Entergy: Rates could fall 15%

April 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Entergy Arkansas officials say the company’s residential customers should see a 15 percent decrease in their electricity bills this summer.Entergy said in a news release Wednesday that the drop is due to a drop in the price of natural gas and a reduction in a payment required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.The FERC-Imposed Payment has required Entergy Arkansas customers to pay higher rates to offset rates paid by Entergy Louisiana customers.Entergy says the lower bills should start showing up in July.

Guard told of possible deployment

April 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade is being told to prepare for possible deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.Commander Col. Kirk Van Pelt says the 3,100 soldiers in the 39th were told during a drill last weekend. Van Pelt says the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va., has identified a combat mission in Afghanistan and — if that mission is still needed in two years — the 39th will be sent.The soldiers will spend the next two years training for the deployment.

Boat, patio furniture, GPS stolen

April 1, 2010 Detectives have no suspects in a number of the thefts reported to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Ronald Ross of 140 Francis St. reported a flat bottom boat stolen from under his back patio deck sometime between March 23, and Sunday.The hasp on a lock to a tool shed was also broken, but nothing missing from inside, according to Ross who said the incident occurred while he was in the hospital.The boat was valued at $500, but no registration numbers were listed.In other reports filed with the sheriff’s office:

Law meeting canceled

April 1, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court Law Enforcement Committee meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. today has been canceled.

Civitan Club selling pork butts

April 1, 2010 White River Valley Civitan Club is taking orders for smoked Boston pork butts, which will be ready in time for Mother’s Day.Orders may be given to any Civitan member or by calling Nancy Roberts at (870) 698-6317 or Lisa Pinkston at (870) 612-5900, extension 13, before April 15.The meat will be ready for pickup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8 at the Citizens Bank main branch parking lot, located at the corner of Third Street and College Avenue.The cost is $25.All proceeds will go to fund the club’s service projects.

Church slates egg hunt

April 1, 2010 NEWARK — The Hazel Edwards Methodist Church in Newark will host an Easter egg hunt 2 p.m. Saturday at the Newark Lake Park located behind the Town and Country store.“The event is open to everyone,” and will be held rain or shine, unless it’s lightning, organizer Connie Hackworth said. “Bring your Easter baskets.”

Ozarka president named distinguished alumnus

April 1, 2010 Melbourne — Dr. Richard Dawe, president of Ozarka College, recently received an award as the distinguished Ph.D. alumni for 2010 from Saint Louis University’s College of Education and Public Service.

Census takes ‘snapshot’

April 1, 2010 Have you filled out your Census form? Only about half of the nation has — so far.Today is the day that the U.S. Census Bureau takes what it calls a “snapshot” of the U.S. population.Although today is Census Day, residents still have time to fill out and mail back their 10-question Census form, saving the government about $57 for each household that does not have to be visited by an enumerator, officials said.

Contractor rejects settlement offer

April 1, 2010  An offer of $75,000 to settle a three-year-old lawsuit between Independence County and Mobley Construction, the company that built three hydroelectric generation stations along the White River, has been rejected.News of the rejection was made to members of the Independence County Quorum Court Hydro Committee during a hydro committee meeting Wednesday afternoon.The committee had received word last week that Mobley was willing to accept a settlement of $700,942.70 for what the county allegedly owes the company for work completed.

Skull identified

April 1, 2010  Partial human remains found in west Batesville in 2008, have been positively identified as a local missing person, William Ernest Green Jr., according to a news release by Detective Sgt. Brent Everett with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Green, who was 25 at the time of his disappearance, was last seen on Nov. 28, 2003, while he was living at Independence Inn on East Main Street.