Retirees schedule meeting

October 12, 2010 POCAHONTAS — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at the Apple Barrel Restaurant, formerly Bonanza, on Thursday. The meeting will start at 11:15 a.m.

Brad Clark scheduled to perform on Nov. 2

October 12, 2010 Brad Clark, Hypnotist Unleashed, will bring his show to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in Independence Hall.Clark’s performance is the second show scheduled as part of UACCB’s Performing Arts Series. Tickets are available at First Community Bank and UACCB.

Woodland group to meet

October 12, 2010 The annual fall meeting of the Ozark Woodland Owners Association will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus, according to a news release.A barbecue dinner will be provided.“Anyone who owns woodlands or simply has an interest in private woodlands is welcome to attend free of charge,” the release states.Two presentations — “Forest Assessment and Strategy” and “Home Aerial Mapping” — will be offered.

Committee hopes to raise money for new park

October 12, 2010 MAGNESS — Fall is a popular time of year for festivals and community events, but in Magness, organizers hope their fall event will help build a new park.The Magness Park & Recreation Committee will hold “Fall Into Magness Festival” on Saturday at the Magness Town Square (around city hall) beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is free.

Applicants sought for county librarian

October 12, 2010 A bachelor’s degree and library experience will be two requirements the Independence County Library Board will be looking for when hiring a full-time head librarian for the Independence County Library.Someone who also has a degree in library science and information is preferred. Applications for the new position are currently available at the county library circulation desk at 368 E. Main St. in Batesville. A completed application can be submitted in person during regular business hours or by mail. The deadline is Nov. 30. For more information call (870) 793-8814.

Survey to look at safer ways to walk

October 12, 2010 Finding ways to make Batesville a safer, easier and better place to walk and roll was the objective for nearly 50 volunteers participating in a walkability survey on Oct. 6.Participants age 2 to 82, according to a news release walked the Batesville area and observed street and road conditions and how they could be made better for those who walk or use items like wheelchairs, baby strollers, bicycles.

Nonprofit group to repay portion of $50,000 grant

October 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A nonprofit agency that works to educate black men about HIV and AIDS will repay about $6,000 of a $50,000 state grant.Brotha’s and Sista’s was cited last week by legislative auditors who found financial and accounting problems with the grant from the Arkansas Minority Health Commission.Brotha’s and Sista’s chief operating officer Diedra Levi told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Monday the agency will come up with the money and repay the commission.

Police chase ends in one death

October 12, 2010 DOVER (AP) — The Arkansas State Police say a Dover man was killed when he crashed the car he was driving shortly after leading Dover police on a high-speed chase.Troopers say 38-year-old Earl Wynn died in the crash about 4:30 a.m. Sunday on Arkansas 7 north of Dover shortly after the police officer called off the pursuit.A report on the crash says Wynn’s car went off the roadway and rolled several times with Wynn being thrown from the car.The report does not say why police were pursuing Wynn.

Trane lays off 109 at Fort Smith

October 12, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — Trane Inc. says 109 hourly workers have been laid off from the company’s air conditioning manufacturing plant.Trane officials on Monday confirmed the layoffs were made Friday as part of a restructuring that was announced in February.The company had initially said 212 jobs would be eliminated in Fort Smith — but now says the number of layoffs will be 176 by the end of the year.

High school students act out lives of dead at LR

October 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — High school students will portray the lives of some of the people buried in historic Mount Holly Cemetery at Little Rock.The annual event called “Tales of the Crypt” will be staged Tuesday evening, offering visitors a tour of some of the graves of notable people. Some of those people are portrayed, in period costume, by students from Little Rock Parkview High School.Tours begin at 5:30 p.m.