Copeland to mark 106 years

October 12, 2010 Bessie Copeland will celebrate 106 years with a birthday party with cake and ice cream from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Harrison Street Church of Christ in Batesville.Family and friends are invited. No gifts are requested, but “she loves cards,” granddaughter Katie Kirby said. The church is at 1536 Harrison St.

Burn ban issued

October 12, 2010 A burn ban for Independence County went into effect at 9:45 this morning, according to the county judge’s office. Items including leaves, trash, or combustible material of any kind is prohibited within the unincorporated areas of the county. The ban also includes the starting of fires in yards, fields, pastures or roadways. Burning materials in a container, such as a burn barrel, is also prohibited. The ban will remain in effect until a substantial amount of rain is received.For more information call the judge’s office at (870) 793-8800.

Civil War group to meet

October 12, 2010 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Ken Woodworth will present a program entitled “John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A.”“Thunderbolt” Morgan’s raids in Kentucky followed a trail that eventually became a major, modern highway there. He was the great-grandson of Francis Scott Key, and his nephew, Thomas Morgan, won the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1933.

Ban on burning issued in Pleasant Plains

October 12, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Mayor Rick Siler issued a burn ban Monday, declaring the ban during a regular city council meeting.“We’re in kind of a dangerous situation out there,” Siler said. “The way the wind is blowing these days we could have a big fire in a hurry.”The ban on burning within the city limits will remain in effect until significant rainfall occurs.The council also passed an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms of any type within the city limits. The fine will be $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for the third offense.

5 earthquakes reported

October 12, 2010 GUY (AP) — U.S. Geological Survey data now show five small earthquakes have struck Arkansas, continuing a series of small quakes in the northcentral part of the state.The USGS website lists all of the quakes Monday as being in the vicinity of Guy, 15 miles north-northeast of Conway and 40 miles north of Little Rock.

Scam operator working area

October 12, 2010 A man asking residents to send $9,500 by Western Union so he can send $2,500,000 as a Publisher’s Clearinghouse prize is targeting this area, according to Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill.Cockrill said in one instance the man used the name John Preziosky with a phone number and area code listed as (876) 294-1536.“This is a scam our residents need to be aware of,” Cockrill said.

Missing teen found

October 12, 2010 Listed as a missing person Sept. 10, a Batesville teen has been located, safe, in Sharp County, according to Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Mundy said last week that 17-year-old Timothy Reams was located by Sharp County authorities who served an active “pickup order” on the teen last week.

Entergy’s ‘Power to Care’ challenge to award nonprofits

October 12, 2010 Entergy customers and residents of Batesville will determine the winners of $125,000 in grants in The Power to Care Challenge, a lively online contest in which selected nonprofits will vie for $25,000 prizes based on votes by Facebook users. From Oct. 11 through Dec. 31, voters can visit  facebook.com/thepowertocare and vote twice a month for their favorite nonprofit agency. Agencies with the most votes in Arkansas will earn a $25,000 grant from Entergy Corporation.

School plans fall festival

October 12, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Christian Academy will host a fall festival from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Games and prizes, food and opportunities to have fall harvest photos taken highlight the festival, which organizers hope to make an annual event. The festival is open to the public. The academy is located at 549 Heber Springs Road, Batesville.

Coats for Kids being collected

October 12, 2010 The second annual Coats for Kids drive is now under way in Batesville.Compass Church began the drive Oct. 1 and will continue through Nov. 13.Drop-off boxes are placed at the following locations: Batesville — Compass Church, Teacher 2 Teacher, Bryant’s Pharmacy, Walgreens, Stage, Hawg’s Exxon and Believers Community Church; Southside — Larry’s Pizza; and Sulphur Rock — Wildcat Station.Last year’s drive collected more than 200 coats, spokeswoman Carla Middleton said.For more information, call Middleton at (870) 799-4547.