ADEQ schedules public hearing in Guion

November 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will hold a public meeting and hearing at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the old Guion school, 308 Second St. in Guion.The purpose of the meeting and hearing will be to discuss the draft construction permit for a tailings pond and a renewal permit for wastewater discharge for the Unimin Corporation.

Arrest made after tip

November 2, 2010 Acting on a tip, police went to an Anderson Loop residence recently looking for a stolen four-wheeler and found a stolen car as well, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Detective Robert Moser.“On Oct. 6, Deputy Gary Franks responded to 100 Chinn Springs Road in regards to a breaking or entering and theft of property,” Moser said.“Deputy Franks noted that a shop at that location had been entered and a red Honda 300 four-wheeler had been taken.”

Parade seeks entries

November 2, 2010 The 2010 Batesville Christmas Parade will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. This year’s theme is “Toyland Christmas.” Registration forms for float and parade participants are available at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce or online at The deadline to enter the parade is noon Dec. 1, and all floats to be judged must register before then. A judging number will be assigned upon return of the registration form. Forms may be submitted to or returned/mailed to the chamber located at 409 Vine St., Batesville, AR 72501.

St. Mary’s Catholic looking to next 100 years

November 2, 2010 Despite having had four different locations, St. Mary’s Catholic Church remains an important part of Batesville’s history after more than a century, member Bob Carius said. On Sunday the church, which held its first Mass on April 9, 1907, will celebrate its 100th anniversary at 5 p.m. in the church hall located at 3800 Harrison St. in Quail Valley. The celebration, which will include a brief presentation and light refreshments, is open to the public.

Marijuana suspected as cause of accident

November 2, 2010 A 19-year-old driver from Mount Pleasant, Anna Starr Bryant, reportedly told Independence County Deputy Fred Friar that she had “smoked a joint” about an hour before she rammed a car at a Batesville intersection around 4 p.m. Monday.“Ms. Bryant stated that she had stopped her 2004 Nissan Altima at the intersection on 14th and Neeley streets and when she started to cross Neeley Street she didn’t see the other vehicle traveling west on Neeley,” Friar said. “Ms. Bryant struck the driver’s side door of a 1995 GMC Jimmy being operated by Duke Ashley.

Bond set at $100,000 in domestic fight

November 2, 2010 Police say an 8-year-old child was witness to an incident where a woman was choked and threatened with a gun during a domestic disturbance in Floral Monday morning.Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said in a court affidavit that officers were dispatched to a residence of a possible drug overdose.“When officers arrived they were met by a male identified as James Weaver (age 46) who advised his wife was inside threatening to kill herself and that she had attacked him with a broom,” Mundy said.

WRMC Auxiliary’s Gary Edwards honored as Volunteer of the Year

November 2, 2010 Visitors at White River Medical Center can’t help but notice the people wearing pink jackets or red vests. These are the volunteers who provide hours of service to patients and their families, as well as to the employees of WRMC. Whether it is driving a golf cart, caring for family and loved ones in the Surgical Waiting Room, or simply folding letters for employees, the work these volunteers do does not go without gratitude, hospital officials said. On Oct. 7, one of the many hardworking WRMC Auxiliary volunteers, Dr.

Roller-Crouch recognized

November 2, 2010 Roller-Crouch Funeral Home has been honored with the 2010 Pursuit of Excellence Award by the National Funeral Directors Association, according to a news release.

Two new businesses open downtown

November 2, 2010 Two historic buildings in downtown Batesville have undergone major remodeling and a fresh face lift to become new businesses owned by Gilbert and Melody Lopez.The Lopezes’ first venture was to totally remodel the interior, and repaint the front of the Goodwin Drug Store building at 115 E. Main and turn it into an inviting and modern fitness center they call Body Fit.“We offer group fitness classes for Body Sculpt to work every muscle in the body in a one-hour class, turbo kick exercises, Hot Yoga, and the new cardio Latin dance Zumba,” instructor Melody Lopez said.

RoseFire enters national competition; community encouraged to vote online

November 2, 2010 DULUTH, Minn. — A local band is hoping to make a big splash on the national music scene, according to a news release. RoseFire, of Batesville, has entered Maurices’ “Small Town Sound” band search. Maurices created this contest in partnership with PlayNetwork and Sonicbids to discover the next famous female-fronted band.More than 500 bands are vying for their big break.