Forecasters say major rainfall headed to Arkansas

October 29, 2009 The National Weather Service says flash flooding is likely as a major storm is expected to dump more rain on Arkansas over the next two days.The Weather Service said today that people should make plans to protect themselves and their property as the storm front moves in. Forecasters say 5 to 7 inches of rain is expected in parts of central and southern Arkansas through late Friday, with the heaviest rain on a line from Salem to Little Rock to Camden. Areas east and west of that boundary should see 3 to 5 inches of rain.

Court upholds lethal injection law

October 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court today ordered a lower court to lift an injunction halting a death row inmate’s execution, upholding a state law aimed at stopping his lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ lethal injection procedures.In a unanimous ruling, justices sided with the state and dismissed a death row inmate’s complaint challenging a new law codifying Arkansas’ execution procedures.

4-H’ers compete in B-Day events

October 29, 2009 Bait casting, bicycle skills, BB gun shooting and broiler barbecuing are the events that more than 82 Independence County 4-H’ers participated in Saturday at the annual B-Day event, according to a news release. Youth ages 5-19 displayed their skills at Riverside Park. Winners in each category are: Bait CastingCloverbud — Ryan Sinele, Ruddell Hill, first; Kimberly Martin, Sulphur Rock Chess, second; Eli Reasons, Sulphur Rock Chess, third;

Service News

October 29, 2009 San Antonio — Lauren M. Garcia has been promoted to the rank of private first class in the U.S. Army Reserve.Garcia is a quartermaster and chemical repairer assigned to the 90th Sustainment Brigade at Camp Pike, Little Rock. She has served in the military for one year.Garcia is the daughter of Stephanie and Bobby Finley of Batesville. The reservist graduated in 2006 from Southside High School and in 2007 graduated from Beejay’s Hairstyling Academy in Batesville.

Local woman promotes Arkansas at AARP convention

October 29, 2009 The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Ozark Gateway Region of North Central Arkansas recently attended the AARP Vegas @50+ National Convention. Donna Perrin with the state department and Cathy Drew, director of the Ozark Gateway Region, attended the three-day event promoting Arkansas tourism destinations and relocation to the area. During the three days 24,115 people attended the event, according to a news release.

Vital Link offers CPR certification

October 29, 2009 A healthcare provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class will be offered by Vital Link from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville. The fee is $40.A Heartsaver CPR and first aid class will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 in the conference center. The fee of $25 will cover the textbook and CPR card.To register for either class, call (870) 793-3351.

Albert Sidney Johnston UDC

October 29, 2009 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, met this month at the Batesville Country Club for a dutch treat luncheon. President Mary Miller called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guest Sue Richmond, a prospective member.After the Ritual and the Pledges, Judy Baker read the minutes. Miller gave the treasurer’s report. Acting Chaplain Fern Fike prayed the invocation for the meal.

AGFC reminds hunters not to take swimming deer

October 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Deer are good swimmers, and they’ll take to the water when fleeing. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is reminding hunters that it is illegal to take a swimming deer.The commission said Tuesday that with the persistent heavy rainfall of late, deer will have more opportunity to swim. Even though they swim well, deer move slowly in the water and are much more vulnerable than on land. Thus hunters have to leave the animals alone when they’re in the water.

Intersection to be closed

October 29, 2009 The intersection of Rich and State streets in west Batesville will be closed for sewer line repairs next week, according to the city utility department.Drivers are advised to take an alternate route Nov. 2-6 to avoid this construction area.For more information, call the utility at (870) 698-2415.

Poet to speak at WBC

October 29, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College will present a free poetry reading by Andrea Hollander Budy at 7 tonight in WBC’s Mabee Student Center.She has written three full-length poetry collections: “Woman in the Painting,” “The Other Life” and “House Without a Dreamer,” which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Other honors include the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize for prose memoir, the Runes Poetry Award, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Arkansas Arts Council.