Interlocal law committee discusses court expenses

February 15, 2010 Hiring a public safety officer may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but so far it is costing the city money.That was one of the topics discussed when members of the Independence County/Batesville Interlocal Law Enforcement Committee discussed issues facing local courts and law enforcement during a meeting Friday morning.The city’s traffic safety officer budget is going into the hole, by the time the officer’s salary and operating expenses are met, officials said.

Wood named Time dealer of the year

February 15, 2010 ORLANDO, Fla. — Scott Wood is familiar with all aspects of running a car dealership. He knows firsthand that a lot of things are instrumental in making a business successful, not just closing the deal.Saturday, Wood was named the 2010 Time Magazine Dealer of the Year and honored at the 93rd annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in Orlando.Wood is Dealer/General Manager of Stanley Wood Chevrolet Pontiac Co. and Scott Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep, a Chevrolet, Pontiac, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealership in Batesville.

For feathers, smell of gunpowder try hunting near home

February 12, 2010 The two Brittany spaniels stood rock solid, noses pointed to a clump of grass. The intensity radiated off of them like shock waves from an earthquake. A quivering German shorthair pointer stood rock solid between the spaniels, honoring their point. It was a scene from a classic bird hunting painting; it was just an average morning at Feathers and Gunpowder shooting preserve.

PSC launches Entergy investigation

February 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Public Service Commission announced Thursday that it has launched an investigation to learn what Entergy Arkansas intends to do after leaving a multistate agreement in 2013.Members of the commission, which regulates utilities in the state, said they don’t want another deal that costs ratepayers billions of dollars. They have issued a show-cause order to Entergy Arkansas, which has about 687,000 customers in the state.

Anticipation of snow enough to close schools in Deep South

February 12, 2010 PENSACOLA, Fla. — It took back-to-back blizzards to paralyze the nation’s capital, but in the Deep South it only takes a couple inches of snow.Flakes were falling — or threatened — today from Texas to the Florida Panhandle and then up along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, bringing a rare white landscape to spots that haven’t seen snow in a decade or longer. The storm was crawling east out of Texas, where it left the Dallas area with more than a foot of snow, nearly 200 traffic accidents, thousands without power and hundreds of canceled flights.

Quail program set in Little Rock

February 12, 2010 Arkansas OutdoorsLITTLE ROCK — Why has the bobwhite quail population declined? What is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission doing to try to reverse the trend? How can landowners manage property to benefit quail? Those are a few of the questions quail hunters can get answered at a seminar sponsored by the commission.

Clinton returns home after heart procedure

February 12, 2010 CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton was recovering at his suburban home today after leaving a Manhattan hospital where he underwent a heart procedure.Clinton adviser Douglas Band said in a statement that Clinton left New York Presbyterian Hospital “in excellent health.”“He looks forward in the days ahead to getting back to the work of his Foundation, and to Haiti relief and recovery efforts,” it said.

Clinton Library showcases new exhibit, ‘Read My Pins’

February 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The William J. Clinton Presidential Center will open its newest temporary exhibit, “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection,” on Monday. Admission to the ClintonLibrary will be free on this day to commemorate Presidents Day.

Preservation workshop set

February 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — An all-day workshop on rehabilitating historic buildings with nationally acclaimed preservation economist Donovan Rypkema will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Cable Hall in the Texarkana Regional Arts Building in Texarkana.