Ivory Owl offers variety of decor, handbags, more

September 22, 2009 For those shoppers looking for the latest in home decor and personal fashion accessories, they will find a large selection at Ivory Owl, 655 St. Louis St. in Batesville.With flexible business hours, the Ivory Owl is available to serve the public from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.“We offer a wide variety of home decor, including lamps, picture frames, inspirational art pieces, candle sticks and more,” owner Deann Castleberry said recently.

24-hour fitness center opens

September 22, 2009 Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest and fastest growing 24-hour co-ed fitness franchise, according to a news release, is now open in Suite I of the Market Place Shopping Center at 3050 E. Harrison St. in Batesville.The high-tech center occupies space formerly used by Puff’s clothing.“The convenience and affordability of Anytime Fitness can’t be beat,” said Chris Kimball, owner of the fitness center.

Saddlery relocates to Pleasant Plains

September 22, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — You can’t miss the new location of B.F. Smith & Son Saddlery in Pleasant Plains. It’s the western-looking log store along Highway 167 with all the saddles out front and the tall sign posts with the horse on top.Operated by a fourth generation relative of B.F. Smith, Stacy Rutledge and her husband Philip Rutledge, the store offers a total line of cowboy/cowgirl accessories, supplies, and horse tack.“We have top names in hats, boots, clothing, plus a complete line of top quality horse tack and equipment,” Stacy Rutledge said recently.

Fall Harvest Festival in Quitman is more than name implies

September 22, 2009 QUITMAN — The Fall Harvest Festival in Quitman is more than its name implies. Experience the ArkansasFrontier on a working farm, beginning Friday. The event incorporates education into hands-on fun, such as picking pumpkins, feeding farm animals, visiting an enchanted forest, touring an Indian village and mining for treasure, just to name a few.

Police: Ex-school board member is suspect in child porn case

September 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock police say a former North Little Rock School Board member is the target of a criminal child pornography investigation.Police Lt. Terry Hastings says 46-year-old Trent Cox has been identified as a suspect in the case.Cox has not been charged.The search warrant was served last Thursday and Cox resigned from the school board on Friday saying the travel demands of his job were forcing him to miss too many meetings.

Man arrested after mother’s death is released

September 22, 2009 PINE BLUFF (AP) — A Pine Bluff man arrested for an alleged assault on his mother has been released from jail, though authorities say an investigation is continuing into the woman’s death.Fifty-nine-year-old Daniel Olson was arrested after he told police Friday he found his mother, 83-year-old Martha Olson, dead in a bathtub of water.

Writer addresses JA

September 22, 2009 The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries area meeting was held recently in Memphis.Living a life of service and avoiding and resolving conflict were the main messages Independence County Chapter members came away with, according to a news release.

Grant applications due

September 22, 2009 All parks and recreation grant applications must be turned in to the Independence County Judge’s Office by no later than 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 to be eligible for grant monies, according to County Judge Bill Hicks.

Finance workshop to be tonight

September 22, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet in special session at 6 tonight in the high school media center for a school finance workshop presented by First Security Beardsley Public Finance, according to an agenda for the meeting.First, the board will consider a letter of resignation from board member Tim Southerland. A new board member may be appointed during the session.Rose Sparks will present an update on bricks and rocks for a project at the high school.The Beardsley finance workshop will then be presented.

Mountain View makes list

September 22, 2009 TOPEKA, Kan. — Mountain View transcends time in ways that few communities can, according to a news release. The town’s dedication to preserving — and continuing — its Ozark folk culture lands it on Mother Earth News’ fourth annual “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list. Mother Earth News, the leading sustainable-living magazine, features 11 selected communities in its October-November issue, on sale Sept. 22.