Midwest tornadoes kill 13

May 25, 2011 EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — A violent storm system powering through a wide swath of the Midwest and South today spawned tornadoes and powerful winds that turned homes into splintered wreckage and cars into crumpled shells and killed at least 13 people.The system, which followed closely behind the one that spawned the massive twister that struck Joplin, Mo., and killed more than 120 people, moved into the Oklahoma City area Tuesday evening as worried commuters rushed home from work.

Freda Cruse Phillips Book released

May 25, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Freda Cruse Phillips of Mountain View will be signing copies of her new book, “Places of Our People,” which was released Monday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Valero in Mountain View and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Ozark Folk Center gift shop.In compiling material and photos for the book, Phillips has been interviewing and working with people, and visiting places around Stone County since 2009.Her previous book, “Voices of Our People,” published in 2009, featured 52 interviews of local citizens.

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

May 25, 2011 The Foxy Ladies of White River, Red Hat Society hosted the eighth annual Spring Fling May 17 at Batesville Country Club.Joan Cooper was the master of ceremonies, as Norene Trintini, queen, could not be present.The fiesta theme was displayed in the table decorations and in the attire of the members. A Mexican-style meal was served.Willie Strong led the blessing before lunch. Danny Dozier provided guitar music as the members entered and during the meal.

Bike parade planned

May 25, 2011 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced it will offer a bike parade as a part of its newest event — Batesville, Bikes, & Backroads — on June 10 and 11.The event welcomes motorcyclists from across the state to participate in a variety of activities, including a bike parade on Main Street, a poker run, bike games, and a bike show. The day’s events also include King Tony’s “Yo Face Stunt Show” and an evening Battle of the Bands.

Library to close for holiday

May 25, 2011 The Independence County Library will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Memorial Day.The library will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Fellowship service announced

May 25, 2011 A fellowship service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Testament Holiness House of Prayer, located at 2839 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.Leathel Sanders from House of Bethesda in Little Rock will be the speaker.There will be anointed singing, testimonies, deliverances, healing and miracles, according to a news release.The event is open to the public.

Reunion Sunday announced

May 25, 2011 CUSHMAN — Cushman United Methodist Church will celebrate Reunion Sunday this weekend.Special music will begin at 10:30 a.m. following worship service. Fellowship time will follow with refreshments served. The event is open to the public.

City decision not uniform — Council bickers over bid process

May 25, 2011 Is it better to save the city money or to spend a little extra and do business with a local company?That was the question hashed out Tuesday night by the Batesville City Council and administrators.The discussion stemmed from an item on the agenda regarding bids for employee uniform service. Once the agenda item was introduced, Alderman Fred Krug said he wanted to say a few words before the ordinance was explained.

Economy discussed

May 24, 2011 The White River Kiwanis Club was given a brief update on county economics during its noon meeting Friday by Ed Mabry of the Independence County Economic Development Commission.He told the club that in 2008 a sales tax was approved for five years by county voters to establish the economic development program in an effort to pursue and develop jobs in the county by finding companies wanting to expand their existing programs or to start new facilities.

Severe Weather Damage reported

May 24, 2011 At least five homes and one business in Sharp County were damaged by high winds and falling trees or tree limbs when severe storms rolled through the area Monday afternoon, said county Office of Emergency Management Director Gene Moore.No one was injured, and that’s the important thing, he said.Power was out to an estimated 1,500 or more customers in Sharp County, but most were expected to have had service restored by this morning as power companies’ personnel worked throughout the night, he said.