NADC board to meet

September 2, 2009 The Northcentral Arkansas Developmental Council board of directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Italian Grill in Batesville.

Pleasant Ridge cemetery group holds annual homecoming

September 2, 2009 POUGHKEEPSIE — Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association near Poughkeepsie held its annual homecoming Aug. 22. Four board members were present.After those attending placed flowers and visited graves, there was a short business meeting.A collection of $1,498 was received for continued cemetery care.Approximately 80 people attended the homecoming, with many local towns and communities and six states being represented.A potluck was served at noon in the fellowship hall of the church, which is located next to the cemetery. A time of fellowship followed.

Museum to host story time

September 2, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum will continue its popular story time for toddlers and preschoolers this fall, according to a news release. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and will take place on the following Fridays: Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. This program is free and pre-registration is not required, but groups of five or more are asked to call ahead. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story time also includes crafts.

Medical expense accounts set up for Melton, Cossey

September 2, 2009 Medical expense accounts have been set up to benefit two area teenagers who were injured in accidents recently.An account has been set up at Citizens Bank for Matthew Jacob Melton, who is in critical condition at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after a horseback riding accident Saturday night.Deposits may be made at the main bank or any branch of the Citizens Bank, including branches in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Pleasant Plains and Mountain View.

Bear homecoming set for Saturday

September 2, 2009 OIL TROUGH — The second annual Oil Trough Bear Homecoming, a community festival at Oil Trough, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the local community center, said Jeannie Simmons Fisher, one of the organizers.“The fire department will be cooking,” she said, and entertainment will follow the lunch.The community’s festival was reactivated in 2008 as the Bear event, taking the place of an annual Oil Trough FunFest held several years earlier but which had lapsed a decade or more ago.

Sheriff reports theft crimes down in 2009

September 2, 2009 MELBOURNE — Crime is down in Izard County.That’s the news Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence told members of the quorum court when they met Tuesday night.Lawrence said the numbers show that theft reports are down 50 percent from this time last year.“That’s significant,” he said.Lawrence said that means arrests are down and that his office is pleased with the numbers they are seeing.“In 2008, we had 15 (commercial) burglaries and we’ve had seven this year,” he reported.

Billy Lee Riley remembered

September 2, 2009 NEWPORT — For some the journey was short, for others it was long, for many, however, it was worth it.As family, friends, fans and fellow musicians gathered at the Silver Moon Club in Newport on Sunday to honor late Sun-recording artist Billy Lee Riley, one thing was clear to club owner Grant Brinsfield.Aside from Elvis Presley’s performances here in 1955, “Newport hasn’t seen anything like this in 50 years,” he said with a laugh, standing outside the new Silver Moon that was built in 1987 after a fire destroyed the original building in 1986.

UACCB to open child care facility

September 2, 2009 A new child care center on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus is just a few months away.“The walls are up and they’re painted,” said Mindy Shaw, early childhood education instructor. “We’re just waiting on carpet and tile. We’re really excited.”Located at the northeast corner of the college campus, the child care center will be available to students first, then UACCB employees and finally, if there are any slots available, the general public.

Report: Bank offers to repay some bailout

September 1, 2009 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America Corp. is looking to pay back some of the billions in federal bailout aid it has received in an effort to get out from underneath the government’s thumb, according to a published report.Meanwhile, the government wants the bank to pay about $500 million to terminate a tentative pact in which the U.S. agreed to share losses on certain Bank of America assets, The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Mobile home slayings shock family

September 1, 2009 BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The eight people slain in a weekend mobile home attack in this southeastern coastal city included a father and four older children and other members of an extended family, police and relatives said today.Police released the names and ages of the dead in a short statement three days after the carnage was first reported in a frantic emergency call by a relative who discovered the bodies on returning home. No suspect has been named in the Saturday killings that have rocked this Atlantic port city between Savannah and Jacksonville, Fla.