Bass tourneys set

February 20, 2009 The Batesville Bassmasters 2009 tournament schedule was set during its February meeting, reporter Colin Patterson said.

Wild game supper, youth expo slated

February 20, 2009 Fun, food and fellowship will be the order of the day, and night, when the Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church presents its annual wild game supper and youth expo March 7.Sporting a brand new building with plenty of space for activities, the church will again offer a variety of wild game dishes, door prizes and guest speakers.According to Bill Barker, just one of many church members involved in the event, this year will definitely be bigger and better than ever.

Robinson lands on feet

February 20, 2009 From the outside, Renard Robinson has a bright future ahead. He works and goes to school and spends whatever free time he has with his family, including his fiancée.But things weren’t always quite so rosy. Robinson, 31, had a few troublesome years.That is, until he came to John 3:16 Ministries in April 2007 looking for help.

Three children die in fire

February 20, 2009 MADISON (AP) — Three children died early today in a house fire in eastern Arkansas, though the mother was able to rescue an infant sibling from the flames.The four-bedroom brick home was fully engulfed when emergency responders arrived, Madison Police Chief Jonathan Parks said.Parks said the baby is 6 months old. The ages of the children who died was 13, 10 and 4.“All of them, I knew well,” Parks said. “It’s a small community.”

Cave City woman gives direction to toddlers

February 20, 2009 The Grapevine Daycare Center, operating in conjunction with the New Life Family Church of God in Batesville, has a new director, Ramona A. Brewer, who is a certified child development associate.“I just recently moved back to Cave City from El Paso (Texas) where I worked as the lead teacher with the Army Child Development Centers,” Brewer said during a recent interview. “I graduated from Cave City High School in 1994. I have a background in child care, and experience as the owner and director of Leaps and Bounds, a home preschool program.”

Children collect items for animals

February 20, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Elementary School’s 29 classes ran a contest recently to see which classroom could collect the most “wish list” items for the Humane Society of Independence County.The contest was implemented by student Erin Lorch as an extension of a 4-H project. Erin is president of the Southside Elementary K-Kids, and the Southside K-Kids (62 student members) were involved in the entire project, from collecting and sorting the items to making the delivery to the humane society and touring the facility.

Police suspect girl’s boyfriend

February 20, 2009 POCAHONTAS (AP) — Police have arrested a Hoxie teenager, suspecting him of killing his girlfriend’s father, and say the dead man’s wife helped cover up the crime.Greg Anthony Smith, 19, was being held in the death of Ronald Dale Cathey, 51, of Pocahontas. Cathey’s body was found in the Black River near Clover Bend on Jan. 24. Cathey’s wife, Shirley Sue Cathey, 34, was being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.Smith was dating the Catheys’ daughter, prosecutor Henry Boyce said.

Family history workshop set

February 19, 2009 HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society will host a Spring Family History Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 21 at the Coronado Center in Hot Springs Village. Michael John Neill, a recognized genealogical expert, author and speaker, will be presenting an all-day seminar of “Genealogical Problem Solving” to include the following topics: Researching the Entire Family; Problem Solving Applied to Genealogy; I Found it; Now what?; Tried and Tested Tidbits.

Sheriff: Body found identified as missing boy

February 19, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Searchers on Wednesday found the body of a 3-year-old Chidester boy missing for more than a week, only a few hundred yards down the shoreline from where his mother kept an anxious vigil on White Oak Lake.Ouachita County Sheriff David Norwood told The Associated Press that rescuers found the body of Dominick Arceneaux, barefoot and clad in blue jean shorts, floating in the water around 11:45 a.m. Dominick’s body rested on the water only 10 feet from the shore, Norwood said.

DAV to elect officers

February 19, 2009 The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 32 will have a special meeting for nomination of officers at 7 p.m. Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.All members are encouraged to attend.For more information, call Scott Wright at (870) 834-3660.