Base holds memorial: Yauch, O’Bryan honored

July 7, 2010 JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Joint Base Lewis-McChord held a memorial service today for two soldiers killed by a car bomb in Iraq.Sgt. Israel P. O’Bryan, 24, of Newbern, Tenn., and 23-year-old Cpl. William Chris Yauch of Batesville, died June 11 when insurgents attacked their unit in Jalula, Iraq.Both were members of the 5th Stryker brigade that deployed last August.The funeral service for Yauch was held June 20 in Batesville where people came by the hundreds to pay their respect to the fallen soldier.

Judge, employee find middle ground

July 7, 2010 A heated argument between the Independence County judge and his eight-year employee has ended with her still working for the county. A grievance hearing scheduled to go before the justices of the peace was canceled after attorneys for county employee Claudette Jones and Independence County Judge Bill Hicks came to an agreement.Hicks was represented by Mike Rainwater with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, P.A. Jones was represented by Batesville Attorney Blair Arnold.

Wood span over track attracts notice in Bono

July 6, 2010 BONO (AP) — A 1927 wooden bridge over railroad tracks is at the center of a debate in this small community in the Delta.Some residents hope to preserve it as part of the region’s heritage, but county officials say safety is a major concern that could require that it be demolished.A bridge above what are now the tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad was first built in 1882, then replaced in 1927 after a fire.

Heat blankets U.S. as workers return after holiday

July 6, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — Temperatures soared toward 100 degrees or more today along much of the East Coast, sending utilities into peak operation as air conditioners strained to cool the sweating masses and sending the unlucky into cooling centers — or anywhere else they could beat the heat.

Civil War battle to be re-enacted Saturday

July 6, 2010 MELBOURNE — Pvt. Job S. Neill Camp #286 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will re-enact the skirmish at Lunenburg at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. The event is open to the public.This event was scheduled for May but was rained out. The event will be at Cooper Valley, in the same farm field south of Melbourne where the 1864 battle was fought. Several cannons will also take the field.

New books at Independence County library

July 6, 2010 “Quickbooks 2010 All-in-one for Dummies,” Stephen L. Nelson“When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man,” Jerry Weintraub“Oprah: A Biography,” Kitty Kelley“This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection,” Carol Burnett“Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang,” Chelsea Handler“The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn,” Nathaniel PhilbrickResilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities,” Elizabeth Edwards“Burned,” P.C. Cast“Whiplash,” Catherine Coulter

Folk center offers event

July 6, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park will host a Handcrafted Evening in the Park from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday in the Craft Village.Artisans will have special crafts, demonstrations and perhaps treats for visitors. Admission to the Craft Village is free for this special evening.The public is invited to come talk with the crafts people about how they learned their skills and where they find their inspiration, learn about their tools and their workshops and buy unique handcrafted items directly from the folks who are making them.

Moores have reunion

July 6, 2010 The family of Albert L. and Audra Moore held their family reunion June 25 to 27.The reunion is held every five years.Approximately 30 family members from Virginia, Washington, California, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas were in attendance.

Nature center offers activities for children

July 6, 2010 JONESBORO — Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will hold a “Crime Scene Investigation” for children of all ages at 3 p.m. Friday and at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday.Participants will conduct a mock investigation into the disappearance of a black bear, sort through evidence and question suspects.A program titled “Butterflies of Arkansas” will be presented by Mitchell Pruitt at 10 a.m. Saturday at the nature center. The program is for children ages 10 and above.

UAW retirees to get together

July 6, 2010 POCAHONTAS — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Apple Barrel Family Restaurant in Pocahontas, formerly Bonanza Restaurant.