Gov leaves open veto possibility on funds

February 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK, (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe is now leaving open the possibility of rejecting lawmakers’ plans to tap into the state’s unclaimed property fund and the fund that finances constitutional officers to pay for budget needs.Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Wednesday that Beebe hasn’t ruled out rejecting plans to tap into the funds for $2.9 million. Lawmakers this week rejected Beebe’s request to borrow the money from their fund that goes toward local projects.

To some, suicide attack on IRS made pilot a hero

February 25, 2010 DALLAS (AP) — Flames were still shooting from the building when the suicide pilot who crashed his plane into the IRS office in Austin was being hailed in some corners as a hero who struck a courageous blow against the tyranny of the U.S. tax code.While most Americans surely see Joseph Stack as an angry, misguided man whose final act was repugnant, his suicide mission has clearly tapped a vein of rage among anti-tax, anti-government extremists.

Curves to host food drive

February 25, 2010 From March 1 to 31, Curves of Batesville will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations for food banks in the local area, according to Bobby Sanders, owner of the local Curves facility.Each year Curves locations around the country collectively donate millions of pounds of food to feed the hungry, according to a company news release.“We hope the women in the Batesville area will come together and participate in this initiative,” Sanders said.For more information about the food drive, call Sanders at (870) 612-8783.

Strawberry River DAR to meet

February 25, 2010 HORSESHOE BEND — The Strawberry River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Manor House in Horseshoe Bend at 1 p.m. March 6. Hostesses are Frances Oldenburg and Janet Ross.The business section of the meeting will revolve around the election of the slate of officers for the coming two years.

Prayer shawl group to meet

February 25, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

‘Seuss on the Loose’ set

February 25, 2010 Batesville Preschool will host a free “Seuss on the Loose” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St. in Batesville for children and adults.“Join us on a Seussical adventure as we celebrate the birthday of the legendary Dr. Seuss. We will have lots of neat activities and snacks. Bring your child and plan on having a great time,” said Lorrie McClure with the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. 

United Way seeking applications

February 25, 2010 Applications will be accepted for 2011 United Way funding until March 31, according to Robb Roberts, chairman of the Agency Relations Committee for the United Way of Independence County.Applying organizations must be non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organizations providing direct and meaningful service to the people of Independence County and must have been in existence for at least two years, according to a news release.

Lankford to discuss ‘changing story’

February 25, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem & Mineral Club kicks off its 2010 series of meetings at 10 a.m. March 4 with a presentation by Dr. George Lankford at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, according to Paul Grindol, president.During Lankford’s program, “Catching up with the Old,” he will relate how “archeologists keep changing the story,” Grindol said.Lankford will give a brief survey of several issues in North American prehistory and talk about how archaeologists have changed their understanding of them in the light of new evidence and interpretations. 

St. Pat’s Day event scheduled

February 25, 2010 SIDNEY — The Sidney St. Patrick’s celebration will be March 20 with festivities beginning at 10 a.m., Mayor Justin Davis said.Booth space for vendors is free but those wanting to reserve a space should call Linda Kay Westmoreland at (870) 346-5236, Charlotte Ratliff at (870) 283-2100 or Davis at (870) 613-1956.A parade will be at 1 p.m., an antique tractor show arranged by Danny Smith of Cave City will take place throughout the day and a drawing for $500 in cash will take place about 4 p.m., Davis said.

Fraud warrant issued

February 25, 2010 A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jesse L. Johnson on four counts of alleged credit card fraud, according to a court affidavit by Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.Johnson reportedly used the credit card of Lorene Burrow to make purchases from Dish Network and Verizon Wireless in late 2009.Bittle said the total restitution owed to Burrow’s bank is $3,203.55.The credit card fraud charge is a class C felony. His bond has been set at $10,000 by District Judge Chaney Taylor.—from court documents