District judge touts DWI court

May 13, 2010 In 2006, 1.46 million drivers were arrested for driving while impaired from either alcohol or narcotics — that’s an arrest rate equal to one in every 139 drivers in the U.S. That was one of many statistics presented by District Judge Chaney Taylor as he spoke to the Independence County Quorum Court on Monday night and to the Batesville City Council on Tuesday night. And it’s statistics like the one above that illustrates to him the need for a DWI court, which was implemented about a year ago in this county.

Moms of Military to meet

May 13, 2010 The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church. 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.

Free movie to be screened

May 13, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 8 p.m. Friday. “Benji” will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune in 88.1FM for the audio. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown inside. Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks. The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.

Albert Sidney Johnston, UDC

May 13, 2010 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy held its April meeting with a Dutch treat luncheon at the Batesville County Club. President Mary Miller welcomed members and three guests: Charlotte Poloquin and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lawrence. She led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America; the Salutes to the Arkansas Flag, the Confederate Flag, and the Christian Flag; and the Ritual. She announced the death of chaplain Madge Stephens of Melbourne and asked Sue Richmond to pray the invocation.

Mobile rabies clinic set

May 13, 2010 ASH FLAT — A Sharp County Mobile Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be May 22, county Extension Agent Joe Moore said. “It is very important that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies,” Moore said, adding that a state law makes it mandatory to have dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies once a year by a licensed veterinarian. Dogs and cats need to be at least 3 months old for the vaccinations. “Proceeds from the clinic will be used to support the Sharp County 4-H program,” Moore said.

Board to hear about nature trail

May 13, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district board room at 1502 N. Hill St. in Newark. Agenda items include recognitions, stimulus plan update, soccer field and nature trail update as well as student handbook revisions for 2010-11 year. Meetings are open to the public.

Melbourne graduation moves to 8

May 13, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne High School graduation, originally set for 7 p.m., has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Friday at the high school gym.

Lyon class of 2010 receives diplomas

May 13, 2010 The Lyon College class of 2010, a group of 103 seniors, received diplomas Saturday before a crowd of more than 1,200 family and friends in sunny but breezy Couch Garden. Dr. Donald Weatherman welcomed the gathering for the first time as president of the college. He had attended many Lyon commencements previously as a faculty member, he said, but this was his first since becoming president last July.

Boswell bungalows focus of event

May 13, 2010 The Batesville Preservation Association will host the Historical Homes Spring Tour May 23, and for the first time in recent years, the tour will feature Boswell bungalows. “We try to feature a theme each year,” said Shirlye Marable, tour chairwoman. Dr. Terrell Tebbetts added, “And we have never focused on Boswell before, and it’s in the HR-1 (historical residence) district, so it’s appropriate that it, Boswell, gets the publicity it deserves.” Showcased this year are:

Check it out: New library on hold

May 13, 2010 To build or not to build? This is a question the Independence County Library Board is facing and one that will likely remain a topic of discussion as members decide if a new library building is something the county needs and the people want. Charles Penix and Thad Kelly with Cromwell Architects Engineers of Little Rock met with the library board May 6 to discuss what Cromwell does and projects it has completed during its more than 100-year history.