Board tours bathrooms, discusses renovations

December 9, 2009 Library board members got a firsthand look Thursday at the bathroom renovations being made at the Independence County Library. Members Dr. Frank Winfrey, Charles Osborne Jr., Bill Hoskins and Sandy Barnett, along with White River Regional librarian Debra Sutterfield, toured the public men’s and women’s restrooms during the board’s December meeting.

Two laptops stolen from dorm; vacant house, corn crib burned

December 9, 2009 A Lyon College student reported two laptop computers stolen from his dorm room Sunday afternoon.Bradley Powers said he locked the door of his room when he left around 2:30 p.m. and when he returned around 8 he found his Hewlett Packard laptop, along with a video and power cord for an Xbox 360, as well as a second laptop of an unknown brand missing.There were no signs of forced entry to the room.

Movie to be screened

December 9, 2009 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“Waterproof” features Academy Award winner and Golden Globe winner Burt Reynolds in a story of love, faith and spiritual awakening. The movie will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune into 88.1 FM for the audio.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.

1 dead, 1 injured in possible fall from cliffs

December 9, 2009 NORFORK (AP) — A man has been found dead and a woman injured following a possible fall from cliffs along the White River in the Norfork area.Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says a 911 call about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday reported two people missing and that they may have fallen from the cliffs.Baxter says deputies and the Norfork Fire Department found the man dead and the woman injured. She was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center.The names of the two and the woman’s condition were not immediately released.

Free Christmas dinner offered

December 9, 2009 Batesville Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a free dinner at 1 p.m. Christmas day at 30 Gap Road.The event is open to the public. Each child in attendance will receive a gift, and craft time will be provided for children after the dinner. Transportation is available on request.Those who plan to attend are asked to make reservations by calling (870) 307-9901, (870) 612-5083 or 307-8285.

Midland to hold Christmas event

December 9, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland Elementary will present its Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the elementary cafeteria. Grades K-3 will sing seasonal songs and fourth-grade students will present the play “Time Out for Christmas.” The program is free and open to the public.

Two reappointed

December 9, 2009 Little Rock — Gov. Mike Beebe has reappointed Bobby Davis of Batesville and Stacey Caplener of Pleasant Plains to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.Davis is the retired chief of the Batesville Fire Department, and Caplener is the current chief of the Pleasant Plains Fire Department.The appointments expire Oct. 14, 2012.

Event scheduled

December 9, 2009 Compassionate Friends to hold candlelighting 

Museum presents awards

December 9, 2009 Noted historian David Lowenthal once said, “History in isolation is barren and lifeless; relics mean only what history and memory convey.”Old Independence Regional Museum is striving to do more than convey some old memories — it works to breathe life and create tangible exhibits for visitors to immerse themselves in.A total of 6,314 volunteer hours were recorded at Old Independence Regional Museum for 2009 — and nearly one-sixth were recorded by one person, Twyla Gill Wright.

Water quality among best

December 9, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Finished water processed by the Southside Public Water Authority is among the very best in the state, Manager John Richardson told its board of directors Tuesday.The Arkansas Department of Health compiles turbidity data on all surface water plants in the state to determine the quality of water produced by the plants, Richardson said.