Library to be closed

November 23, 2009 The Independence County Library will be closed Thursday through Sunday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday.

Woman arrested for refusal to get dressed

November 23, 2009 Wanting to leave the hospital, but refusing to get dressed and give up her hospital gown, got a Mammoth Spring woman arrested Saturday night.Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson said he was called to White River Medical Center to assist Deputy Dee McFatter, who was having trouble with 50-year-old Liegthandra Ellen Owens, who wanted to leave the hospital.When he arrived at the hospital parking lot, Jackson said Owens, clad only in a hospital gown, was in handcuffs and being escorted back into the hospital.

Man arrested twice for drinking

November 23, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man was arrested twice in three days for alcohol-related charges, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Jimmy Lane Wicoff, 53, was arrested Nov. 8 for driving while intoxicated then again on Nov. 10 for public intoxication. He was released Thursday after appearing in Izard County District Court. In other arrests:• Following a traffic stop Saturday night in Melbourne, Jami Katherine Hickerson, 20, of 209 Court Street, Melbourne was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and was taken to the Izard County jail.

Optimists hold youth banquet

November 23, 2009 The Batesville Optimist Club held its annual Youth Appreciation Banquet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday. Area ninth-graders were honored with plaques for their efforts. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Donald Weatherman, president of Lyon College. Students honored were Lainey Rumins and Joel Baxter from Batesville; Abigail Holland and Garrett Smith from Cave City; Ryan Paul and Natasha Lovell from Cedar Ridge; Ryan Cornelison and Krissy Gill from Concord; Hunter Biram and Cassie Passmore from Midland; and Jerid Burelson and Alicia Weaver from Southside.

Election panel to meet

November 23, 2009 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the basement of the Independence County Courthouse.The agenda includes the 2010 election commission budget, required training of county election commissioners, Secretary of State physical inventory of the county’s voting system equipment and ADA’s (Americans with Disabilities) inspection of polling sites. For more information, call (870) 613-3910.

Rolling Hills to give sugar tests

November 23, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Rolling Hills Nursing Center will hold a blood sugar awareness day Tuesday with free sugar and vital screenings, organizers said.The tests will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. at the nursing center located at 1680 Batesville Blvd., south of Batesville.

Thanksgiving dinners offered

November 23, 2009 Three area organizations have planned community Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday, according to news releases.First Baptist ChurchFirst Baptist Church in Batesville will be have a dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Annex, located at 610 East Main St.The event is sponsored by First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church and the Batesville Jaycees.Those who are homebound or physically unable to attend may call (870) 793-9859 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for a limited delivery area.

Man runs over girlfriend

November 23, 2009 HARDY — A Cherokee Village woman suffered severe injuries Thursday night when her boyfriend drove his pickup over her during a fight, Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose said.He said that about 8:17 p.m., Charish Gandy reported that his daughter, 36-year-old Susan Houston, was at the urgent care center at Cherokee Village after being hit by a truck driven by her boyfriend, Jerry L. Wells.Gandy then drove to the urgent care center and had Houston taken to the White River Medical Center, which sent her on to a Little Rock hospital, Rose said.

Watkins may surrender

November 23, 2009 ASH FLAT (AP) — An attorney says he has been negotiating the possible surrender of a fugitive developer who allegedly walked away with thousands of dollars from investors in Sharp County land development projects including the Spring River Beach Club.Larry Kissee said Friday that he had talked to the Sharp County sheriff’s office about Wayne Watkins’ possible return from Mexico to face a theft of property charge.

Organization opposes health care plan

November 23, 2009 The Americans For Prosperity — Hands Off My Health Care bus tour made its way to Batesville Friday to raise opposition to a government-run health care plan. Americans for Prosperity is a statewide organization that says it is committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. It has teamed with the “Hands Off My Health Care” bus to spread their opinions on the issue of health care.