Deputy completes training

November 25, 2009 POCAHONTAS — Jeffery Adam of the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office was one of 43 officers who recently successfully completed a basic police training course at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas.The 13-week course began on Aug. 24 and included instruction in standard police tactics, firearms, legal, educational, technical skills and practical exercises.Graduation ceremonies were held Friday at the training center.

Memorial service date changed

November 25, 2009 The Arkansas Department of Health Area 10 Hospice of Independence County has changed the date of its annual memorial service and drop-in brunch to Dec. 17.The event will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank in Batesville and is open to the public. For more information, call (870) 793-8852.

Architects to be interviewed

November 25, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center to interview architects for district projects and consider a Web designer for a school Web site, according to an agenda for the meeting.The directors will also hear a request for establishing a salary schedule for an after-school tutoring program at the employee’s current rate of pay and consider hiring a math tutor for that program .

Former marshal gives statement

November 25, 2009 CONCORD — Robbie Cooper, former marshal at Concord, issued the following statement earlier this week concerning his resignation and new job.“On Nov. 2, I gladly resigned my position after 14 years as Concord city marshal to accept a position with the Arkansas State University Campus Police Department in Heber Springs as head of security for the college,” Cooper said.“The staff here is great and there are so many good people to work with.”   

Pictures with Santa to be Dec. 3

November 25, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa group will host pictures with Santa on Dec. 3.Pictures with Santa will be from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Main Classroom Building, room 230. The activity is free but donations will be accepted. In addition to Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf will be available for parents and children to have their picture taken. All proceeds will be used for future activities.

Farm pesticide training set

November 25, 2009 The Independence County Extension Office will be conducting a pesticide training session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Extension Office at 1770 Meyers St., county agent Stan Carter said.The cost of the session is $10.“This is the training that qualifies farmers for the restricted use pesticide license from the State Plant Board,” Carter said. “The next session will be in February.”

State police to investigate use of stun gun on girl

November 25, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas State Police have launched a criminal probe into an Ozark police officer’s use of a stun gun on a 10-year-old girl.State police spokesman Bill Sadler said Tuesday the criminal investigation was launched at the request of Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons.Ozark police officer Dustin Bradshaw was suspended with pay last week as a result of the Nov. 11 incident.

Black, white photo display to come to Batesville

November 25, 2009 Remember Menard’s Grocery, Ben Franklin Store or the Batesville News Review? Then you may be interested in a collection of photos from yesteryear that will soon be on display to the public.Main Street Arkansas will present “Main Street Batesville in Black and White,” with old photos depicting different scenes from Batesville’s downtown. The photo exhibit will arrive Tuesday at the Comfort Suites and will travel throughout the Batesville community for a year, according to Caroline Millar, assistant director of Main Street Arkansas.

Church to accept ‘Coats 4 Kids’

November 25, 2009 MOOREFIELD — In order to help keep children warm during the winter months, the Compass Church in Moorefield will be accepting “Coats 4 Kids.”The following businesses will be accepting coats until Dec. 5: Bryant’s Pharmacy, Teacher 2 Teacher, Velvet’s Optique, Stage clothing store, Walgreen’s, Hawg’s Exxon, all in Batesville, and Wildcat Station in Sulphur Rock.There will be drop-off boxes located inside the businesses. For more information call Carla Middleton at (870) 799-4547 or Melissa Pitts at (870) 793-3460.

No charges to be filed in July shooting death

November 25, 2009 Prosecutor cites clear case of self-defenseNEWPORT — No one will be prosecuted in the July 25 shooting death of 48-year-old Eulogio Garcia of rural Poughkeepsie, Third Judicial District Prosecutor Henry Boyce of Newport said Tuesday.