Truck reported taken from used car lot

January 10, 2011 Property valued at $13,933 has been reported stolen to Independence County deputies, according to recent burglary and theft reports.John England of Batesville said his 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck was stolen from the northwest corner of the Gilly’s Auto Sales lot at 150 White Drive. The theft occurred between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday. England said he had parked the truck there to try to sell it since he helps out at the business from time to time. Another employee said she saw the vehicle when she left work Tuesday.

Arctic blast coats South in snow, ice

January 10, 2011 ATLANTA (AP) — Stranded vehicles littered roadsides today as several inches of snow and sleet coated Atlanta and other parts of the South, freezing the morning commute in many areas and canceling thousands of flights through the world’s busiest airport.

Arkansas Flavors Farm to Table dinner set

January 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Award-winning food author Deborah Madison will be on hand for the Arkansas Flavors Farm to Table Dinner Feb. 25 at the Peabody Hotel ballroom in Little Rock.The event is hosted by the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show, the Certified Arkansas Farmers Markets, the Arkansas Farmers Market Association, and The Peabody Hotel.

Literacy council seeks conversation volunteers

January 10, 2011 The Literacy Council of Independence County is a nonprofit that helps adults improve their reading and English skills. Thanks to a grant from the Dollar General Foundation, in February the literacy council will begin offering conversation groups for English language learners.

Pageant set in Walnut Ridge

January 10, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — The second annual Miss Valentine Sweetheart pageant will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Lawrence County Meeting Hall in Walnut Ridge.The pageant is open to girls age newborn through 13 years. Attire for the pageant is the outfit of choice.A queen and two alternates will be chosen in each age division. Every contestant will receive a participation gift and will be entered into drawings for $50 cash and a Valentine cake from The Cake Artist Specialty Cake Shop.An optional photogenic contest will also be held.

Show marks fifth anniversary

January 10, 2011 HORSESHOE BEND — Horseshoe Bend Theatre’s Music in the Mountains Show is celebrating its fifth year in operation, according to a news release. The Hwy 289 house band consists of Melodie Clemmons, founder/director/emcee on keyboard; Bob McCarty, lead guitar;Chuck McNeight, rhythm guitar; Jim Frey, bass guitar; and Dr. Ron Yow, drums. All are from Horseshoe Bend, except Yow, of Ash Flat.

CHILDREN offers services

January 10, 2011 Child Care Hub for Information, Learning, Development, Resource, Education, and Networking of Northcentral Arkansas has announced its free service of assisting parents in locating child care in north-central Arkansas.Call 1-800-737-2237 or (870) 793-5233 or visit for more information.CHILDREN is a non-profit program.

D.C. holiday pushes tax filing deadline to April 18

January 10, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers will get an extra three days to file their federal tax returns this year, and they can thank the nation’s capital for the extra time.The filing deadline is delayed because the District of Columbia will observe Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15. The Internal Revenue Service says local holidays in the nation’s capital impact tax deadlines the same way federal holidays would.Taxpayers will have until midnight Monday, April 18, to file their 2010 returns.

Wray returns to serve on board

January 10, 2011 Virginia Wray has agreed to return to the board of directors of the Family Violence Prevention in January. She took off a year in 2009 after serving nine years on the board. Wray is the dean of the faculty at Lyon College and the W.C. Brown, Jr., Professor of English. Wray has been at Lyon since 1986. Wray said, “I know the importance of the work that FVP does for many people in Independence County, and I look forward to returning to the Board to assist with that work.”

Winter weather hinders travel

January 10, 2011 With most of Arkansas covered in snow, and reports of major accidents causing travel conditions to stall — becoming a complete impasse in various parts of the state — the northern part fared much better with Independence, Izard and Sharp counties reporting snow-covered roads and minor traffic problems.Glen Willis, Independence County Office of Emergency Management director, said there had been reports of “just the normal sliding off the roads.”“We’ve had very few accidents with any major injuries; most have been minor cuts and bruises.”