Council has light agenda

March 22, 2011 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall. The council will consider a resolution for the financing of a commercial sanitation truck and hear a report from City Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

15 post offices may close

March 22, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — U.S. postal officials are studying 15 post offices in Arkansas for possible closure as part of a money-saving effort.The U.S. Postal Service is looking to save money as email and other electronic communications replace letters.Arkansas post offices on the list for possible closure include Gepp, Alicia, Bigelow, Board Camp, Driver, Ida, Monroe, Peach Orchard, Pineville, Wideman and Wilson. Also on the list are branch offices in East Camden, Goodwin, Springdale and Fayetteville.

Filmmaker to speak at Lyon

March 22, 2011 Patrick Mureithi, a native of Kenya, will visit Lyon College Thursday as the keynote speaker at the 11 a.m. chapel service in Small Chapel. Later, at 7 p.m. in Nucor Auditorium, he will show his critically acclaimed documentary. The showing is open to the public.

Elderly man pushed down steps

March 22, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A 27-year-old Lynn man was arrested Saturday for abuse of an adult and on other charges for allegedly pushing an elderly man down a set of steps, breaking one of the man’s hips.Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson said Brent Anthony Kingcade was arrested for second-degree battery and criminal trespass in addition to abuse of an adult.

Hearing set for WM3

March 22, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — A Craighead County Circuit Court judge has ordered an evidentiary hearing for three men who were convicted of the 1993 killings of three West Memphis boys.Judge David Laser told prosecutors and attorneys for Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin to schedule a three-week block for some time between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15.

Kids to ‘kick butts’ Wednesday

March 22, 2011 Children and young adults in Arkansas will take center stage in the fight against tobacco as they join thousands of others nationwide for the 16th annual Kick Butts Day on Wednesday.  Hundreds of events are planned across the nation including Batesville where students at Lyon College will enforce a smoke-free quad with squirt guns, keeping the quad free for use by non-smokers. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and also feature sidewalk painting and bubble-blowing.

Pineville man leads deputies on chase

March 22, 2011 MELBOURNE — A Pineville man is currently in jail on a number of charges after he wouldn’t stop for Izard County sheriff’s deputies. Louis Harris, 51, was arrested March 15 following a pursuit in which he was traveling at a high rate of speed from Boyle Road in Pineville onto Highway 177. He was driving on County Road 38 when his vehicle hit the ditch several times before coming to a stop.

$150K fine to be paid

March 22, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has signed a Consent Judgment Decree with Bluebird Sand, LLC in Izard County Circuit Court. In the agreement, Bluebird Sand, LLC agrees to pay ADEQ $125,000 for violations of the Arkansas Pollution Control Act.

WRMC offers innovative procedure

March 22, 2011 White River Medical Center cardiologists Drs. Qaisar Khan and Richard Van Grouw of Batesville Cardiology now offer Radial Cardiac Catheterization at WRMC. An innovative approach to cardiac care, the cardiac catheterization procedure is performed through the radial artery, located in the wrist.Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where a small hollow tube called a catheter is inserted in an artery to obtain information about the heart’s performance, detect blockage, or provide treatment. This procedure is commonly conducted in the femoral artery (through the groin area).

100 years after Triangle factory fire, horror resonates

March 22, 2011 NEW YORK (AP) — It was a warm spring Saturday when dozens of immigrant girls and women leapt to their deaths — some with their clothes on fire, some holding hands — as horrified onlookers watched the Triangle Shirtwaist factory burn.The March 25, 1911, fire that killed 146 workers became a touchstone for the organized labor movement, spurred laws that required fire drills and shed light on the lives of young immigrant workers near the turn of the century.