Area Briefs

June 9, 2009 Council to discuss utility rates, historic district commission

Inmate accused of taking narcotics

June 9, 2009 A jail inmate who was taken to the nurses station for an insulin shot was later found to be in possession of narcotics she had stolen, according to a police report.Stephanie Williams of 2564 East Main Street in Batesville faces additional charges, and bond was set at $10,000.According to the report, jail administrator Rhoda Dowell said the pills were found missing after jail nurse Bob Barnett counted the narcotics and found methadone was missing and that only one person had been in the nursing station area.

Cellar Door to perform

June 9, 2009 Calico Rock — Local rock group Cellar Door will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall. The band has rocked out to full houses during their three prior music hall appearances, according to a news release. The group includes Geoffrey Watts, guitar, on lead; Jeremy Powell on drums; and Erik Edwards on bass and vocals. The local trio has continued to work up new material during the evenings at the Music Hall since their last performance and is ready to again share it with local and area rock fans, the release states.

Church schedules homecoming

June 9, 2009 CHARLOTTE — Center Grove Baptist Church, located on Highway 25 between Cord and Charlotte, will observe its 151st Anniversary Homecoming Sunday.The activities will begin with morning worship at 10:30 a.m. followed by a potluck and an afternoon of congregational and special singing.A community meeting to take care of the business of the Center Grove Cemetery will be held at 2:30 p.m., and contributions may be made for the upkeep and care of the cemetery. Charles Bullington is pastor.The event is open to the public.

DAR announces winning students

June 9, 2009 The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, continued its tradition of honoring outstanding high school students for the 2008-09 school year.One of the DAR’s objects is promoting education, and the local chapter is happy to support the school districts in the area by honoring students with a Good Citizen Award and an Outstanding Student in American History Award. They were presented during each school’s Honors Assembly.

Talent competition added to carnival

June 9, 2009 This year’s White River Water Carnival will include a new talent competition entitled “White River’s Got Talent,” open to singers, musicians, dancers, magicians, comedians and all other entertaining talents, according to a news release.Auditions for the competition will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 21 and 23 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Contestant numbers will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to the first 30 acts each night.

Simply Southern joins Friday event

June 9, 2009 The Simply Southern Playhouse Music Theater joins the 2nd Friday Wander and Wonder Walk this week, according to Paula Grimes, executive director of Main Street Batesville. The new live music venue will feature Doc and Connie Spurlin and Rusty the puppet in a mixture of bluegrass, gospel and comedy. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Concessions will be available for purchase.

County ‘at the end of its rope’

June 9, 2009 In a meeting where the Independence County Quorum Court was looking for answers on how the hydroelectric project developed into an embarrassing default status, the only clear solution from the bond holder was to move forward with their management plan with or without the county’s endorsement.“I would offer an apology, but I don’t think it’s my fault,” Independence County Judge Bill Hicks said.

Quorum court to meet tonight

June 8, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court is scheduled to meet this evening. On the agenda are one resolution and three ordinances.The single resolution will honor the retired Election Committee Chairman Harold Wilson for his services he has provided to the county since Dec. 5, 1997.Three ordinances cover amendments to the Juvenile Detention Center for adding three corporal positions, establishing new line items to the county general fund for the quorum court budget, transferring funds in the Senior Citizens fund and Juvenile Detention Center Fund/Grant-In-Aid Budget.

News of other days

June 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 19, 1996.