Large crowd expected for Echols oral arguments

September 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Supreme Court officials are bracing themselves for a large crowd for this week’s oral arguments in the case of convicted killer Damien Echols.The high-profile case has drawn attention worldwide, and the court says it’s expecting a high level of interest for Thursday’s oral arguments. The court says it will open an overflow room for people who can’t get seats in the courtroom. The arguments will also be webcast live on the Supreme Court’s website.

States seeks 2 prisons at $184M

September 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state Corrections Department wants approval for construction of two new prisons at a cost of $184 million.The agency on Tuesday presented its request to the state Board of Corrections, which voted 4-2 to forward the request to the governor.Gov. Mike Beebe will consider asking the Legislature to fund the project in the next legislative session.The Correction Department says it needs space for 2,000 more inmates and that overcrowding has become a “crisis” that endangers the safety of guards and inmates alike.

Library open 7 days a week

September 29, 2010 The Independence County Library is open seven days a week and features a new website,, launched in late 2009.The library located at 368 E. Main in Batesville is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information call (870) 793-8814.

Breakfast, bake sale, auction planned at church

September 29, 2010 The Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Women Active for Christ will have its annual fall fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, located at 629 Allen Chapel Road in Batesville.Cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy and coffee will be served for breakfast. Beans and corn bread, chili and soup will be served for lunch. Eat-in and carry-out meals will be available.A bake sale will feature fried pies, cakes, cookies, candy and pies. A silent auction will be held. Home Interior candles will be for sale.

‘Soggy Bottom Boys’ to headline fall event

September 29, 2010 The park is nearing completion, a 12-man dorm is under construction, events are being planned and next summer work will begin on a new chapel. Even with all the growth and activity going on at John 3:16 Ministries, director Bryan Tuggle insists the hardest part was getting the ministry up off the ground.That was in 2003. Tuggle recalled that many nights he’d go out and look up at the sky, asking, “Lord, what do we do next?”

Rascals Diner has ’50s appeal

September 29, 2010 ASH FLAT — For two months Victor Dunn told no one but wife Laurie where he was going or what he was doing when he left his shift at the Ash Flat Price Chopper almost every afternoon at 4.Yet, if you had told him that he would be the owner of his own restaurant a year ago he would have said you were crazy. “I’ve never wanted a restaurant in all my life,” Dunn said, adding with a laugh, “but there’s things you say when you’re young that come back to you when you’re older.”

Ladies Night Out slated for Tuesday

September 29, 2010 “Small Steps to Big Change” will be the theme of this year’s Ladies Night Out, set for Tuesday.Featuring guest speaker Yalanda Young, former KAIT8 news anchor, current pre-health professional recruiter and native of Cord, Ladies Night Out will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall. The 18th annual event is a free, fun and informative event that provides important health information and free screenings to women in the community, according to a news release.

Pioneer junior varsity moves to 4-0

September 28, 2010 Tailback Phillip Archuleta scored three touchdowns as the Batesville Pioneers defeated the Nettleton Raiders 34-0 in a high school junior varsity football game Monday night at Pioneer Stadium.Archuleta scored on runs of 15, 12 and 3 yards in the first half. Fullback Hunter Vinson added on an 8-yard TD run as Batesville raced out to a 27-0 halftime lead.A 30-yard, Jacob Hardin-to-Jared May TD pass, and Mario Garcia’s point-after kick finished off the scoring. Garcia hit four of five PAT kicks.

BHS wins, Cave City falls in high school tennis action

September 28, 2010 Batesville collected high school tennis victories in Beebe while Cave City was falling at home to Mountain View on Monday afternoon.The matches in White County pitted fellow 5A-East District teams.Here are the results:GirlsBatesville 4, Beebe 2Singles: Stephanie Pollnow (BB) defeated Tayler Daniels 6-3; Emily Pham (B) defeated Cameron Mason 6-3; Lane Maddox (BB) defeated Chaney James 7-6 (11-9)

Dunn seeks to pin slaying on Jones

September 28, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — A man accused in the 2005 slaying of a beauty queen in Russellville says in court papers that another man committed the killing and used a TV show to devise his method.A jury deadlocked in May when Gary Dunn was tried for the murder of Arkansas Tech student Nona Dirksmeyer. A second trial for Dunn is scheduled for January. Dirksmeyer’s boyfriend Kevin Jones was acquitted of the slaying in 2007.