AHPP accepting apps for grants

January 11, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will accept applications for its Historic Preservation Restoration Grant and County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant programs through March 11, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced.Two preservation grants are available for rehabilitation of historic structures in Arkansas:

Cooke joins Rich Realty

January 11, 2011 Rich Realty at 3001 Harrison St. announces the addition of Cindy Cooke, a former Batesville business owner and paralegal, to its staff of full time real estate agents.“Cindy and I have been friends for many years,” principal broker Sondra Rich said in a recent news release. “Cindy is energetic and well informed about the local real estate market and very enthused about her new career field.”Cooke can be reached at (870) 307-2352 or (870) 793-4444.

Cawood photographs on exhibit

January 11, 2011 An exhibition of photographs by Gary Cawood, professor and director of photography at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is on display in the academic hallway of University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Roy Row, Sr., and Imogene Row Johns Library and Academic Building.The 25 color images are from his Excavation series, begun in 2006, and will be on display until Feb. 17.

Board gives activity updates

January 11, 2011 A committee reviewing applications from those hoping to be the new head librarian of the Independence County Library is currently checking references, Debra Sutterfield, White River Regional head librarian, said.Sutterfield and Independence County Library Board members Bill Hoskins and Suzanne Blair make up that committee.“The committee hopes to report to the board their findings at the next meeting,” Sutterfield told the board on Thursday. Once this is completed the board will begin conducting interviews.

Civil War group to meet

January 11, 2011 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Mark Mobley will present a program entitled “Causes of the American Civil War,” with excerpts from his father Freeman Mobley’s book, “Making Sense of the Civil War.” Those attending may express their ideas as to the causes of the war, and Mobley will supplement these with his own research, including dates and information preceding the war.

Concord meeting rescheduled

January 11, 2011 CONCORD — The Concord City Council’s first meeting of the year has been postponed again — this time by weather and road conditions, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.January’s regular meeting had already been rescheduled for tonight so Cleburne County Justice of the Peace Gary Southerland could attend to conduct a swearing-in ceremony for city officials. The weather and slick roads changed that.

Carbon monoxide eyed in Harrison surgeon’s death

January 11, 2011 HARRISON (AP) — Authorities say a long-time Harrison surgeon died of suspected carbon-monoxide poisoning at a hunting club in Arkansas County.The Arkansas County Sheriff’s Office says Dr. Tom Bell and William Hicks of Yellville were found unresponsive early Saturday morning at a duck club near De Witt. Police say the 75-year-old Bell was pronounced dead and that Hicks was taken to a Little Rock hospital, where he is in serious condition.

Jurors to report Wednesday

January 11, 2011 Individuals who have been summoned for possible jury duty on Wednesday are still scheduled to report, Debbie Finley, Independence County circuit chancery clerk, said this morning. However, potential jurors need to call the circuit chancery clerk’s juror notification number, (870) 793-8806 after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to make sure they still need to come. They are to report to the Independence County Courthouse upstairs courtroom.

Three arrested for dope

January 11, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Three Walnut Ridge men were arrested Friday for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.Arrested were 22-year-old Charles Logan Morse, 21-year-old Keanon Lynn Mooney and 23-year-old Timothy Austin Sheets.

Compassionate Friends to meet

January 11, 2011 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 tonight at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.