Broken windshield yields drug arrest

November 18, 2010 Noticing the car in front him had a broken windshield, Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan stopped the driver, Steven Ray Brown, 29, of Locust Grove, and arrested him for driving on a suspended driver’s license, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Narcotics Officer Chris Toland.Toland said Gillihan stopped Brown for the broken windshield which poses a traffic hazard around 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store on North Central Avenue and then arrested him when a computer check showed Brown’s driver’s license was suspended.

Veterans event is Saturday

November 18, 2010 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte will host its fifth annual Veterans Day appreciation dinner Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.Veterans and their spouses will eat ribeye steak, while other guests who attend will have smoked turkey with all the trimmings.The veterans will stand up and state their name and in which branch they served. They may wear their uniforms, if they choose.

Church to host performance; book signing to follow

November 18, 2010 Larisa Denman and the White River Symphony Ensemble will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, located at 615 E. Main St. in Batesville.The concert of classical music will include new original compositions by Denman.The event is free and open to the public.A compact disc signing will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hastings Bookstore in Batesville.For more information visit

Boards to meet

November 18, 2010 The quarterly meetings of the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District Board and the White River Planning and Development District Board have been scheduled for Dec. 7 at the Batesville Country Club.The solid waste meeting will begin at 10 a.m., with the planning and development meeting scheduled for 10:30.For more information call the White River Planning and Development District office at (870) 793-5233.

Church offers free lunch

November 18, 2010 The 20th Street Missionary Baptist Church will host a free Thanksgiving lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.The meal is open to the public. Dine-in, carry-out and free delivery will be available by calling Mike Kidd, pastor, at (501) 344-8354.The church is located at 425 Boswell St. in Batesville.

‘Boil water’ order issued

November 18, 2010 The Department of Health has issued a “boil water” order for customers of Batesville Water Utilities who live east of Gap Road and north of Harrison Street, city Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson has announced.The order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of partial loss in normal system pressure during a main break.

Holiday changes schedules

November 18, 2010 In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 25, all rural trash collection and recycling routes scheduled for Nov. 25 and 26 will be postponed until the following week (Dec. 2), according to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks.All Independence and Sharp County offices will also be closed on Nov. 25 and 26 to reopen again on Nov. 29.

Arkansas lawmaker wants ‘Land of Opportunity’ back

November 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Has “The Natural State” run its course? That’s what one incoming state lawmaker is thinking.State Rep.-elect David Sanders, a Republican from Little Rock, filed a bill Wednesday that would change the state’s nickname back to “The Land of Opportunity.”

Thanksgiving service planned

November 18, 2010 The Batesville Area Ministers Fellowship will host a community Thanksgiving service at 6 p.m. Sunday at West Baptist Church.The Rev. Jeff Cox will be the speaker. The event is open to the public.

BPA Awards cont…

November 18, 2010 The Batesville Preservation Association has presented two awards for residential restorations. BPA recognized Ron and Jennifer Davidson for the addition to the Maxfield Cottage at Sixth and Water streets, which Tebbetts noted was “faithful to the original structure in both design and materials.” The association also recognized Nick and Bethany Sloan for the restoration of their home at 673 Bayou St. Tebbetts commented that the small “Witch’s Hat” centering the porch roof is “one of the most charming features” among Batesville’s many restored homes.