Underage drinking bill defeated

March 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have defeated legislation that would impose civil penalties on minors caught trying to buy alcohol.The House voted 20-67 on Monday to reject a bill that could fine minors, or, in some cases, their parents, up to $1,000 if they tried to buy alcohol under the age of 21. Minors between the ages of 18 and 21 would be responsible for the fines, while younger teens would put the burden on their parents or guardians.

81-year-old woman takes plane ride

March 8, 2011 POCAHONTAS (AP) — An elderly woman “took off” an item on her bucket list as she took to the sky for the first time. The Elmcroft Assisted Living Facility in Pocahontas recently propelled the dream of an 81-year-old resident who wanted to see the sky from new heights. “I’m getting a little old. I’m 81 and I’d like to fly in a plane before I die. So I did,” said Betty Tretenburg, who had a dream to soar up high in the sky. “I just never would do it.”

Fire kills craftsman known for guitar strap

March 8, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The owner of a Fayetteville leather shop, who crafted custom guitar straps for the likes of Willie Nelson and Neil Young, has died in a fire at his business.Authorities say 57-year-old Bruce Walker died Monday after his Flying Possum Leather shop he had owned since 1975 caught fire at about 6:30 a.m.

Hiring prompts dispute over FOIA

March 8, 2011 The Independence County Library Board on Thursday had its selection of candidates for head librarian narrowed down to two, but as of press time this morning who they are remains a mystery.A Batesville Daily Guard reporter arrived at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 E. College St., at 3 p.m. to find the door to the meeting room closed and a note taped to it that read “in executive session.”

Retirees to meet

March 7, 2011 POCAHONTAS — United Auto Workers retirees will meet at Beverly’s Restaurant, the former Apple Barrel Restaurant, at 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

Prayer shawl group to meet

March 7, 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.

GAP available to families

March 7, 2011 Batesville School District GAP (Grandparents As Parents) will meet at noon Thursday in the resource room of the Early Learning & Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St. This meeting is open to any relative who is helping raise a child. Lunch will be served and door prizes given.

Motorcyclists tour launched

March 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The commemoration of the Sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War begins this year with special events taking place throughout Arkansas. Events continue through 2015. In honor of this historic occasion, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is producing a brochure and patch just for motorcyclists. The project is funded in part with a $2,000 grant from the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Club to meet in new location

March 7, 2011 The White River Photographers Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cinnamon Stick Sandwiche Shoppe, 151 W. Main St., Batesville.The new location was chosen not only to accommodate more participants but to offer snacks and refreshments as well, according to a news release from the club. The tentative agenda for Thursday night is to simplify and better organize the club structure, discuss upcoming local events of interest to photographers and potential photography field trips.

Ark. Anthology seeks writing, art, photos from students, teachers

March 7, 2011 JONESBORO — Young writers can become published authors when they submit their works to this year’s Arkansas Anthology.The Arkansas Anthology is a collection of stories, poems, essays, photography and art created by students and their teachers. The writings are judged, selected, and published annually in print and online by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA), a non-profit professional organization.