Hospice memorial service slated

December 9, 2010 Arkansas Department of Health Area 10 Hospice of Independence County has set its annual breakfast memorial service and candle lighting ceremony.The event will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank, located at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets in Batesville.

DAR and UDC held potluck

December 9, 2010 The Independence County Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy recently held a joint potluck in the home of Mary Cooper Miller. This is an annual Christmas tradition with the two organizations, as many members belong to both DAR and UDC.

Man kills ex, self in Sheridan

December 9, 2010 SHERIDAN (AP) — Police say a Sheridan man has fatally shot his former wife, and then taken his own life.Authorities said Tuesday that they found the bodies of 37-year-old James Selman and 36-year-old Malena Selman when officers went shortly before 10:30 a.m. to a home where a shooting had been reported.Assistant Police Chief, Bob Williamson said it appeared to have been a murder-suicide where James Selman shot his former wife and then shot himself.

What N. Little Rock alderman knew at weapons trial

December 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal court jurors hearing the case against North Little Rock Alderman Sam Baggett found out Wednesday that it will be important to decide when Baggett knew a co-defendant was a convicted felon.Baggett, 59, is charged with providing guns and ammunition to a felon, 65-year-old Cabot businessman George Thompson, who faces gambling, marriage fraud and gun charges.

Separate DWI, hit-and-run incidents yield same result: Meth charges filed

December 9, 2010 Two people have been charged for having methamphetamine, according to documents filed in Independence County Circuit Court.Kimberly Ellen Pierce, address unavailable, is charged with possession of meth. She was arrested Nov. 26 for driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving. Before being handcuffed, Pierce attempted to get something from her purse.

The Weekend Events

December 9, 2010 Friday• Ozark Folk Center Craft Village free admission, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mountain View. Continues each weekend through Dec. 18.• Book signing by Geneva King Emerson of Calamine, 4-8 p.m., Paper Chase Book Store. Her novel, “The Greatest of These,” and a short story collection, “The Sharecropper’s Child,” are set during the Great Depression in the Ozark Foothills and the farmlands of north Arkansas.

Silo at Tyson feed mill collapses

December 9, 2010 NASHVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods, Inc. says one worker is unaccounted for after the collapse of a grain silo at the company’s feed mill in Nashville in southwestern Arkansas.Spokesman Gary Mickelson for Springdale-based Tyson issued a statement saying the silo collapsed about 2:30 this morning and said the company is working with state and local emergency response officials.The Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the county’s emergency services officials and local fire departments were on the scene as of mid-morning today.

Fort Smith Post Office facing consolidation

December 9, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — Postal officials say they’re considering if operations costs could be trimmed at Fort Smith by sending some of the work to a processing facility in Fayetteville.The U.S. Postal Service announced last week that it plans to conduct a study at the Fort Smith Customer Service Mail Processing Center at the main post office. According to the agency, the study will explore the possibility of consolidating some operations into the Northwest Arkansas Processing and Distribution Facility in Fayetteville.

Trailer fire ‘suspicious’

December 9, 2010 The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a suspicious fire that damaged a mobile home on Dry Run Circle late Monday night.Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:36 p.m., according to information released by the sheriff’s department.Detective Sgt. Mike Mundy declined to release specific details of the incident. He said since no cause had been determined, the fire is being investigated as arson.—from submitted reports

Community School to meet

December 9, 2010 The Community School Inc. board will meet at 6 p.m. Friday at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, 231 E. Main St., Batesville. Meetings are open to the public.