Scout Explorers to speak

October 11, 2010 FIFTY-SIX — Members of the Boy Scout Troop Ole 97 Alumni Association will hold a program at 11 a.m. Sunday about the troop’s adventures in Half-Mile Cave, as Blanchard Springs Caverns was once known during the 1960s. The program will be at the Blanchard Springs Caverns Visitor Information Center theater.

Stumpin’ for Causey

October 11, 2010 President Bill Clinton is coming to Batesville on Wednesday.Clinton will be in town to stump for Chad Causey, Democratic candidate for Arkansas’ First Congressional District, said Gabe Holmstrom with Causey’s campaign. Clinton and Causey will be speaking at 3:15 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The event at Independence Hall is open to the public.Holmstrom said local officials are also scheduled to speak.Causey is the former chief of staff for retiring Rep. Marion Berry.

Healing process begins after explosion

October 11, 2010 Two Batesville men are being treated in the burn unit of  Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock following an explosion Thursday afternoon.Jeffrey Stobaugh, 46, and his father Jerry Stobaugh, 68, were using a cutting torch to remove the end from a 55-gallon metal barrel when leftover fumes from the volatile chemical solvent Toluene, exploded.Jeffrey Stobaugh suffered the most serious injuries with second-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, mainly from his chest down and his hands, according to his stepmother, Jennie Lee Stobaugh.

Singing set for Sunday

October 8, 2010 BROCKWELL — The Izard County Singing Convention will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Music Auditorium at Brockwell.The event is open to the public. For more information, call Mike Haney at (870) 368-4146 or Anna Floyd at 368-5012.

Katina Erwin promoted at FVP

October 8, 2010 Katina Erwin has been promoted to Safe Haven’s shelter manager for Family Violence Prevention in Batesville.Erwin joined the organization as a child advocate in August 2008. After several years at that position she decided she was ready for the promotion to shelter manager. As shelter manager, Erwin will supervise all aspects of the Safe Haven shelter for victims of domestic violence. An Arkansas native, she and her husband, Jason, have been married three years.

Judge asks courtroom to say pledge

October 8, 2010 TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge again asked everyone in his courtroom to stand and pledge allegiance to the flag, despite an uproar over whether he has the right to make such a request.The furor began Wednesday when an attorney with a reputation for fighting free speech battles stayed silent as everyone else recited the patriotic oath. The lawyer was jailed.“I didn’t expect the Pledge of Allegiance, but he asked me to do it, so I did it,” said Melissa Adams, 41, who testified in a child custody case that was closed to the public.

Memphis Bridge rehab continues

October 8, 2010 MEMPHIS (AP) — A project to make the major Memphis bridge over the Mississippi River able to withstand earthquakes will continue until mid-November. The project has constricted traffic on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge to one lane in each direction between Memphis and West Memphis.

Fine to keep goblins out

October 8, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — White County officials want to put a scare into cemetery vandals for Halloween.Destroying headstones and other markers has become an expensive problem. Last October, about 50 headstones were knocked over or broken at Prince Cemetery near Bald Knob. Juveniles arrested for the vandalism did everything from breaking a 400-pound granite marker to running a pickup truck into the stacked stones of a cairn. Several other graveyards were also vandalized.

Roofer shot by pellet gun

October 8, 2010 MIDWAY (AP) — The Baxter County sheriff’s office says a man has been charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault, accused of shooting a roofer twice with a pellet gun.Authorities said a man called 911 about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday and reported he had been shot with a BB or pellet gun as he worked on the roof of an industrial building at Midway, about six miles northwest of Mountain Home.

Oil Trough Bear Homecoming set

October 8, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The third annual Oil Trough Bear Homecoming begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Oil Trough Community Center with entertainment by Brenda Shaw Palmer & the Beebe Believers, said Jeannie Simmons Fisher, one of the organizers.Those gathering will visit and reminisce about Oil Trough School’s “80 years of memories,” Fisher said.T-shirts with artwork of the old Oil Trough High School building and the words “80 years of memories, Oil Trough High School 1910-1990” on the front will be sold throughout the day.