Yard sale is Saturday

April 15, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa and Circle K International will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.The sale will be located in front of the Main Classroom Building on the UACCB campus. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Two face drug charges

April 15, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — An Imboden couple face drug charges after being picked up Wednesday by Lawrence County sheriff’s officers and the Arkansas State Police, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.Adult probation and parole officers also assisted in the 3 p.m. arrest of 53-year-old Wayne “Country” Pittman and 44-year-old Dianna Cheatham for cultivating a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

AG: Can’t issue opinion on federal law

April 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office cannot issue an opinion on whether the federal health care overhaul is constitutional.McDaniel said in a legal opinion issued by his office Wednesday that the attorney general is not required to advise lawmakers and state officials on federal law unless the questions involve or require the interpretation of state law.A group of Republican legislators had asked McDaniel’s legal opinion on the constitutionality of the health care law.

Civil War era’s Peace Society to be explained

April 15, 2010 Though still little known to the public, in part because it was a secret organization, the Peace Society was important to the Civil War effort in Arkansas — a Mid-South state that contributed more Union soldiers than any other besides Tennessee, according to historian and author James J. Johnston.The Peace Society remained active during the Reconstruction period, when some of the society’s members were also linked to the Freedmen’s Bureau network.

Branding sessions planned

April 15, 2010 Arnett Muldrow, a consulting firm specializing in community planning, will be coming to Batesville for a three-day identity branding session April 20-22, courtesy of Main Street Arkansas. The schedule for the interview sessions and public meetings is as follows:April 20noon — Main Street Batesville board, Elizabeth’s Restaurant1:30 p.m. — Mayor Rick Elumbaugh and other city officials, municipal building3 — Main Street Batesville committee members, Old Independence Regional Museum4 — School and college officials, museum

Tip-A-Cop supports Special Olympics

April 15, 2010 Volunteer law enforcement officers from Batesville and Searcy, along with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers, the Batesville Fire Department, and the wait staff at Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill in Batesville raised $2,800 for Special Olympics Monday night.During the evening customers were served by the law enforcement officers who, along with the regular wait staff, donated 100 percent of their tips to Arkansas Special Olympics.An in-house Jail-N-Bail was also held where customers were arrested and had to post bail to be released.

Wetzel elected

April 15, 2010 MELBOURNE — Through Future Business Leaders of America, Olevia Wetzel is learning how to be a leader. And as the newly-elected 2010-11 District 6 state FBLA Parliamentarian, she stands to gain even more experience. “As parliamentarian, I keep the order at meetings. I make sure that Robert’s Rules of Order are followed and that things don’t get hectic,” Wetzel said, noting that she has also held other parliamentary roles in other organizations such as FFA.

Airport to get T-hangars

April 15, 2010 From airport to fire to utilities, the Batesville City Council heard several departmental reports when it met Tuesday night.Charles Barnett reported on some grants received by the Batesville Airport Commission from the state aeronautical commission. The Batesville Regional Airport plans to build six new T-hangars (six others were built in 2008), that will produce $10,000 in rent each year, said Barnett, chairman of the airport commission.

$100,000 bond set

April 15, 2010 An Oil Trough man who reportedly threatened to blow up the town and a school during a standoff with police last week is now in jail under a $100,000 bond.On April 8 police were called to 50 Second St. where 46-year-old Joe L. Hankins was reportedly waving a gun around and trying to break into his father’s residence, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Deputy Jeff Sims.

PBL elects officers

April 14, 2010 Walnut Ridge — Phi Beta Lambda, a society for business students at Williams Baptist College, has elected its officers for the 2010-11 school year. The group selected Mark Yawson of Ghana as president, Lauren Taylor of Myrtle, Mo. as vice president and Tiffany Pickett of Poughkeepsie as secretary.Pickett, who will be a senior next year is majoring in business administration and she is the daughter of Jackie and Teresa Pickett of Poughkeepsie.