Author to sign books

January 12, 2010 Wade Rivers will return to Batesville to sign copies of his first book, “Y City,” a suspense thriller based in western Arkansas. He will be at the Hastings Bookstore from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.Rivers is now at work on his second book, a collection of suspenseful stories.For more information, visit, call (479) 216-0963 or e-mail

GAP to meet Jan. 14

January 12, 2010 The Batesville School District’s Grandparents as Parents program will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Batesville Early Learning & Enrichment Center Resource room at 1900 Lyon St. Child care will be provided and refreshments will be served.

Sidney man named broker

January 12, 2010 Coldwell Banker Choice Realty announced recently that Greg Hodge of Sidney has been named as the new executive broker for the company as of the first of this month.“We’re happy to have Greg as our new Executive Broker,” said Missy Aaron, a spokeswoman for the company. “He has an excellent background in real estate sales, and is extremely motivated and knowledgeable about our ever-changing market.”Hodge can be reached at Coldwell Banker Choice Realty at 513 Batesville Blvd., or by calling (870) 793-7778.

Bridal show to be Sunday

January 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The 13th annual Bridal Show will be from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.

Energy assistance available to low income families

January 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel reminds Arkansans about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a local-state-federal program that can provide up to $700 towards qualified consumers’ utility bills.

Sheriff agrees to hold ADC inmates

January 12, 2010 MELBOURNE — Sheriff Tate Lawrence announced that he has entered into an agreement with the Arkansas Department of Correction to hold other county inmates who are awaiting bed space in Arkansas prisons. Lawrence said that five of such inmates were recently transferred from the Jackson County jail to Izard County. Lawrence said this arrangement will provide a substantial amount of additional income for Izard County without adversely affecting the operation and without having to hire additional staff.

Arnold jailed twice

January 12, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Highland man was arrested Jan. 4 on charges of domestic violence and violation of a protection order by the Horseshoe Bend Police Department, according to a news release from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.James Naldo Arnold, 41, was provided a bond hearing by Judge David Miller. One of the conditions of bond was that Arnold have no contact with the alleged victim.

Doc Taylor remembered

January 12, 2010 Chaney Taylor Jr. remembers on more than one occasion growing up when people brought his family home-grown fruits and vegetables.“It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that that’s how (some patients) were paying their bills,” he said. “He didn’t turn away anybody because they couldn’t pay. He just didn’t. ... He knew eventually they would.”Kind. Compassionate. Trusted. Not just a doctor, but a friend; however, if it was one thing Dr. Chaney W. Taylor never wanted it was the limelight.

Cherokee research focus of meeting

January 12, 2010  The Batesville Genealogical Society and the Independence County Historical Society will hold a joint meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Community Bank’s Rider Room. Gary Perkey, president of the genealogical society, will preside.Russell P. Baker will present a PowerPoint presentation on Cherokee genealogy, and a handout will be provided with books and other sources to conduct one’s own Cherokee research.

Bonus proposed for officials, employees

January 12, 2010 Money talks, especially when a person’s bonus is on the line.Monday night, the Independence County Quorum Court received a proposal for bonuses for all county employees — including themselves and all other county officials — from county Judge Bill Hicks.“County General is living at the top of its boundaries,” Hicks said, and while cost-of-living raises were not an option for 2010, bonuses were since the 2009 budget’s “closing balances came in at a great deal higher than they anticipated.”