Ghost hunters seek spirit of lynched Arkansas man

September 15, 2009 POWHATAN (AP) — No one knows when Andrew Springer first heard the footsteps of his killers.A band of 25 Sharp County men broke into the Lawrence County Jail at Powhatan before dawn on May 21, 1887, and hanged Springer from a tree. Paranormal investigators believe Springer’s spirit still haunts the old Powhatan Courthouse that sits near the jail and tree where he was hanged.“This building is one of the most haunted places in Arkansas,” Spirit Seekers investigative director Alan L. “Buz” Lowe said.

Police arrest local man for July home invasion

September 15, 2009 A Batesville man is in custody at the Independence County jail on six counts of aggravated robbery associated with a home invasion in west Batesville earlier this year, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy in a court affidavit.“On the night of July 15, 2009, Deputy Nathan Stephens took a report of a home invasion in which six Hispanic males were robbed in their home at gunpoint,” Mundy said.

Batesville man to conduct research in Germany

September 15, 2009 DENTON, Texas — Ben Dobbs of Denton, Texas, formerly of Batesville, has been awarded the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship.A teaching fellow completing his master’s degree at the University of North Texas’ College of Music, Dobbs will be conducting archival research on manuscripts and early print editions of German composer Heinrich Grimm.

Desha woman, Cave teen missing

September 15, 2009 A Desha woman who allegedly has a history of trying to do bodily harm to herself has been reported missing, according to a report filed by Walter G. Renfrow, the woman’s husband.Renfrow, 55, told Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan that his wife, 23-year-old Amber Helen Renfrow, disappeared Sunday afternoon after the couple had argued over money.

Brewer, Ogilvie get awards at reunion

September 15, 2009 SIDNEY — Eunice “Brownie” Brewer, a life-long Sidney resident and retired teacher; and Craig Ogilvie, who attended Sidney Elementary School and later became a writer, historian and illustrator, were presented Cardinal Awards during the biennial school reunion Sept. 6 in Sidney.More than 200 attended the event, which was started in 1981 and has been staged every odd-numbered year since. Verbyl Caraway and Ogilvie helped organize the first reunion and have directed all 15 homecomings held thus far.

FilmFest seeking art

September 15, 2009 Each year, the Ozark Foothills FilmFest invites the Arkansas visual artist community to submit a digital image of an original work to be considered for the festival’s primary branding image, according to a news release. Recent past selections have been “Ozark Barn,” a watercolor by Richard Stephens of Hot Springs, “Sandtown Memories,” a watercolor by Stacey Rhoades of Hardy and “Canoe on the Grass,” an oil painting by Little Rock artist Barry Lindley.

Radio club to meet

September 15, 2009 The Batesville Area Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at First Community Bank, according to Roy Gonyer.The meeting is open to ham radio operators or anyone interested in ham radio. The group usually meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the same location.

Phillipses to have reunion

September 15, 2009 CONCORD — The descendants of Marshall Phillips will have a reunion at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, located at 10923 Heber Springs Road in Concord.A potluck will be held at noon.The event is open to the public.

Batesville realtor honored

September 15, 2009 Jerry L. Kemp has been named 2009 Realtor of the Year for the Batesville Board of Realtors, according to a press release.Kemp has been a member of the board since 2004, is the current president of the Batesville Board of Realtors, and is the managing broker and owner of Crye-Leike Batesville Real Estate Center.As realtor of the year he will attend the fall 2009 Arkansas Realtors Association Convention in Hot Springs where he will be honored along with other realtors from other boards across the state.

Meeting postponed

September 15, 2009 The Batesville City Council has postponed its next meeting from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29. A budget committee meeting will follow.The council usually meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, at 5:30 p.m. in city hall. All meetings are open to the public.