Compassionate Friends to meet

January 11, 2011 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 tonight at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

Bogged down in snow, some stuck for 14 hours

January 11, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Motorists spent all of a night and much of a day struggling to get off an Arkansas interstate after tractor-trailer rigs jackknifed in succession. So much traffic backed up that none of the few snow plows the state operates could clear a route to anyplace warm.Misty Platt of Bryant was driving Sunday night with her husband, 16-year-old daughter and the daughter’s friend when the highway conditions became a challenge near Arkadelphia. They pulled off Interstate 30 eastbound for a break and heard on the radio that there was an accident ahead but it was being cleared.

Drama highlights war

January 11, 2011 During the Civil War, Independence County was home to more soldiers than actual residents. Like a swarm of locusts, they came in and devoured the county, leaving the families here behind to pick up the pieces.The Civil War may evoke images of Southern belles and the loopy handwriting in letters home, but it was anything but romantic, says George Lankford, a local historian who has written an upcoming play about the war in Independence County.

War events announced

January 11, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned several events that will take place in January, according to ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree.“The commission is regularly receiving requests from organizations that want to list their Civil War-related events as official sesquicentennial events and to receive permission to display the sesquicentennial logo,” Dupree said. Events will be announced each month on the website at www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.Among the sesquicentennial events this month are:

Concession construction on hold

January 11, 2011 The Batesville North Complex may not have a concession stand this summer, after a fire destroyed it on Dec. 27.The fire that destroyed the concession stand, which also housed the main bathrooms as well as the electrical panel for all of the ball parks, was determined to be electrical, parks director Randy Palmer said this morning.The city parks and recreation commission held a special meeting Monday night to discuss the burned-out stand, opting to build a separate electrical building away from the concession area.

McLean: Two-party politics have come to Arkansas

January 10, 2011 The first Arkansas legislative session of the year began today with 44 Republican members in the House of Representatives and 15 in the Senate. That’s compared to 27 and 7, respectively in 2009, according to state Rep. James McLean of Batesville.McLean, speaking to the Batesville Kiwanis Club Friday afternoon, said, “If there’s a headline for this coming session it would be, ‘Two-party politics have come to Arkansas.’”

Emergency crews respond to accident

January 10, 2011 Allan Hamby said he was going slow, about 35 miles per hour, but it didn’t make any difference.Hamby, who lives in Franklin and was on his way to a Veterans Administration hospital in Little Rock around 9:15 this morning, said he was doing fine until he topped a small hill just north of the driveway to Believers’ Community Church on Highway 167 north of Batesville. That’s when things went south, literally.“I just topped that little hill and I could feel the back end start to fish tail, so I let off the gas but it didn’t do any good,” Hamby said.

Museum’s story time series runs from Jan. 14-May 27

January 10, 2011 Old Independence Regional Museum will continue its popular story time for toddlers and preschoolers in 2011, staff member Amanda Nikkel has announced.Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and will take place on the second and fourth Fridays, January through May. Crafts will also be made.Dates are as follows: Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22 and May 13 and 27.

Alleged would-be marijuana grower arrested in Izard Co.

January 10, 2011 MELBOURNE — A Thursday morning visit to a residence near Pineville resulted in arrest of the occupant for numerous drug charges, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Luke Keith Teague, 56, of 3276 Corinth Road, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; and possession with the intent to manufacture marijuana and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, both class C felonies.Teague was charged under the habitual offender act and remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Parasites, bacteria not cause of Arkansas River fish kill

January 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission official says parasites and bacteria have been eliminated as causes of a fish kill last week in the Arkansas River.Fisheries division chief Mark Oliver said it will take three more weeks to determine whether the 80,000 to 100,000 drum that died were killed by a virus. Samples were sent to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s fish-disease diagnostic laboratory for testing.