Drill time

May 7, 2010 Lying on the second floor courtroom of the Independence County Library, Alicia Weaver waited for help to arrive. “I’m trapped! Help! I can’t move,” she yelled as the sound of sirens from fire and emergency personnel could be heard in the distance, making their way to downtown Batesville. Screams of distress rang out throughout the building a little after 9 Thursday morning as local fire and emergency crews made their way inside, searching for survivors and victims following a courtroom “attack.”

Jurors favor Cedar Ridge

May 7, 2010 Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb was relieved. “As I said before, the truth will set you free.” That statement was issued moments after a jury returned with a verdict in favor of the Cedar Ridge School District. For two days jurors listened to testimony concerning the firing of former math teacher Earlene Howard. In less than 45 minutes they gave their ruling. Howard filed a civil case against the school district after she was fired from her job in 2008.

New books at Independence County library

May 6, 2010 “Motorcycles Inside and Out,” Chris Oxlade “Conducting Basic and Advanced Searches,” Jean Porterfield “Creating Multimedia Presentations,” Tamra Orr “Researching People, Places, and Events,” Holly Cefrey “Canoeing and Kayaking,” Lois Rock “Experiments with Heat,” Trevor Cook “Hepatitis B,” Jeri Freedman “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID),” Michael R. Wilson “The Endocrine System: Hormones, Growth and Development,” Michael R. Wilson “Fertility,” Michael R. Wilson “Bone Cancer: Current and Emerging Trends in Detection and Treatment,” Heather Hasan

4-H’er races to first place

May 6, 2010 Ryan Sinele from Ruddell Hill 4-H Club won first place April 17 in the 8 and under division in the 4-H Youth & Family 5K Trail Run/Walk at Ferndale. The 2010 4-H 5KRun/Walk isn’t just about going the distance — it’s about inspiration and families enjoying the outdoors together, officials said. The race drew 104 entrants who tackled the wooded and hilly racecourse along the trails of the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center. Ryan had 6 other family members join him for the race.

Arts, crafts will be sold

May 6, 2010 ROGERS — Hundreds of artists and craftsmen will come together Friday, Saturday and Sunday to sell, display, and demonstrate their skills during the War Eagle Mill Arts & Crafts Fair near Rogers. The event offers a variety of food vendors and live music. The Mill opens at 7 a.m. serving a full country breakfast. Also, visitors can watch the power of the water wheel grinding fresh cornmeal. Admission is free but there is a $3 parking fee. Call 866-492-7324 or visit www.wareaglemill.com for details.

Bake sale planned

May 6, 2010 Ramsey Heights Baptist Church will have a bake sale at 8 a.m. Saturday. The church is located at 449 Heber Springs Road, south of Batesville.

Cemetery seeks donations

May 6, 2010 Lee’s Chapel Cemetery on Highway 25 is in need of donations for the upkeep of the cemetery, including mowing and weed eating during the summer months. Donations may be mailed to Randy and Cathy Nash, 105 Felts St., Batesville, AR 72501, or a deposit may be made at Citizens Bank.

Barbecue chicken to be sold

May 6, 2010 NEWARK — A benefit barbecue chicken sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church, located at Fourth and Locust streets in Newark. Homemade baked goods will also be available. Advance orders may be called in to (870) 799-3231 or (870) 799-8680. Proceeds will go toward cancer treatment and medical expenses for Josh Pruett, the pastor’s son.

Beginning Steps meets Friday

May 6, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday in Conference Room A of the Josephine Raye Rogers Women & Imaging Center at White River Medical Center. All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For more information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

K9 — A good cause

May 6, 2010 Dear editor: I am writing this letter to you today to ask for your help in a cause that I believe will make a positive impact on the citizens of Independence County.