Firefighters plan fundraiser

April 28, 2009 PINEVILLE — The annual Open House fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pineville Volunteer Fire Department.The fire department’s 2008 Kenworth pumper/tanker, which was acquired from the 2008 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, will be showcased.A silent auction will be held, and hamburgers, hot dogs and Polish sausage will be available.Proceeds will go toward purchase of a laptop computer, a Power Point projector and a screen for training purposes and fire planning.

EH Clubs seek new members

April 28, 2009 Independence County offers a number of Extension Homemakers club, which enrich one’s home and community, according to a news release. Extension Homemakers clubs are partners with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture-Extension. EH clubs are educational and community service organizations located in 74 Arkansas counties. Their mission is to empower individuals and help families improve their quality of life. EH clubs use the latest research based information to teach nutrition, food safety, health, money management, marriage, parenting and child development.

Cave City EHC

April 28, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met on April 20 at the Cave City Community Center. President Judy Breckenridge called the meeting to order and the group sang “Mockingbird Hill.” Words to Live By were read by Breckenridge. Roll call was “Where did you go on your honeymoon?” Nine members were present.Minutes and treasurer’s reports were given and approved.The Educational Lesson was “Makeup Tips For The Over 50 Crowd.” Literature was passed out and a discussion was held.

Area Briefs

April 28, 2009 Izard jailers complete training

Five arrested in drug, alcohol incidents

April 28, 2009 Five people were arrested for various drug-, alcohol- and traffic-related violations over the weekend, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Ben Keener arrested Megan N. Bean, 18, of Batesville after he stopped her in the 1600 block of Highland Drive around 11:42 p.m. Friday.Keener said Bean’s car only had one headlight and when he stopped her, she reportedly gave him a false name and date of birth, and he said a computer check revealed she had no driver’s license.

Archaeologist bemoans looting sites

April 28, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Artifacts of prehistoric people who lived in Arkansas are being excavated by professionals who are trying to piece together more of the story of those who once lived here. Those artifacts are also being dug up by criminals.Dr. Julie Morrow, station archaeologist for Arkansas Archaeological Survey, wants to get the word out that raiding the state’s past can be a felony.Morrow said that every winter, looters go to the Little Turkey Hill and Harter Knoll sites in Independence County to dig.

Yard sale planned

April 28, 2009 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County is gathering donated items for its second annual yard sale, which will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 424 E. Main St. in Batesville.All proceeds from the sale will be used for building materials in the construction of the second Habitat house in Independence County, according to a news release.

Ringggg! It’s for you, Dave

April 28, 2009 HARDY — Telephone collecting has just the right ring to it for Dave Gruger.His wife, Linda, gave him his first collectible phone in 1991 and he quickly learned it had a connection to a well-known and tragic historic event.“It had a mouthpiece covered with dirt and tobacco juice and when I started cleaning it up I saw the mouthpiece was made of glass. In 1918, during the flu epidemic, they had those so they could sterilize them,” Gruger told Friends of the Sharp County Library members last week.

Animal cruelty reported

April 28, 2009 An elderly woman’s dog was killed Monday morning after it was thrown up into a tree, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Dee McFatter said she was dispatched to Parakeet Lane north of Batesville and met with Carol Cheek, who said a dog belonging to her mother, Jewel Tignor, had been hung in a tree.Cheek said at 6:30 that morning, she went to get the neighbor’s guineas out of her mother’s yard and the dog had still been alive.

Former officer gets fourth DWI

April 28, 2009 A former police officer whose blood alcohol content level was listed at .35 was given his fourth felony driving while intoxicated charge after he was involved in an accident in March.Bond has been set at $50,000 for Jack Lee Ryan, 37, of  Southside, according to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.In the affidavit Cpl. Bobby Moser, of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, said that around 10:48 a.m. March 20, he was dispatched to a one-vehicle accident on Camp Tahkodah Road.