AARP members to have lunch

November 5, 2009 Batesville chapter AARP members will have a luncheon meeting Tuesday at Western Sizzlin. The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. The guest speaker will be Loretta Echols, hub coordinator for AARP’s northeast Arkansas area. The club will also vote on officers for the incoming year. The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to the public.

Women voters to meet

November 5, 2009 DRASCO — The Fairfield Bay League of Women Voters will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Methodist Church Fellowship Room.Cleburne County Tax Assessor Trina Jones will speak on the process of determining property taxes, and she will take questions from the audience.The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization founded in 1920. The group studies issues, not candidates, and has members from Van Buren, Cleburne, Stone and Independence counties.

Executive earns top credential

November 5, 2009 Frank Hilbert, chief information officer for White River Health System, recently earned credentials as a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Hilbert is one of the first Information Technology (IT) executives in the U.S. to earn Certified Healthcare CIO status. CHCIO status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. It is the only credentialing program that distinguishes health care IT executives from others in the industry.

Event planned at school

November 5, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Veterans Memorial Association will present a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Melbourne High School Auditorium.Sheriff Tate Lawrence will be the master of ceremonies. Richard Dawe, president of Ozarka College and a retired Navy captain will be the guest speaker. Vanessa Howard and the Melbourne High School Choir will sing patriotic songs and the high school band will also be playing. Members of Company B 2nd Battalion 153rd Regiment will also be part of the ceremony.

Portraits for Pets planned

November 5, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County is having its annual Portraits for Pets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the shelter facilities, #5 Environmental Drive, Batesville. Those wanting to have their portraits taken with their pets should call and reserve a time slot. Matthews Photography will once again be providing services, and there is no sitting fee — customers just pay for the photo package they want. All the proceeds from this fundraiser go to the humane society. To book an appointment, call (870) 698-1265 or (870) 613-3045.

Lyon library to show film Friday

November 5, 2009 The film “Food, Inc.” will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Mabee-Simpson Library on the Lyon College campus.

House rejects out-of-state travel rule

November 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas House members on Wednesday rejected a rule requiring them to find the cheapest route when traveling out of state at taxpayer expense.The proposal was among several proposed rule changes from a group of Republican legislators that was rejected by the Democratic-led House. The House approved changes to the 100-member chamber’s rules to prepare for the first fiscal session next year under a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to meet annually.

Beebe still concerned about ban

November 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he’s concerned that an Arkansas law banning unmarried couples from becoming foster or adoptive parents hurts efforts to find homes for children who need them.A year after voters approved the ban, Beebe said he’s still opposed to the law but isn’t pushing for its repeal.

Woman sentenced

November 5, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — A woman who was found guilty on 20 counts of cruelty to animals and then fled was fined and sentenced Wednesday in Baxter County.According to Sheriff John Montgomery, Tammy Christine Hanson was sentenced by District Judge Van Gearhart on her convictions for 20 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

Chain saws explained

November 5, 2009 From graphic wound photos to speed efficient logging(first in a two-part series) ASH FLAT — Logger Rescue Training instructor Dana Hinkley used a chain saw, two plastic wedges and a lot of knowledge and experience to lay a pine tree exactly where he wanted it to fall during a chain saw safety demonstration Tuesday near Ash Flat.