UAW to get Blue Cross help

February 8, 2010 The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Apple Barrel Family Restaurant in Pocahontas, formerly the Bonanza Restaurant.Barbara Larken of Blue Cross will be in attendance to assist with disputed Blue Cross claims.

VFW schedules dance

February 8, 2010 DESHA — The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Desha will have a free Valentine Special dance Friday.The Blue Diamond Band will perform from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Chili, bake sale slated

February 8, 2010 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Derrick Missionary Society will host an old-fashioned chili and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church fellowship hall, located at 889 Oak St., at the corner of 9th Street in Batesville.The cost for bowls of chili start at $3 and can be served with or without beans. Crackers and a choice of cheese will also be available.The bake sale will include cakes, pies, cookies and brownies.For more information call Florine Montgomery at (870) 793-5590. The Rev. Desmond Wilson is the pastor of the church.

Dental screenings, offered

February 8, 2010 The Junior Auxiliary of Independence County will host its annual Give Kids a Smile program Saturday.Free dental screenings and cleanings will be provided to persons ages 2 to 20, regardless of insurance.Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the office of Dr. Melanie Looney at 1700 Harrison St., Suite 1, in Batesville.No appointments will be made.For more information about this and other programs sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary of Independence County, visit

Council to consider ordinances

February 8, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes an ordinance to amend various provisions of the Batesville Zoning code regarding temporary uses; an ordinance to establish a uniform speed limit within the city limits; and an ordinance to waive competitive bidding on third floor municipal building renovations.Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure will present some planning and zoning requests, Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson will present his report and Mayor Rick Elumbaugh will give the state of the city address.

Weather causes postponements

February 8, 2010 Weather has caused some meetings and other events to be postponed.The Ozark Gateway Region Banquet that was set for tonight, will be rescheduled, but no date has been set yet, according to Cathy Drew, executive director. Those with tickets are asked to hang onto them, Drew added. The Sharp County Quorum Court meeting originally set for tonight has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 16 because of weather-related road conditions, County Judge Larry Brown said. The meeting will be in the main courtroom of the county courthouse in Ash Flat.

Same song, second verse

February 8, 2010 Same song, second verse was Sharp County Judge Larry Brown’s take concerning today’s weather forecast.Brown’s road crews just finished blading about a foot of snow from county roads last week.This morning found five to six inches of snow across the county and the total may again be a foot deep, Brown said.

Tourist guide promotes Batesville, other areas

February 8, 2010 The new Ozark Gateway Region Visitor/Relocation Guide is the biggest and best yet, officials said at Friday’s unveiling of the completely redesigned book.Bob Pest, president of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council board, said Batesville presently does not have its own tourism guide, and this book, printed by PD Printing, fills that niche.

Floral Fire District holds special election

February 8, 2010 Residents in the Floral Fire District of Independence and Cleburne counties will be going to the polls Tuesday to have their say in regard to a change in their fire protection.The fire district members will be voting on whether to form a state-approved fire protection district that would allow for the collection of taxes to support improvements to firefighter’s equipment.

Judge seeks state aid for triplets

February 8, 2010 An Independence County Judge who filed for Social Security income for his triplets was denied.According to documents filed in the county clerk’s office, District Judge Chaney Taylor is now seeking a petition for review and a request for oral argument on triplets Sophie G. Taylor, Ty E. Taylor and Chaney W. Taylor III.