Students invited to ‘family night’

November 16, 2009 High school students and their parents are invited to learn about majors offered by Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas during a “family night” event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Independence County Extension Office, 1779 Myers St. in Batesville.Ashley Harris, Bumpers College student and alumni relations coordinator, said the college offers 14 majors in plants, animals, food, business, the natural environment and the human environment.

WRAA to hold fairs

November 16, 2009 White River Area Agency on Aging Inc. has planned several enrollment fairs to help Medicare beneficiaries compare their current drug coverage with the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and to enroll in a plan.The enrollment fair schedule is: • Wednesday — University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 8 a.m. to noon;

Cause of death not determined

November 16, 2009 The exact cause of death of a Floral man whose body was found in a local cemetery a week ago has not been determined by the state crime lab, according to Independence County authorities.Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said this morning that the initial report regarding the death of 49-year-old Eugene Raymond Parker is inconclusive.“The report we got said he didn’t die from any type of trauma and there’s no sign of foul play,” Bittle said. “We’re still waiting for the toxicology report and that could take two or three months.”

Land used for prayer site

November 16, 2009 CHARLOTTE — If Bryan Tuggle had seen the three crosses along Highway 25 on his way back from the liquor store, he might have stopped and his life could have taken a different turn.At the time there was no sign, at least for him, that he needed to straighten up and quit drinking and running around. Getting clean and sober wouldn’t come for a few more years.But for those traveling the road to Elgin these days, the sign is there — if they will pay heed to it.

Veterans honored; flags dedicated

November 16, 2009 CHARLOTTE — Dozens of veterans were honored Saturday following a dedication of three flags at John 3:16 Ministries, the spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug or alcohol addictions.

Heavenly sign leads woman to county jail

November 16, 2009 When personnel answered the front door buzzer of the Independence County jail Saturday night, they were greeted by a woman who said she was there to meet Jesus.Deputy Randy Jones said he was dispatched to the jail on West Main Street around 7:30 p.m. regarding the incident involving 29-year-old Rebecca D. Lee.“On arrival I spoke with Jailer Michael Rhodes who said that a female (Lee) came to the front door acting very strange and told him that Jesus gave her signs to find the jail and that she was supposed to meet him there,” Jones said.

Ark. companies to open mill

November 13, 2009 GREENVILLE, Miss (AP) — Two Arkansas companies have announced a joint venture to locate a rice mill in Greenville that will employ 60 people.Officials with International Silica Technologies of Jonesboro and Producers Rice Mill of Stuttgart announced this week that they plan to break ground on the plant in early 2010.The Delta Democrat Times in Greenville reports that an offsite facility will house the IST company headquarters and distribution center.

Survey finds Thanksgiving dinner cheaper this year

November 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Farm Bureau says the price of a Thanksgiving dinner dipped slightly this year, thanks to a drop in dairy prices.The bureau’s annual survey finds that a family of 10, on average, will pay $40.75 for a Thanksgiving meal. That’s down from $40.97 from a year ago. And while milk prices dropped by 60 cents a gallon, the cost of a turkey went up from 95 cents a pound last year to $1.04 a pound this year.

5 dead in 2 homes in Garland Co.

November 13, 2009 PEARCY (AP) — Authorities say they found four bodies in a burning mobile home in southwest Arkansas and an 80-year-old man was found dead inside a nearby house.A vehicle belonging to one of the victims in the doublewide trailer was found on fire in Hot Springs, 13 miles away, about the same time, said Lt. James Martin of the Garland County Sheriff’s Department.

Tree trimmer electrocuted

November 13, 2009 ROGERS (AP) — Benton County authorities say a tree trimmer was killed when he was electrocuted while trimming trees near Beaver Lake.County Coroner Daniel Oxford says 42-year-old Philip Vilella died instantly Thursday when his upper body apparently touched a power line. Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins says Vilella was in a utility bucket 25 to 30 feet high when he touched the line.A spokesman for Southwestern Electric Power Company says Vilella touched a main distribution line for the neighborhood where he was working.