Court to hear appeal on adoption

January 28, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in an appeal over a state law that prohibits unmarried couples who live together from fostering or adopting children.The high court scheduled arguments for March 17 in the appeal filed by the state attorney general’s office, which is challenging a lower court’s ruling that the initiative is unconstitutional.

Sentencing delayed for former solid waste exec

January 28, 2011 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Sentencing is being delayed for a former solid waste district director who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $756,000 from the district.A federal judge postponed sentencing for 67-year-old Joe Ball II of Hot Springs until Feb. 11 at the request of defense attorney Q. Byrum Hurst. Hurst is representing another client who is on trial in Little Rock.

Ozarka receives first donation for amphitheater

January 28, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College Mountain View Expansion project is under way and construction is progressing as scheduled.The Ozarka College Foundation Board launched a capital campaign in conjunction with the building project, of which phase one has been completed.

Furniture, paper mache figures, toolbox stolen from home

January 28, 2011 Two people staying at another man’s home are possible suspects in a theft there, according to a police report.Mike Williamson of Russellville told Deputy Shawn Stephens several items were stolen from his residence sometime since last June.

Election officers to be chosen

January 28, 2011 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at noon Tuesday in the downstairs election office in the county courthouse in Batesville. Officers will be elected during this meeting and future business will be discussed.

Robotics team wins 1st-place awards

January 28, 2011 FORT SMITH — The Ark-ansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Robotics Team earned two first-place awards at the Frontier Trails BEST Regional Robotics Competition held Dec. 10-11 at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.Team members include senior Scott Glover, son of Alvin and Elizabeth Glover, of Batesville and junior Zach Lovin, son of Dale and Lisa Lovin, of Quitman.The team placed first in the Founders Award and the Most Elegant categories.

Stone County native’s song to be on TV

January 28, 2011 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An original song by Billy Don Burns of the Ben community in Stone County will be aired on an episode of the popular television show “Friday Night Lights” next week.Burns said he was surprised when Oliver Hild, manager of music supervision and licensing for NBC Universal Television Music in Hollywood, contacted him last week.“They used my song ‘Hank Williams Lonesome, Keith Whitley Blue’ on a jukebox scene in the network TV show ‘Friday Night Lights,’” Burns said. “The episode with me singing it will air February 2. It is a really good deal for me.

Fun course is Lions Club topic

January 28, 2011 Outdoors fun as a college course?That’s exactly right, at least at Lyon College.In its bi-monthly meeting Thursday the Batesville Noon Lions Club heard from Scott Dirksen, director of the Outdoor Recreation and Education Program at Lyon, who talked about outdoors fun as a college course.

Stimulus discussed; Melbourne board asked to ‘brainstorm’

January 28, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board on Tuesday received two bids for the removal of two old, unused houses at the Melbourne School District campus. The lowest bid of $1.21 was received from Phillip Antse who will remove the structures, clean the area and keep any remaining material from the buildings. The second bid was from a company listed as TriCo for $14,300 to demolish the buildings and clear the debris.

Wreck causes 9-hour road closure

January 28, 2011 Two people received minor injuries in a fiery two-vehicle accident Thursday night that left a portion of U.S. Highway 167, north of Batesville, shut down for nearly nine hours.Injured in the accident were Bo Andrew Dewitt, the driver of a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck, and Tammy Thompson, a passenger in a tractor-trailer rig. They were transported by ambulance to White River Medical Center in Batesville. Hospital spokeswoman Sheila Mace said neither was listed in the admission list this morning.