Cash, grocery items and tobacco taken

June 22, 2010  Although the front door was damaged, as if it had been kicked in, police aren’t sure that is how entry was made into Jennifer Davidson’s Water Street “Sweet Tea” antique shop Thursday afternoon.Davidson told Independence County Deputy Billy Croom that a store employee, Cindy Thigpen, closed the store at 5 p.m., but when she (Davidson) returned to the shop around 8:15 p.m. the door was found damaged and unlocked.

New Books at Independence County Library

June 22, 2010 “Solar Eclipses,” Lincoln James“Moons of Our Solar System,” Kerri O’Donnell“Simple, Not Easy,” Terrence Roberts“The Shadow of Your Smile,” Mary Higgins Clark“Life in a Rain Forest Ecosystem,” Janey Levy“Water World: Earth’s Water Cycle,” Claire E. Flynn“Friction and Gravity: Snowboarding Science,” Marcus Figorito“A Smart Kid’s Guide to Avoiding Online Predators,” David J. Jakubiak“How Globalization Works,” Laure La Bella“Searching Online for Image, Audio, and Video Files,” Adam Furgang

School candidates to get petitions

June 22, 2010 Wednesday is the first day to circulate petitions for the upcoming school elections, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office announces.   The filing period runs from noon July 16 to noon July 23.The elections will be Sept. 21.

BAAC to screen movie

June 22, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host the next movie in its Summer Outdoor Movie Series on Sunday.“Secondhand Lions” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in Couch’s Garden at Lyon College in Batesville (behind Brown Chapel). Attendees should bring blankets, lawn chairs (maybe some insect repellent). These outdoor movies are free, but donations will be accepted.

No holiday driving tests

June 22, 2010 Arkansas State Police will not be conducting any driver’s license exams June 29 or July 1 in Batesville due to holiday schedules.Tests will return to their regular Tuesday and Thursday schedules on July 6.

Organization schedules volunteer search

June 22, 2010 Family Violence Prevention’s dinner and silent auction is a little more than a year away, but the organization is seeking volunteers to help with committees , according to a news release.Family Violence Prevention representatives will be on hand Friday at the Barnett Farm located across the street from the University of Arkansas Community College of Batesville campus to meet with those who are interested in heading committees. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m.

United Way hosts ‘Night at the Races’

June 22, 2010 LOCUST GROVE — The United Way of Independence County will host “A Night at the Races” beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the Batesville Motor Speedway.Admission is $20 per carload and $50 will go to the biggest carload of patrons. Special T-shirts will also be sold, officials said. “We want everyone to come out and have a great time while supporting an organization that helps provide services to those in need in our community.”

IEDC to meet

June 22, 2010 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Chamber of Commerce office.

Council to hear zoning code ordinance

June 22, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall to consider an ordinance to amend the Batesville zoning codes.The agenda also includes consideration of a tax-back resolution for Zila Corporation as well as resolutions to apply for a grant for streetscape improvements in the Historic Commercial District and renovations to the Miller gymnasium. All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

BACC, UACCB co-sponsor grant workshop

June 22, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville are co-sponsoring a grant writing workshop on July 16 at the UACCB campus.Federal and state grant money is now available for projects with an emphasis in renewable energy, restoration and projects that include development and training, according to a news release.To help grant writers apply for these funds, this workshop will focus on methods of identifying grants that fit an organization’s mission, grant structure and appropriate language.