Deadline extended for museum day camps

June 2, 2010 The deadline to register for the third annual Day Camp at Old Independence Regional Museum has been extended through Monday, reported Amanda Nikkel, humanities educator.“This fun and educational camp will explore life during the Great Depression and the World War II home front,” she said. “Through hands-on activities, games and demonstrations we hope to give campers an experience that will help them better understand the hardships and triumphs of life during these times.”

Daniel Roettger studying in London

June 2, 2010 Daniel Roettger, a 2009 graduate of Batesville High School, is studying and interning this summer in London, England as a Hansard Fellow.Roettger completed his freshman year at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, this spring and is one of about 50 undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities across the globe participating in the 11-week Hansard Scholars Program that began on May 15.

OT gives patients renewed hope

June 2, 2010 February 2008 is a month Samantha Bower can barely remember, but will never forget.While driving her son’s truck near her hometown of Newellton, La., she swerved to miss a car in her lane. The truck then jumped two culverts and slammed into a tree, propelling its loose speakers into Samantha, causing significant damage to her face, head, neck and back.When she awoke in the hospital weeks later, Samantha knew she was in bad shape. Worst of all, she could not feel her legs.

Concord has new mayor

June 2, 2010 CONCORD — Warren J. “Buck” Rone was sworn in as mayor of Concord Tuesday night with Justice of the Peace Charlie Norton presiding over the ceremony, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.After the meeting, the new mayor called a special session for 7 p.m. June 11 in the city hall to review applications for the city marshal’s job, Pettit said.Brandon Bishop resigned recently as part-time marshal to accept a full-time job with Cleburne County, where he had also been working part-time.

From Old World to New: European vacation reunites cousins

June 2, 2010 Aside from their sentimental value Alice Witterman didn’t know what to do with the box of old German letters that were sent to her father, Kurt Kraffert, beginning in 1948.With little knowledge of the German language, she thought to herself, “I’ll never be able to read them, and I’ll never be able to find these people.”Her mother had saved the letters Kraffert received from his sister, Clara Woelfel, who wrote to him about life back in east Germany after he immigrated to the United States at the age of 20 in 1921.

Mother works for ‘Julie’s Law’

June 2, 2010 When the family of 24-year-old Shawn Watson was notified of his death Tuesday night, Eva Fulks of Batesville knew all too well how painful that was for his family. After all, she’d gotten the news almost two months earlier when a state police officer arrived at her home to notify her that daughter Julia Fulks had died also. Both Watson and Fulks were killed at the same railroad crossing in southwest Jonesboro and because of that Eva Fulks is working hard to get legislation passed called “Julie’s Law” that will make it mandatory to have crossing arms at all locations.

Park to host Discovery Hour

June 1, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will host a series of free programs during the Jacksonport Discovery Hour.Activities will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. every Thursday at the park pavilion from June 10 to July 29. “Jacksonport Discovery Hour is a world of excitement packed into a one hour program for kids’ age 6 to 12 years,” park interpreter Donna Bentley said. “With the park interpreters, you can explore the outdoors and discover history with games, trail walks, crafts, artifacts, storytelling and live animals.”

$150,000 bond set for sex offender

June 1, 2010 Bond has been set at $150,000 and multiple felony charges have been filed locally against an Indiana man wanted in that state as a sex offender who failed to register his address with authorities, according to a court affidavit filed in Independence County.Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Sims said local charges against 42-year-old Anthony Carter, who lists a Newport address, stemmed from an incident that began on May 20 when Vicky Ng reported her purse stolen.

Blanchard Springs sets program on ‘pretty poison’

June 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release. Outdoor amphitheater programs are presented at 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday; day and/or night programs on Thursdays; and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays.Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the Blanchard Springs picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. Program topics include:

Library board to meet

June 1, 2010 The Independence County Library Board will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Citizens Bank branch at 1901 Harrison St.Agenda items include a follow-up discussion about a new library building, the summer reading program and library hours.Meetings are open to the public.