Divorce support offered

March 29, 2010 Batesville First Assembly’s Family Connections will be offering a divorce recovery support group to the public, beginning Thursday.There will be two classes, one for adults and one for children first through fourth grade, held on Thursday evenings. Supper will be served to all participants at 5:30 p.m. The group will begin at 6.There is no charge for this group, but participants should call (870) 793-5489 to register.

DARE students to graduate

March 29, 2010 Nearly 125 West Magnet and Central Magnet elementary students will graduate Wednesday from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, otherwise known as DARE.Ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. for Central and at 1 p.m. for West. Both will be held at the West Magnet gymnasium at 850 Hill St. The events are open to the public. Guest speakers will be members of the Arkansas Army National Guard Drug Demand Reduction unit from Camp Robinson in Little Rock. They will arrive at West school at 9:30 in the Army Guard helicopter, weather permitting.

Arkansas police find escapee

March 29, 2010 COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Arkansas police have captured a man who escaped from a southeast Missouri jail.The New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department said 28-year-old Jermaine Spears had been free since March 19 when he made a rope out of an extension cord and used it to climb through a window at the jail.He was being held there on suspicion of first-degree assault and second-degree burglary.Head dispatcher Marta Mitchem said Spears’ week of freedom came to an end Friday when police in Blytheville, Ark., arrested him. A resident there had recognized him.

Counties to get help with crime lab refrigeration

March 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Crime Lab is buying seven portable coolers to help county coroners store bodies until investigators can pick them up.Three of the $6,000 coolers are ready for placement, though the counties to receive them have not been finalized yet. The coolers are being purchased with economic stimulus money.Crime Lab director Kermit Channell says the units hold three bodies each. The Crime Lab will retain ownership of the coolers and will be able to redeploy them in the event of a mass casualty event, such as a tornado.

Iconic Memphis store bordering on extinction

March 29, 2010 MEMPHIS (AP) — A longtime Memphis store known for its distinctive colors and circus elephant mascot may soon become extinct.The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Walgreens owns the rights to the Ike’s Deep Discount store name and is in negotiations with USA Drug to purchase the remaining Ike’s stores.Walgreens spokeswoman Tiffani Washington said if the company purchases the stores, they will quickly become Walgreens stores and bring an end to the Ike’s brand.

Ozark Gateway to unveil posters, plans

March 29, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum will host the Ozark Gateway Tourism Council for a noon “brown bag” program April 13.Ozark Gateway president Bob Pest and executive director Cathy Drew will discuss the new Heritage Tourism initiative and unveil the new Heritage Tourism posters, which present the three Scenic Drives designed to make exploring the region and enjoying its historic sites easier, Pest said.

Stuttgart store tops in lottery sales

March 29, 2010 STUTTGART (AP) — The store that has sold the most Arkansas Scholarship Lottery tickets since the lottery began last fall is G&B Liquor in Stuttgart.The store is located on busy Arkansas Highway 165, where rice farmers and millers travel, as well as visiting hunters during waterfowl season.

Jail gets hi-tech fingerprint scanner

March 29, 2010 In just one day the Independence County jail went from a tedious, often difficult and inaccurate fingerprinting system to the latest in digital fingerprint scanning that is connected to state, national and international data banks.The transition from ink and paper fingerprinting to high resolution digital scanning took place Tuesday when Mark Dague, a technician for MorhoTrak, made the final installation adjustments and started training jailers.

Bube to speak

March 29, 2010 Dr. Paul Bube, the Lyon College W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion, will deliver the 2009-10 Williamson Prize Lecture at 11 a.m. Thursday in Nucor Auditorium on the Lyon College campus. Bube will present a lecture titled, “The Problems of Teaching Ethics or Is There Any Virtue in Teaching Ethics Classes?”The Williamson Prize is given annually by Lyon College to the faculty member deemed to be the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane and Christian values, and contributions to the community.

Guion storm 1929

March 29, 2010 Editor’s note: With tornado season on the horizon this is the fourth in a series of memories from those who recall the tornado of April 10, 1929 that left death and destruction in the town of Guion. Many of those injured were taken by train to Batesville where they received medical treatment, food, clothing and shelter. Some of these authors are no longer living. The stories were complied by Jaydine Arnold Morton.The Emmitt Davis Familyas told to Marietta Davis Gillihan