Civil War group to meet

January 11, 2011 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.Mark Mobley will present a program entitled “Causes of the American Civil War,” with excerpts from his father Freeman Mobley’s book, “Making Sense of the Civil War.” Those attending may express their ideas as to the causes of the war, and Mobley will supplement these with his own research, including dates and information preceding the war.

Concord meeting rescheduled

January 11, 2011 CONCORD — The Concord City Council’s first meeting of the year has been postponed again — this time by weather and road conditions, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.January’s regular meeting had already been rescheduled for tonight so Cleburne County Justice of the Peace Gary Southerland could attend to conduct a swearing-in ceremony for city officials. The weather and slick roads changed that.

Carbon monoxide eyed in Harrison surgeon’s death

January 11, 2011 HARRISON (AP) — Authorities say a long-time Harrison surgeon died of suspected carbon-monoxide poisoning at a hunting club in Arkansas County.The Arkansas County Sheriff’s Office says Dr. Tom Bell and William Hicks of Yellville were found unresponsive early Saturday morning at a duck club near De Witt. Police say the 75-year-old Bell was pronounced dead and that Hicks was taken to a Little Rock hospital, where he is in serious condition.

Jurors to report Wednesday

January 11, 2011 Individuals who have been summoned for possible jury duty on Wednesday are still scheduled to report, Debbie Finley, Independence County circuit chancery clerk, said this morning. However, potential jurors need to call the circuit chancery clerk’s juror notification number, (870) 793-8806 after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to make sure they still need to come. They are to report to the Independence County Courthouse upstairs courtroom.

Three arrested for dope

January 11, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Three Walnut Ridge men were arrested Friday for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.Arrested were 22-year-old Charles Logan Morse, 21-year-old Keanon Lynn Mooney and 23-year-old Timothy Austin Sheets.

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.