Patriotic dinner, program to be presented Sunday

September 6, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — Hutchinson Mountain Church of Christ will host its annual patriotic dinner and program Sunday.The event will honor the country and the local men and women who serve for the public’s security and protection, including rescue workers, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and active and former military personnel. The program is in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.A hamburger and hot dog cookout will be provided at 6 p.m. at Hutchinson Mountain Community Center followed by the patriotic program.

Izard Master Gardeners to hold plant sale

September 6, 2010 MELBOURNE — Just in time for fall planting, the Izard County Master Gardeners will be holding their Fall Plant Sale between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne.“There will be plenty of indoor and outdoor plants — perennials, shrubs and bulbs — and garden whimsy to add that special touch to your garden, said Trish Nelson.There will also be refreshments and door prizes. For more information, call (870) 368-4323 or (870) 670-5867.

Counseling clinic to hold open house

September 6, 2010 The Batesville Counseling Clinic will host an open house from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday at Methodist Counseling Clinic. The ribbon cutting will be at 5 p.m.The clinic is located at 1539 Harrison St., Batesville (in the shopping plaza with Sherwood Urgent Care and Econo-Mart Pharmacy).The event will include a brief program, tours of the facility and refreshments. Parking is available at the Harrison Street Church of Christ. For more information, call (870) 569-4890.

Author to sign Civil War books

September 6, 2010 SWIFTON — Jinx Olson of Swifton, author of Civil War novels for young people, will sign books and autograph pictures at the Lawrence County Library in Walnut Ridge from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.Olson is the author of three Civil War novels for young people — “Hunter Jones Joins The Civil War (Arkansas),” “Hunter Jones Joins The Civil War (Indian Territory)” and “Hunter Jones Joins The Civil War (Missouri).”

Board discusses restructuring

September 6, 2010 The Batesville School District will not be asking voters for a millage increase during the Sept. 21 school election, but it is hoping voters will vote “yes” to allow it to restructure its 2005 bonds and equalize the millage rate between the Batesville School District and the former Cushman School District.On Wednesday, the Batesville School Board met in a special meeting to decide what projects it would fund if the bond issuance, which would free up more than $4 million, is approved.

Cinnamon Stick highlights event

September 6, 2010 Main Street Batesville will host a grand opening/ribbon cutting for the Cinnamon Stick Sandwich and Coffee Shop at 5:30 p.m. Friday. “The latest addition to the growing restaurant revival in Batesville, located at 151 W. Main and owned by Judy Kane and Karen Narramore, features great food at affordable prices, outstanding coffee drinks, free WiFi, and frequent live music,” Main Street executive director Paula Grimes said. “Local favorites John Baxter and Nick Fudge will perform on the recently completed stage following the grand opening activities.”

Two injured in shootings

September 6, 2010 Two men were injured in separate shooting incidents Thursday.Boyd Mosier, 69, of Floral, was reported in good condition after he was shot in the hand and stomach area around 7:30 p.m. Thursday while using a newly purchased holster for his .38 caliber revolver, according to Independence County Deputy Randy Sharp.Sharp said when he arrived at Mosier’s residence, he found Mosier sitting in a chair with Southside Fire Chief Jeremy Loggins treating a hand wound while Mosier had a towel covering a stomach wound where the bullet had lodged.

Nine miles of hiking areas open Wednesday

September 3, 2010 ARKANSAS CITY — Nine miles of nature trails, a newly paved parking area and an access road will be dedicated at the Freddie Black Choctaw Island Wildlife Management Area and Deer Research Area East Unit at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.The WMA is in Desha County near Arkansas City. The public dedication ceremony will be at the access ramp to the Rocky Hole Trail Head.The nature trails at Choctaw Island were made possible through funding from the Arkansas Recreational Trails Program, through the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

Ethics panel issues opinion on televising drug court

September 3, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — State judicial officials are questioning whether Washington-Madison County Drug Court, the popular local television program, should be aired.An opinion from the Arkansas Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, issued Thursday, appears to quash any thought of taking any version of the show national and questions whether it should continue to be broadcast locally.

Service set for crash victims

September 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A memorial service will be Tuesday to remember members of a medical helicopter crew who were killed when the aircraft crashed near Scotland earlier this week.According to Air Evac Lifeteam, the service for pilot Kenneth Robertson, flight nurse Kenneth Meyer, Jr., and flight paramedic Gayla Gregory will be held at 1 p.m. at The Church Alive in Conway.All three were killed when their helicopter went down about 4 a.m. Tuesday in the hills of Van Buren County.