Zion VFW to cook fish

July 6, 2010 ZION — The Zion Volunteer Fire Department in Izard County has scheduled a fish fry for Saturday at the fire station/community building.Catfish, prepared by Ernie Blackly, will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. The dinners will include dessert and tickets are $5 each. “This is a good opportunity for fellowship and to support the volunteers that devote many hours for training in order to better provide assistance to our community,” according to a news release.

Sheriff warns of scam

July 6, 2010 ASH FLAT — Local sheriff’s offices are warning of a phone scam perpetuated by inmates of various correctional facilities throughout the country, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver posted this morning on his department’s website.“Recently, the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department has had a rash of complaints stemming from collect phone calls. ... Victims are called from a correctional facility and asked if they will accept a collect call. If the victim accepts, they may find substantial charges on their phone bill,” Weaver said.

Civil War groups to meet

July 6, 2010 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.Brian Whitson will present a program entitled “Jacksonport Guards & Surrender at Jacksonport, June 5, 1865.”

Three arrested for break-ins

July 6, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Three people were arrested Friday in Lawrence County as the result of a rash of automobile break-ins, Sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.Arrested for theft of property, breaking and entering, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing were Justin Byrd, 22, Joshua Morris, 22, and Aaron Benson, 21, all of Minturn.“The arrests came after a Minturn resident reported that her car had been broken into and several items were missing earlier that morning,” Dotson said. “Access was gained by breaking out a window on the vehicle.

Programs scheduled

July 6, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is trees, and programs are:

GAP schedules meeting

July 6, 2010 The Batesville School District’s Grandparents As Parents meeting will be held at noon Thursday at the Batesville Early Learning & Enrichment Center.Lunch will be served and guest speaker will be Nikki Penn. “If you are a relative caring for a child we invite you to join us,” said Lorrie McClure, with the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. The center is located at 1900 Lyon St.

Burn ban ordered in Newark

July 6, 2010 NEWARK — A ban on burning is in effect in Newark, Fire Chief James Langston said this morning.The ban will remain in effect until significant rainfall occurs.

Council has light agenda

July 6, 2010 The Batesville City Council has changed its regular meeting 5:30 tonight at city hall, instead of the second Tuesday. The agenda includes the second reading of an ordinance to amend the city zoning code, recognition of the Larry Shaw family, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Magness reschedules meeting

July 6, 2010 MAGNESS — The Magness town council’s regular meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed, recorder/treasurer Teresa Goings said. The meeting, which is open to the public, has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 15 at Magness City Hall.

Two die in deer-car mishap

July 6, 2010 HIGHLAND — A young Hardy couple died early Sunday when their vehicle struck a deer, then overturned, throwing them from the car, Highland Police Dept. Patrolman Brian Buchanan said.Randall Shane Cowan, 20, was driving a 1998 Pontiac Sunfire west on state Highway 62/412 when the driver attempted to dodge a deer but struck the deer; the driver then lost control of the vehicle, which traveled into a ditch and overturned several times, ejecting Cowan and his passenger, 18-year-old Jessica Draper. Neither was wearing a seatbelt.Cowan and Draper lived at the same Hardy address.