Harding, Italian villa mark 25th anniversary

September 21, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — They might be gathered around a table at a favorite local coffee shop, or strolling over the Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”) over the Arno River in Florence, or participating in the olive and grape harvests each fall. Or they might even be studying.

Cops respond to suicide

September 21, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office received a call Friday that a couple from the Rim Shoals area was missing from their residence and might be in danger.Deputies responded to the area after 2 p.m., and upon further investigation, they found a lengthy letter believed to be a suicide note, Sheriff John Montgomery said. According to neighbors, the couple was last seen walking into the woods behind their residence on Rim Shoals Road, southeast of Gassville.

Vendor space available at antique, crafts festival

September 21, 2009 Additional space for crafters and antique vendors is available for Batesville’s Autumn Antique and Crafts Festival, set for Oct. 22-24. More than 30 craftspeople and other vendors have already reserved booth space, leading organizers to make additional space available in Etta’s Attic, a new antique and collectibles store at 143 E. Main, set to open in early October. Some indoor spaces also remain on the lower level of Olde Towne Mall at 407 E. Main; outdoor space is also available in the pocket park.

Church to hold revival

September 21, 2009 Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2645 White Drive in Batesville, will have a revival beginning Wednesday and culminating with the church’s 116th homecoming Sunday.Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. Sunday.Chuck Roach, a former member and missionary pastor to Libby Road Mission in Heber Springs, will conduct the revival services.The event is open to the public.

Shaw to celebrate 90th birthday

September 21, 2009 NEWARK — I.J. Shaw of Newark will celebrate his 90th birthday with a party from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Newark Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center. Shaw, a former Independence County tax assessor and retired farmer, was born Sept. 28, 1919 near Newark to Jim and Elsie Shaw. He was married to the late Louise Freeman Shaw for 68 years. Their children are Barbara Morrison, Jerry Shaw and the late Jimmy Shaw. Everyone is invited. Cards may be mailed to 755 North Hill St., Newark, AR 72562.

RV to be in Hardy

September 21, 2009 HARDY — The See Arkansas First RV will be in Hardy from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Dr. Thompson Park, located on Main Street.Free hot dogs and drinks will be served, and the RV will offer materials on “See Arkansas First.” A live remote from Hometown Radio is also plannedFour wonderful gifts to be given away at the end of the tour in October: a four-wheeler, kayak, Schwinn bicycle and a $500 camping package. For more information, call Main Street Hardy at (870) 856-3571 or the chamber at 856-3210.

Results to be certified

September 21, 2009 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Independence County Courthouse to certify the official election results of the 2009 annual school election with the county clerk. The commission will also:• compare the electronic school totals from activation packs from each voting machine used in the school election with the polling locations’ certified return records.• collect and store the audit log from each voting machine used in the school election.• store voting machines used in the election.

Man fights girlfriend’s son

September 21, 2009  Police are investigating the assault of a Pleasant Plains man after he told them his live-in girlfriend’s son came to his home and started a fight.Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson was dispatched to a family violence center Oct. 16, where he met with 55-year-old Allen W. McMinn, who said he had been assaulted by Jose M. Regaldo, 37, of Pleasant Plains.According to Allen, sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. Sept. 15, Jose M. Regaldo, 37, attacked him at the residence he shared with Regaldo’s mother, Donna Regaldo.

Rain may delay Ark. lotto

September 21, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The director of the Arkansas Lottery is concerned that all the rain the state has had could delay plans to begin selling scratch-off tickets by next week.The goal is to have 1,500 retailers ready to sell scratch-offs by Sept. 28, but Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said wet weather is slowing the process of installing satellite equipment at retailers.

Izard officers deal with domestic calls

September 21, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department and the Horseshoe Bend Police Department responded Wednesday to a domestic violence call just outside the city limits of Horseshoe Bend. Arrested at the scene was Benjamin J. Hinds, 27, of Peace Valley Road on charges to include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated-drugs, endangering the welfare of a minor, third-degree domestic battering, and driving on a suspended license.