Reagan Day dinner set

April 16, 2010 The Independence County Republican party will have a Reagan Day dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at the fire training center on Chaney Drive in Batesville.Special guest speaker will be Doyle Webb, chairman of the Arkansas Republican party. State and local candidates will also speak.A barbecue meal will be served.Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Children 6 and under will be admitted free.

Voter registration deadline nears

April 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK —Secretary of State Charlie Daniels reminds Arkansans that Monday is the last day to register to vote in the May 18 Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial Election.Voter registration applications may be completed at the county clerk’s office located in the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville. A copy of the application is also available at Tuesday, Daniels announced the launch of a new mobile application that will allow Arkansas residents to verify their voter registration information with the convenience of a smartphone.

Armed robbery reported

April 16, 2010 The Independence County Sheriff’s Department was notified today of an armed robbery which had occurred at Desha Flash Market.It was reported that two suspects had entered the store armed with handguns and had taken money.Within minutes of the report, the sheriff’s department patrol division had apprehended two suspects. The suspects are currently incarcerated on a probable cause hold pending formal charges.Further details will be released as the investigation continues.

Pollie Verser remembered

April 16, 2010 GREERS FERRY — In the late 1970s, Pollie Verser showed that men weren’t the only ones who could serve, protect and defend. As the first female police officer in Batesville, she loved her job and took it seriously, never concerned about those who might have thought that a woman could never do a “man’s job.”

Rate hike proposed

April 16, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville may be asking for a tuition increase, but the cost to attend UACCB would still be lower than other community colleges in the area.

Two women taken into custody

April 16, 2010  The passing of a large number of phony $100 bills at the Batesville Walmart and nearby Murphy Oil gas station Thursday afternoon didn’t go unnoticed by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Alan Cockrill said this morning the suspect who passed the money was identified and after some preliminary investigation a search warrant was obtained for a room at a local motel and two arrests made.Arrested were 27-year-old Danille Taylor of Sandtown Road and Nicole M. Ervin of Jackson Road, Bradford.

Arkansas Scottish Festival is next week

April 16, 2010 Kilts and mulligans will be plentiful April 23-25 at the 31st Arkansas Scottish Festival on the Lyon College campus.Festivities begin that Friday with a bagpiping competition in the pocket park on Main Street in Batesville and the sixth annual Kilted Invitational Golf Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain.

UAMS first in state to let patients view, pay online

April 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Patients at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences can now view and pay their bill, schedule a doctor’s appointment, refill a prescription and view lab test results online through the free and secure MyUAMSHealth patient portal available at

What’s going on this weekend in the Batesville area:

April 15, 2010 Friday• 48th annual Arkansas Folk Festival, Mountain View. Handcrafted goods, music, talent show, frontier life demonstrations, parade, dancing and more. Call 1-888-679-2859 or visit In conjunction with this, the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village will have an open house with free admission (music shows extra) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (870) 269-3851 or go to• Mark Trammell Quartet in concert, 7 p.m., Oxford Baptist Church.

4-H’ers attend global youth conference

April 15, 2010 Leigh Ann Bridgers, a member of the Cave City Livestock 4-H Club, and Laman Fountain, a member of the Batesville 4-H Club recently attended the Kansas City 4-H Global Conference, in Kansas City, Mo.