Council to consider speed limit

February 22, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes a second reading of an ordinance to establish a uniform speed limit in the city; an ordinance to establish a flood damage; a resolution in support of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council Scenic Byways initiative; a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson; and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Bond set at $100,000

February 22, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Bond was set at $100,000 Friday for a Bono man who is facing residential burglary and theft charges, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.Allen Michael Bounds, 20, of Bono was one of three suspects in the case, which involved a residence on County Road 701 near Hoxie. Bounds was arrested Wednesday; the burglary and theft were reported the previous Saturday.“The reason the bond is so high is he was on parole for two other burglaries and thefts,” Dotson said.Bounds’ circuit court date was set for March 19.

Messiah concert to be Feb. 26

February 22, 2010 The Batesville Choral Society and Lyon College Concert Chorale, conducted by Dr. Joel Plaag, will present the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Bevens Music Room on the Lyon College campus. The concert will feature choruses and soloists in the famous piece. Soloists featured will be (in order of appearance): Diana Turnbo, alto; Cory Emerson, tenor; Tyler Sarracino, tenor; Josh Palmer, tenor; Amanda Pickett, alto; Han Ong, bass; and Kristian Martin, tenor.Admission to the concert is free.

Second annual Friends in Great Places concert set at UACCB

February 22, 2010 The second annual Friends in Great Places concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 20 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.All proceeds from the event will go toward the Nursing and Allied Health facility currently under construction. This year’s concert will once again feature a variety of musicians from the surrounding area.“We will feature the same lineup of musicians as last year,” said Danny Dozier, who assists UACCB in setting up this event. “I’m proud to call them my friends and I rank their talent among the highest anywhere in the country.”

Search under way for superintendent

February 22, 2010 Let the search begin.Ted Hall may still have a few more months as Batesville superintendent, but the school board isn’t wasting any time in finding his replacement, and it’s looking outside Pioneer territory for assistance. In hopes of finding the right person for the job by July 1, the board has hired McPherson and Jacobson, an executive recruitment and development firm from Omaha, Neb. that specializes in such searches.

15-year-old won’t face adult charges

February 22, 2010 Authorities have decided to charge a 15-year-old as a juvenile instead of an adult following the shooting death of 40-year-old Larry Michael Howard.Howard was reportedly shot Feb. 15 with a .44 caliber hunting rifle at 5859 Batesville Blvd., Pleasant Plains.Investigators had first indicated they would seek a first-degree murder charge and ask that the teenager to be charged as an adult.Prosecutor Don McSpadden said he could not elaborate on what charge the teen faced in connection with the incident because the boy is a minor.

Teen killed by Amtrak train

February 19, 2010 HOPE (AP) — Authorities in Hope say the death of a 17-year-old Hope boy who was struck by an Amtrak train appears to have been accidental.Jerry Lollis died Wednesday night after being hit around 9:30 p.m. Hope police say it appears Lollis simply tied to beat the train at a crossing at U.S. 67 and Generator Street.The Texas Eagle train was en route from San Antonio to Chicago. The train was delayed two hours.Police say Amtrak may have video of the incident. An Amtrak spokesman says the train crew reported that Lollis saw the train but tried to cross anyway.

Md. legislator seeks ban on first-cousin marriages

February 19, 2010 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland state legislator says it’s time to ban marriages between first cousins and stop playing what he calls “genetic roulette” with their offspring.Henry Heller, a Democratic delegate, or state representative, says he wants to bring Maryland “into the enlightened world of other states such as West Virginia and Arkansas” that already prohibit unions of first cousins.Heller is a retired special education administrator. He says couples who are first cousins are at an increased risk of having a child with birth defects.

2.13 carat gem found

February 19, 2010 MURFREESBORO (AP) — A man who has dug for treasure at Crater of Diamonds State Park for more than three decades has made his biggest find yet, a 2.13 carat chestnut-colored diamond.Glenn Worthington started looking for diamonds at the park in 1978, and he found 10 that summer. On Thursday, Worthington registered a stone that he and his wife decided to name the “Brown Rice Diamond,” because of its color and dimensions. The stone is several times larger than a rice grain, however.

Ark. farmers older, working on more valuable land

February 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas farmers as a class are growing older, harvesting more corn and rice and producing more chickens, and doing it all on increasingly valuable land.And a majority of them consider farming their secondary occupation — a sideline job — even if they find it necessary to make ends meet.