United Way seeking applications

February 4, 2010 Applications are now being accepted for 2011 United Way funding, 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.

Coke bottling plant loses fizz

February 4, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — A Jonesboro Coca-Cola bottling plant is planning to close, putting 40 people out of work.Coca-Cola Enterprises says the facility is set to close by April 5 and move its operations to Little Rock, West Memphis and West Plains, Mo.Loren Lemons, a sales manager at the plant, says 40 employees who work in the warehouse and distribution area will lose their positions in Jonesboro. But they will be offered jobs in West Memphis or West Plains.

Lyon grad to speak about Kabul

February 4, 2010 Lyon College graduate Katie Shaver Ahmadzai will be on the Lyon campus Monday to give two brief talks about her experiences teaching in Kabul, Afghanistan, for the past four years. She will speak first to the APPLE Project students from 6-6:30 p.m., and then from 7-8 she will speak to education students and the campus community at large regarding her experiences. Everyone is invited to the 7 p.m. presentation, which will include photos and information about how to become an international teacher. The presentation will take place in Nucor Auditorium.

Candidate filing period set

February 4, 2010 The preferential primary and non-partisan judicial general election is May 18. The filing period for party candidates to be eligible for this election begins at noon March 1 and ends at noon March 8.Candidates must furnish written evidence of payment of all party filing fees and filing of all party pledges to the Independence County Clerk before the noon deadline on March 8, according to a news release from Darrell Hays, chairman of the Independence County Republican Party.According to Hays, a member of the Republican Party will be present to accept filing fees.

Wyatt seeks re-election

February 4, 2010 Deborah C. Wyatt of Rosie has announced her bid as a candidate to seek re-election the position of justice of the peace for the third district. She is a Democrat.Wyatt currently serves on the budget and road committees and is chairwoman for the parks and recreation committee.

Guns, hunting gear taken

February 4, 2010 A hunter apparently left his truck unlocked, allowing thieves access to $2,600 in guns and hunting gear, according to Independence County Deputy Dustin Robbins.Gary L. Clark of Cord told police Tuesday morning that his truck was parked at an Arnold Street address overnight Monday when someone entered it and took the items.According to Robbins, Clark said he saw the items in the truck when he drove it to pick up a movie, and that he forgot to lock the truck when he parked it around 9 Monday night.

Lucero concert rescheduled

February 4, 2010 The Lucero concert has been rescheduled for Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall.Doors open at 9:30 p.m., which is later than previously scheduled, but another event has the venue the same evening, according to Batesville Promotions.Cory Branan goes on at 9:45, and Lucero will take the stage at approximately 10:20. Purchased tickets for the original date are still good. For more information, call (870) 698-2288.

Once-silent bells ring again at Lyon College

February 4, 2010 As students walk on the picturesque 136-acre Lyon College campus in Batesville, the distinct chime of bells usher them to class. The college’s once-silent carillon is again ringing.The Tower Campbell Carillon, a musical instrument atop the Lyon Business and Economics Building, was silenced several years ago after a lightning strike that damaged the system. Cost prohibited the electric-keyboard carillon from being immediately repaired.In December, the 24-bell carillon came to life again, playing Christmas music and chiming on the hour and half-hour.

Account established

February 4, 2010 A benefit account has been established at two banks for a woman who was seriously burned in a house fire last week.Molly Tunstall, 42, suffered burns on more than half of her body in a fire at 20 Macedonia Road last Thursday afternoon. She was home alone at the time of the fire, which was reported around 5 p.m.She is now in stable condition in the burn unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, according to her brother, Layman “Boddy” Tunstall.“If that man hadn’t pulled her from the window, she would have died,” he said. “We’re all just in shock.”

County may be featured on CNN, Fox networks

February 4, 2010 A national film crew wants to come to Independence County and do a TV feature clip on the county’s economic growth and the opportunities available to businesses looking for places to expand or establish home offices.Economic Development Commission Director Ed Mabry said his office first learned of the interest by the film crew about three weeks ago. “I don’t know where they heard about us, but they called and said they wanted to do a promotional TV clip to use on CNN and Fox networks,” Mabry said.