Sharp Co. budget tops agenda

November 16, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the courthouse in Ash Flat to consider a proposed 2010 budget and a pay schedule for employees for the upcoming year, according to an agenda for the session.A schedule for the levy of taxes for 2009 to be collected in 2010 will also be considered.A resolution concerning replacement of heating and air conditioning units in the courthouse is also on the agenda.Monthly reports from elected officials will also be reviewed.

Candidates for city marshal to be interviewed tonight

November 16, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet in special session at 7 tonight in the community center to interview four candidates for city marshal, council member Jackie Rone said.During last week’s regular meeting, the aldermen reviewed all seven applications for the job, created when former marshal Robbie Cooper resigned to take a position elsewhere.

Humane society to host bake sale

November 16, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County is having a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawgs Exxon. There will be lots of goodies, and all the proceeds will go to help take care of and feed the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that are there.“And after you have stopped and picked up some sweets, come on by the shelter facilities and see if you can find room in your heart and your home for a special forever friend,” a news release states. “Adoptions are half price and the humane society has a variety of dogs and cats that would love to go ‘home for the holidays.’”

Crash involved sport plane

November 16, 2009 AGNOS (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a plane that crashed in rural northern Arkansas, killing the pilot, was an experimental aircraft that the agency has recommended grounding.The Zodiac CH-601XL that crashed Nov. 6 in Fulton County killed 71-year-old Charles Cummings of North Aurora, Ill. The NTSB says the amateur-built plane broke apart in flight, scattering debris in an area more than 600 feet long. Both wings had separated from the fuselage in flight.

Students invited to ‘family night’

November 16, 2009 High school students and their parents are invited to learn about majors offered by Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas during a “family night” event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Independence County Extension Office, 1779 Myers St. in Batesville.Ashley Harris, Bumpers College student and alumni relations coordinator, said the college offers 14 majors in plants, animals, food, business, the natural environment and the human environment.

WRAA to hold fairs

November 16, 2009 White River Area Agency on Aging Inc. has planned several enrollment fairs to help Medicare beneficiaries compare their current drug coverage with the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and to enroll in a plan.The enrollment fair schedule is: • Wednesday — University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 8 a.m. to noon;

Cause of death not determined

November 16, 2009 The exact cause of death of a Floral man whose body was found in a local cemetery a week ago has not been determined by the state crime lab, according to Independence County authorities.Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said this morning that the initial report regarding the death of 49-year-old Eugene Raymond Parker is inconclusive.“The report we got said he didn’t die from any type of trauma and there’s no sign of foul play,” Bittle said. “We’re still waiting for the toxicology report and that could take two or three months.”

Land used for prayer site

November 16, 2009 CHARLOTTE — If Bryan Tuggle had seen the three crosses along Highway 25 on his way back from the liquor store, he might have stopped and his life could have taken a different turn.At the time there was no sign, at least for him, that he needed to straighten up and quit drinking and running around. Getting clean and sober wouldn’t come for a few more years.But for those traveling the road to Elgin these days, the sign is there — if they will pay heed to it.

Veterans honored; flags dedicated

November 16, 2009 CHARLOTTE — Dozens of veterans were honored Saturday following a dedication of three flags at John 3:16 Ministries, the spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug or alcohol addictions.

Heavenly sign leads woman to county jail

November 16, 2009 When personnel answered the front door buzzer of the Independence County jail Saturday night, they were greeted by a woman who said she was there to meet Jesus.Deputy Randy Jones said he was dispatched to the jail on West Main Street around 7:30 p.m. regarding the incident involving 29-year-old Rebecca D. Lee.“On arrival I spoke with Jailer Michael Rhodes who said that a female (Lee) came to the front door acting very strange and told him that Jesus gave her signs to find the jail and that she was supposed to meet him there,” Jones said.