ASEA rep to be in Batesville

April 19, 2010 The Independence County chapter of the Arkansas State Employees Association will meet at noon Wednesday in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank in Batesville.ASEA field representative Marc Watts will be in attendance to provide a review of the recently-concluded fiscal legislative session and give an update on the state employee pay plan. There will be an election of chapter officers and an election of chapter delegates to the association’s upcoming annual convention.The meeting is open to all state employees in Independence County.

Extension to host classes

April 19, 2010 The Independence County Extension office will host two free Healthy Homes, Healthy People sessions on Thursday located at 1770 Myers St., Batesville.The first class is from 11–11:45 a.m. and will discuss cleaning product safety and green cleaning products. The second is from noon to 1 p.m. and will talk about household mold.Sack lunches are welcome. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday. To pre-register, call the Extension office at (870) 793-8840.

Concert fundraiser planned

April 19, 2010 The 11th annual spring concert to raise money for the children of northcentral Arkansas, and sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, will be held at 9:30 a.m. April 27 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Money raised will be matched by Modern Woodmen’s home office (up to $2,500) and will be used to buy books and supplies.For more information, call Cledus Manuel at (870) 307-3769.

Independence inmate charged with destroying computer

April 19, 2010 An inmate at the Independence County jail became upset April 12 and destroyed a jail computer and other equipment, Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard said in a court affidavit filed Friday.“Sgt. Lionel Rogers of the Independence County jail told Deputy Darin Brewer that inmate Lemarcus Hardy was unsupervised in the booking area and destroyed a touch screen computer, monitor, filing cabinet and a copier machine,” Leonard said.According to Rogers, jailers heard a loud noise in the booking area and saw Hardy throwing the computer equipment to the floor.

Community School sets meeting

April 19, 2010 The Community School Inc. board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at White River Specialized Industries located at 1550 Cottonwood Drive, Batesville.Meetings are open to the public.

School board schedules meeting

April 19, 2010 The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the district administration office at 955 Water St. Items on the agenda include principals’ reports, a curriculum report and a request to enter into an agreement with White River Services to lease 500 computers for a three-year span.Meetings are open to the public.

C-Ridge board plans meeting

April 19, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at 1502 N. Hill St. in Newark.Items on the agenda include recognitions, soccer field and timber bids as well as financial reports and bills. Meetings are open to the public.

Woman follows burglary suspect

April 19, 2010 Maybe it was just blind luck that Laura Guth got behind the red Dodge Durango that had been spotted at her home during a burglary last week. Fortunately, Guth was able to follow it and call the police.And perhaps it was luck that the suspect hadn’t bothered to remove some of the alleged stolen items — down to a cooler with a striped towel hanging out of it — so that when police stopped the car, Guth was able to identify her stuff.

The Hoxie 21, part 1

April 19, 2010 HOXIE — Fifty-five years later, it’s a feeling Fayth Hill Washington has never been able to shake.“Not long after being there, we were reading ‘Little Black Sambo.’ That feeling will never leave me. I remember when it came my turn, I stood and began to read and the class started laughing and there was no control. I wanted to run and it was like it (the laughing) never stopped. It was demoralizing. ... I don’t know if the teacher didn’t know any better, or if there was a lack of sensitivity but I know I’ll never forget it.”

Shooting reported

April 19, 2010 Shot.That was how Independence County officers found 25-year-old Jessie Schumaker Friday afternoon when they were dispatched to Riverside Park.According to Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill, officers found Schumaker lying on the ground beside a gray pickup truck.The accident occurred when Schumaker was attempting to take the slide off a 9mm gun to show 21-year-old Derek Mobley of Batesville and the bullet entered Schumaker’s left leg.Cockrill said Mobley called 911 to report the accident.