Local doctors open new medical facility

September 29, 2009 Batesville Endoscopy has announced it is now open to provide medical services to the local community.The business was developed as a result of a group of physicians at White River Medical Center partnering together to build the first Ambulatory Surgery Center in Batesville.The facility, approximately 12,000 square feet, features four pre-procedure bays, two procedure rooms and five post-procedure areas, according to Rebecca Bennett, administrator.

New antique mall opens

September 29, 2009 Something Mary Etta Crowder has always wanted to do is run an antique store.She will get her wish Thursday, as she and her husband, Kent, will open Etta’s Attic in the cleaned and refurbished former J.E. Bond and Pawn Shop building across from the courthouse in downtown Batesville. “We’ve got a lot of really good vendors coming in; some of them are even from out of town and have run antique shops themselves in the past,” Crowder said recently.

Fire damages vacant Davis Lane home

September 29, 2009 An early morning fire Monday at 1290 Davis Lane in west Batesville remains under investigation, according to Batesville Fire Chief Danny Russell.The department responded to the 1:50 a.m. blaze with four trucks and 16 firefighters. The first units on the scene advised police dispatch that the vacant home was fully engulfed when they arrived.The blaze was quickly controlled and firefighters spent approximately another hour and a half fighting hot spots and removing smoldering debris.

Threats of gunfire land Newark couple in jail

September 29, 2009  When a sheriff’s warrants officer tried to serve a warrant in Newark Thursday he was met with resistance and threats of gunfire, according to Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan.The incident started when Independence County Warrants Officer Jim Darmstaedter arrived at the home of David and Kathy Mathes at 353 13th St. around 1:20 p.m. and attempted to serve David Mathes (age unknown) a warrant for cruelty to animals.

Police detain driver after roadside scuffle

September 29, 2009  A 21-year-old, driver stopped for running off the road in west Batesville, has been arrested on several charges after a scuffle with police.Matthew A. Hudson of Greg Drive was stopped around 11:20 p.m. Sept. 22 by Independence County Deputy Dustin Robbins at 470 Ferrell St.The stop came after Robbins said he saw the car Hudson was driving run off the side of the road and almost go into a ditch as it traveled north on Boggs Street.

The ghosts of Arkansas await your arrival … Ark. tourism dept. launches Haunted Arkansas Web site

September 29, 2009 Little Rock — If you have nerves of steel, explore the new “Haunted Arkansas” Web section www.Arkansas.com/haunted — unveiled just in time for Halloween! “Ghost Tourism is a fun and exciting niche that Arkansas is proud to explore. Arkansas has many unique stories and locations that provide mystery and thrill to vacationers, said Dena Woerner, communications manager for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. “This site provides one location to find places, stories and fun fall events around the state.”

Money raised

September 29, 2009 Smart Style Family Hair Salon employees, friends and volunteers gathered outside the Batesville Walmart Saturday for a Breast Cancer Awareness fun fair and photogenic contest.“We are hoping to raise $1,000 today,” salon stylist Johnna Williams said Saturday morning. “Through generous donations from local businesses we are having a bake sale, silent auction, baby games, dunk tank and a diamond dig with a diamond ring valued at $100 donated by Walmart.”

Jacksonport schedules activities

September 29, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled activities for this weekend. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Friday6:30 p.m., campground — Fur Traders. A park interpreter will discuss some of the most sought-after animals of the fur trade, how their fur was used, and how the fur trade affected Arkansas. Saturday

Author series begins Nov. 13

September 29, 2009 SEARCY — The 2009-10 Young Adult Author Series begins Nov. 13 at Harding University. Sponsored by the University’s Graduate Reading Programs, the line-up includes authors:• Patricia McCormick, Nov. 13-14;• Roland Smith, Jan. 15-16;• Kimberly Willis Holt, Feb. 5-6;• Jordan Sonnenblick, April 23-24.The series gives teachers and students an opportunity to hear firsthand from young adult authors. The workshops will help teachers connect with authors who are part of their classroom curriculum.

Scholarship recipients recognized

September 29, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College scholarship recipients were recognized at a reception on Sept. 3. More than 100 people attended, including 30 scholarship students, their families, Ozarka College Foundation Board members, Board of Trustees, and Ozarka staff, faculty and administration.