House Democrats clear way for health care vote

November 4, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats cleared the way today for a pivotal vote on health care overhaul as early as the weekend, after tweaking their 1,900-page bill to crack down harder on insurance companies.“Americans are ready for comprehensive health insurance reform and the House will soon act,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that accompanied dozens of last-minute changes to the bill Tuesday night.Publication of the changes started a 72-hour legislative clock, meaning that a floor vote could take place as early as Saturday.

Service News

November 4, 2009 Norfolk, Va. — Navy Seaman Recruit Hannah Q. McGough, daughter of Mary A. and Floyd M. McGough of Floral, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, McGough completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Library memorials and honorarium

November 4, 2009 The following memorials have been made to the Independence County Library’s endowment fund:Audrey Seibert — Billie Jett, Danny and Karen Davis, Frances Williams, Eleanor LupienCarrie Wood — the Olen and Geneva Wood familyOrlando Teague, Mountain View — Joyce PooleBarbara Wilson, Los Angeles — Eleanor LupienFlorence Holmes Powell — Athena Study ClubJean Smith Withers — Jim and Virginia PruettRuth Davenport — the Smith family, Del Rapids, S.D.Lewis Emmitt Mason — Virginia PruettRodney Melton, Desha — Myles and Juanita Dunegan Wooten

Police take violence, drug, arson reports

November 4, 2009 A Batesville man arrested on charges of domestic battery, terroristic threatening and violating a protection order at his mother’s home Tuesday morning has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance. Independence County Deputy Jimmy Smith said that as Charles Brand, 24, of 1104 N. State St., was being booked into the jail on the domestic charges, jailer Marcus Nix had Branch empty his pockets and found a piece of cellophane wrapper containing a single white pill believed to be hydrocodone.Branch was scheduled to appear in court today on the charges.

Domestic violence arrests made

November 4, 2009 MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies responded to domestic violence calls Oct. 28 and arrested two men. Bradley Skidmore, 31, of Brockwell was charged with third-degree domestic battering and endangering the welfare of a minor. Christopher Ray Arnold, 41, of Franklin was charged with third-degree domestic battering. Both were released from the Izard County jail the following day after posting bond. In other arrests:

Ozarka to begin early registration

November 4, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College will begin early registration for returning Ozarka College students on Monday. Those students are required to meet with their advisor to plan a class schedule prior to registration for the spring 2010 semester.

Firefighters to hold fundraiser

November 4, 2009 DESHA — The Desha Volunteer Fire Department will have a chili day fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the main fire station next to Speedway RV Park on Highways 25/14.The chili is free, but the department is asking for generous donations to help buy a large emergency power generator that could be used at any one of its three stations, or other location, in case of a natural disaster or other emergency.Once the generator is purchased, any left over money will be used to buy needed firefighting equipment.

EHC to donate stockings

November 4, 2009 The Independence County Extension Homemakers Clubs will donate stockings for the Angel Tree Project at Citizens Bank again this year.The goal is to have 100 stockings to give to the project. Club members are asked to collect stockings within each club and bring them to the Holiday Council Meeting on Dec. 10 at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.

Meeting changed

November 4, 2009 The December Holiday Council Meeting for all Extension Homemakers Club members has been changed to Dec. 10.The meeting will be held at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. Lunch is $5.

Harvest dinner scheduled

November 4, 2009 The J.T. Story Harvest Day Dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Central Avenue United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 1205 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.Carry-out meals will be available. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Men. For more information or to buy tickets, call (870) 793-2365.