Ministering to the body as well as the soul: Cave City pastor, wife buy Curves

February 18, 2009 As the senior pastor of an active church, Bobby Sanders said he really hadn’t planned on making any serious business investments any time soon, until his wife, Terri, came home with an idea that seemed to be tailor-made for the couple.Terri Sanders said she was a member of Curves, the health and fitness center for women located in Batesville, and one day during a workout she got to looking around at what was being offered to clients and thought this type business might be something the couple could do someday as an investment in their future.

Benoit recovers from illness, reopens copper lantern outfit

February 18, 2009 Old World Lanterns by Benoit, located at 325 E. Main St. in downtown Batesville, is once again open for business. The manufacturers of handcrafted copper lanterns have operated at limited capacity for the past year due to owner and craftsman Brandon Benoit’s extended illness. Benoit has fully recovered, said his wife and partner Nancy Benoit, and the business is returning to full-time operation.

Lyon to present artists

February 18, 2009 The Lyon College Kresge Art Gallery will present The Contemporary Landscape, an international invitational of seven artists. The artists, who work in diverse mediums, herald from the across the U.S. and Germany.The gallery will host a panel discussion Thursday with five of the seven artists from the exhibition. The panel discussion and gallery reception will begin at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Single’s ministry to meet

February 18, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank in George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.The event is open to all Christian singles. Refreshments will be served.For more information, call Glen McKay, who is leading the group and is a Bible instructor at John 3:16 Ministries, at (870) 530-1044.

Author to read to children at Mabee-Simpson Library

February 18, 2009 Gary Harris, Lyon College professor of theatre, will read from his first soon-to-be-published children’s book “A Roly-Poly Jumble-Tumble Bounce of Bumbling Bears” at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lyon’s Mabee-Simpson Library. His original artwork for the book will also be on exhibit. To get everyone in the mood for a festive time, music will be performed before the talk by Kenton Adler, on the small pipes.The event was rescheduled from Jan. 28 due to inclement weather.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department continues to work on locating cemetery headstones that disappeared some weeks ago from a cemetery near Knob Creek, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The Pauper’s Cemetery was cleaned and headstones were constructed and put up in the small cemetery by the local cemetery association. Lawrence said the association has worked many cemeteries in the county, identifying unmarked graves, casting the headstones and erecting them. Lawrence said that shortly after the headstones were erected, they disappeared.

Next two ‘Habitat’ families announced

February 17, 2009 To some, a doorbell might not seem like much.But for Dale and Tabitha Leigel, it means more than words can say.Next month, Independence County’s first Habitat for Humanity family will move into the house that has taken 52 weekends and more than 2,000 hours to build.It’s a house they can call their own after years of renting.At Habitat for Humanity’s “Home Is Where The Heart Is” benefit banquet Saturday night, Tabitha said it was “heart” and a lot of it that went into the building of their new house.

Arrest made on gun theft

February 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — Following the Friday night disappearance of a handgun inside a Melbourne apartment, Dustin Baird, 21, of Melbourne was arrested with formal charges of theft pending. Baird, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, was granted permission to enter the apartment under some pretense and when he left the apartment the handgun was missing. The sheriff’s department has recovered the handgun at another residence. Charges of theft by receiving and being a felon in possession of a gun are pending against the occupant of the other residence.

Two theft cases solved

February 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — Two theft cases in Izard County were recently solved and warrants have been issued for Donald Wayne Walker, 54, of Hickory Ridge.According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, his department received a theft report of a Kawasaki all-terrain vehicle, a shotgun, trailer and a deer target in August of 2007. The theft occurred at the vacation home of Rene Julian on Jumbo Road.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 A Valentine’s Day break-up with his girlfriend apparently led to the suicide death of a 30-year-old Independence County man, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Kirk Green said the body of Phillip R. Prickett was found just before noon Saturday in the garage of a residence at 2710 Camp Tahkodah Road that he had been sharing with 24-year-old Amanda C. Stark.Green said upon his arrival at the residence, Stark told him that she and Prickett had decided to end their relationship and he had been packing his belongings to leave.