Feds say Conway human development center puts children at risk of death

March 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge Tuesday to stop the Conway Human Development Center from admitting young patients, claiming that residents at the state-run facility are more likely to die there than be released.“Once admitted to CHDC, a child’s chances of ever living in the community again immediately — and irreparably — decrease,” said the department’s court filing, which seeks an emergency injunction stopping the admission of school-age children to the center.The Conway center serves about 500 developmentally disabled residents.

DAR chapter presents essay contest winners

March 10, 2010 The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, sponsored an American History Essay Contest for students in grades 5-8. Cecilia Baker served as chairwoman of the essay committee and was the contact person for school personnel.

Man arrested for gun law violation

March 10, 2010 A family dispute last September has led to felony gun charges.According to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Brent Everett, police were called on Sept. 9 to a dispute between Michael Joseph Malloy, 51, of Batesville and his mother, Mary Walker.Everett said that a police report filed by Sgt. Kirk Green indicated that the two had argued.“Walker told Sgt. Green that Malloy was supposed to be moving out of her residence, and that he was a convicted felon and he had several firearms in his bedroom,” Everett said.

Women’s walk, run clinic offered

March 10, 2010 For those looking to train for a 5K marathon, the “Women Can Run” Arkansas run and walk club may be just the inspiration. The Batesville club, which has been meeting since Feb. 23, meets at Lyon College at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the Batesville High School track.

Old Joe homeowner hides in attic when deputy arrives with papers

March 10, 2010 OLD JOE — Baxter County Sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday morning to a possible burglary in progress on Highway 5 South after Sgt. Lee Sanders went to the residence in an attempt to deliver civil process papers to the homeowner.When Sanders arrived, he found that the front door had been kicked in and burglary tools were present, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said. Sanders also saw a man inside who fled into the house when he saw the deputy.

100,000 copies of tourist guide to be distributed

March 10, 2010 Mark Ballard receives Tom Biggs AwardThe new tourism guide is much large than last year’s and already 100,000 copies were ordered in the initial run, Ozark Gateway Tourist Council President Bob Pest announced at the council’s recent annual Leo Rainey Tourism Appreciation Banquet in Batesville.

Youths net honors at Academic Day

March 10, 2010 Eleven area high schools and junior high schools recently competed in the Lyon College Regional Academic Day on the Lyon College campus. Junior and senior high students from Batesville, Cotter, Mammoth Spring, Mountain Home, Mountain View, Norfork, Salem and Southside were invited to participate in the math and science competition. Mountain Home Junior High School won first place in the overall junior high Division I category, while Mountain Home High School won first place in the overall senior high Division I category with Batesville High School earning second place.

Civil War group to meet

March 10, 2010 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Dr. George Lankford will present a program entitled “Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial.”Lankford is president of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. He retired in 2001 from Lyon College, where he served as Bradley Professor in the Social Sciences. In 2001 he was named Arkansas Professor of the Year. Currently he is serving his second term as president of the Independence County Historical Society.

Ballot order to be drawn

March 10, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Citizens Bank Annex on College Street in downtown Batesville.The purpose of the meeting, which is open to the public, will be to determine the order in which names will appear on the ballots in the May primaries.

Health screenings offered

March 10, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings will be offered at the Strawberry community center from 9 a.m. to noon March 23, according to a news release. Advanced practice nurse Sandra Green will be the guest speaker, and a drawing will be held for a blood glucose monitor.