Boil order for Saffell lifted

September 4, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Effective immediately, the Arkansas Department of Health has released the Strawberry Water System from the boil order that was in place for the Saffell area, manager Randy Richey said.“Water samples taken have been tested and reported as ‘safe,’” he said.Anyone with questions should call the Strawberry City Hall at (870) 528-4062.

Board to discuss unpaid bill

September 4, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet in its office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to hear a report from Authority Attorney Gary Vinson concerning a dispute over nonpayment of a bill by Parker Construction, one of the contractors on the recently completed wastewater system project, according to an agenda for the meeting.Manager John Richardson will give August financial and systems total reports and current bills will be reviewed.

Teen unhurt in rollover

September 4, 2009 Shook up, but otherwise unhurt, a Batesville teenager walked away from a rollover accident east of Batesville Thursday afternoon.Auburn Martz, 15, of Griffin Road, was traveling south on Indian Springs Road when she looked over to change a radio setting on the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer she was driving and dropped off the edge of the roadway, according to Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens.

Book contains history, stories of Depression

September 4, 2009 Local businessman, Civil War buff, caver and historian Hail Bryant knows the title of his 62-page book is unusual for a mostly autobiographical book: “The Rise and Fall of the United States of America.”“The title, that don’t tell you a whole lot, but there’s a reason for that name,” he said.

UACCB sets record enrollment

September 4, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has set another record enrollment this fall, with 1,749 students taking classes this semester.UACCB Chancellor Deborah Frazier could barely contain her excitement Thursday evening at a community-wide picnic to celebrate the 2009-10 academic year. She joked that had she known the enrollment number was 1,749 before the picnic, she would have enrolled as a student just to bump the number to an even 50.“Lots of wonderful things are happening at UACCB,” Frazier told the crowd.

Suspect thwarted by bee stings

September 3, 2009 CONWAY (AP) — Faulkner County authorities say a man suspected of stealing equipment from a home at Billy Goat Mountain was thwarted after being stung dozens of times by a swarm of bees.Forty-six-year-old Rickey Dale Ford was arraigned Wednesday on charges of breaking and entering, criminal mischief and two counts of property theft.

NLR police seek to add surveillance cameras

September 3, 2009 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Police in North Little Rock are looking to add 20 new surveillance cameras in high crime areas.The city began accepting bids this week for the cameras that can be set on utility poles and connected to the Internet through cable television or telephone lines.Police Capt. Leonard Montgomery says officers want to be able to set up the cameras quickly in neighborhoods where they are needed.

Attorney cites why people ‘despise lawyers’

September 3, 2009 ROGERS (AP) — A lawyer’s request to schedule depositions around a college football game and his admission that taking time to settle cases lets him “make more money” has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Rogers city attorney.The city of Rogers is suing two car dealers and Ford Motor Co. alleging poor repairs to an ambulance, whose engine eventually burned up. Ford lawyer Michael Alexander wrote to City Attorney Ben Lipscomb last week saying he didn’t care if the case was settled because “I make more money defending the case.”

Mike Huckabee to host fundraiser for Coleman

September 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is hosting a fundraiser for Republican Senate candidate Curtis Coleman.Coleman’s campaign said Wednesday that Huckabee will host a $500-a-person event at his North Little Rock home for Coleman on Sept. 21. Coleman is one of six candidates seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln next year.

Communications office draws critics

September 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Republicans in Arkansas’ House on Wednesday criticized Speaker Robbie Wills’ firing of the chamber’s information director and his push to revamp its communications office.House Republican Leader Bryan King and Republican Rep. Dan Greenberg said they’re worried that Wills is trying to politicize the House information office. Wills, a Democrat, announced this week that the House signed a contract with a Little Rock public relations firm to set up a new communications office.