Larry’s Pizza comes to Southside

January 26, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Already serving thousands of satisfied customers in Searcy and Heber Springs, Larry’s Pizza is opening in Independence County with a menu unheard of in the local pizza world.Owner Chris Bailey said part of what has made Larry’s Pizza parlors such a hit is their unique menu.“Most of our toppings, and we have a lot of them, are thought up by our customers,” Bailey said recently. “Just about whatever folks ask for we can either do it right then, or be able to do it very soon.”

Car rental franchise opens in Batesville

January 26, 2010 Batesville area motorists who need temporary, dependable and affordable transportation have a new option available to them, according to a news release. U-Save Auto Rental has opened in Suite B at 3001 Harrison St. in Batesville.Part of a franchise owned by Doug Gentry, U-Save Auto Rental is managed locally by Bob Womack of Batesville, who says the business has more than 60 cars and light trucks in its fleet of rentals and can likely meet any needs their customer might have.

WRAAA to discuss topics for senior adults

January 26, 2010 The staff from the White River Area Agency on Aging will be the guest on Open Mic on KFFB 106.1 the week of Feb. 1-5, doing a five-part series talking about the various programs at the agency that can benefit senior adults.Some of the other topics will include long-term care and long term care insurance, Medicare, how to be prepared for retirement and personal emergency response buttons.

Prayer shawl group to meet

January 26, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

OBU names President’s List

January 26, 2010 ARKADELPHIA — A total of 243 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the President’s List for the fall 2009 semester.To be named to the President’s List, a student must compile a 4.0 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours. Those on the list include:Batesville — Mary Castleman, Amberly Green, Audrey Melson, Whitley Poole, Philip WilliamsonCherokee Village — David Street.

Extreme cold: Tips listed for what to do if stranded

January 26, 2010 MURFREESBORO — Arkansans still have months of winter weather ahead and should know the ropes to dealing with extreme cold in case of emergencies, said Robbie McKinnon, Pike County Extension agent for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.“Temperatures in the teens or single digits are uncomfortable,” she said. “But if you’re stranded outside, or without power inside, those low temperatures can be deadly.”

Underground storage tank target of thieves

January 26, 2010 Armed with water hoses and plastic pipe, would-be gas thieves wasted their time in a weekend attempt to steal gas from an underground storage tank at a Spring Valley convenience store.Store owner Jerry Townsley said just after midnight Saturday someone got into a fenced yard at the store at 11 Ashley Drive, and tried to siphon off-road diesel fuel from an underground storage tank.“They cut up two water hoses and got into the yard and spent a lot of time to get nothing,” Townsley said this morning.

Jail talk, actions lead to other charges

January 26, 2010 A woman who was in jail garnered additional charges after telling inmates drugs were hidden inside her vehicle and acting suspicious during her release.

Water treatment plant to be dedicated; managers honored

January 26, 2010 CHARLOTTE — The Dota Public Water Authority will dedicate its new water treatment plant with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the plant site, according to a news release.The plant is in Charlotte a short distance beyond the school on Route 25 S.The authority will recognize longtime manager Murv Crigler, who had the vision to build the treatment plant, and current Manager Rusty Paul, who for the past year has devoted many hours and skills in the supervision of the plant’s construction, according to the release.

Habitat for Humanity to host banquet

January 26, 2010 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will present its second annual “Home Is Where The Heart Is” dinner and silent auction Feb. 6 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independenc Hall. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner to be served at 7. Cost is $25 per person; $50 per couple; $300 for corporate table. All proceeds go to benefit Habitat for Humanity.For more information call Econo-Mart Pharmacy at (870) 793-4179; First Community Bank at (870) 612-3418 or Citizens Bank at 793-4440.