Committee calls meeting

September 18, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court law enforcement committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the courtroom courthouse in downtown Batesville. All meetings are open to the public.

Ex-Rep. ordered not to interfere with bankruptcy

September 18, 2009 HELENA-WEST HELENA (AP) — Former Arkansas Congressman Tommy Robinson is being ordered by a federal judge to never again interfere with his ongoing bankruptcy case.Robinson had earlier made a filing in a related Monroe County Circuit Court case and used information from the bankruptcy case to try to stop the garnishment of his and his wife’s wages.U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge James Mixon called the move an unwarranted intrusion on the bankruptcy case. He told Robinson not to interfere with his case for “the rest of your life, at any time.”Robinson promised to appeal.

Support group to meet

September 18, 2009 The Diabetes Support Group will meet on the following dates and times:• 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 — Cave City Elementary safe room • 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6 — Strawberry Community Center• 10 a.m. Oct. 12 — Calico Rock Hospital, admissions waiting room• 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 — Hardy Senior Center• 11 a.m. Oct. 13 — Cherokee Village Community Center• noon Oct. 13 — Ash Flat Senior Center• 10 a.m. Oct. 14 — First Service Bank Community Room in Mountain View• 11 a.m. Oct. 21 — Mammoth Spring Senior Center

Revival begins Sunday

September 18, 2009 CAVE CITY — A park revival will be held Sunday through Wednesday at Cave City Park, according to a news release.On Sunday night, Matt Mosley will preach at 6 p.m., and Crystal River will sing. Special music will be provided by First Free Will Baptist Church.Allen Brown will preach at 7 p.m. Monday, with Southern Faith singing and the Methodist Church providing the special.At 7 p.m. Tuesday, John Abbott will preach, the Turner Family will sing, and the special will be brought by Cave Creek Church of God.

Constitution Week being celebrated

September 18, 2009 On July 4, 1776, a group of American men meeting at Philadelphia signed The Declaration of Independence, which was the start of the Revolutionary War.Although England had the superior fighting force and more money than the American colonists, the American forces eventually won, in large part because of their fighting tactics. Today, we would call them snipers!Thanks to all the men (and a few women) who fought, we are now speaking English with a Southern accent — not a British accent.

Man accused of dragging horse while driving

September 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old horse was critically injured when it was dragged down the road in Independence County.The man driving the truck has been arrested for driving while intoxicated and Humane Society officials want him also charged with animal cruelty.Deputies arrested 49-year-old Danny Ferguson on Saturday and say he told them he was “looking for his horsey.”Kay Simpson with the Humane Society says the horse fell out of a trailer with a rope tied around its neck and was dragged.

Ruth Lincoln dies

September 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Ruth Lincoln, the grandmother-in-law to U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and believed to be Arkansas’ oldest person, died Thursday, the senator’s office said. She was 111 and two weeks shy of her 112th birthday.Ruth Lincoln died at her Little Rock home, said the senator’s spokeswoman, Katie Laning Niebaum. She would have turned 112 on Sept. 30.

Battle of the Bands postponed

September 18, 2009 Due to the weather, the Battle of the Bands sponsored by the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Optimist Club had been postponed until Oct. 17. More information will follow at a later date, said Chris Black with the Optimists.

Batesville board to discuss bus purchase

September 18, 2009 The Batesville School board will consider approving the purchase of a bus for students with disabilities when it meets Monday at Sulphur Rock Magnet.Other items on the board’s agenda include reports from personnel as part of its annual report to the public, approval of the 2009-10 proposed budget for the state department of education and a facilities report. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The school is at 480 N. Main St., Sulphur Rock.

Guns stolen from Main Street business

September 18, 2009  Police say a clerk was distracted by a couple and their small child long enough for them to steal two pistols at Batesville Gun & Pawn around noon Wednesday.Store clerk Bruce Howard told Independence County Deputy Fred Friar that around 11:40 a.m. a man in a yellow rain coat, accompanied by a woman and a small child came into the store and the man started looking at guns.