter caves and historic buildings, McGuffey said.

DAR hosts essay contest

October 15, 2010 The Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting its annual essay contest titled “Memoirs of Paul Revere” for students in fifth through eighth grades.The contest is open to public schools and students who are home-schooled, Independence County DAR representative Cecilia Baker said.Students are asked to imagine themselves as Paul Revere, the messenger best remembered for his historic midnight ride warning colonists of the impending British Army attack during the Revolutionary War.

Archery teams place in tourney

October 15, 2010 The Eagle Mountain Magnet and Batesville Junior High archery teams recently placed in the 2010 National Archery in the Schools Program world tournament.   Eagle Mountain ranked third in the elementary division while the junior high team ranked fourth in the middle school division earlier this month in the competition which also included teams from Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. For a list of individual rankings visit www.tiny.cc/vb18y, click on “individual standings” and search by state, division and gender.

Agreement to be discussed

October 15, 2010 The Batesville School Board will consider on Monday a short-term agreement with the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville for use of part of the old Cushman school campus for Department of Human Services call center training.The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at West Magnet Elementary cafeteria. A personnel report and school/business ethics resolutions will also be presented. Meetings are open to the public.

Women’s conference planned

October 15, 2010 First Baptist Church’s Women’s Ministry Team will host a Fall Women’s Connection from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 in the West Annex, 610 W. Main St., Batesville. The guest speaker is Alicia Gail Watts, a pastor’s wife from Texas, speaking on “Hearing God Through All The Noise.” The event will also include door prizes, lunch, singing, and fellowship.The fee is $7.50 and is due by Sunday. To register, call Wanda Treat at (870) 793-2536 or Edie Branstetter at 793-6312.

Early voting starts Monday

October 15, 2010 Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election will begin Monday and will run through Nov. 1 at the Independence County Courthouse at Main and Broad streets in Batesville. Early voting hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday preceding the election, except for Nov. 1 in which the hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours for the two Saturdays preceding the election are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact the Independence County Clerk’s office at (870) 793-8828.

Divers search for missing woman in NW Ark. lake

October 15, 2010 SPRINGDALE (AP) — Authorities are searching Beaver Lake for the body of a woman who was reported missing more than two years ago.Dive crews from Benton and Washington counties looked this morning for a submerged vehicle that may contain the remains of Kelly Lockhart, who was reported missing by family members on April 9, 2008Springdale police say the disappearance changed from a missing person investigation to a homicide probe after receiving new information recently.Police say two suspects have been identified in the case, but no arrests have been made.

Champion gets $2M loan

October 15, 2010 HOPE (AP) — The Champion Parts Inc. factory in Hope has qualified for a $2 million government loan guarantee, which will enable the auto parts factory to expand and hire about 30 more workers.The Hope Star reports that the company, owned by CPI Holdings LLC, will use the loan to pay off a high-interest, short-term loan. The resulting savings will allow Champion to increase production and add the new employees.Champion remanufactures fuel system components and air conditioning compressors.

Stuttgart police: Vandal broke $10K in windows

October 15, 2010 STUTTGART (AP) — Police in Stuttgart say a vandal with a BB gun has broken about $10,000 worth of windows.Police Chief Mike Smith is asking anyone who knows who’s behind the damage to call police.Smith says the vandal has struck all over town, shooting or using other methods to break windows on vehicles and buildings. The police have responded to 22 calls over the past two weeks. Because of the extent of the damage, Smith says the culprit is facing felony criminal mischief charges.

Traffic stop leads to felon with stolen gun

October 15, 2010 A Paragould man told Batesville police the stolen gun in his waistband was left in his car by a man who had hitched a ride with him earlier.“On Oct. 11 Cpl. Ernie Gillihan conducted a traffic stop on a white 2003 Mitsubishi Montero SUV for driving left of the center line,” Independence County Detective Robert Moser said in a court affidavit.Moser said that as Gillihan approached he could see the driver was moving about inside the vehicle.