Civil War group to meet

October 6, 2009 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Kay Southerland will present a program entitled “Civil War Medicine.” After reading a newspaper article a few years ago, Southerland became interested in the topic of medicine and the toll diseases took during the Civil War. She will discuss conditions in camps and the lack of food and medicines.

Grant will aid in equipping, training fire departments

October 6, 2009 The Arkansas Forestry Commission has been awarded an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant through the U.S. Forest Service for wildfire hazard reduction on property in Arkansas impacted by the ice storm of January 2009.The ice storm devastated the northern third of the state, producing large amounts of uprooted and broken trees. In an effort to assist fire departments responding to wildland fires in the designated counties, $340,000 will be used to purchase items to supply fire departments with a wildland firefighting kit.

GAP meeting scheduled

October 6, 2009 Batesville Schools will hold a Grandparents As Parents meeting at noon on Thursday at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St.Lunch will be provided.“Batesville GAP is designed to meet the unique needs of families and offer support and information to grandparents raising children,” a news release states. “If you are the primary caregiver or guardian of a child from birth to 18 and are interested in this free program please attend this informative meeting.” 

Variety Night to be Saturday

October 6, 2009 The fourth annual Variety Night to benefit John 3:16 Ministries will be Saturday at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall.Rep. Marion Berry is scheduled to be on hand for the big door prize giveaway, a 2009 Bad Boy Multi-Terrain Vehicle, valued at $11,000. Anyone buying a ticket to Variety Night will be entered into the drawing.Dinner begins at 5 p.m., with the silent/live auction at 6 and entertainment at 6:30. Mooney Starr will be the auctioneer for the live auction.

Bull Shoals police say 2 dead in murder-suicide

October 6, 2009 BULL SHOALS (AP) — Police in Bull Shoals say they’re investigating an apparent murder-suicide inside a local store.Police Chief David Hotchkiss says 50-year-old Roger Swain of Mountain Home and 41-year-old Tim Dilday of Fairview were killed in a shooting inside Harps Market just before 5 p.m. Monday.Swain was the store manager.Hotchkiss says Dilday went into Swain’s office, had a confrontation, then shot Swain then shot himself.No one else was injured.Police would not discuss a possible motive.

Craighead deputies cleared in shooting

October 6, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Craighead County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Walden has cleared three deputies involved in a shootout that killed one man and wounded another near Jonesboro.Chief Deputy Rick Thomas says the three have returned to duty after being on administrative leave. Their names haven’t been released.Raymond Floyd was killed and Phillip Sutfin wounded in the Sept. 28 shooting that occurred after two parole officers and a deputy went to Sutfin’s home northeast of Jonesboro.

Arson suspected in pole barn fire

October 6, 2009  A weekend fire in which a pole barn and its contents were destroyed is being eyed as the work of an arsonist, according to Independence County authorities.Bobby Gillmore of 300 Jamestown Loop told police he heard a loud popping sound around 12:45 a.m. Saturday and when he looked outside he could see his barn on fire.Gillmore said the pole barn, valued at $10,000, a $12,000 Fisher bass boat and a Craftsman riding lawn mower valued at $900 were all destroyed by the blaze.According to Gillmore, the barn only had electrical power to one outlet.

Mabry addresses Kiwanis members

October 6, 2009 Batesville Kiwanis Club members Friday received an update on the new Department of Human Services Call Center to be built in Batesville, presented by guest speaker Ed Mabry, director of the Independence County Economic Development Commission.Mabry told those in attendance that meetings will start next week with DHS to select a site and develop training programs. ”I think by the quorum court meeting we’ll have all the basics in place.” Mabry said.

Robbery reported – College student claims school loan was taken at gunpoint

October 6, 2009  A Batesville man says he was robbed at gunpoint of his student loan money early Sunday morning in what he believes was a set-up deal.Austin D. Carter, 19, told police that he had a friend to take him to cash his $2,500 student loan check Saturday, and then around 2 a.m. Sunday he was robbed while riding in the car with the same friend.Carter told Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan that he and the friend were going to a residence on Broadwater Lane when they drove upon a man they knew standing in the road on Davis Lane.

Floral chief seeks election

October 6, 2009 A request to the Independence County Election Commission for a special election on Dec. 8, to modify the Floral fire district, must go before the quorum court first, according to election commissioners.The commission met Monday morning to discuss a petition, submitted by Floral Fire Chief Mark Biram and signed by 10 percent of the population of the affected district.The petition asks for the election to form a state-approved fire protection district in both the Liberty and Relief townships.