Church to hold ‘Girls Nite Out’

August 5, 2009 NEWARK — Newark Assembly of God will sponsor a “Girls Nite Out” at 6 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall.Free popcorn, cookies and soft drinks will be served, and a video of comedienne Chanda Pierce will be shown. A planning meeting for the upcoming activities of the Women’s Ministries will be held.No offering will be taken. The event is open to all women.The church is located at 9450 Harrison St. in Newark. For more information call (870) 799-3325.

Republicans to meet Thursday

August 5, 2009 The Independence County Republican meeting will be Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.A Dutch-treat meal will be at 6 p.m. with the meeting following at 7.The event is open to the public.

C-Ridge to register preschoolers

August 5, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District will hold preschool registration from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, according to director Judy Barber.Registration will be held at the Oil Trough and Cord-Charlotte preschool campuses. Parents or guardians should bring the child’s birth certificate, proof of income, immunization record, Social Security card and the child’s proof of insurance, Barber said. 

Brothers tell how ‘pearlers, shellers’ operate

August 5, 2009 The patriarch of the Wade family was already into harvesting mussel shells and freshwater pearls before moving to the Batesville area decades ago and family members haven’t stopped yet.Third-generation “pearlers” and “shellers” Lloyd and Wayne Wade revealed to a large audience at Old Independence Regional Museum on Saturday how pearling and shelling was done in the past and how modern day pearlers and shellers operate.

Wood named King WR

August 5, 2009 Stanley Wood has worn many hats while living in Batesville.Saturday morning, he received one more.Wood was named the 2009 King White River during the White River Water Carnival Parade. He rode in the parade, throwing candy and leading local dignitaries. In 1940 Wood moved to Batesville when his father bought the Chevrolet dealership. He enrolled in seventh grade and completed high school in 1945. In 1948, he earned a business degree from the University of Arkansas, then began his career with Stanley Wood Chevrolet.

Storm knocks out power

August 5, 2009  A severe storm front that moved through northcentral Arkansas around 3 this morning pounded the area with rain, lightning and high winds that knocked out power in the Batesville and Melbourne areas.Entergy spokesman Les Frensley said this morning that several people lost power in Izard County when lightning struck a substation in Melbourne.“Two circuits at the substation were knocked out and that put about 2,000 people out of power,” Frensley said. “We have one circuit back on and should have the second one on by day’s end.”

Annual celebration to get under way

August 5, 2009 CAVE CITY — Hundreds of dollars in cash will be given away during the 30th annual Cave City Watermelon Festival, but that’s not what organizer Charles Landers wanted to talk about.“We’ve got some of the best entertainment we’ve ever had,” Landers said. “And our food vendors — we’ll have everything from hamburgers to catfish to blooming onions to Mexican food. We’re going to have a Mexican food vendor this year.”The festival starts Thursday and continues through Saturday, with most events at the city park.

AlertXpress comes to Cave City

August 4, 2009 CAVE CITY — Cave City Fire Chief Ronny Milligan has announced that members of the Cave City fire district can sign up to use the AlertXpress early warning system being initiated by Independence County Office of Emergency Management.According to Milligan, those wishing to sign up to receive the free service may do so Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, at the Cave City Watermelon Festival.

Humane society to have open house; adoptions half price

August 4, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County is celebrating its seventh year of operation with a birthday party and open house from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, volunteer Sue Augustus said.The public is invited to stop by and visit the shelter, meet our volunteers/staff, tour the cat rooms and dog runs and enjoy birthday cake and Pepsi products.

Auto theft, break-ins reported

August 4, 2009  Police are looking for a suspect in the theft of one vehicle and the break-in of two others, according to reports submitted with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Will Floyd of Newark reported his 2004 gold Hyundai Sante Fe stolen sometime between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6:20 a.m. Thursday.Floyd told Deputy Michael Darr that the SUV was parked in his driveway on 10th Street when it came up missing, and was not sure if it was locked or not. Darr said there was no broken glass on the ground where the vehicle had been parked.