Revival begins Sunday

May 21, 2010 NEWARK — Newark Assembly of God will hold a spring revival Sunday through Wednesday. Sunday services will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday services will be at 7 p.m. Joe Garner, staff evangelist at Earle First Assembly of God, will be the speaker. Garner and his wife, Chelsea, both graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. She will assist in ministry to the youth during the revival. The revival is for every age group. The church is located at 9450 Harrison St. in Newark. For more information call Kenneth Light, senior pastor, at (870) 799-3325.

Election results to be certified

May 21, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 8 a.m. Monday at the courthouse. The commission will determine, declare and certify the result of the May 18th Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial Election. The voting equipment will also be cleared and prepared for the June 8 runoff at this time.

Small quake hits NW Ark.

May 21, 2010 CAVE SPRINGS (AP) — A small earthquake has been recorded in Benton County in northwestern Arkansas. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the 2.6 magnitude earthquake just after 7 p.m. Thursday about two miles northwest of Cave Springs. No injuries are reported. Benton County sheriff’s dispatchers say they received calls about the quake from Centerton, Rogers and Bella Vista. Researchers say quakes of 2.5 to 3.0 magnitude are typically the smallest felt by humans.

Preservation association to meet

May 21, 2010 The Ethel O. Miller Historical Preservation Association will hold its annual community meeting from 11 a.m. to noon June 5 on the corner of Ninth and Oak streets at the Miller’s gym in Batesville. The meeting is open to the public. Questions may be submitted to Ethel O. Miller, P.O. Box 2272, Batesville, AR 72503 by Tuesday. For more information call (870) 613-0174.

Tony Witt, Luke Stroud to play Elvis, Jerry Lee

May 21, 2010 MCCRORY — Elvis tribute artist Tony Witt of Little Rock is scheduled to portray Elvis and Rockin’ Luke Stroud will play Jerry Lee Lewis in Dancing With the Ken Stars, a variety show at the Ken Theatre in McCrory this weekend, director and producer Donna Moore said. Since it’s a variety show, a multitude of performers will take the stage at different times, so Witt and Stroud will perform only a few numbers each. Witt will perform at least four songs as Elvis in Saturday’s 7 p.m. show, while Stroud will perform two — “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On.”

Alarm goes off at water plant

May 21, 2010 Burglars tried to get into the city’s water facility on Lewis Drive but may have been scared off by an alarm Tuesday morning. The alarm alerted Batesville city employees of an unauthorized intrusion around 9 a.m., according to Batesville Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Larry Reeves. When workers arrived at the facility they found padlocks had been cut off two gates and the door to a building had been forced open, Deputy Wayne Green said. The only thing determined to be missing were a small space heater and copper ground wires from nearby utility poles. —from submitted reports

Suit in White County challenges tax on royalties

May 21, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — A White County couple has filed a lawsuit claiming that property taxes levied by counties on natural gas royalties are illegal because taxes on the gas have already been paid by companies removing it from the ground. The suit in White County Circuit Court says the severance tax paid by the companies extracting the gas make the royalties tax an “illegal exaction.”

Batesville native writes for Ray Stevens, Lonestar

May 21, 2010 Batesville native Brent Baxter, a Nashville songwriter, has songs on two new albums by million-selling artists. Baxter said his song, “Tough,” is on the new album by multi-platinum recording group Lonestar. “The album is ‘Party Heard Around The World’ and ‘Tough’ is a bonus song available exclusively at Walmart,” he said. Baxter also landed two songs on comedy legend Ray Stevens’ new album, “We The People.” Baxter’s songs are “Fly Over Country,” written with fellow Batesville native Tim Meitzen, and “Caribou Barbie,” which has generated a popular YouTube video from Stevens.

Spring Tour of Homes: Badlands part of weekend open house

May 21, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final of four homes to be featured on the spring tour. For information about the tour, contact Shirlye Marable at (870) 793-7247 or grandshirlye@yahoo.com. Scott Wood always wanted to live in The Badlands. He’d played there as a child and ridden his horse all over town the way some rode bicycles or motor scooters. The Badlands were rough and wild, just like a cowboy should be.

Infant safe, woman injured in roll-over

May 21, 2010 A 30-year-old Locust Grove woman was injured in a one-car accident in front of the Batesville National Guard Armory around 9:15 this morning. Police say a Ford Escape, being driven by Miranda Dunegan of Locust Grove was traveling east on White Drive when it crossed the center line, and ran off the roadway into the ditch. Emergency workers at the scene said evidence indicated that Dunegan’s vehicle traveled only a short distance until it struck a metal culvert and became airborne for some 60 feet before overturning and landing on its side.