Parkinson’s support group to hear referral coordinator

March 8, 2010 The White River Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Citizens Bank Annex, located at Third and College streets in downtown Batesville.The guest speaker will be Lydia Stevens, the Arkansas information and referral coordinator for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. She will discuss the new findings connected with Parkinson’s disease and will answer questions from those attending.The event is open to the public. For more information call Joan Sellers at (870) 793-0067.

CR archers schedule pie auction

March 8, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge archery team will hold a pie auction at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Cord-Charlotte Elementary cafeteria. The team will compete in the national archery tournament in Louisville, Ky. May 6-8. Proceeds will go toward expenses.

Justices to consider contract

March 8, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the second floor juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter (library) building.Expected to come before the justices tonight are an engineering agreement for a bridge contract; an ordinance to establish a new “solid waste contingency fund”; department reports; as well as the following resolutions:• supporting the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council Scenic Byways initiative;• authorizing entry into a contract to benefit FutureFuel through a rail spur expansion;

Public meeting set at Lynn

March 8, 2010 LYNN — A community meeting will be held at 6:30 tonight at the Sportsman’s Grill located at 290 Hwy. 25 in Lynn. Discussion will include projects and topics related to the Hillcrest School District. The meeting is open to the public.

Compassionate Friends to meet

March 8, 2010 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

BHS student to visit DC

March 8, 2010 Batesville High School 11th-grader Callie Boyce will have plenty to see and do when she visits the nation’s capital in the coming weeks. Boyce was selected to participate in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. where she’ll meet with national leaders, attend meetings and participate in leadership-building activities and simulations, a news release states. In one role-play activity titled “If I Were President” students act as the president and Cabinet members responding to an international crisis.

Southside meets tonight

March 8, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight in the high school cafeteria annex. Agenda items include recommendations to accept a letter of resignation, extension of contracts and principal reports. Meetings are open to the public.

Sharp JPs to discuss grader

March 8, 2010 ASH FLAT — Sharp County Judge Larry Brown said he will ask the quorum court tonight to approve spending $160,000 for a new road grader. If approved, the money will come from Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement funds that have been received and placed in the road budget.The court meets at 6 in the main courtroom of the county courthouse in Ash Flat.In other business the justices will be asked to approve two resolutions pertaining to an Arkansas Economic Development Commission disaster mitigation grant for a new bridge over Bear Creek west of Evening Shade.

Newark trailer fire believed arson

March 8, 2010 A fire that destroyed a mobile home and damaged a camper trailer at Newark Saturday afternoon is being investigated as possible arson, according to local fire and police authorities.Members pf the Newark Fire Department responded to a fire call at 2000 Finch St. around 2 p.m. where they found the resident of the camper trailer, Lydia Lou Black, 47, trying to go back into the burning residence to get her shoes, and believing she may be drunk, called for a police officer to investigate, according to Deputy Charles Moss.

Last minute filings continue

March 8, 2010 Independence CountyDemocrat candidates filing for office include: William A. Cash, Justice of the Peace District 9; Lackey Moody Jr., JP District 11; Patty Cash, committee member.Township constables include:• John Brent Gleghorn — Ruddell • Jim Rudd — Magness• Joe Young — Salado• Harold Vaughn — Relief• Randy Lamons — Greenbrier-Desha.