• Firefighters plan fundraiser

    PINEVILLE — The annual Open House fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pineville Volunteer Fire Department.
    The fire department’s 2008 Kenworth pumper/tanker, which was acquired from the 2008 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, will be showcased.
    A silent auction will be held, and hamburgers, hot dogs and Polish sausage will be available.
    Proceeds will go toward purchase of a laptop computer, a Power Point projector and a screen for training purposes and fire planning.

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  • EH Clubs seek new members

    Independence County offers a number of Extension Homemakers club, which enrich one’s home and community, according to a news release.
    Extension Homemakers clubs are partners with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture-Extension. EH clubs are educational and community service organizations located in 74 Arkansas counties. Their mission is to empower individuals and help families improve their quality of life. EH clubs use the latest research based information to teach nutrition, food safety, health, money management, marriage, parenting and child development.

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  • Cave City EHC

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met on April 20 at the Cave City Community Center. President Judy Breckenridge called the meeting to order and the group sang “Mockingbird Hill.” Words to Live By were read by Breckenridge. Roll call was “Where did you go on your honeymoon?” Nine members were present.
    Minutes and treasurer’s reports were given and approved.
    The Educational Lesson was “Makeup Tips For The Over 50 Crowd.” Literature was passed out and a discussion was held.

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  • Couple to celebrate golden anniversary

    Jerry Dale Hoofman and Linda Johnson-Hoofman, formerly of Batesville, will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception hosted by their children and grandchildren at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God in Searcy.
    The couple was united in marriage on May 3, 1959. They are both retired and enjoy traveling with their pet Peekapoo, Ouray, named after their favorite destination in Colorado. They now reside in Searcy and are members of the First Assembly of God, where Linda sings in the choir.

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  • Dealing with disaster

    It’s been three months since last winter’s ice storm, and many of us are still dealing with debris.
    This weekend, Gary and I went to his mom’s in Jonesboro, where some neighborhoods had such destruction that they looked like war zones, and that’s not an exaggeration, unfortunately. My mother-in-law has a sizeable driveway with pine trees lining both sides. Immediately after the ice storm, some of those trees were uprooted while others just had some major limbs snapped off or barely hanging on.

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  • Wait’ll next year, part 3

    It’s 2009. What rational human being can possibly believe in the power of curses in this modern age? Well…
    While my ego says “don’t be stupid, there’s no such thing as a curse,” my id disagrees.

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  • Area Briefs

    Izard jailers complete training

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  • Five arrested in drug, alcohol incidents

    Five people were arrested for various drug-, alcohol- and traffic-related violations over the weekend, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Deputy Ben Keener arrested Megan N. Bean, 18, of Batesville after he stopped her in the 1600 block of Highland Drive around 11:42 p.m. Friday.
    Keener said Bean’s car only had one headlight and when he stopped her, she reportedly gave him a false name and date of birth, and he said a computer check revealed she had no driver’s license.

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  • Archaeologist bemoans looting sites

    JONESBORO (AP) — Artifacts of prehistoric people who lived in Arkansas are being excavated by professionals who are trying to piece together more of the story of those who once lived here. Those artifacts are also being dug up by criminals.
    Dr. Julie Morrow, station archaeologist for Arkansas Archaeological Survey, wants to get the word out that raiding the state’s past can be a felony.
    Morrow said that every winter, looters go to the Little Turkey Hill and Harter Knoll sites in Independence County to dig.

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  • Yard sale planned

    Habitat for Humanity of Independence County is gathering donated items for its second annual yard sale, which will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 424 E. Main St. in Batesville.
    All proceeds from the sale will be used for building materials in the construction of the second Habitat house in Independence County, according to a news release.

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  • Ringggg! It’s for you, Dave

    HARDY — Telephone collecting has just the right ring to it for Dave Gruger.
    His wife, Linda, gave him his first collectible phone in 1991 and he quickly learned it had a connection to a well-known and tragic historic event.
    “It had a mouthpiece covered with dirt and tobacco juice and when I started cleaning it up I saw the mouthpiece was made of glass. In 1918, during the flu epidemic, they had those so they could sterilize them,” Gruger told Friends of the Sharp County Library members last week.

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  • Animal cruelty reported

    An elderly woman’s dog was killed Monday morning after it was thrown up into a tree, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Deputy Dee McFatter said she was dispatched to Parakeet Lane north of Batesville and met with Carol Cheek, who said a dog belonging to her mother, Jewel Tignor, had been hung in a tree.
    Cheek said at 6:30 that morning, she went to get the neighbor’s guineas out of her mother’s yard and the dog had still been alive.

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