Trash pickup schedule altered

September 2, 2010 NEWARK — Due to the Labor Day holiday, trash/garbage pickup in Newark will take place Tuesday instead of Monday, city Recorder Treasurer Joanne Langston said.City offices will also be closed Monday.

Jazz band to perform

September 2, 2010 The Happy Tymes Jazz Band will perform 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Elizabeth’s Restaurant in Batesville.The band “performs sweet songs to lively melodies and recreates the kaleidoscopic tonal colors and moods of this truly American art form,” according to a news release. “The band is a favorite attraction everywhere they perform and has been called one of ‘Arkansas’ true treasures.’”

Council may, may not consider pitbull ban Tuesday

September 2, 2010 The Batesville City Council had planned to discuss the proposed ban on pitbulls Tuesday night, but city officials say the animal ordinance most likely still won’t be ready.The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. If the ordinance is not ready, that item will probably be skipped, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said.The agenda also includes third readings on two ordinances, one to close a portion of Allen Street and the other to adopt an appendix of the state fire code (regarding fencing around swimming pools and hot tubs).

Rockin’ for a Reason concert set

September 2, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced plans for the second Rockin’ for a Reason concert set for Sept. 18 in Independence Hall.Danny Dozier and The Lockhouse Orchestra will take the stage at 8 p.m. and play for about two hours. All proceeds from the event will go toward the construction of the new nursing and allied health building.

Local police join national drug drop-off program

September 2, 2010 Got drugs and want to get rid of them?The Independence County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the first ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, set for Sept. 25 at the Batesville Walmart.“We’ll be out at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with containers where people can bring their medicine and dump it in approved containers,” Chief Deputy Steve Jeffery said. “There will be deputies on duty to assist the public and prevent any thefts.“There’s no questions asked about what the drugs are, or where they came from.

Local family took hundreds of photos from 1937-41

September 2, 2010 Cameras were uncommon in homes in the late 1930s with the Great Depression lingering in Arkansas, but photo booths in Ben Franklin and other “10-cent” stores preserved snapshots of many of today’s older citizens — and a family from Brock Mountain southwest of Batesville took things one step farther, said Maxine Payne, who has collected hundreds of photos taken by the ingenuous Massengill family.“The Massengills, Cleburne County farmers, were sons of necessity and familiar with invention,” Payne, associate professor of art and photography at Hendrix College, said.

C-Rock Museum to receive grant

September 1, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Fred Darragh Foundation of Little Rock has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Calico Rock Museum expansion project to be provided when the foundation obtains $15,000 in new commitments to the project. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Fred Darragh Foundation in expanding our museum. This is a great opportunity for our community to show their support and meet this challenge,” foundation treasurer Velda Dixon said.

Jacksonport park to host activities

September 1, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Friday6:30 p.m., campground — “The Life of William E. Bevens.” Bevens, a former resident of Jacksonport, will tell about his life living in Jacksonport and his experiences during the Civil War and Reconstruction.Saturday

AP Analysis: Has war in Iraq really ended for Obama, U.S.?

September 1, 2010 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama kept a promise but took a risk in boldly declaring an end to 7½ years of war in Iraq and asserting that America had turned the page on the costly, divisive conflict.In relatively brief but politically freighted remarks from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, Obama lavished praise on America’s military men and women, saying they had “stared into the darkest of human creations — war — and helped the Iraqi people seek the light of peace.”

FACT CHECK: Is combat really over for U.S.?

September 1, 2010 EDITOR’S NOTE: “Fact Check” is an occasional look at assertions by public officials and how well they adhere to the facts.WASHINGTON — Despite President Barack Obama’s declaration Tuesday of an end to the combat mission in Iraq, combat almost certainly lies ahead.And in asserting the U.S. has met its responsibilities in Iraq, the president opened the door wide to a debate about the meaning of success in the muddle that most — but not all — American troops are leaving behind.