Ark. airmen returning

September 2, 2010 JACKSONVILLE (AP) — The Air Force says more than 160 airmen are expected to return Wednesday evening to Little Rock Air Force Base from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.A news release said airplanes carrying the troops are expected to land at the base about 9 p.m., to be greeted by leaders at the air base, family and friends. The release said the planes’ arrival will not be open to the public, though news media will be allowed to cover the event.

Community garden sheds new life

September 2, 2010 A new shed is going up at the White River Community Garden.Sharon Clark, spokesperson for the Friends of White River Community Garden, said the Independence County Hometown Wellness Coalition recently donated $3,000 for the construction of a 12x16 shed to be used for the storage of tools and gardening supplies. Sally Fitts is a member of the wellness coalition and also had one of the plots, so she helped obtain the garden for the group.Clark said a storage building was always in the plans for the community garden. “We’re just having to build as we have funds.”

C-Ridge, UACCB promote medical professions

September 2, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board approved a memorandum of understanding with the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Aug. 17 to continue a medical profession education program for high school students.This is the district’s third year to have the program in which full-time UACCB instructors teach a variety of classes including introduction to health professions, medical procedures I and II and pathology.

Off the Beaten Path tour scheduled

September 2, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The ninth annual “Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour” will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17-18 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19.This free self-guided driving tour of artists’ studios in Mountain View, Calico Rock, Pineville, Leslie and Fox includes the work of more than 40 local artists and craft artisans, all located within 30 miles of the Court House Square in Mountain View.

Sharp Co. burn ban lifted

September 2, 2010 ASH FLAT — The burn ban issued in Sharp County on Aug. 3 was lifted at 9 this morning, County Judge Larry Brown said.“Most areas of Sharp County received some rainfall in varying amounts during the past 24 to 36 hours and conditions have improved,” Brown said.He also announced the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Trash pickup schedule altered

September 2, 2010 NEWARK — Due to the Labor Day holiday, trash/garbage pickup in Newark will take place Tuesday instead of Monday, city Recorder Treasurer Joanne Langston said.City offices will also be closed Monday.

Jazz band to perform

September 2, 2010 The Happy Tymes Jazz Band will perform 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Elizabeth’s Restaurant in Batesville.The band “performs sweet songs to lively melodies and recreates the kaleidoscopic tonal colors and moods of this truly American art form,” according to a news release. “The band is a favorite attraction everywhere they perform and has been called one of ‘Arkansas’ true treasures.’”

Council may, may not consider pitbull ban Tuesday

September 2, 2010 The Batesville City Council had planned to discuss the proposed ban on pitbulls Tuesday night, but city officials say the animal ordinance most likely still won’t be ready.The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. If the ordinance is not ready, that item will probably be skipped, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said.The agenda also includes third readings on two ordinances, one to close a portion of Allen Street and the other to adopt an appendix of the state fire code (regarding fencing around swimming pools and hot tubs).

Rockin’ for a Reason concert set

September 2, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced plans for the second Rockin’ for a Reason concert set for Sept. 18 in Independence Hall.Danny Dozier and The Lockhouse Orchestra will take the stage at 8 p.m. and play for about two hours. All proceeds from the event will go toward the construction of the new nursing and allied health building.

Local police join national drug drop-off program

September 2, 2010 Got drugs and want to get rid of them?The Independence County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the first ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, set for Sept. 25 at the Batesville Walmart.“We’ll be out at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with containers where people can bring their medicine and dump it in approved containers,” Chief Deputy Steve Jeffery said. “There will be deputies on duty to assist the public and prevent any thefts.“There’s no questions asked about what the drugs are, or where they came from.