Bank has new president/CEO

July 16, 2010 Citizens Bank now has a new president and CEO.John F. Dews is presently chairman and CEO of Simmons First Bank of El Dorado, where he has served for 25 years. A certified public accountant, he began his banking career in 1985 as controller of National Bank of Commerce, an El Dorado community bank that merged with Simmons First in 1999.

Refinancing nets $413,610

July 16, 2010 CAVE CITY — The timing for Cave City School District’s bond financing sale was just right, with the school saving over $400,000 — more than twice the amount projected, Superintendent Steven Green said this morning.Wednesday’s sale attracted six bidders and the lowest interest rate bid was 3.285996 percent by Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, said Scott Beardsley, who arranged the sale through the Little Rock firm of First Security Beardsley Public Finance.

Grant provides $100,000 for new firefighter center

July 16, 2010 The relocation and expansion of the White River Firefighters Training Center from the banks of the White River in Batesville is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a $100,000 legislative General Improvement Grant.This grant, received July 2, is being made through the Arkansas House of Representatives and the Arkansas State Senate.

Market doing well

July 16, 2010 Fresh and homegrown.Local and homemade.That is what is offered at Batesville’s Farmer’s Market under the 30x60 steel canopy at the intersection of Chaney Drive and Myers Street in Batesville. Cantaloupes, tomatoes, okra, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, green beans, watermelons, eggplants and so forth were just a few of the many offerings at the farmer’s market in the last few weeks.

Soldier to be laid to rest

July 15, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — Army Spc. Clayton Duane McGarrah lived only 20 years and served only about a month in Afghanistan, but he was remembered at his funeral Wednesday for a life filled with love for his family and friends, and for his devotion to duty.In a letter dated June 7 and read at the service that McGarrah wrote to his wife, Emily, upon his deployment, he first joked about getting a much-needed vacation. Then he said, “I’m going to miss you very much. I’ll be home before you know it. Today marks our one-month anniversary.”McGarrah was killed July 4.

Judge allows use of graphic photos in trial

July 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Jurors saw detailed photos of a doctor’s bomb-ravaged face on Wednesday, despite defense attorneys’ claims that such graphic images would unfairly bias the jury against another physician accused in the attack.Attorneys for Dr. Randeep Mann, a Pope County physician charged in the bombing, tried to exclude the photos from evidence during his trial. Prosecutors believe Mann targeted Dr. Trent Pierce, the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, after the board disciplined Mann.Mann has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Weekend Events

July 15, 2010 Friday• Flags of the Confederacy, 6:30 p.m., Jacksonport State Park. Call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail• Three Day Flight in concert (indie, pop, rock), 6:30-9 p.m., Words and AfterWords in Hardy. Three Day Flight’s Adam and Kristie Jeffrey are a husband and wife duo who have just finished their first EP of five original songs entitled “This Dream.” Visit

Shoffner apologizes to state police

July 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner apologized on Wednesday for referring to a state trooper protecting Gov. Mike Beebe as a “manservant,” the latest dustup among the state’s top Democrats over the personal use of government vehicles.

Sex offender charged

July 15, 2010 Failure to register as a sex offender has led to felony charges being lodged against an inmate at the Independence County jail, who allegedly became upset April 12 and destroyed a jail computer and other equipment. Lemarcus Deshaun Hardy, 27, of Batesville, was left unsupervised in the booking area of the jail and destroyed a touch screen computer, monitor, filing cabinet and a copier machine, according to Detective Rob Leonard.

Sharp County Fair books available

July 15, 2010 ASH FLAT — Sharp County Fair books are now available at various businesses throughout the county, but the book does have a few misprints, said fair board secretary Nancy Orr.The misprints concern entries for sheep and goats, including regulations governing the entry on bucks and market animals, and the show time/date.The sheep and goat show will begin at 10 a.m. July 30, Orr said.“We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause,” she said.