Civil War play set

January 17, 2011 Batesville Community Theatre and the Independence County Historical Society will present “War Chronicles I: Independence County’s Civil War,” a readers’ theater production associated with the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial.Performances will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, 22, 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall. A special performance limited to school groups is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 28.

City permits rise slightly in 2010; McClure says house lots are few

January 17, 2011 The biggest new commercial project in the city of Batesville 2010 has now been put on hold.Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure said the city issued 382 permits last year, from retail to churches, from single family home to apartments, from electrical and plumbing to carports and storage buildings. The largest single valuation was First Southern Bank’s proposed new structure at the corner of Meyers and St. Louis streets, at $3.13 million.

Martin Luther King III to pay tribute

January 17, 2011 ATLANTA (AP) — Saying the shooting in Arizona that killed six and seriously wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords underscores the need for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message, the civil rights leader’s son was expected to address a crowd gathered today to mark the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday for his father.Martin Luther King III, president and chief executive officer of The King Center, was to deliver the keynote address at the annual holiday observance, held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where his father preached from 1960 until his death in 1968.

IRS announces tax filing delay; millions affected

January 17, 2011 Those wanting to file their income tax quickly will be unable to do so if they are filing itemized federal tax forms.Due to an act of Congress, an estimated 9 million American workers will have to wait to file their income taxes for 2010. Those affected the most will be filing itemized federal tax forms. As explained by Alana Green, of Green’s Tax and Financial Services of Batesville, Congress enacts tax laws and the Internal Revenue Service then designs forms to comply with those laws.

Probation officer finds stolen gun

January 14, 2011 A Batesville man already on probation was charged with theft by receiving after his probation officer discovered a stolen shotgun wrapped in a blanket on his bed during a home visit Dec. 29.Zachary Piker of 49 Delta St. was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The theft by receiving charge, which was filed Wednesday in Independence County Circuit Court, stems from the same incident.

Appreciation dinner date changed

January 14, 2011 The date to honor emergency personnel has been changed to Jan. 24.Emergency staff, including firefighters, first responders, police officers, state police, ambulance drivers, dispatchers and others are being honored with an appreciation dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. at Josie’s.Steve Carpenter, owner of Josie’s at the Lockhouse, has teamed up with Townsends, Pepsi, Mark Martin Ford, Kia and Chevrolet dealerships, as well as Mooney Starr and the Batesville Daily Guard to acknowledge the work the various organizations and volunteers do.

Ark. lawmaker wants handguns carried in the open

January 14, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state lawmaker from Fort Smith says he wants to make it clear that Arkansans may openly carry handguns.Republican state Rep. Denny Altes says his House Bill 1051 would clarify what he believes is state law that makes Arkansas an open-carry state.Altes pre-filed the bill on Dec. 7 and said he’s talking with the National Rifle Association about ways to tweak the language of the bill. The bill has been referred the House Judiciary Committee.

BHS, BJHS open house to showcase libraries

January 14, 2011 The Batesville junior and senior high schools will host an open house from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday.The event will showcase the schools’ newly renovated libraries, or what are now called media centers, Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison said.The Batesville School Board will meet prior to the open house at 5:30 p.m. at the junior high library. Agenda items include recognitions, a curriculum and instruction report and renewal of a board insurance policy.The open house and meeting are open to the public.

Community School to meet

January 14, 2011 The Community School Inc. board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at White River Specialized Industries at 1550 Cottonwood Drive, Batesville. Meetings are open to the public.

Veterans office to close

January 14, 2011 The Independence County Veterans Office will be closed Monday through Thursday, according to Director Andra Taylor, who will be out of the office for training.