The Republican Party of Independence County will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Citizens Bank Annex Building.
Agenda items will include county committee membership, filing fees and candidates, as well as discussion on the special city election for the proposed tax increase to fund the recreation/convention center.
The meeting is open to the public.
SCOTT — The Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park in Scott will host a Tea and Tatting for Beginners Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21.
Tatting is an age-old American art in lace-making that can be created using simple techniques with just hands and a shuttle.
Participants will sip an assortment of hot teas while joining with others in tatting bookmarks.
Pre-registration is required due to space limitations. Admission is $7, which covers materials.
NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Georgia man has been arrested after he drove to Arkansas to pick up a 14-year-old girl he met online and brought her back to suburban Atlanta.
Gwinnett County, Ga., police say 23-year-old Felipe Nunez-Martinez remains in the Gwinnett County jail on two counts of statutory rape, interference with custody and an immigration violation. Authorities say Nunez-Martinez drove from Norcross outside Atlanta to the girl’s home in Hope, Ark., and picked her up Dec. 22.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Thousands of dead blackbirds rained down on a town in central Arkansas last New Year’s Eve after revelers set off fireworks that spooked them from their roost, and officials were reporting a similar occurrence Saturday as 2012 approached.
Police in Beebe said dozens of blackbirds had fallen dead, prompting officers to ban residents from shooting fireworks Saturday night. It wasn’t immediately clear if fireworks were again to blame, but authorities weren’t taking a chance.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The release of three men who entered contradictory guilty pleas in the deaths of three West Memphis Cub Scouts has been selected as the top news story in Arkansas during 2011, easily surpassing the violent weather and rumbling earthquakes that roiled the state during 2011.
At a court hearing in August, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley went free immediately after being allowed to plead guilty but maintain their innocence. They were credited with time served and vowed to find the real killers. Prosecutors say no one else was involved.
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 20, 1992.
95 YEARS AGO
Announcement has been made of new star route mail services affecting residents of Independence County. On the route from Sulphur Rock to Cord, the mail will leave Sulphur Rock when the train due at 8:59 arrives, but no later than 10 a.m., and arrive at Cord in three hours and 40 minutes. The return mail will leave Cord at 1:45 p.m. and arrive at Sulphur Rock at 5:45.
Every year the Batesville Daily Guard staff votes on the top 10 local news stories of the year. In 2011, one stood out: a Ponzi scheme that cost Arkansas banks $47 million and saw First Southern Bank being taken over. Some of the bank’s former stockholders were still shaken by the scheme and thought Kevin Lewis’ 10-year prison sentence wasn’t enough.
On a positive note, a $35 million hospital building project, a new DHS processing center and a Batesville woman competing in the Special Olympics World Games in Greece also made the list.
ATLANTA — It was the year of the test cheating scandal.
From Atlanta to Philadelphia and Washington to Los Angeles, officials have accused hundreds of educators of changing answers on tests or giving answers to students. Just last week, state investigators revealed that dozens of educators in 11 schools in Georgia’s Dougherty County either cheated or failed to prevent cheating on 2009 standardized tests.