AGFC kills fenced exotic deer

September 16, 2010 PLAINVIEW (AP) — Arkansas wildlife officers have killed a herd of 15 exotic deer that authorities say had been kept without a permit.The herd included 11 red deer and four fallow deer that were owned by Chad Sentell of Judsonia, who said the state was wrong to have killed the animals. Officials said the Tuesday kill was part of a continuing effort to keep the 1 million native Arkansas deer free from chronic wasting disease.

Meeting set to discuss road conditions at Floral

September 16, 2010 FLORAL — A community meeting to discuss the condition of county roads in the Floral area and see if any plans for improvement are in the works is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Floral Community Center, said organizer Ronnie Head.The community center is in the same building as the fire station, across from the post office, he said.Head said several people in the community are frustrated with having to deal with poor roads, which can not only cause additional vehicle repairs but which can also be dangerous.

County nets obesity prevention grant

September 16, 2010 The Arkansas Department of Health has been awarded a grant of $2.3 million for obesity prevention in the city of North Little Rock and Independence County, according to a news release.

Sentence upheld

September 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A judge in Benton County acted appropriately when he acknowledged the “800-pound gorilla” in the courtroom and allowed testimony about the deadly 1998 Jonesboro school attack when he sentenced shooter Mitchell Johnson to 12 years in prison for unrelated crimes, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Volunteers hammer out new sanctuary

September 16, 2010 VIOLET HILL — Bill Dees has no problem concentrating on the job before him even with the constant hum of power tools and hammers in the background.He is among the volunteers who make up The Master’s Builders who are helping complete the new 7,000 square-foot building that will hold the new sanctuary, a pastor’s office and six new classrooms at the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church at Violet Hill.

Homeless pets to hit catwalk

September 16, 2010 Homeless pets are trying a different tactic to grab the attention of potential adopters: They’re hitting the catwalk.Maurices and the Humane Society of Independence County will host a fashion show at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the First Assembly of God on 20th and Lyon streets. The show will feature models wearing fall fashions who are accompanied by adoptable pets from the humane society.

Moms of Military to meet

September 15, 2010 The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church (across from the Batesville airport).The meeting is open to all women with family serving in any branch of the military. The group meets the third Monday evening of each month to share experiences, military information and ideas, and to support one another. Child care will be available. For information call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.

Music show returns

September 15, 2010 HORSESHOE BEND — The monthly Music in the Mountains Show will return to the stage 6 p.m. Saturday at the Horseshoe Bend Theatre after taking a break in August. The show is coming back with a bang with some new faces as well as familiar ones, according to a news release.Special guest David Sherrell will return to the show and former Nashville musician Darrell Bounds of Alton, Mo., will be guest band member on bass guitar.

Eastside Baptist Church announces revival

September 15, 2010 CAVE CITY — Eastside Baptist Church on Highway 230 East in Cave City will have revival services tonight through Sunday. Dave Kelley of Muskogee, Okla., will be the evangelist and Charles Landers of Cave City is music director. Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.The event is open to the public.

Dog dip, bath scheduled

September 15, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County is having its last dog dip/bath of the year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.The humane society is asking for $6 donation for a bath, $6 for a dip or both for $10.