New cruises to stop at Vicksburg

September 24, 2010 VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — American Cruise Lines will offer eight riverboat cruises between New Orleans and Memphis beginning in 2012 with stops in Vicksburg and Natchez.Officials said American Cruises new sternwheeler will follow much of the routes run by the old Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen steamers.The Guilford, Conn.-based small ship operator is the second company to announce cruises along the river.

Resale shop plans grand opening

September 24, 2010 The Fresh Start Resale Shop is getting is own fresh start.The store is hosting its grand opening Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its new location, 1280 North St. Louis St. (the building beside Tool Central). In addition, the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Monday.Family Violence Prevention Inc., an United Way agency, has been partly financially supported by the Fresh Start Resale Shop since its opening about three years ago on lower Main Street in Batesville.

Southside reports to public

September 24, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — With a light agenda prior to its annual report to the public on Sept. 13, the Southside School Board accepted the resignation of junior high cheer sponsor Rhonda Fowler and offered contracts to bus driver Troy Milligan and elementary teacher Angie Gay. It accepted transfers from Batesville School District to Southside School District and from the Southside School District to the Batesville School District and voted to adopt the Parental Involvement Plan as proposed.

Fall colors ‘close and personal’ — with good fishing, too

September 24, 2010 A million leaves of gold glowed as the sun cracked a cloud. They mingled with bright crimson and an occasional spot of green as we floated serenely between the banks of Kings River.  It was a day in a hundred, the sky so blue it hurt. The October air was cool enough to keep us from sweating during those rare times when we had to paddle, but warm enough to make an afternoon swim comfortable.


September 24, 2010 The location for the Strongman and Strongwoman Contest was incorrectly listed in Thursday’s paper. The contest, sponsored by Main Street Gym, will be at Riverside Park.

Results to be certified

September 24, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the basement of the courthouse to certify results of the school board elections and to discuss other business.

Lyon College piper invited to international events

September 24, 2010 Lyon College sophomore bagpiper Elliot Smith has been invited to two prestigious upcoming bagpiping events.Smith will compete in the Nichol-Brown Invitational Contest in Albany, N.Y. Oct. 9 and the George Sheriff bagpiping competition in Toronto, Canada Nov. 20. He will also compete in the United State Piping Foundation (USPF) competition in Delaware and the Metro Cup in New Jersey this fall.“These are the top amateur invitational events in North America,” said Jimmy Bell, Lyon College pipe major. “Elliot will be at all four this year.”

Officials cut ribbon on $9.4M project

September 24, 2010 With contract crews putting a coat of paint on a retaining wall, city, county and state officials cut a ribbon Thursday morning announcing the official opening of a new four-lane stretch of highway between Main Street and Highway 25 (White Drive) in Batesville.Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh and State Highway Director Dan Flowers both agreed that the opening of the short stretch of new road will have an economic impact on the community.

Operation Lifesaver will begin Monday

September 24, 2010 It only took 20 minutes from the time Independence County sheriff’s deputies began their search Thursday afternoon to the time they found a woman who had wandered away from a Myers Street office.The quick find came as a result of a new program, Operation Lifesaver, being implemented by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.The program primarily is designed for use in searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other conditions that would lead to their walking/wandering away from their home or an institution.

Father, son charged with growing ‘pot’

September 24, 2010 The note left on the kitchen table at 320 Antioch Road last Friday didn’t say “Dear John.”It was addressed to Aaron Edward Runyan and it said that his house, and surrounding property, had been searched by police and a lot of marijuana left with them.The search had been made by members of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officers.