County gets rifle grant

August 20, 2010 The Independence County Sheriff’s Office will receive a $14,180 grant from the Department of Justice to purchase rifles, semi-automatic conversion kits and ammunition, according to Chief Deputy Steve Jeffery. “We were notified Thursday afternoon,” said Jeffery who applied for the grant just last month.The money will allow the department to better arm its deputies with military surplus AR-15 rifles that will have to be converted from full automatic to semi-automatic firing systems.

Hutchinson Mtn. reunion set

August 20, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain community will hold a reunion at noon Saturday at the community center building,  The meal will be a potluck with meat and bread provided. “This is a reunion for the people who have a connection to the mountain,” organizers said. “Come on out and enjoy visiting with every one and share a good meal.”

Ozarka hosts poverty project

August 20, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College was selected earlier this year as one of three pilot sites to participate in a statewide effort of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) for a project called Sustainable Communities.Also selected were Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas and the Ozark campus of Arkansas Tech University.

MOMS celebrates third anniversary

August 20, 2010 It’s been three years since the MOMS of Military Prayer and Support Group was formed, helping military women cope with their loved ones’ deployment and providing resources as well as emotional support. Women from as far away as North Little Rock and Cabot attend meetings, although most are from Independence or Sharp counties, said Debbie Webb, an Army daughter and Marine mom who facilitates the group.

Antique, craft festival scheduled

August 20, 2010 Main Street Batesville will hold the second annual Autumn Antique and Crafts Festival Oct. 22-23.The event will take place in historic downtown Batesville and at other antique and crafts shops in Independence County. Main Street Batesville executive director Paula Grimes said she sees the excitement about the event as “a tribute to the Main Street members and board of directors and a sign that Batesville’s downtown business district is moving forward.”

Stimulus to aid in construction

August 20, 2010 A portion of the Batesville School District’s old middle school building on Water Street will soon be renovated to make room for more district personnel, thanks to nearly $400,000 in additional stimulus funding. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stabilization funds will also be used to renovate a portion of the building’s south wing to house additional district personnel, including preschool and K-12 special education, food services, mental health staff and physical occupational therapy staff.

Southside grad awarded grant

August 19, 2010 McHUE — Jennifer Long, a 2006 graduate of Southside High School and a recent graduate of Williams Baptist College with a bachelor of arts in Christian ministries, has been awarded the presidential grant from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, according to a news release.

Jacksonport schedules activities

August 19, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Jackson-port State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail are as follows:Friday6:30 p.m., campground — Civil War Surgeon. Soldiers during the Civil War faced many injuries and diseases. This program will feature the Civil War surgeons who struggled to keep the soldiers alive and well off and on the battlefield, as well as delve into the difficulties these surgeons faced in healing the wounded and sick.

Charges filed in auto theft

August 19, 2010 Although his truck is still missing, an arrest has been made in the theft of Kevin Goings’ pickup that was stolen in Batesville on June 30, according to a court affidavit.Christopher Leavens, 30, a suspect in a Sharp County burglary, has been charged with the theft of Goings’ truck.Goings told police that he was working on a highway construction crew across the road from Hawgs Exxon at the intersection of Highway 167 and Barnett Drive the day his truck was stolen.

The Weekend Events

August 19, 2010 Friday• Relationship Conference for couples and singles, Believers’ Community Church, Batesville. Meal served at 5:30 p.m., and the conference will begin at 6:30. The cost is $15 per person. Child care provided. Call (870) 793-8365 or (870) 613-2782.• Acoustical guitarist and singer Audrey Wood, 6 p.m., The Cinnamon Stick Coffee and Sandwich Shop, downtown Batesville. A full menu will be offered, with pork barbecue as the night’s special sandwich.