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.

UACCB hires instructor, admin assistant

September 21, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced the hiring of two recent additions.Brenda Bishop was hired as faculty for the practical nursing program, and Katrina Farris was hired as an administrative assistant. Bishop is a graduate of both the PN and registered nursing programs at UACCB. Her clinical practice experience includes the obstetric /nursery department and quality management at White River Medical Center. She has additional experience in office nursing for Dr. E.J. Jones, as well as long-term care experience at Wood-lawn Nursing Home.

Naked man escorted to jail for public sexual indecency

September 21, 2009  A 34-year-old Batesville man, reportedly found nude behind a Southside business, with various items of women’s clothing and sex articles, is facing sex-related charges, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.The charges stemmed from an incident around 9:30 Saturday morning while Deputy Wayne Green was on patrol in the Southside area. Green said he was flagged down by Chris Pulley, who told him he had found the naked man behind Fireworks World, the Pulley’s family business on Newport Road.

Bikers event raises $100K

September 21, 2009 Local bikers roared out of Batesville early Saturday to join others on the annual Bikers for Babies run, helping raise more than $100,000 in Arkansas for the March of Dimes, which works toward finding cures for birth defects.“We raised $100,000 and are still counting money,” March of Dimes spokeswoman Sherry Lamb said this morning.“We were down a little bit on bikes, but not on money raised,” road captain Dennis Barnett of the local ABATE chapter said. Some potential participants probably stayed home due to the forecast for rain, he said.