Prayer shawl group to meet

January 26, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

OBU names President’s List

January 26, 2010 ARKADELPHIA — A total of 243 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the President’s List for the fall 2009 semester.To be named to the President’s List, a student must compile a 4.0 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours. Those on the list include:Batesville — Mary Castleman, Amberly Green, Audrey Melson, Whitley Poole, Philip WilliamsonCherokee Village — David Street.

Extreme cold: Tips listed for what to do if stranded

January 26, 2010 MURFREESBORO — Arkansans still have months of winter weather ahead and should know the ropes to dealing with extreme cold in case of emergencies, said Robbie McKinnon, Pike County Extension agent for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.“Temperatures in the teens or single digits are uncomfortable,” she said. “But if you’re stranded outside, or without power inside, those low temperatures can be deadly.”

Underground storage tank target of thieves

January 26, 2010 Armed with water hoses and plastic pipe, would-be gas thieves wasted their time in a weekend attempt to steal gas from an underground storage tank at a Spring Valley convenience store.Store owner Jerry Townsley said just after midnight Saturday someone got into a fenced yard at the store at 11 Ashley Drive, and tried to siphon off-road diesel fuel from an underground storage tank.“They cut up two water hoses and got into the yard and spent a lot of time to get nothing,” Townsley said this morning.

Jail talk, actions lead to other charges

January 26, 2010 A woman who was in jail garnered additional charges after telling inmates drugs were hidden inside her vehicle and acting suspicious during her release.

Water treatment plant to be dedicated; managers honored

January 26, 2010 CHARLOTTE — The Dota Public Water Authority will dedicate its new water treatment plant with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the plant site, according to a news release.The plant is in Charlotte a short distance beyond the school on Route 25 S.The authority will recognize longtime manager Murv Crigler, who had the vision to build the treatment plant, and current Manager Rusty Paul, who for the past year has devoted many hours and skills in the supervision of the plant’s construction, according to the release.

Habitat for Humanity to host banquet

January 26, 2010 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will present its second annual “Home Is Where The Heart Is” dinner and silent auction Feb. 6 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independenc Hall. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner to be served at 7. Cost is $25 per person; $50 per couple; $300 for corporate table. All proceeds go to benefit Habitat for Humanity.For more information call Econo-Mart Pharmacy at (870) 793-4179; First Community Bank at (870) 612-3418 or Citizens Bank at 793-4440.

Governor to recognize Mount Pleasant Elementary

January 26, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary is being recognized as one of the state’s performing schools. The National Center for Educational Achievement has recognized Mount Pleasant Elementary of the Melbourne School District as part of its 2009 Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools in Arkansas. Schools recognized for growth achieved better improvement rates for their students compared with other schools with similar demographics, a news release states. The center used growth and college and career readiness during its analysis for this recognition.

Center gets computer lab

January 26, 2010 Health Resources of Arkansas Youth Center has received a computer lab from the Batesville School District. The lab consists of six new computers and monitors, printer, programming and an upgrade of the current lines.Jack Sanders, federal programs director for the school, said he contacted Brett Farris, director of HRA Youth Center, recently about the school’s receiving federal stimulus money, along with Title I Part D money, to be utilized for the residents at the youth center.

Fur prices hit bottom

January 26, 2010 CAVE CITY — Trapping used to be big business, but animal pelts are worth little now for a variety of reasons, including the weather, trapper and fur buyer Bobby Huskey of Strawberry told Cave City Kiwanis Club members Thursday.“At one time, you could throw down an otter and get a $100 bill,” Huskey said. “Now, it’s $15 to $20.”“In 1980, coon — some people say ‘raccoon’ but I say ‘coon’ — prices were $40; bobcats were $125.”Now, he said, “I’ve got coon pelts that haven’t sold from last year.”