Council to hear reports

September 13, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall to hear monthly departmental reports, said Mayor Rick Siler.Current bills will also be reviewed.

Chicken dinner to benefit two cancer patients

September 13, 2010 NEWARK — A benefit barbecue chicken dinner and bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the basement fellowship hall of Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church, located at Fourth and Locust streets in Newark.Prices are $6 for a complete dinner; $6 for a whole barbecue chicken; and $3.50 for a half barbecue chicken.Proceeds will go for the medical expenses of Mary Holcombe and Jane Branscum, who are undergoing treatment for cancer.For more information or to reserve orders call (870) 799-8249 or (870) 799-4222.

Appointment to be discussed

September 13, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the community center to consider appointing Jeffery Turner to Position 2 on the council, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.She said she has the required paperwork ready for the council to vote on.Buck Rone held Position 2 until he was appointed mayor earlier this year after Jim Thomas resigned.Routine maintenance, repairs and items that need to be replaced will also be discussed, as will a planned Oct. 1-2 city-wide yard sale.

Ozarka board to meet Thursday for quarterly report

September 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees will hold a regular quarterly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Board Room of the John E. Miller Education Complex.Agenda items include consideration to approve new hires, end-of-year and year-to-date financial reports, Board Policy revisions, partnership with the Gorno-Altaisk University, Core Strategic Plan and election of a Board of Trustee Secretary.For more information, contact Nancy Dust at (870) 368-2006 or

Quorum court set for tonight

September 13, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the second floor courtroom of the Independence County Library building at Third and Main streets.Among items on the agenda will be:• a report on construction progress with the Department of Human Services call center.• resolution announcing grant to expand facilities at the Batesville Help and Hope distribution center.• revised guidelines for county parks and recreation grant applications.• county department head reports.The meeting is open to the public.

Body sent to crime lab

September 13, 2010 The state medical examiner’s office has been given the task of trying to determine if the death of Ronald Edward Berry was from injuries he may have suffered in a recent vehicle accident with a deer, from non- prescribed medications, or from other causes, according to local authorities.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Friar said he was dispatched to the Harrison Street residence of Berry around 5:20 p.m. Sunday after family members reportedly found his body in a bedroom.

20 vendors commit to festival

September 13, 2010 Twenty antique and craft vendors from around the state have already reserved booth space for Batesville’s second annual Autumn Antique and Crafts Festival, set for Oct. 22-23. Vendors scheduled to date include Junction Leather (belts, wallets, and quality leather products), Florence Bullington (antiques and quilts), landscape artist Lanny Canady, Francine Everett (antiques and furniture), and 16 others. Main Street Batesville executive director Paula Grimes is “planning for as many as 50 vendors.”

UACCB sees enrollment triple

September 13, 2010 In the 13 years since UACCB merged with the University of Arkansas System, enrollment has nearly tripled.This fall, the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has enrolled 1,718 students, and while not a new record, that number is still something to be proud about, Chancellor Deborah Frazier noted.Frazier told the approximately 200 people attending a Community Cookout Thursday afternoon that the number of student semester credit hours was 18,677

Roger Bennett Memorial Concert set for Oct. 2

September 10, 2010 The Roger Bennett Memorial Concert will feature Brian Free and Assurance, taking the stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Citizens Bank began the gospel concert series in 2006 with Roger Bennett & Legacy Five playing at a homecoming for Bennett, who was the group’s piano player. Bennett was from Strawberry and very well known in the area, according to a new release. His performance at his homecoming was the last, as he soon after lost his battle with leukemia on March 17, 2007.

Local teen missing

September 10, 2010 A request is being made for the community’s help in locating a missing teen who has not been seen since he left home five days ago.The request came from Independence County Sheriff Office Alan Cockrill.“Timothy Reams, 17, was last seen on Sunday, Sept. 5 at approximately 11 a.m. in the vicinity of 950 Bethesda Road,” Cockrill said. “Timothy told his mother he was going to a friend’s house but never showed up.