Wanted man brandishes gun at Izard traffic stop

October 19, 2009 MELBOURNE — A man wanted by authorities was stopped in Izard County by several agencies, but he apparently wasn’t giving up easily.Senior Deputy Gabe Sanders made a traffic stop Oct. 12 with assistance from the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish, and other Izard deputies on Arkansas Highway 177 in anticipation that a wanted felon would be in the vehicle, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence.

Hot Springs watches tourism revenue rise

October 19, 2009 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Spending by tourists in Hot Springs rose nearly 3 percent in 2008, even though the number of visitors to the resort city declined slightly.A study commissioned by the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau gauged the spending of people who visited from 50 or more miles away. Spending by locals who took advantage of area attractions instead of going on vacation was not part of the tally in the report by Economics Research Associates.

WRRHA to hold meeting

October 19, 2009 The board of directors of White River Regional Housing Authority will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Italian Grill Restaurant in Batesville.

State employees to meet

October 19, 2009 The Independence County chapter of the Arkansas State Employees Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank in Batesville.Refreshments will be served.Local legislators have been invited to give their insight on the 2009 legislative session. ASEA field representative Marc Watts will answer general questions about the latest developments affecting state employees.The meeting is open to all state employees in Independence County. ASEA is a non-profit organization with 77 chapters in Arkansas.

Lymphoma survivor set to run marathon, sets goal of $5,000 to fight blood cancer

October 19, 2009 My name is Valerie Flynn. I have decided to train with Team in Training to do P.F. Chang’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon on Jan. 17 in Phoenix. You may think I’ve lost my mind trying to accomplish such a feat at the age of 41, but let me tell you my story and you will know why I am committed to doing this and why I need your help.

Property owners to hear about Paragould fires

October 19, 2009 The Commercial Property Owners’ Association will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Chi Alpha Building, located at 161 W. Main St. in Batesville.The guest speaker will be Gina Jerrett, director of Main Street in Paragould, who will discuss the effects of two major Paragould fires on businesses, merchants and property owners.The event is open to the public.

James Payne to perform at John 3:16

October 19, 2009 CHARLOTTE — James Payne will be singing and sharing his testimony at John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte.A fish dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by the singing. The event is free and open to the public.Payne is a Grammy-nominated songwriter. He has written more than 2,000 songs and recently released his 24th recording project. His classic signature song “The Night Ole Jack Daniel’s Met John 3:16,” was not only a hit in gospel music, but also crossed over to country charts, according to a news release. It was also nominated for song of the year.

C-Ridge board to elect officers

October 19, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School board will reorganize when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library. Other items on the agenda include grant program and curriculum  presentations, consideration of the sale of a used school bus and financial reports and bills. The school is located at 1502 North Hill St., Newark.

Testing offered in Cord, Pleasant Plains, Floral

October 19, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Adult Education Department will offer free Pre-GED Testing in three rural locations beginning Oct. 26.Passing scores on the Pre-GED Test are required for individuals to register for the official GED Exam which is administered weekly on the UACCB campus. Test dates and locations are as follows:• Oct. 26 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Plains Community Center (Fire Department Area)• Oct. 27 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Floral Community Center

Lyon prepares for homecoming weekend

October 19, 2009 Lyon College is gearing up for not one but two celebrations during its 2009 Homecoming.The college will celebrate its traditional homecoming Friday through Sunday with a variety of activities involving current students and alumni. On Saturday, the College will also celebrate the inauguration of its new president, Dr. Donald V. Weatherman.Homecoming activities kick off Friday with a Pipers volleyball game versus Martin-Methodist in Becknell Gymnasium at 7 p.m. followed by a music department showcase in Bevens Music Room.