Rivers to sign books

September 9, 2009 Wade Rivers will hold book signing at Hastings in Batesville from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.“Y City” is now being ordered by the Arkansas State Parks for the lodges as well as by libraries in most towns.Rivers said he is going to pitch the story to be made into a movie and has already contacted the Arkansas Film Commission. Recently he discovered that it is being read in high school English classes. Since learning about that, he says he is going to pursue getting “Y City” into schools all across the state.

Woolly Hollow to host Women in the Outdoors Weekend

September 9, 2009 GREENBRIER — Woolly Hollow State Park will be hosting a Women in the Outdoors Weekend on Oct. 9-11. “Join us for a rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit,” said park interpreter Kathryn Tidwell. “Reconnect with Nature on this getaway just for women. Leave the kids and the husband behind while you come on this three-day, two-night event to learn basic camping skills, nature journaling, beginning bird watching, Dutch oven cooking, as well as having free time to relax, forge new friendships, and have fun.”

Pairs & Spares to meet

September 9, 2009 Pairs & Spares will be meeting at Batesville First Assembly of God at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.This is an outreach for all non-married adults, said Nikki Penn. The group regularly meets on the second Saturday of each month at 6:30 p.m. This month a devotion will be given by Sean Musser, and bowling will follow afterward. One free game will be provided to the first seven adults who attend.

Weight loss group to meet

September 9, 2009 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.There will be a guest speaker, said Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the North Arkansas Center for Surgical Weight Control. For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

Driver exam changes for Thursday

September 9, 2009 There will be no written or road tests given after noon Thursday at the Batesville driver’s license exam location.Exams will return to their regular schedule on Tuesday.

Girl reported missing

September 9, 2009 The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the community’s help in locating a missing 16-year-old girl.Lt. Brenda Bittle said that Ashley Lewis, who lives in the Cushman area, was last seen around 6 p.m. Monday after leaving a friends’ house on foot.“She had previously appeared to have made a call to an unknown person to pick her up,” Bittle said.Lewis is described as white, 5 feet, 3 inches, 110 pounds, with medium length blond hair, and hazel eyes.

Early voting under way

September 9, 2009 Early voting in the annual Arkansas school elections started Tuesday, but as of that afternoon, no one had cast a ballot yet at the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville.Voters may cast their early ballots during normal business hours at the courthouses in their respective counties. School elections are set for Sept. 15. Independence County has only one race, and that’s on the Midland School Board. James Brandon Bowren is challenging incumbent James Grider for Position 2, a four-year term.

Bishop to attend Old Fashion Day

September 9, 2009 LARKIN — Charles Crutchfield of Little Rock, bishop to the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, will ride up to Old Philadelphia Church at Larkin on a horse shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday to kick off Old Fashion Day at the church, local pastor Terry Sager said.Plans for the bishop’s arrival at the old church on Larkin Road about three miles east of Melbourne have been in the works for more than a year.

Students learn culture, perform for Europeans

September 9, 2009 For Batesville students Crist Blackwell, Tanner Jarrett, Scott Glover, Jenny Mason, Katie Cummins and Terran Jones the trip to Europe was a first.For student Joshua Poff it was a homecoming.In July the seven Arkansas Ambassadors of Music, along with Batesville band director Greg Wooldridge, traveled to Europe, performing for audiences in London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

Support group sends ‘mail’ via balloons

September 9, 2009 One year ago Tammy Hix got the call no mother wants to hear: Her daughter Ashley Stewart had been in an accident and had died.Hix’s grief led her to a group of parents who had also lost children, The Compassionate Friends, which has a chapter in Batesville. The group meets monthly, and on Tuesday night, the chapter held its annual picnic and balloon release.