Theme set for Homeschool Day

February 19, 2009 The theme for Homeschool Day at Old Independence Regional Museum, set for 9 a.m. to noon April 13, is based on the museum’s newest exhibit, “Living off the Land — Season by Season,” said Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator.“Which plants were used to make natural inks and dyes? What kinds of tools did people use for planting? What is the difference between a hybrid seed and an heirloom seed?“Was it best to plant potatoes in February or on Good Friday? What materials were used for building houses and where were they gotten?

Miami jury deliberates in Joe Cool boat slayings

February 19, 2009 MIAMI (AP) — A jury in Miami is deliberating a second day in the case of a man accused in the 2007 hijacking of the “Joe Cool” charter boat and killing of four people aboard.The panel resumed discussions today after getting the case on Wednesday. They’re trying to decide the guilt or innocence of 21-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo, a former security guard. Zarabozo’s first trial ended in a hung jury on most charges.

Dig set in old case of missing woman

February 19, 2009 SHERWOOD (AP) — Police plan to dig at a wooded site in Sherwood in the hope of finding clues in the disappearance of an Internal Revenue Service worker 23 years ago.Police obtained a court order to dig up what they believe is a shallow grave, located about three miles from where Darla Harper, 25, lived before she vanished. Harper’s co-workers at the IRS, where she was a personnel clerk, reported her missing March 5, 1986, after she failed to show for work.Harper’s 2-year-old daughter was found alone in their Gravel Ridge apartment. She was not harmed.

School board wants to downsize

February 19, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library to consider reducing the number of board members from seven to five beginning with the 2009-10 term, Superintendent Mike Davidson said.Local boards do not have the authority to do that for themselves, but they can vote to petition the state Department of Education to allow the reduction.The directors will also consider renewing administrators’ contracts and consider revising the 2008-09 school calendar.

Service News

February 19, 2009 Maj. Marcus Bowers was promoted by Presidential Order to lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on Feb. 1, according to a news release.Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, promoted Bowers in a ceremony aboard the battleship USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Feb. 5. In attendance were over 100 military staff, friends and family members, including Bowers’ wife, Aida; children, Connor and Sara; and father, Marcus Bowers Sr., of Batesville.

Two arrested for marijuana

February 19, 2009 ASH FLAT — Two men were arrested following a search of a home at 26 Gale St., just north of Cave City, on Wednesday, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.“Officers located approximately 1 pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia,” Weaver said.Arrested were 26-year-old Nicholas Rodriquez and 28-year-old Gavin Lovrien.Formal charges are expected to be filed on both men for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

Single’s ministry to meet

February 18, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank in George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.The event is open to all Christian singles. Refreshments will be served.For more information, call Glen McKay, who is leading the group and is a Bible instructor at John 3:16 Ministries, at (870) 530-1044.

Author to read to children at Mabee-Simpson Library

February 18, 2009 Gary Harris, Lyon College professor of theatre, will read from his first soon-to-be-published children’s book “A Roly-Poly Jumble-Tumble Bounce of Bumbling Bears” at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lyon’s Mabee-Simpson Library. His original artwork for the book will also be on exhibit. To get everyone in the mood for a festive time, music will be performed before the talk by Kenton Adler, on the small pipes.The event was rescheduled from Jan. 28 due to inclement weather.

UACCB to be host site for College Goal Sunday

February 18, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will be a host site for College Goal Sunday.College Goal Sunday will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the computer labs located in the Main Classroom Building on the UACCB campus. The event is free and open to the public.College Goal Sunday is designed for those students interested in pursuing education beyond high school. Campus personnel will be available to assist students and their families in completing the application for financial aid and to answer questions about financial aid.

Reward offered

February 18, 2009 For the second time in three months, the new Welcome to Batesville sign, midway of the Ramsey Mountain curve south of town, has been the target of paint ball guns.The latest incident was discovered around 8 p.m. Thursday and reported to Independence County Deputy Bret Ward who said the sign had been shot nine times with green paint balls. Orange was the color used in the previous attack Dec. 29.