Body identified by crime lab

March 17, 2010  The body of a man found in a wooded area near Thida has been identified as that of a Bradford man, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.“He has been identified by the state crime lab as 25-year-old James Franklin Conway,” Bittle said. “We thought we knew who it was when he was found but wasn’t sure enough to say.”Conway’s body was found just before noon Saturday by a couple riding four-wheelers in a densely wooded off Departee Creek Road.

Special court meeting called

March 17, 2010 A special meeting of the Independence County Quorum Court has been called for 5 p.m. March 31 in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter building, at 368 E. Main St.The meeting is to act on a resolution declaring a vacancy in the county clerk’s office following the resignation of current clerk Karen Wooldridge.The meeting is open to the public.

Cave City to host bingo

March 17, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City Elementary will host a family bingo night at 6 p.m. Thursday at the middle school cafeteria. Packs of bingo cards will be sold for $10, which will be used to play 20 games for prizes. Money raised will be used for class trips and to improve the playground, Principal Vicki Musick said. Refreshments will be available.

Lawsuit will be discussed

March 17, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Water Authority will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss the ongoing lawsuit with Parker Brothers, according to manager John Richardson.

Airport wants state funding

March 17, 2010 The Batesville Airport Commission has called a special meeting tentatively for 5 p.m. Friday at the terminal building to discuss applying for a state grant.If approved, the grant would provide funds to pave a new access road on the Runway Road side of the airport.Also the airport has recently received a state grant to build six more T-hangars and repair a taxiway exit.Work should begin soon, said Mary Amos with the airport.

Man arrested in Salvation Army shooting

March 17, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — North Little Rock police arrested a teenager Tuesday in the death of a Salvation Army major who was gunned down in front of his three young children outside the charity’s community center on Christmas Eve.Authorities said robbery was the motive but released few other details about Laquan Javaris Fitzpatrick, 19, who was arrested on suspicion of capital murder at a home in the east Arkansas city of Helena-West Helena.

WRMC trainers tackling injuries

March 17, 2010 Whether you’re the football player making the tackle, the soccer player making the kick, the sprinter winning the 100 yard dash, or the basketball player making the lay-up, sports are exciting, adrenaline pumping fun. With all of the tackling, kicking, sprinting, and jumping, injuries can be hard to avoid and fun can quickly turn into agony.

Grady seeks district title

March 17, 2010 On March 2, Jerrie Lee Grady filed the required documents and paid the fee to be on the ballot for this year’s 16th Judicial District prosecuting attorney election.“It’s one thing to talk about running, and another to pay the fee to do it,” Grady said. To run for the position of prosecuting attorney on the Democratic ticket, a candidate must pay $7,500.“I am totally committed to this race and want very much to have the opportunity to make a definite and distinctly positive change in this district,” she said.

Sidney event is Saturday

March 17, 2010 SIDNEY — Music, rope tricks, antique tractors and Irish stew are just some of the activities to be part of the annual Sidney St. Patrick’s celebration, set for Saturday. Festivities start at 10 a.m. and the parade begins at 1 p.m.Charlotte Ratliff, one of the organizers, said festivities will get under way beginning at 10 a.m., when Glen Pool performs country and gospel music selections.

‘Where Hope Is Still Alive’

March 17, 2010 This year’s Allen Chapel Passion Play, “Where Hope Is Still Alive,” features two modern characters and a Biblical parallel, the life of Nicodemus, said Robin Richardson, assistant director.The first performances will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The play will also be presented March 26, 27 and 28, with all performances in the church’s auditorium. On the two Friday nights, performances begin at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.