Dinner set to help local church

April 13, 2010 Asbury United Methodist Church is having a fundraiser dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.Tickets are $5 and include homemade chili or “loaded” potatoes, drink and dessert. Dine-in and carry-out are available.Those attending are asked to use the side entrance, at 17th and Neeley streets, Batesville.“We’re trying to breathe new life into the church,” said Jerry Lumpkin, who has been pastor at Asbury for just over a year.

Community garden will open

April 13, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for the White River Community Garden opening event on at 1880 Myers St. (across from Row Lake) at 10 a.m. Saturday. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh will be present the welcome. The garden plots are open to the public to rent. An application for a plot may be sent to Sharon Clark at 219 McClendon St., Batesville, AR 72501.

Healthy Batesville plans community involvement meeting

April 13, 2010 The Healthy Batesville project will host a community meeting open to the public from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at city hall. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh will facilitate the meeting. Dr. Steve Alexander with Batesville Endoscopy Center will have information on colon cancer prevention.Master Gardener Chester Clark with White River Community Gardens will be presenting information on improvements made to our community garden, and recruiting volunteers by promoting community involvement.

Ozarka slates carnival

April 13, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College will host a Spring Carnival from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in front of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne. The event is free to Ozarka College students, their families and the community.

UACCB board to discuss tuition, enrollment, new program

April 13, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Board of Visitors will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in Independence Hall, room 104.Chancellor Deborah Frazier will give a report on tuition and fees, salary adjustments and upcoming events. The board will also consider a new program, an associate of science in business, and accreditation for the current emergency medical technician and generic registered nursing program.

Sharp County moves toward making synthetic ‘pot’ illegal

April 13, 2010 ASH FLAT — It took less than two minutes of discussion Monday night for Sharp County to move toward making K2 illegal.K2 is a substance similar to potpourri that is sold as aroma therapy incense and is not for human consumption. However, it has gained the names “synthetic marijuana” and “fake marijuana” because, like marijuana, it produces a high when smoked, the justices learned.It is sold in “head shops” and some health food stores and is readily available in Sharp County, according to conversations among the justices of the peace following the meeting.

Cockrill named interim sheriff

April 13, 2010 In an unanimous vote Monday night the Independence County Quorum Court named Alan Cockrill as the interim sheriff of Independence County.Cockrill, a detective with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, will serve out the unexpired term of Keith Bowers, who resigned last week to accept a position in the private sector. Bowers was not seeking re-election.Cockrill was sworn in by Independence County Judge Bill Hicks before a crowd of county deputies and jail personnel awaiting their swearing in ceremony.

New building topic of board

April 13, 2010 Overdue library books?No problem.Now through Saturday, in honor of National Library Week, patrons who return overdue materials to the Independence County Library during “Fine-Free Days” will not have to pay fees, White River Regional Library director Debra Sutterfield said. Meanwhile, members of the Independence County Library Board met Thursday where the topics of insurance and library publicity, among other items, were discussed.

Couple claim ‘intimidation’

April 13, 2010 ASH FLAT — Last week an Ash Flat couple was indicted in connection with their tax preparation business. This week they are fighting back.James B. Morris, 65, and his wife, Karen Sue Morris, 47, are charged with theft of Social Security funds, conspiracy to defraud the United States, fraudulently obtaining Title IV Education funds, filing false tax returns, income tax evasion, and aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns.The couple is claiming innocence and denying all charges.

Mayor resigns

April 13, 2010 CONCORD — Concord Mayor Jim Thomas made a surprise announcement Monday night: He’s resigning.Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said Thomas told other city officials at the end of the regular meeting that he is resigning effect May 31. His resignation was not accepted Monday but will be considered at the next meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. May 10 in the community center.