Election officers to be chosen

January 28, 2011 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at noon Tuesday in the downstairs election office in the county courthouse in Batesville. Officers will be elected during this meeting and future business will be discussed.

Robotics team wins 1st-place awards

January 28, 2011 FORT SMITH — The Ark-ansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Robotics Team earned two first-place awards at the Frontier Trails BEST Regional Robotics Competition held Dec. 10-11 at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.Team members include senior Scott Glover, son of Alvin and Elizabeth Glover, of Batesville and junior Zach Lovin, son of Dale and Lisa Lovin, of Quitman.The team placed first in the Founders Award and the Most Elegant categories.

Stone County native’s song to be on TV

January 28, 2011 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An original song by Billy Don Burns of the Ben community in Stone County will be aired on an episode of the popular television show “Friday Night Lights” next week.Burns said he was surprised when Oliver Hild, manager of music supervision and licensing for NBC Universal Television Music in Hollywood, contacted him last week.“They used my song ‘Hank Williams Lonesome, Keith Whitley Blue’ on a jukebox scene in the network TV show ‘Friday Night Lights,’” Burns said. “The episode with me singing it will air February 2. It is a really good deal for me.

Fun course is Lions Club topic

January 28, 2011 Outdoors fun as a college course?That’s exactly right, at least at Lyon College.In its bi-monthly meeting Thursday the Batesville Noon Lions Club heard from Scott Dirksen, director of the Outdoor Recreation and Education Program at Lyon, who talked about outdoors fun as a college course.

Stimulus discussed; Melbourne board asked to ‘brainstorm’

January 28, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board on Tuesday received two bids for the removal of two old, unused houses at the Melbourne School District campus. The lowest bid of $1.21 was received from Phillip Antse who will remove the structures, clean the area and keep any remaining material from the buildings. The second bid was from a company listed as TriCo for $14,300 to demolish the buildings and clear the debris.

Wreck causes 9-hour road closure

January 28, 2011 Two people received minor injuries in a fiery two-vehicle accident Thursday night that left a portion of U.S. Highway 167, north of Batesville, shut down for nearly nine hours.Injured in the accident were Bo Andrew Dewitt, the driver of a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck, and Tammy Thompson, a passenger in a tractor-trailer rig. They were transported by ambulance to White River Medical Center in Batesville. Hospital spokeswoman Sheila Mace said neither was listed in the admission list this morning.

Liles named MOD coordinator

January 28, 2011 Being the new walk coordinator of the March of Dimes of Independence County is a role Sandy Liles didn’t expect to take over this year, but it’s one she was more than willing to accept.No stranger to the organization that raises funds for research to help prevent premature birth and birth defects, Liles hopes to meet or exceed the $56,000 the local chapter raised in 2010 as a way to honor Sherry Lamb, former community director.

No bond set for murder suspect

January 27, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Little Rock man arrested on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of a man and woman in southwest Little Rock has been ordered held without bond.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 32-year-old Jimmy Lee Frazier appeared in Little Rock District Court Wednesday morning via video from the Pulaski County jail. He did not speak during the hearing and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Man rescued from fire dies

January 27, 2011 SPRINGDALE (AP) — Authorities say a man who was rescued from a burning house in Springdale has died.Police say three officers pulled Robert Holman and his wife, Carol, out of the home early Wednesday. Holman was taken to a Little Rock hospital where he died.Officers say the fire started at about 2:30 a.m. Lt. Cecil White said the officers who helped the couple sustained minor smoke inhalation and were taken to Northwest Medical Center in Springdale.A family friend says Carol Holman was taken to a hospital and was listed in fair condition.

Hope Amtrak rail depot delayed, but still on track

January 27, 2011 HOPE (AP) — Construction of a new passenger rail platform in Hope is running a little late.Amtrak is planning to add a stop in Hope for its Texas Eagle service, which already makes other Arkansas stops on its run between San Antonio and Chicago.The city expected the platform to cost $250,000 but the lowest bid came in at $353,000. One reason for the higher cost is that the construction crew would have to stop work every time a train passed.Organizers are exploring new designs that can be built off-site and installed in a relatively short amount of time.