Individual choices at stake as laws take effect

July 1, 2010 Gun owners with permits can carry concealed weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol in New Mexico and Virginia. Young and old alike must show proof of age when buying alcohol in Indiana. Georgia and Kentucky are hitting the delete key on texting while driving.New laws taking effect today reflect states’ ongoing debates over individual freedoms, touching on everything from smoking restrictions to measures seeking to fight crime.

New audio books/DVDs at Independence County Library

July 1, 2010 Audio books“Milo’s Hat Trick,” Jon Agee“Rembrandt’s Beret,” Johnny Alcorn“I’m Not Invited?” Diana Cain Bluthenthal“Family Stories”“Pumpkin Eye,” Denise Fleming“Woolbur,” Leslie Helakoski“Zelda and Ivy One Christmas,” Laura McGee Kvasnosky“The Other Dog,” Madeleine L’Engle“Knots on a Counting Rope,” Bill Martin Jr.“Penny Lee and Her TV,” Glenn McCoy“First Grade Stinks!” Mary Ann Rodman“The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog!” Cynthia Rylant“Over the Moon,” Rachel Vail

The Weekend Events — What’s going on this weekend in the Batesville area:

July 1, 2010 Friday• Fish and chicken dinner, 3-7:30 p.m., Hutchinson Mountain community center. Meals are $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under.Saturday• Saturday Open Market open market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., pocket park in downtown Batesville. Open to farmers, gardeners, artists and crafts people from Independence County and bordering communities; there is no entry fee. Vendors should bring their own tables or booths. Call Paula Grimes at (870) 793-4632 or e-mail

Shape note gathering set

July 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park will host the seventh annual National Shape Note Gathering Tuesday through Thursday.“Whether you grew up attending Sacred Harp singings, learned to sight read by using a seven-shape system, or are simply curious about what’s behind that unusual, appealing shape-note sound, come and attend this new event,” a news release states. “Shape-note singers from different styles, repertoires, and traditions — along with people who have never sung by shapes — will come together for a general session.”

Pageant is Saturday

July 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Miss Southern Firecracker pageant will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View School, according to a news release. Registration will begin at 1. For questions about entry fees, entry forms or more information call (501) 270-0635, (501) 206-5561 or e-mail

Pastor to celebrate birthday

July 1, 2010 Bob Francis will celebrate his 75th birthday with a reception from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Word of Life Fellowship Church, located at 1417 North Central Ave. in Batesville.Refreshments will be served.Francis is pastor of the Word of Life Fellowship Church and holds services in the chapel of Independence County Jail once a month. He was director of the Burning Bush Christian Coffeehouse from 1972 to 1974 and of a second coffeehouse from 1981 to 1982. He retired from ConAgra on May 1, 1999, after 23 years of service.

Concord Fun Day scheduled

July 1, 2010 CONCORD — Wallace Cooper will be the grand marshal when the annual Concord Fourth of July Fun Day parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, said city council member Jackie Rone, who is helping coordinate the event.Cooper is a previous city alderman and school board member, as well as a former Cleburne County deputy sheriff and sheriff.Parade line-up begins at 10 on the Concord School campus. It will travel to the city park, where remaining events are scheduled.

Prisons cutting spending

July 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas prison spending will be trimmed so the system can afford to keep using a recently completed addition to a unit in Malvern that can house up to 360 inmates, officials said.The state Corrections Board was told at a meeting Tuesday that spending on maintenance and operations at other prisons would be cut — and service bonuses for employees would be eliminated — to provide funds for guards at the Ouachita River Unit.

Person of interest sought in theft of worker’s tools

July 1, 2010 Although a suspect has not been named, police are interested in talking with a man who might know something about the theft of a Delta table saw, Husky air compressor, and a Craftsman cordless drill from a work site on Kimberly Lane.Cody Taylor and Daniel Hopper, owners of the equipment, said the saw was on the back porch of the residence and the air compressor and drill were on a trailer parked in the yard when they were stolen overnight Saturday. The equipment is valued at $730.

Woman given 3 years for fatal DUI crash

July 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Pulaski County judge has sentenced a Searcy woman to three years in prison for killing a man in a drunken-driving crash last year.Annalee Clark pleaded guilty to felony negligent homicide in May. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza sentenced her to six years in prison, but suspended three years Tuesday.Police say Clark’s blood-alcohol level was 0.12, over the .08 legal limit, during the May 2009 collision that killed Andres Vazquez. Officers say Clark also tested positive for marijuana and prescription medication.