Music studio holds recital

December 18, 2008 Saturday evening Weston Music Studio celebrated the coming holiday season with a recital featuring Christmas and "Teamwork." On stage in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus, 47 performers grouped mostly in small piano duet teams, and vocal duos, trios and quartets, performed for a large community audience of family and friends.

Arson ruled in early morning car fire

December 18, 2008 Police say an early morning fire that destroyed a car and partially damaged a residence at 2665 Neeley St. just after midnight Tuesday was an act of arson. Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan and the Batesville Fire Department were sent to the home of Cardona Reyes where a car sitting under a carport was on fire.

Law enforcement plans crackdown during holidays

December 18, 2008 Little Rock - The Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office today announced a coordinated law enforcement operation which will commit significant resources toward arresting drunk drivers during the coming holidays.

Area Briefs

December 18, 2008 Trash to be picked up Friday The Independence County Solid Waste Division will be picking up Tuesday's trash and recycling routes on Friday. Correction The correct name for massage therapist

Newark man’s death ruled suicide

December 18, 2008 The death of a 58-year-old Newark man at his home Tuesday afternoon was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Independence County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Chris Toland said he was dispatched to 419 E. South St. around 4:40 p.m. regarding a possible suicide and was met at the door of the home by Karen L. Martin, who said her husband was in the back bedroom.

Appeals court reverses Entergy rates decision

December 18, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state Public Service Commission must recalculate some figures regarding Entergy Arkansas' finances, but a proposed $5.13 million rate cut can move forward, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Beebe: tax cut needed despite tight budget

December 18, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe said today he gave himself an escape clause from his pledge to cut the grocery tax by saying the reduction would depend on the economy, but would not fall back on that condition despite the tight budget.

Wilson honored

December 18, 2008 Harold B. Wilson has been named as the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Community Leadership Award. "This is really an honor," Wilson said in a recent interview. He received the award Wednesday night during the White River Shrine Club awards banquet at the Batesville Country Club.

Postal bandits still at large

December 18, 2008 ASH FLAT - Authorities in four counties and a U.S. postal inspector are looking for two young men and a young woman in regard to break-ins at rural post offices, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

Football Briefs

December 17, 2008 National Football League NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Former NFL star Michael Vick could be out of federal prison and in a Virginia halfway house by Jan. 20, one of his attorneys told a federal bankruptcy judge.