Pill found in pocket

November 9, 2009 A felony charge has been filed against a man who allegedly had drugs in his possession at the time he was being booked into the Independence County jail, according to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s office by Detective Mike Mundy of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.In his affidavit Mundy said that Charles Branch, 24, of Batesville, was arrested Tuesday on outstanding warrants for domestic-related incidents, and the drug charges resulted after he was searched during the jail booking process.

Sharp JPs to meet Nov. 16

November 9, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court meeting originally scheduled for tonight will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 instead, County Judge Larry Brown said. The meeting will be in the main courtroom in the county courthouse in Ash Flat.The week delay was scheduled to give department heads more time to plan their proposed 2010 budgets before bringing them before the court, he said.A budget committee meeting Thursday night went well, with the committee adjourning after only 35 minutes, Brown said.

More counties declared disaster

November 9, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has named Independence and 45 more Arkansas counties as disaster areas following severe storms that caused tornadoes and flooding last month.Beebe took the action Saturday. It is separate from previous declarations for earlier October flooding that named five counties. A total of 51 Arkansas counties have now received state disaster status due to severe weather in October.

Trash schedule remains same

November 9, 2009 County trash trucks will run their normal routes on Wednesday (Veterans Day), according to Claudette Jones with the Independence County Judge’s Office.

Ozarka to honor Libby Cone

November 9, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College will host a reception at 1 p.m. Friday in the administration building to honor Libby Cone. The event is open to the public.Cone is retiring as the director of human resources after serving Ozarka for more than 34 years in other capacities, including administrative assistant for the president’s office. She also received Outstanding Employee recognition from Ozarka in 2004 at the Arkansas Association of Two Year College conference along with numerous other accomplishments during her employment at the college.

Leaf pickup to begin

November 9, 2009 Leaf pickup will start this week in Batesville, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh has announced.Leaves will be picked up according to the city’s garbage routes. For instance, residents with trash pickup on Tuesday may see the leaf machine in their neighborhood that same day, Elumbaugh explained. Then the next day the machine will follow Wednesday’s garbage route, even if all the leaves weren’t picked up on Tuesday. Crews will revisit neighborhoods as needed.Monday will be a “wild card day” as crews will pick up leaves at different places, Elumbaugh said.

Low cost spay/neuter offered

November 9, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County still has several slots open for its November low-income spay/neuter clinic, according to a news release. The clinic will be Nov. 17 and is available to those who meet the criteria of low income and have animals that need to be spayed or neutered. Additional clinics will be offered in the coming months. For more information or to make an appointment, call (870) 793-0090 between noon and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Quorum court to meet

November 9, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet in regular session at 6 tonight in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter building at Third and Main streets in Batesville.Among items on tonight’s agenda will be a report from the Independence County Economic Development Commission regarding progress being made in establishment of a Department of Human Services call center to be built in Batesville next year, and other economic projects.

Flag lowering extended

November 9, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Late Friday morning, President Barack Obama ordered U.S. flags at federal offices and installations lowered to half-staff through Veterans Day in honor of those killed and wounded at Fort Hood in Texas on Tuesday.To coincide with this order, Gov. Mike Beebe has extended the order requesting U.S. and Arkansas flags in the state to be flown at half-staff through Veterans Day as well.

Body found in cemetery

November 9, 2009 The body of a Floral man found in a local cemetery Saturday morning has been sent to the state crime lab to determine the cause of his death, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Police say the body of Raymond Eugene Parker, 49, was found at Egner Cemetery on Allen Chapel Road by a man visiting a family grave with his wife. Bittle said the couple went to a nearby location to call police and later returned to the cemetery to give a statement.