Revival schedule announced

September 14, 2011 Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church will have a revival Sunday through Tuesday. The revival will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.Brad Duncan, pastor, will bring the message. Bluegrass gospel group Southern Raised will perform each night.The event is open to the public.The church is located at 4000 East Harrison St. in Batesville. For more information call the church office at (870) 698-1622.

Mennonite youth to perform

September 14, 2011 CONCORD — The Mennonite Youth Gospel Singers will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, located on Highway 87 South in Concord.The event is open to the public.

Driver safety class to be held

September 14, 2011 An Association of American Retired Persons driver safety class will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at First Community Bank, located at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets in Batesville.The class fee is $14 with a $2 discount for AARP members.All participants 55 and older will receive a discount on their vehicle insurance. No test is required.To pre-register, call (870) 307-0110. Class size is limited.Participants do not have to be members of AARP.

Merritt benefit set for Saturday

September 14, 2011 PLEASANT GROVE — A benefit smoked chicken dinner, pie auction and bake sale will be held Saturday at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.The dinner will be available from 4 to 6 p.m., and the pie auction and bake sale will begin at 6.All proceeds will go to Adam “Tex” and Amanda Younger Merritt and their family to help with medical expenses incurred after an automobile accident in which six vertebrae were broken in his back, which will take up to a year to heal.

Bond set at $50,000 in burglary case

September 14, 2011 After he was formally charged with one count of residential burglary and two counts of theft of property Thursday, bond was set at $50,000 for 48-year-old Bryan David Vonalt of Batesville.The charges stemmed from an incident on Sept. 1 in which Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter took a report from Mark Okonowski regarding the theft of his 2009 Ford Edge and several household items.The next day Detective Randy Sharp was provided a complete list of items taken which included an e-Machine computer.

Man is arrested for beating wife

September 14, 2011 A Batesville man reportedly smacked his wife in the head with the lid from an iron pot while he was under the influence of drugs, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Detective Randy Sharp.The charge of domestic battering against 42-year-old Jerry Thomas Keller Jr. came after an incident just 3 p.m. Saturday in which he allegedly hit his wife in the head and kicked her while she was in the floor.Sharp said that Deputy Andrew Rogers responded to a 911 call in which a woman was heard screaming for help before hanging up.

State drug czar talks to Batesville Kiwanis

September 14, 2011 Prescription meds are easier for youth to get than alcohol, according to the state’s drug czar.Former Batesville resident Fran Flener, who is the Arkansas state drug director, was the featured speaker of the Batesville Kiwanis Club on Friday, discussing the prevention of youth prescription abuse.Flener told the club that in 2007, the last year statistics were available, Arkansas had the worst record in the nation for the abuse of prescription medication.

JPs eye tax statements

September 14, 2011 Part of the Independence County tax statements is required — another part is not. The taxes, of course, are required by law, but the statements in Independence County include some voluntary — again, optional — contributions to various charities. Still, some taxpayers are confused by the charitable contributions, according to the court.Including new charities on the county’s annual tax statements was discussed. “We’re not in the donation business,” Justice of the Peace Brent Henderson said, while JP Larry Nelson noted, “It’s confusing the elderly.”

Show and tell: New road equipment on display

September 14, 2011 Monday night’s quorum court meeting didn’t begin inside the juvenile courtroom as usual. Instead, Independence County Judge Robert Griffin held court outdoors to show some new road equipment.The equipment included some that was recently purchased and some that Griffin hopes the county will buy.

Uniform policy amended

September 14, 2011 The Batesville City Council Monday night amended its city employee uniform policy and voted 7-1 to accept a low bid from an out-of-town company to furnish uniform shirts.City Engineer Damon Johnson said city department heads had reviewed uniform policies and decided that due to the many varieties of jobs performed by employees uniforms needed to be more adaptable to their jobs.