Committee recommends settlement on hydro suit

March 26, 2010 Mobley Construction Company wants $700,942.70 to settle a 3-year-old lawsuit against Independence County for non-payment for work it claims was done on three hydro-electric projects along the White River.The Independence County Quorum Court hydro committee wants to offer $75,000 to settle.The committee agreed Thursday afternoon to have county attorney David Powell relay the offer to Mobley Construction and report back to the county as soon as he hears a reply.

Cop who shot at car investigated

March 25, 2010 FARMINGTON (AP) — A northwest Arkansas police officer who shot at a car driven by a suspected drunken driver is under internal investigation because of the shooting.Farmington Mayor Ernie Penn confirms the investigation of officer Justin Belew but declined further comment. Police Capt. Michael Thompson said he can’t comment on an ongoing investigation. Thompson did say Belew remains on duty.Belew could not reached for comment.

Rice trial gets under way

March 25, 2010 LONOKE — Bayer CropScience knew that if an experimental strain of its genetically modified rice got into the commercial market it would be disastrous, a lawyer for a dozen Arkansas rice farmers said Wednesday as a civil trial on the issue got under way.“Bayer knew that, if this stuff got out, it would be catastrophic” in its effect on prices paid to farmers, lawyer Scott Powell told the jury in Lonoke County Circuit Court.

Woolly Hollow State Park to host outdoor weekend

March 25, 2010 GREENBRIER — Woolly Hollow State Park will host a Women in the Outdoors Weekend on April 9-11. Women will reconnect with nature, learning basic camping skills, nature journaling, beginning bird watching, Dutch oven cooking, archery and beginning fishing, as well as having free time to relax, forge new friendships and have fun. The workshop will feature special guest presenters, such as Arlene Green with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Jimma Hampton, a Dutch oven cooking expert.

Soccer film to premiere

March 25, 2010 “Offside(s): Soccer in Small-Town America” will have its world premiere at the 2010 Ozark Foothills FilmFest.

Ozarka to offer GED test

March 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. April 6 and 14 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, April 22 and 29;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, April 5 and 19;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, April 6 and 20;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, April 8 and 23.

Cave City man recognized

March 25, 2010 Richard Hawkins II of Cave City has been named to the Modern Woodmen’s 2009 President’s Club, according to a news release. This distinction recognizes Hawkins’ high achievement in life insurance sales among representatives nationwide, the release states. For more information call Hawkins at (870) 307-9826.

Calligraphy classes offered

March 25, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council is offering a series of calligraphy classes on Thursdays next month, according to BAAC Director Colleen Jackson.The classes will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: April 8, 15, 22 and 29.For more information or to pre-register, call Jackson at (870) 793-3382. The BAAC-on-Main gallery is located at 246 Main St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

March 25, 2010 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met March 16 at Batesville Country Club for the monthly meeting.Norene Trentini, queen mother, opened the meeting with the reading of a poem. She then requested that the members bow their heads in a moment of silent prayer.The decorations and buffet lunch carried the theme of St. Patrick’s Day.A discussion was held about Spring Fling, which will be May 18. The theme of an island vacation has been decided upon, and plans are under way for a festive occasion.

Farm Pesticide Applicator meeting to be Friday morning

March 25, 2010 A Farm Pesticide Applicator training meeting will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Independence County Extension Office.This is the class that qualifies farmers for a State Plant Board license to buy restricted pesticides. There is a $10 charge for the training. This is in addition to the fee charged by the State Plant Board for the actual license. “Remember that normally you will only have to take the training once every five years,” said Extension Agent Stan Carter.