Batesville 4-H Club to reorganize

April 5, 2011 A reorganization meeting of the Batesville 4-H Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Independence County Extension Office, located at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville. Ages 5 to 19 are welcome.

Mother gets mental hearing

April 5, 2011 BENTONVILLE (AP) — A mental evaluation has been ordered for a Rogers woman charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 3-week-old son.The evaluation was requested by defense attorneys for 27-year-old Rebecca Ann Drake and granted Monday by Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green. The Benton County Daily Record reports that Green ordered that Drake be evaluated at Ozark Guidance in Springdale and scheduled a mental status hearing for May 16 while canceling the scheduled May 17 start of Drake’s murder trial.

Medics won’t appeal

April 5, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two Little Rock paramedics who mistakenly thought a woman was dead will not appeal the suspension of their licenses.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services paramedics Brandi Johnson and Pat Bajorek are serving 34-day suspensions given them by the state Health Department.They led separate ambulance crews that missed signs of 52-year-old Pamela Harper being alive after she was found in the yard of a west Little Rock home.

High winds, rain, hit South; At least 6 people killed

April 5, 2011 ATLANTA (AP) — At least six people died in the South as fast-moving spring storms packing high winds, hail and lightning blew through the region, uprooting trees and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands, including in metro Atlanta.The storms were part of a system that cut a wide swath from the Mississippi River across the Southeast to Georgia and the Carolinas on Monday and early today. Tornado watches remained in effect today in eastern North and South Carolina as the storms appeared to head out to sea.

Hot power washing available

April 5, 2011 PLEASANT PLAINS — Pro Mobile Power Washing, owned and operated by Eric Boozer and his wife Amber of Pleasant Plains, is now serving clients throughout Independence County.“We pressure wash just about anything you can think of and we do it with hot water,” Boozer said recently. “Hot water is just better for cleaning, whether for vinyl siding, bricks, driveways, decks, mobile homes, anything.”

Arkansas Reader Railroad could reach North Texas

April 5, 2011 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ historic Reader Railroad could soon be steaming into North Texas if the pieces fall into place for one town.Bonham, a city of about 10,000, has been pushing for several years to establish a steam-powered, short-line railroad to draw tourists from the Dallas area, about 70 miles away.Since 2008, its primary suitor has been the Reader Railroad.

Board sets work session

April 5, 2011 The Batesville School Board will hold a work session begging at 6 tonight in the administration office board room, said Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison.“The purpose of the work session will be to discuss the high school expansion project,” he said. “No action will be taken.”All board meetings are open to the public.

Preschool to celebrate Spring

April 5, 2011 The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St. will celebrate spring with a free family fun night at 6 p.m. Thursday.Children will learn about planting and do some fun spring crafts, organizers said. “Every child will leave with a free book.” Door prizes will be given and refreshments served.

Dotson appointed to security team

April 5, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson was appointed March 29 to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Security and Emergency Preparedness, according to a news release.Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Henry notified Dotson of the appointment after he had been nominated by the director of Arkansas Court Security and Emergency Preparedness, Pete Hollingsworth.Sheriff Dotson will be part of a 17-member committee that will make recommendations to the Arkansas Supreme Court on issues involving courtroom security and emergency preparedness.

Hoedown set for Sunday

April 5, 2011 CHARLOTTE — The White River Hoedown Comedy Show and fish fry at John 3:16 Ministries, originally set for last month, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the ministry’s new park, 75 Holmes Road, Charlotte.The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 (ages 12 and under eat and see the show for free) and will be sold at the door.