Boy, 11, dies in 4-wheeler accident

October 8, 2010 HARRISON — An 11-year-old boy was killed Wednesday at Zion in Izard County when the four-wheeler he was operating went out of control on private property, striking a rock and metal cart in a yard before rolling onto its top and sliding into a tree, according to the investigating officer, Arkansas State Trooper Brandon Cook.The accident occurred about 8:45 p.m., according to Cook’s written report.Cook said Darien Richard Muise Jr., who would have turned 12 on Nov. 8, was operating a 2004 Honda 300 FourTrax.

Southside board meets Monday

October 8, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will hold a short monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in the administration building, Superintendent Roger Rich said.It will meet for about an hour and then members will conduct an in-service workshop as required by the Arkansas Department of Education.Meetings are open to the public.

AARP to hear young singer

October 8, 2010 AARP will hold its monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The meal starts at 11 with the meeting at noon. The speaker is a mystery guest, said AARP president Hank Rivers, but members will also hear a 5-year-old girl sing the National Anthem. “This is one that all members and guests should hear,” Rivers said.

Voting machines to be tested

October 8, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 8 a.m. Monday in the county courthouse basement.The commission will test voting machines for the upcoming General Election.

Council to hear pitbull ban, fowl, tethering ordinances

October 8, 2010 Finally, the pitbull ordinance is scheduled to come before the Batesville City Council when it holds its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The council will hear the first reading of an ordinance regarding vicious or dangerous animals within the city limits. There will also be an ordinance regarding fowl and another one regulating the tethering of dogs.

Ladies welcome a ‘night out’

October 8, 2010 For Talisha Strickland, a soon-to-be graduate of the registered nursing program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, seeing that others make health a priority will be one of her priorities as a nurse.On Tuesday during Ladies Night Out at UACCB’s Independence Hall it was her and her classmates priority to see that women of all ages understood the importance of breast health and exams.

Biker late for work caught speeding

October 8, 2010 After Jonathan Conway was caught speeding at 80 mph and weaving in and out of traffic, he explained to police he was late for work, but he ended up not making it all that day after he was taken to jail.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was patrolling the Moorefield “cutoff” just before 8 a.m. Thursday when he noticed a yellow motorcycle turn off Harrison Street onto the cutoff and quickly accelerate to 61 mph.

Welding blast injures 2 men

October 8, 2010 Two men trying to cut the end out of a metal barrel with a torch were sent to White River Medical Center Thursday afternoon when the barrel exploded.Deputy Michael Moody with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said he was dispatched to a residence on Quarry B. Road around 6:30 p.m. after police dispatch received a call of an explosion involving 46-year-old Jeffrey Stobaugh and his father, 68-year-old Jerry Stobaugh. “I found Jeffrey on the ground with a towel over him and his father, Jerry, running cold water over him with a water hose,” Moody said.

Auditions set for Civil War production – Historical society, BCT partner in new venture

October 8, 2010 Open auditions will be held Oct. 19 and 21 for an original play about life in Independence County during the Civil War.Eight people — three women and five men — will be selected as actors in the readers’ theatre production of “War Chronicles I: Independence County’s Civil War.” The six performances will be during the last two weekends of January 2011. Most of the rehearsals will be held in the first two weeks of January.

Melbourne teams to wait tables

October 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne senior high basketball teams will wait tables at Pizza Inn from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday to raise money for gear and trips. The ball players themselves will be waiters/waitresses.