Blue Cross to be at UAW

November 9, 2010 United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Apple Barrel Family Restaurant in Pocahontas, formerly Bonanza Restaurant.Barbara Larkin of Blue Cross will be at the meeting.

Post set up – Search begins for missing man

November 9, 2010 A command post was set up this morning at North Heights Church of Christ to facilitate the search for a missing 29-year-old man, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Duane Grice said Wanda Tosh reported Sunday that her son, Ronnie Paul Russell, has been missing since Thursday. She told Grice that Russell has been depressed because he has been separated from his wife, who had filed an order of protection, keeping him from their residence in Newark.Tosh told Grice that her son appeared suicidal.

Circuit clerks work foreclosure auctions, earning commissions on top of salaries

November 8, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Circuit Clerk Bette Stamps walked outside her office at the Washington County courthouse ready to fulfill her role as a sales commissioner. “Is there anyone here for the 10 o’clock sale?” Stamps asked. No one responded, and Stamps moved quickly through the process of conducting a judicial foreclosure auction. Within a few seconds, she announced that she was accepting a bank’s $95,000 bid on a Springdale house, earning herself $95.

Potential juror cites Dahmer, is excused

November 8, 2010 CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man was excused from jury service after mentioning he was friends growing up with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.John Backderf was among prospective jurors being screened last week by a judge in Cleveland. He was asked: “Has anyone you know ever been convicted of a crime?”Backderf responded: “I had a close friend in high school who killed 17 people.”The Plain Dealer reports Monday the answer caused the judge to freeze and lawyers to drop their pens. Backderf explained he knew Dahmer, who was raised in northeast Ohio.

Election attracts less than half of state’s voters

November 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Less than half of the state’s 1.6 million registered voters turned out for Tuesday’s general election, with the strongest turnout in traditionally GOP-leaning counties, according to data from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office.The office placed unofficial turnout for the election at 47.62 percent, down from the 54 percent originally predicted by Secretary of State Charlie Daniels. Counties have until Nov. 17 to certify ballots as official.

State funds pay for high school facade work

November 8, 2010 CONCORD — Work to replace the stone facade on the outside of the high school at Concord cost slightly more than $300,000, Superintendent Dr. Mike Davidson told patrons at the recent annual report to the public.The money came from a total of $463,298 in Arkansas Revenue Stabilization Act funds, with the remainder going to classroom and technology upgrades, heating and air conditioning upgrades, asbestos removal, a phone system, some painting and a little work in the sewer system, Davidson said.

Bridge closed after truck hits cables

November 8, 2010 High winds are blamed for a freak accident that closed the Bayou Bridge on North Central Avenue for several hours Friday.Independence County Deputy Duane Grice said around 11:30 a.m. he got the call of a power line falling on a diesel tanker truck at the intersection of North Central Avenue (Highway 69) and Cherry Street.When he approached the truck Grice said he could see that no power lines were lying across the truck, but a black cable about two inches in diameter was lying on the ground for a distance of about three blocks.

Angel Tree apps ready for filing

November 8, 2010 Applications are available for parents in Independence County to receive Christmas gifts for their children from the Angel Tree. Applications may be picked up from Department of Human Services at 100 Weaver Ave. in Batesville, or the United Way of Independence County office located in the First Community Bank building at 1325 Harrison.Applications must be returned to DHS by Friday. No applications will be accepted after that.

Mtn. Home Craftsfest announced

November 8, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — Craftsfest will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Baxter County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.Approximately 90 booths will be operated by local crafters as well as crafters throughout Arkansas and Missouri, and a variety of handcrafted items will be for sale.Drawings for gift certificates to be used at Craftsfest will be held throughout both days. Winners must be present.

Coats for Kids being collected

November 8, 2010 The second annual Coats for Kids drive is now under way in Batesville.Compass Church began the drive Oct. 1 and will continue through Saturday.Drop off boxes are placed at the following locations: Batesville — Compass Church, Teacher 2 Teacher, Bryant’s Pharmacy, Walgreens, Stage, Hawg’s Exxon and Believers Community Church; Southside — Larry Pizza; and Sulphur Rock — Wildcat Station.Last year’s drive collected more than 200 coats, spokeswoman Carla Middleton said.For more information, call Middleton at (870) 799-4547.