Faulty light leads to arrests

September 20, 2010 Their first mistake was a faulty brake light; their second, letting a passenger riding in the back of the truck bed.Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was on patrol on Bayou Street around 11 a.m. Friday when he met a Dodge pickup with three people in the cab and a man in the truck bed. After stopping the truck at Pine and Brooks streets, Gillihan said he got identification from everyone and checked them for warrants.“Dispatch advised one of the passengers, Joseph A. Halpaine, 33, of Batesville was wanted out of Sharp County,” Gillihan said.

2 administrators from Searcy get pensions while working

September 20, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — Two administrators who retired from the Searcy School District this summer returned to full-time jobs in school administration shortly thereafter, one with the district again, the other with the state.Both are collecting full retirement benefits in addition to their new full-time salaries.

Concord super to give annual report tonight

September 20, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord School District will give its annual report to the public during a regular school board meeting starting at 6 tonight in the high school media center, said Superintendent Dr. Michael Davidson.During the annual report/public meeting, patrons will hear reports from the superintendant, the federal programs coordinator, elementary and high school principals, the technology coordinator and the gifted and talented coordinator.

Shriners to honor officer

September 20, 2010 The White River Shrine Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kelly-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville with the meal starting at 5:30.The Shriners will honor Detective Brian Luetschwager as the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer for Independence County for the Third Quarter of 2010. Members will also hear an update on the parade schedule for the remainder of 2010 and also have a report on children going to the Shriners Hospitals.

Gospel meeting scheduled

September 20, 2010 DESHA — Desha Church of Christ will have a gospel meeting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 9 and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.Ted Horn of Campbell, Mo., is the guest evangelist. Local evangelist is Craig Wilson.The church is located at 600 Heber Springs Road in Desha.The event is open to the public.

Dutch oven cooking to be taught

September 20, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will host a Dutch Oven Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 16 and 23 in the picnic area. The park interpreters will discuss methods on how to use and maintain a Dutch oven. The menu includes chicken and dumplings, buttermilk biscuits and peach cobbler. The price of the workshop is $40 which includes a four-quart Dutch oven plus $12 for each additional adult and $6 per child (12 years and under) of a family who does not want a Dutch oven. The cost of the workshop will also pay for the cost of the meal.

Fallen Heroes Motorcycle Run set for Oct. 9

September 20, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial Motorcycle Run, a ride to honor and remember, will be Oct. 9 in central Arkansas. An 8 a.m. registration takes place at the New Life Church at 8000 Crystal Hill Road in North Little Rock. The memorial run begins from that location at noon. The cyclists escort families of the fallen to Toad Suck Park in Conway where the commemoration service begins at 2:30 p.m. Entry fee for those wanting to ride is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt, an event pin, and a chance for a $300 high roll and a $100 low roll.

Searcy event expects crowd — some from far, far away

September 20, 2010 SEARCY — Main Street Searcy’s annual Get Down Downtown festival on Saturday will include special guests from a galaxy far, far away. Local members of the 501st Legion, Arkansas Crimson Nova Squad of the Star Garrison, will be one of the many groups visiting this year’s festival. The 501st is the largest world wide preferred costuming group for Lucasfilm Ltd. and George Lucas himself, and puts its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.

‘FoodFest’ to showcase area restaurants, chefs

September 20, 2010 On Nov. 6 Ozark Foothills FilmFest will host the first of what it hopes will become an annual food festival at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, according to a news release.The event begins at 2 p.m. Elizabeth’s is located 231 E. Main St. in downtown Batesville.

Wilson enters race for mayor

September 20, 2010 Daniel Wilson has announced that he is a candidate for mayor of Cave City in the upcoming general election.Wilson served on the Cave City Fire Department for 29 years, 20 years as chief, retiring in 1988. He was superintendent of Cave City Water and Sewer Department for 11 years and city marshal and deputy sheriff for 11 years. He operated his own plumbing business for 20 years.