UAW retirees sets meeting

August 10, 2010 POCAHONTAS — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Apple Barrel Family Restaurant, formerly Bonanza Restaurant, in Pocahontas.


August 10, 2010 Independence County Justice of the Peace Bobby Weaver voted against the “Moving Batesville Forward” resolution at a previous quorum court meeting.

Forestry crews fight 3 fires; 33 acres burned

August 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission says fire-fighting crews have suppressed three blazes that burned 33 acres Monday.Since, Aug. 1, AFC crews have responded to 72 fires that have burned 830 acres.The commission is discouraging outdoor burning because of the current high temperatures. The wildfire danger is moderate to high for the entire state.

Account established for family

August 10, 2010 A benefit account has been established for Jonathan Anderson and April Williams, whose baby girl was born prematurely last week and is now at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.The account is at Merchants and Planters Bank, and donations may be made at any branch.

Benefit set for family

August 10, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — A benefit for the Lane Mathews family will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Southside Elementary School cafeteria and gymnasium.There will be concessions, bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, a bake sale and a silent auction. A live auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child.Mathews died July 20 in a drowning accident at Greers Ferry.

Harvell to talk to Civil War group

August 10, 2010 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Roger Harvell will present the program. Harvell, a graduate of Melbourne High School, served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, then retired to the farm in Lunenburg where he grew up. Currently he serves as president of the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society and coordinated last month’s re-enactment of the skirmish at Lunenburg.

Cave City Watermelon Festival Schedule

August 10, 2010 Thursday6 p.m. — Watermelon judging6-6:45 — Kaleena Hutchins (harmonica) with Tommitha Wilson7-7:45 — Rockin’ Luke Stroud (Jerry Lee Lewis style)8-9 — Billy Joe French Band (country/Western)9 — Drawing for adult prize9:15-10 — Billy Joe French Band10 — Drawing for vendors’ prizes, youth, teen and adult prizes and $200 cash prize (adult ticket). Must be present to win.Friday6-6:45 — Down Home String Band (country)7 — Cave City Cruisers car club, drive through the park

Fellowship Bible Church part of Second Friday

August 10, 2010 Main Street Batesville will celebrate the opening of the Fellowship Bible Church in the restored and repurposed Landers Theater Building as part of the monthly 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk.From 5:30 to 7 p.m. visitors may tour the building, and refreshments will be served. A ribbon cutting is set for 6. “The restoration effort took over two years,” said Paula Grimes, Main Street Batesville executive director. “The results are extremely impressive.”

Watermelon Festival opens

August 10, 2010 CAVE CITY — The 31st Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival gets under way Thursday with rollickin’ harmonica music from Kaleena Hutchins, 1950s style rock ’n’ roll from Rockin’ Luke Stroud and smooth country music from Billy Joe French, said Charles Landers, who chairs the watermelon festival association.Bluegrass and gospel music arrives a bit later in the week.Cash prizes will be given away each night of the three-day festival — $1,000 in all.

County opts out of nursing home business

August 10, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court is severing its ties with Wood-Lawn Inc., which operates the county-owned nursing home by the same nameIn July Robin Brock on behalf of the Wood-Lawn Inc. board, asked the court to surrender ownership of the leased property.Monday night, justices of the peace met in regular session and voted unanimously to grant the request.Brock said this will allow the board to move forward in major remodeling and improvements that can only be made if they are the sole owners of the facility.