Hearing set for Arkansas bomb suspect

January 4, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A federal judge says a man charged with leaving a bomb at an Arkansas polling place should remain in police custody until a detention hearing later this week.Mark Krause made his first appearance Monday in federal court in Fayetteville. He was arrested last month in Seattle after he was charged with placing a bomb outside a church in Alpena on June 8. The church served as a polling place for Arkansas’ primary runoff election.Prosecutors say the bomb — which didn’t detonate — was found inside a 12-ounce soda can.

500 birds found dead in La.

January 4, 2011 LABARRE, La. (AP) — State biologists are trying to determine what killed an estimated 500 birds that littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Pointe Coupee Parish.The birds included red-winged blackbirds and starlings.The birds were found Monday along Louisiana Highway 1, about 300 miles south of Beebe, Ark., where more than 3,000 blackbirds fell from the sky three days earlier. Authorities say examinations showed those birds suffered internal injuries that formed deadly blood clots.

Beginning Steps to meet

January 4, 2011 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will meet at 1 p.m. Friday in conference room A of the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging at White River Medical Center.All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Attendees will receive a free baby gift. For more information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

Family literacy nights scheduled

January 4, 2011 Those looking for free entertainment as a family may want to participate in literacy night at the Batesville Early and Enrichment Center beginning Thursday.Literacy nights will be held the first Thursday of the month and presented by the Independence County Junior Auxiliary, Batesville School District Parents As Teachers program and Literacy Council of Independence County.  The series will be held from  6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. This month’s theme is “Soup-er Family Reading Night.” Book giveaways, crafts, guest speakers and refreshments will be available.

Photographer honored

January 4, 2011 Robert Seat of Batesville has earned a Diamond Level Photographer of the Year Award from Professional Photographers of America. He will be honored at PPA’s annual convention, Imaging USA, to be held this month in San Antonio.A PPA member earns a Photographer of the Year Award by earning a merit for each of the four images included in his print case. All merited images enter PPA’s International Photographic Competition.

Beebe donates $881,000

January 4, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe gave more than $881,000 left over from his successful re-election bid to the state Democratic Party, while his Republican rival’s campaign ended the year more than $171,000 in debt, recently filed finance reports showed.Beebe reported last week that his campaign made four contributions totaling about $881,300 in December to the state party after winning a second term in the Nov. 2 election.

Education faces, names change

January 4, 2011 One school district said goodbye to its superintendent and hello to another, one was forced to close its doors and another gained national attention after a school board member’s comments on Facebook were made public.Ted Hall, the eight-year superintendent of the Batesville School District, announced his resignation in February, saying it was time for a change.In August, First Community Bank of Batesville announced that Hall had joined FCB as a business development officer.

Griffin, staff begin working out kinks

January 4, 2011 Chaotic and unprepared.Two words new County Judge Robert Griffin used to describe his first full day in office Monday and how he fared at his first quorum court meeting Monday night.“It was just as chaotic as I thought it was going to be.” Griffin said describing his day Monday. “But with two good people in Sharon Smart, a former Judge (David) Wyatt office pro and Charlie Morris, who has worked with city and county government for several years, we had a very good day.”

Domestic battery charge filed in Izard Co.

January 3, 2011 MELBOURNE — A Wednesday afternoon call to Mt. Pleasant resulted in the arrest of a Batesville man.  The call stated that an altercation was in progress near the intersection of state highway 69 and West Road involving a man and a woman.  Upon arrival, deputies charged 18-year -old Jerry L. Lewis with domestic battering third degree and public intoxication. Lewis posted bond the following day in the amount of $2,500 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a future court date.

Bank receives Humane Society corporate award

January 3, 2011 First Community Bank has been given the 2010 Humane Society Corporate Sponsorship award, according to Mary Ann Marshall, president of the Humane Society of Independence County.“We are very proud of our long-term relationship with First Community Bank,” Marshall said. “They have been with us since the very beginning when we first began talking about building a shelter. They are one of the charter members of the HSIC President’s Club. A very special thanks to Dale Cole and Boris Dover who have always stepped up when we have had fundraising campaigns.”