Newman meets 42nd President

October 14, 2010 Thirteen-year-old Brock Newman was a toddler when Bill Clinton’s presidency ended, but on Tuesday afternoon not even school could keep him away from the chance to see the 42nd president of the United States.With Clinton’s 800-page 2004 autobiography in hand, Newman, who said he had read most of “My Life,” and mom Sondra Rich were among the first in line along with several dozen others for the doors of the Independence Hall auditorium to open. For the Batesville Junior High School student the one hour-plus wait wasn’t what he’d call his favorite part.

Concord board reviews cafeteria options at special meeting

October 14, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord School Board met in special session Monday to discuss whether to renovate and expand the existing cafeteria or build a new one, Superintendent Mike Davidson said.Architect Richard Bailey of Little Rock attended and agreed to come back at the next regular meeting with preliminary sketches of a proposed new cafeteria, Davidson said.After reviewing the sketches and looking at costs of both proposals, a decision will be made, but not necessarily during the next board meeting, Davidson said.

Banks seize 288K homes in Q3

October 14, 2010 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lenders seized more U.S. homes this summer than in any three-month stretch since the housing market began to bust in 2006. But many of the foreclosures may be challenged in court later because of allegations that banks evicted people without reading the documents.A total of 288,345 properties were lost to foreclosure in the July-September quarter, according to data released today by RealtyTrac Inc., a foreclosure listing service. That’s up from nearly 270,000 in the second quarter, the previous high point in the firm’s records dating back to 2005.

FAA: Man in plane tossed toilet paper on NJ school

October 14, 2010 WESTWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man hurled wet toilet paper on a New Jersey high school from a single-engine plane.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters says the pilot flew over Westwood High School and its athletic fields around 6 p.m. Wednesday.Peters told The Record that children were on the field as the pilot dropped his soggy cargo, littering the area. There were injuries.

Paula weakens to tropical storm

October 14, 2010 MIAMI (AP) — Paula is now a tropical storm as the system hugs Cuba’s northern coast and dumps heavy rain on the island.The National Weather Service in Miami said today the storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Additional weakening is expected.In Cuba, the storm has disrupted ferry service, turned rutted country roads into red-brown muddy quagmires and promised to lash coastal areas with dangerously high waves. Paula is expected to move inland over the island later today.A tropical storm watch is in effect for some of the Florida Keys.

Train derails in Pulaski County

October 14, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Union Pacific train has derailed in Pulaski County between North Little Rock and Morgan.No injuries are reported, and the cause has not been determined.Pulaski County Sheriff’s Lt. Carl Minden said the engine and 21 car-train derailed about 3 a.m. today. Minden says three railroad crossings in the area are closed because they’re either blocked or damaged.He said he doesn’t know what the train was hauling — but said it is not hazardous materials.

Animals discussed at council

October 14, 2010 The Batesville City Council is on its way to regulating chickens and pitbulls.Tuesday night, aldermen heard the first reading of three separate ordinances dealing with fowl, tethering animals and pitbulls in the city.Before the floor was opened to the general public, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said he would limit comments from citizens to three minutes. The first to speak was Carolyn Adkisson of 189 W. Wycough regarding chickens. She has previously addressed the council as the committee has worked on preparing the ordinances over the past few months.

Variety Night is Saturday

October 14, 2010 The sixth annual Variety Night will be Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall. The catfish dinner begins at 5 p.m., a silent/live auction with Mooney Starr at 6 and entertainment at 6:30. Some items have been added to the auction, including a Mossy Oak Indian Guitar that Robert Foster had signed by Bad Boy Mower spokesman Willie Nelson when he was in town earlier this week. The guitar was donated by J.R. Rogers.

Calico Rock tour announced

October 14, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The “Exploring Izard County” group announces its Fall Road Trip “Calico Rockin’ — The Bluff City Bash!” with a free driving and walking tour (the number of vehicles is limited, however) on Oct. 23.The tour begins at 9 a.m. with a visit to Hobo’s Den, a rock shelter and natural bridge on the East Bluff. Others may join the tour at 10 a.m. to see the Church of Christ. Built in 1924, the church was recently renovated and restored. Next is the West Bluff with views from Lovers Leap and a tour of the 1912 plantation style Perryman House.

Movie to be screened

October 14, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 8 p.m. Friday.“Star Trek” will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune in 88.1 FM for the audio. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown inside.This is a special, family-friendly edition of the 2009 movie that has removed any objectionable language and scenes, according to a news release.The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.