Melbourne to fete Arbor Day

March 3, 2010 Melbourne — The Tree City USA Committee will host an Arbor Day Celebration at 2 p.m. Monday in Melbourne. Committee members will plant a tree adjacent to the newly-constructed Cooperative Extension Service Office in the city hall complex area.Melbourne has been designated as a Tree City by the Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Arbor Day Society for the last four years consecutively, according to a news release.

Water board to elect officers

March 3, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to elect officers for the year, Manager John Richardson said.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson is expected to report on legal requirements concerning commitment to the Corps of Engineers concerning a request for stabilization of the bank of the White River near the authority’s water intake station. The bank was heavily eroded by floods in 2008.

Concert to benefit Renewal Ranch

March 3, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Mount Zion Baptist Church is hosting a benefit concert for Renewal Ranch in Conway at 6 p.m. Sunday. The Dooleys of Conway, will perform. The evening will consist of praise and worship, according to a news release. The church is located at 149 Rorie St., Southside.The Dooleys consist of one brother and three sisters. For more information, visit

Moorefield to host event

March 3, 2010 MOOREFIELD — The town of Moorefield will host a town meeting and chili and soup supper Saturday at the Moorefield Town Hall. The town meeting will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the chili and soup supper from 4 to 6.There is no charge for the supper, and the event is open to the public.

Small earthquake shakes SE Mo.

March 3, 2010 SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake shook southeast Missouri along the New Madrid Fault.The agency says the magnitude 3.7 earthquake was detected at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday about 15 miles south-southeast of Sikeston. No damage was reported.The temblor was felt as far away as Alton, Ill., and St. Peters, Mo., both about 150 miles north of the epicenter.The earthquake occurred within the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which includes southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas, southern Illinois and western Kentucky and Tennessee.

DHS investigates child found near busy street

March 3, 2010 After a call to its hotline number, the Arkansas Department of Human Services is investigating circumstances surrounding a 4-year-old girl being found wandering alone in the area of St. Louis Street Monday afternoon.Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer was dispatched to 701 College St. around 1 p.m. to speak with Fuller Bumpers, who said he found the girl standing near the side of the highway and took her to his office to call police.

Judge Jo Hart announces for Ark. Court of Appeals

March 3, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW —  Judge Josephine Linker Hart has announced plans to seek re-election as a Judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals for District II. Hart was first elected to the Court of Appeals in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002.  Judges are elected without party affiliation. The non-partisan election for the Court of Appeals is May 18.

Moore to seek re-election

March 3, 2010 NEWARK — Anne Moore of Newark has announced she plans to seek a second term on the quorum court representing District 4, which includes Newark, Oil Trough, Union Hill, Thida and Blackland (Big Bottom-Wycough-Logan, Newark 1, 2, 3, Oil Trough, Hill and Departee precincts).Moore serves on the budget, solid waste and hydroelectric committees as well as being the quorum court representative for Newark on the interlocal committee.

More candidates file

March 3, 2010 Independence CountyOne justice of the peace and three committee members filed for the May primary in Independence County Tuesday, according the county clerk’s office.Filing for the District 4 justice position was Republican incumbent Anne Moore.All filings must be completed by noon Monday. Izard CountyIzard County residents will have the opportunity to decide whether there will be a new sheriff in town when going to the polls in May.

Resale shop plans open house

March 3, 2010 The Fresh Start Resale Shop on lower Main Street in Batesville has made great strides in improving customer service and product selection, thanks to expanded hours that started a few weeks ago, according to manager Mary Holcombe.“Since we’ve been open every day we are getting more donations and we’re able to get donations out on the floor sooner,” Holcombe said. “It’s just really grown.”Operated as a branch of the local Family Violence Prevention Inc., a member of United Way of Independence County, the resale shop has been in business for 3 1/2 years.