Burglary, thefts reported to Independence County

September 2, 2009  A rash of break-ins of homes and autos has been reported across the county, but no suspects have been listed in the following reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:• Someone cut the hasp off a door lock at the new home of Raymond D. Berry on Maple Springs Road and stole a wood lathe dolly, a 20-inch TV, a home stereo system with turntable, and an assortment of hand tools, including three drill motors and four grinders.

Allen Chapel sets homecoming

September 2, 2009 Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church south of Batesville will hold a homecoming Sept. 13.A potluck dinner will be served following church services. “Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish and women are also asked to wear their best hats for a hat-judging contest,” according to a news release. Anyone with ties to the church is invited to attend, a spokesperson said.

Lake Charles Park to host World War II reenactment

September 2, 2009 Powhatan — Lake Charles State Park will be the site for a World War II reenactment. The event is open to the public.Living history will be going on throughout the day on Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., park interpreter Rachael Netrefa said.A World War II battle reenactment is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday. The park staff wants to personally invite any World War II veterans to attend to be recognized for their service. This event is to honor all who served in World War II. Veterans, family members and friends are encouraged to share their stories.

Fall lectures slated at WBC

September 2, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College has announced two public lectures that will be held in the fall semester. One is by a scholar on C.S. Lewis, and the other will feature a Batesville poet.Dr. Hal Poe, an expert on the writings of C.S. Lewis, will speak at Williams on Sept. 21. His address, entitled “C.S. Lewis and Imagination,” will begin at 7 p.m. in WBC’s Mabee Student Center.

Church to have yard sale

September 2, 2009 First Free Will Baptist Church, located on the corner of Arch and Blossom streets in west Batesville, will sponsor a Jolly Pilgrim Fall Yard Sale beginning at 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday in their Family Life Center building.A variety of items will be for sale.The concession stand will feature fried pies, sausage, gravy and biscuits.Proceeds from the sale will go toward the Family Life Center project.

Single’s ministry to meet

September 2, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Park in Batesville for a picnic, followed by a short devotion and outdoor games.This is a change in location for the group, which usually meets at First Community Bank.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.

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.