Interlocal meeting is Tuesday

January 31, 2011 Officials from the city of Batesville and Independence County will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex to discuss the interlocal law enforcement agreement. All meetings are open to the public.

Bank opens play zone

January 31, 2011 CeeBee The Money Bee and Citizens Bank of Batesville will hold a ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to formally open a new children’s CeeBee Playzone in the bank’s main branch at 200 S. Third St., according to a news release.“Our bank is becoming kid friendly,” said John Dews, bank president and CEO. “The Playzone is a wonderful aspect of our efforts to reach out to children.”

Body of missing man found

January 31, 2011 FAIRFIELD BAY (AP) — Authorities in north Arkansas say they’ve found the body of a 96-year-old man from Fairfield Bay who had been missing for three days.Roy Schneider’s body was found Saturday afternoon in an isolated area north of the Van Buren County community, near the Van Buren-Stone county line. Officials said searchers found Schneider’s body about three miles from where his vehicle was parked.No foul play is suspected, but authorities said an investigation continues.

Barth Boyd ‘Mr. Hot Dog’ Remembered

January 31, 2011 Barth Boyd is probably a name many in Batesville wouldn’t recognize, but say Mr. Hot Dog and more than likely they know exactly who you’re talking about.Having spent many years working in the media sector, having graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri, Boyd was never one to sit idle, even after retirement at the age of 65.So, he purchased a hot dog cart in 1999 and pulled it around with his Mercedes Benz.

Director pleased with play

January 31, 2011 The first two years of the Civil War came to a close Saturday night, at least as far as the “War Chronicles” play was concerned.The Independence County Historical Society and Batesville Community Theatre presented its joint production during back-to-back weekends at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall, with a special “yellow bus” performance for schools on Friday morning.

College student ‘critical’

January 31, 2011 SALEM — A shooting incident in Salem seriously injured a Williams Baptist College basketball player who is also the son of the Salem basketball coach.According to Salem Police Chief Albert Roork, Shane Smith was shot in the stomach by a 12-gauge shotgun at a residence on North Elm Street a little after 6 p.m. Sunday.Roork said Fulton County Ambulance Service responded to the scene, along with a nurse practitioner who was nearby and there prior to the emergency personnel’s arrival.

Shooting range gets $50,000

January 31, 2011 The Independence County Shooting Sports Commission has been presented a $50,000 check to use at the commission’s discretion at the new shotgun/archery range being built north of Batesville.A gift from the Carol and Witt Stephens Charitable Foundation, the check will be used to construct a 1,200-square-foot clubhouse/education center, according to Sports Commission Chairman Rocky Willmuth.

Pulaski County Coroner to buy mobile morgue

January 31, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Pulaski County coroner’s office is purchasing a mobile morgue trailer as part of efforts to prepare for a natural disaster.County Coroner Garland Camper told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he saw the need for a mobile morgue after helping with disaster cleanup following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and a massive earthquake in Haiti.

Devor guilty of hindering murder probe

January 31, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Washington County jury has convicted a farmer of hindering the investigation into the 2007 death of his wife at the hands of her daughter.The panel found Bob Devor guilty of the charge on Friday and recommended a 10-year prison term. Circuit Judge William Storey is scheduled to sentence Devor Feb. 25, allowing time for the 70-year-old to undergo hip replacement surgery.

Friendships help autistic teen develop socially

January 31, 2011 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — As a father, James Davis was a little concerned when his 18-year-old autistic son, Christopher, came home asking to ride home in his new friend’s truck two years ago.“High school kids, for lack of a better term, are mean to each other,” Davis said. “I was afraid they might possibly take him out and be mean to him, beat him up.”