AARP members to have lunch

August 9, 2010 The Batesville AARP chapter will meet Tuesday at Western Sizzlin.The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. Dennis Wilson, an attorney from Little Rock will present a program on “Elder Law.” Wilson is only one of two attorneys in Arkansas who is certified in Elder Law. He said there are examples where persons have saved thousands of dollars after having listened to this program.The event is open to the public. The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to anyone age 55 and older.

Concord council to meet

August 9, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the Concord Community Center to discuss scheduling a city-wide yard sale, said Mayor Warren J. “Buck” Rone.The aldermen will also conduct routine monthly business including departmental reports and a review of current bills.

JPs to discuss policy

August 9, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the main courtroom in the county courthouse in Ash Flat to hear from James Estes concerning personnel policy changes, according to an agenda for the meeting.The court will also hear from Roger Delffs and Dave Daughtery concerning conservation and management regulations.A petition for reimbursement of expenditures will also be considered and elected officials’ monthly reports will be reviewed.

VBS starts Tuesday

August 9, 2010 GAINESBORO — Sharp United Methodist Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.The event is open to all children.The church is located on Gainesboro Road.

Man found dead on porch

August 9, 2010 The body of a Charlotte man found on the porch of a White Drive residence Friday morning has been sent to the state crime lab to determine his cause of death.Police say John D. Rowe, 31, of Moore Circle, was found cold and unresponsive by a friend who stepped outside to smoke a cigarette.

Izard police arrest several for domestic violence

August 9, 2010 MELBOURNE — Hot weather may be leading to hot tempers in Izard County, where police have arrested several in separate domestic violence incidents.Sheriff Tate Lawrence said on the night of Aug. 2 deputies were dispatched to 2601 Highway 56, Calico Rock in response to a fight involving a woman hitting a baby.Rachel Marie Nalley, 20, was arrested and charged with third-degree domestic battery and Vincent Lee Hatfield, 23, of the same address was charged with obstructing governmental operations.

Governor gets wet at carnival parade

August 9, 2010 It was a wet/dry issue.Most of those in attendance at the annual White River Water Carnival parade Saturday were either wet or dry.As the parade got under way in downtown Batesville, many were told to turn before the “Wet Zone” if they wanted to stay dry before proceeding from Broad Street until the end of Main where the Batesville Fire Department had plenty of water on hand to help put the “water” back in the “water carnival.”

Harrison project complete

August 9, 2010 Two years, $13 million and more than a million cars later — the Harrison Street widening project has been formally dedicated and is open for business.Work began in February 2008 on the project, which has created a fifth lane all the way down Harrison and provided sidewalks, curbs and more. A ribbon cutting was held Friday morning at White River Medical Center under a cloudy sky. Although there was some drizzling, the rain held off for the most part as dozens of dignitaries, public officials, local businessmen and others gathered under the tent or stood under umbrellas.

JPs split over tax

August 9, 2010 The tax issue is still on the ballot but off the agenda.When members of the quorum court meet tonight, they will get a revised agenda that won’t include a resolution supporting the special city sales tax election for the construction of a new recreation center at Fitzhugh Park and a new ball complex on Gap Road.The decision was made Saturday after Justice of the Peace Tony Thompson learned from at least one JP who had been in favor that he may not support it.

Appeal filed over gay marriage ruling in Calif.

August 6, 2010 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Supporters of California’s gay marriage ban filed an appeal Thursday of a federal judge’s ruling striking down the voter-approved law.The appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was expected, as lawyers on both sides of the legal battle repeatedly vowed to carry the fight to a higher court if they lost.