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.

2008 flood report released

February 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Most flooding in north Arkansas in 2008 are what hydrologists call “25- to 50- year floods,” meaning flooding of that magnitude is expected to happen only once in 25 to 50 years, Jaysson Funkhouser, U.S. Geologic Survey Arkansas Water Science Center surface-water specialist, said last week.That is a 2 percent chance per year, but Funkhouser noted that two such floods impacted the White and Spring rivers within three weeks last March and April.

Remembering Susan Rueter

February 18, 2009 Those who know Susan Rueter say she never met a stranger. She loved people, and she was able to realize her calling when she moved to Batesville.As she and her husband were preparing to move from Fulton, Mo., a friend suggested she apply to Edward Jones Investments, which she did. Her office was on Main Street.

Grant rejected

February 18, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Flooding woes have spilled over into this year for the Southside Public Water Authority.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday rejected the water authority’s application for a $1 million to $1.5 million grant, water Manager John Richardson said.If approved, the grant would have been used for stabilizing the White River’s banks near the water system’s intake line and pumping station.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 There were no signs of forced entry into the bookstore at Lyon College where $415 turned up missing from a cash register over the weekend, according to Independence County authorities.Deputy Randy Jones said he spoke with college security officer Wally Hightower around 8 a.m. Monday and learned that someone had gotten into the bookstore and taken money from a locked cash register.According to Hightower, a door to a loading dock that leads into a bookstore workroom was found open and showed no signs of forced entry.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 ZION — The Zion Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house and appreciation chili supper at 3 p.m. Saturday. The buildings that were destroyed in the February 2008 tornado have been rebuilt, and this event has been planned to show appreciation to the community and to all who had any part in the rebuilding efforts, according to a news release. Several people donated time, money and equipment; many of those volunteers were from other fire departments, the release sates. For more information, call (870) 368-7509 or 368-7653.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Independence County residents living in the Pleasant Plains Fire District will pay their fire dues with their 2009 property taxes, Fire Chief Stacey Caplener said.White County and Jackson County residents living in the Pleasant Plains Fire District will receive notices of their dues in mailouts like in previous years, he said.Fire dues for 2009 are $35.