Cleanups seek volunteers

May 5, 2010 Some area cemeteries are planning cleanups and are in need of volunteers. The Macedonia Cemetery cleanup will be at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Those attending are asked to bring yard tools. A potluck will be served at noon on the grounds. After lunch, participants will visit Duggar Cemetery on Macedonia Road to do cleanup if needed. In case of rain, the work day will be May 15. For more information call Anne Moore at (870) 799-3715. Meanwhile, McMullen Cemetery clean-up days will be Saturday and May 15. For more information call Lila Hays at (501) 345-2292.

Church to host prayer event, anniversary celebration

May 5, 2010 First Church will celebrate the national day of prayer from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The church will celebrate its 40th church anniversary and its 25th pastoral anniversary at 7:30 p.m. May 14, at 2 p.m. May 15 and at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 16. On May 14, the Rev. Norman Hamby of Rogers will be the master of ceremonies. The speaker will be the Rev. Dennis Anderson, Arkansas district superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International in Pearcy. On May 15, there will be a fellowship in Heritage Hall and commentary in the main sanctuary.

Library board meets Thursday

May 5, 2010 The Independence County Library Board will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the community room of the Citizens Bank Annex in Batesville. Items on the agenda include the discussion of building plans of a future library and insurance, librarian Debra Sutterfield said.

Morris ancestors fought in Revolutionary War

May 5, 2010 ASH FLAT — Avondale Morris Street of Cave City traces her family back to William Morris, who as a teenager came to the East Coast from England in 1734. “We have two stories about that — he was running away from home, or he got on the ship to tell friends goodbye and it sailed before he could get back to shore,” she told Sharp County Historical Society members. “We don’t know which is correct.”

Museum Home School Days double

May 5, 2010 Spring Home School Day has been so popular at Old Independence Regional Museum that two days are being offered this time around, said Amanda Nikkel, education/volunteer coordinator. Home School Days will be May 10 and 17. “We have had such an interest in our programs from area home school groups that we have decided to expand our offering to two days, instead of one,” Nikkel said. “This will allow home school families to pick a day that will better fit with their schedule. The program on both days will be the same.

Developer: Rumors unfounded

May 5, 2010 CAVE CITY — A planned apartment building in Cave City is simply a single, four-unit building and nothing more, said Brandon Hoggard, who is building the structure with his brother, Bryon Hoggard. Some locals are objecting to the project, having somehow gotten the impression it is for eight duplexes, which would be 16 units, Brandon said. “This is not a government building, nothing HUD (Housing and Urban Development),” he said. Plans are for the building to be constructed on a private drive, and Brandon has heard some objections that the drive is too narrow.

Morris House, owner played parts in Civil War

May 5, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Morris family home and its owner played more than just a bit part in the Civil War, and the house — threatened with destruction by fire during the war — still stands and is occupied by descendants, well-known Cave City resident Avondale Morris Street told members of the Sharp County Historical Society recently. The house is mentioned in “A Visit From Searcy to the Independence County Fair, November 1867,” in the newest edition of the Independence County Chronicle, the local historical society’s publication.

Woman arrested for manslaughter

May 5, 2010 A Batesville woman has been charged with two counts of manslaughter after allegedly providing alcohol to two people who were killed in a car crash April 4. Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill said the sheriff’s department conducted an investigation into the fiery one-car crash on Walnut Grove Road in which the driver, 17-year-old Cody Johnson of Oil Trough and a passenger, Jeffery Zimmer, 20, of Little Rock, were both killed.

Batesville ConAgra recognized for cutting waste

May 4, 2010 OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra Foods has announced the winners of its 2010 Sustainable Development Awards, an internal awards program created to recognize outstanding achievements integrating sustainability into business practices while also sharing best practices across the company, according to a news release.

Bryles seeks Berry’s seat in First Congressional District

May 4, 2010 As senator, Steve Bryles has made the importance of public education and job growth in Arkansas a top priority. If elect-ed to the Arkansas First Con-gressional District, he hopes to continue to do just that and more. Bryles, who was elected in 2001 to Senate District 15 which includes Mississippi and Poinsett counties, said voters want a congressman who understands the small business owners, farmers and everyday people. His focus will be on creating jobs, improving education and providing affordable health care, not government mandates.