Sheriff to address Shriners

August 13, 2009 The White River Shrine Club will meet Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville. The Dutch treat meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:30.Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers will speak on why Batesville needs posted signs.The meal and meeting are open to members and their guests, and potential members.

Caring Hands to hold yard sale

August 13, 2009 Volunteers with Caring Hands Hospice will host a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Bryant’s Pharmacy parking lot at the corner of Harrison and 20th streets in Batesville.Money raised will go toward the purchase of needed items for hospice patients, said Lisa Paxton with Caring Hands.

Single’s ministry to meet

August 13, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.The event is open to all Christian singles. Refreshments will be served.For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

Clinton Library to have free admission Saturday

August 13, 2009 Little Rock — In honor of President Clinton’s birthday, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library Space Station MIR, Space Camp Simulators, and Acoustiguide audio tours will have free admission Saturday.Free birthday cake will be served and free Hope watermelons will be given to the first 100 visitors. The Clinton Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Also this Saturday, Super Summer Saturdays will feature demonstrations on the magic of science. A special space snack will be provided. Demonstrations are held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

CPR class offered

August 13, 2009 Vital Link Ambulance Service will offer a health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee is $40.To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Tharp to celebrate 80th birthday

August 13, 2009 SPRING MILL — Mildred Wink Tharp of Spring Mill will celebrate her 80th birthday Sunday.She was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Batesville to the late Guy and Lois Wink.She attended Ruddell Hill School through the eighth grade and graduated from Batesville High School in 1947.Her husband was the late Harvey Tharp.She has four children, Laura Colton of Sulphur Rock, Sallie Williams of Cushman, Tina Fuller of Desha and Kenny Tharp of Spring Mill.She attends Oak Hill Pentecostal Church.

Ex-Clinton aide named in prison smuggling case

August 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK. (AP) — A former top aide to Bill Clinton when he was Arkansas governor was charged Wednesday with trying to smuggle a knife and 48 tattoo needles onto the state’s death row.Betsey Wright, a longtime visitor to death row, was detained May 22 after a guard noticed a small knife and a box cutter attached to her key chain, said prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler. A loose ink pen she had contained tweezers with sharpened edges, Tyler said. Inside a bag of Doritos, the guard found the tattoo needles.

Melbourne woman jailed

August 13, 2009 Suffering no serious injuries in a traffic accident Wednesday evening, a Melbourne woman chose the back porch of a nearby residence to wait for police.Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said he was dispatched to a reported accident at 3490 N. Central Ave. around 7:25 p.m. but found no driver with the car when he arrived.He said Vital Link ambulance personnel told him the driver, later identified as Melissa D. Williams, 36, was sitting behind the home where the accident occurred.

Guard kicks off NIE program

August 13, 2009 Cynthia Mott uses newspapers in her classroom practically on a daily basis.Melissa Cooper says Newspapers in Education is “a great way to keep young people aware of printed media in this technology age.”And Samatha Randleas found some great hands-on activities and resources for her classroom.These teachers understand one thing: Even in the digital era, reading is fundamental to children.

City eyes park grant

August 13, 2009 Batesville’s Westside neighborhood could soon be getting its first public park.Tuesday night, the city council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to apply for a 50-50 matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Outdoor Recreation Grant Program. If approved, the grant would be about $30,000.“With in-kind labor, we would probably be able to put in a $20,000 structure,” Mayor Rick Elumbaugh told the Guard.