Off-duty firefighter finds spreading fire

November 15, 2010 Off-duty Batesville firefighter/policeman Fred Friar said when he came out of the Tripp’s Hardware Store on Lawrence Street Thursday afternoon, he could see a large black cloud of smoke to the north and west and knew something was wrong.When he learned the Batesville 911 Dispatch office had no calls of a fire in the area, Friar decided to investigate and followed the smoke to property owned by Steve Carpenter. When he arrived at the end of Broadwater Lane in west Batesville a trash fire was burning behind a barn.

Shriners to elect officers

November 15, 2010 The White River Shrine Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the meal starting at 5:15. All Shriners and/or Master Masons and their wives are asked to attend. The club will hold elections for the officers for the 2011 coming year. Uniforms will be maroon shirt with bolo tie and jackets if the weather requires.

Friends of Library plan chili-soup supper, auction

November 15, 2010 The Friends of the Lyon College Mabee-Simpson Library chili-soup supper and silent auction will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the Mabee-Simpson Library first floor lobby.Tickets will be available at the door: $3 for students and Friends of the Library members, $5 for adults, and children under 12 free. Desserts will also be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library.Contact Dean Covington at (870) 307-7206 or dean.covington@lyon.edu for more information or to donate for the silent auction.

Community School to meet

November 15, 2010 Members of 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.

3 hospitalized in Springdale after pit bull attacks

November 15, 2010 SPRINGDALE (AP) — Police say a mother and two of her young sons have been treated at a Springdale hospital after they were attacked by a pit bull.A police report said the dog was shot and killed by an officer late Saturday morning after the attack on 30-year-old Kathryn Urban and two of her sons, 5-year-old Justin Urban and 9-year-old Gage Sloop.

Harvest of Hope offering pork, chicken

November 15, 2010 The fifth annual Independence County Harvest of Hope fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Arkansas is Thursday and Friday, and this year the organization is selling pork butts and half chickens for the cause.Tickets for one half chicken are $6 and $25 for one pork butt. They can be purchased at Citizens Bank, First Southern Bank, First Community Bank. For more information call Billy or Joyce Prickett at (870) 793-4843 or James Smythe at (870) 793-9113.

Moms of Military meet tonight

November 15, 2010 The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 tonight at Fellowship Baptist Church.The meeting is open to all women with family serving in any branch of the military. The group meets the third Monday evening of each month to share experiences, military information and ideas, and to support one another. Child care will be available. For information call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.

Post office seeks input

November 15, 2010 The U.S. Postal Service will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Citizens Bank Annex to gather community input regarding a proposal to move some mail processing operations from Batesville to Jonesboro.The proposal calls for consolidating some mail processing operations that are currently being performed at the Batesville Post Office to the Northeast Arkansas Processing Center “in order to increase efficiency and improve productivity,” a news release states.

Thanksgiving service planned in Smithville

November 15, 2010 SMITHVILLE — A community Thanksgiving service is set for Wednesday at the Smithville Community Center. A potluck meal begins at 6 p.m., with the service to begin at approximately 7. Special music is also planned.The event is open to the public and is hosted by Smithville Methodist Church and Smithville Baptist Church. Jay Wilkins, Smithville Baptist pastor, will be the speaker. Bob McMillon is pastor of Smithville Methodist.

TV students to film military-related documentary

November 15, 2010 CAVE CITY — The goal of a team of students and teachers from Cave City High School who will film a documentary at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio in early December is to bring national attention to the needs of severely wounded U.S. soldiers and their families.Much of that focus will be on the Warrior Family Support Center, which could use a lot of help in fulfilling those needs.Many of the soldiers are amputees, brought to the TV team’s attention by local electrician Gary Farmer, who tries to stay out of the spotlight but became part of the story this time.