Earthquake seminar planned for Wednesday

April 5, 2011 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Community Insurance Professionals will host Shakes & Quakes: A Seminar on Earthquake Preparedness at noon Wednesday in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank. David Johnston, registered professional geologist, who currently serves as the earthquake geologist for the Arkansas Geological Survey will speak to attendees about how to prepare for an earthquake, current events, and his work with the Arkansas Geological Survey.

Local GOP party to meet

April 5, 2011 The Independence County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. The program will be a discussion on the city budget, as well as information and discussion on the redistricting plans that will affect the First Congressional District.The meeting is open to anyone interested.

LawCo begins work program

April 5, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — Inmates at the Lawrence County Jail will soon be allowed to work to reduce the length of their sentences.Sheriff Jody Dotson says officials hope to have eight to 10 inmates working up to three days a week. For each day worked the inmate has a day taken off the sentence.County Judge Dale Freeman said the jobs will include cleaning up roadsides and parks and he hopes the program will start within weeks. He says inmate labor could save the county thousands of dollars.

Agent looks for good neighbor to reward

April 5, 2011 If you know a family member, friend or neighbor who helps to enhance your neighborhood or the way of life for someone else by performing a good deed, you can honor them with a nomination to the “Good Neigh-bear Award.”According to a news release, Lonzo Wilson State Farm Insurance agency and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to provide deserving local citizens with the “Good Neigh-bear Award.”

Former inmate charged with jail cell damages

April 5, 2011 A former inmate in the Independence County jail, now being held in a state facility, is being charged with causing approximately $1,000 in damages to his county cell, according to a court affidavit. Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Dustin Robbins said as jail personnel were moving Gary Wayne Butler, 43, out of his cell to be transported to a state prison, they discovered several areas of damage.

Art, music featured during Friday event

April 5, 2011 The Randy and Stephanie Wade Band, with Allen the Singing Cowboy, will perform in concert at Simply Southern Music Playhouse on Friday evening.The Wades are multi-talented instrumentalists and singers/songwriters, according to a news release. Allen, on acoustic guitar, performs his unique Western style. Debbie Cochran, playing bass, will sing some of her new songs recorded in Nashville. Simply Southern is located at the corner of Main and Broad streets. Doors open at 6; music begins at 7. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Seating is limited.

Arnold Spring House ‘still holding secrets’

April 5, 2011 MELBOURNE — Joan Gould, a preservation specialist who measured and documented the Arnold Spring House and Farmstead at Melbourne in 2006 said Sunday that log houses are very important to understanding pioneer times and that the Arnold Spring House in particular adds much to the legacy of northcentral Arkansas.

Calvary announces revival

April 4, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church will have a revival Friday through Sunday.The event will begin with a block party with free food, games and fellowship from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Revival services will be at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.Ronnie Toon will be the evangelist. Ron Taylor will be the worship leader.The church is located at 18th and Lyon streets in Batesville. For more information visit

Prayer shawl group to meet

April 4, 2011 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams.For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.