Main Street fire still under investigation

December 1, 2008 Fire officials are still unsure what caused a blaze in downtown Batesville Friday afternoon, but the building will remain secure until fire investigators can complete an investigation, according to Brent Gleghorn, the assistant fire chief.

Fire damages historical Main Street building

November 28, 2008 Just how the fire started at 101 West Main Street Friday afternoon is still under investigation, according to Brent Gleghorn. Gleghorn, who was on vacation when his pager went off around 4:52 p.m., said there was about five minutes left in a football game.

39th returns

November 28, 2008 HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The first contingent of soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade to return from Iraq stepped off an airplane at an Army post in southern Mississippi late Wednesday night.

Milams weave theme of family throughout holiday decorations

November 28, 2008 Family is very important to Anthony and Andrea Milam. It's reflected all throughout their home, so it's no surprise that their holiday decorations would share a similar theme. Dr. Anthony and Andrea Milam, owners of the George Trevathan House at 611 Vine St., will be part of the holiday tour of homes on Dec. 7.

Early birds shop for bargains

November 28, 2008 After 15 years of getting up in the wee hours of the morning to fight traffic, find a parking spot and man the large crowds during "Black Friday," Becky Hower has learned a few things. While taking a break from shopping with her sister Mary Gill this morning at Walmart, "You have to have a strategy," she said, laughing.

Rosie man doused with gas, set fire

November 26, 2008 An early morning gas purchase Sunday morning proved dangerous to Jarrod Allen Taylor when he was reportedly set on fire by another man. Taylor, 20, of 3040 Newport Road, told police he had stopped to get gas at the Tigermart Exxon Station atop Ramsey Mountain when the incident occurred around 1 a.m., according to Independence County authorities.

Cummins named hospitalist director

November 26, 2008 Dr. Thomas H. Cummins has been appointed as the medical director of the White River Medical Center Hospitalist Program and part-time chief medical officer, according to a news release. Cummins will close his outpatient medical practice and work full-time caring for hospitalized patients.

Moore wins

November 26, 2008 Anne Moore was declared the winner after 252 voters turned out at three rural polling places Tuesday to cast their vote in a justice of the peace runoff for district 4 in Independence County. Moore, who was facing Ed Jones in the runoff, won the election with a total of 127 votes to Jones' 125.

City hears complaints

November 26, 2008 Permanent curbside garbage containers came under fire at the Batesville City Council Tuesday evening. The city has an ordinance that states such containers may not be placed in the front yard on a permanent basis, and Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure and Mayor Rick Elumbaugh have received several complaints about this issue.

Library tax in JP limbo

November 26, 2008 With only one "no" vote, the Independence County Library one-mill tax will remain suspended for the 2009 calendar year. In a special meeting Tuesday evening the Independence County Quorum Court voted on an ordinance that would levy the library tax to be collected in 2009.