Compassionate Friends to hold candlelighting, memorial service

December 9, 2010 The Compassionate Friends will hold its 14th annual Worldwide Candlelighting and Memorial Tree Decorating Service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Children’s Memorial Park in Riverside Park in Batesville.The event is held on the second Sunday in December, although the North Central Arkansas TCF chapter usually meets on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Citizens Bank Annex.The candlelighting and tree decorating will feature special music, poems and readings. The event is open to all bereaved parents, as well as siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.

Council makes additional cuts to balance 2011 budget

December 9, 2010 The city of Batesville has a balanced budget for next year, but few city officials seemed happy about the content.The fire department didn’t get any additional personnel, hours and/or positions were cut in animal control and cemetery/landscaping, and finally a rescue truck is on the way but the burden of the expense is shouldered by the city although more calls come from outside the city than inside.———

Another victim? First Community Bank sues bond salesman

December 9, 2010 A second bank may have fallen victim to the same man who allegedly sold $22 million in bogus bonds to First Southern Bank in Batesville and bilked a Lonoke bank out of millions.First Community Bank in Batesville has filed a complaint that alleges Kevin Lewis, Dealer Lending LLC, Signature Motors Inc. and Merchant Capital Finance acquired multiple loans from First Community Bank in Batesville and as of Nov. 23, 10 of those loans, totalling $1.83 million remain partially unpaid and in default, according to a complaint filed Dec. 3 by attorney Laura Brissey.

Man sues for injury

December 9, 2010 A construction worker allegedly injured when a T-pipe fitting/pipe failed and hit him in the head is suing the engineering firm who made the pipes and a distributor.In a complaint filed Monday on behalf of Jeremy Thrasher, attorney Louis A. Etock states Thrasher was working for Butch Crain Construction “in and around” Cleburne County when the accident occurred on Aug. 9. The T-pipe fitting is designed and manufactured by Scheeler Engineering Corp. and sold by Rainmaker Sales Inc.

Museum honors docents

December 9, 2010 Noted historian David Lowenthal once said, “History in isolation is barren and lifeless; relics mean only what history and memory convey.”Old Independence Regional Museum is striving to do more than convey some old memories — it works to breathe life and create tangible exhibits for visitors to immerse themselves in.The museum honored the efforts of those who work behind the scenes, as about 50 docents, board members and other volunteers turned out for the Docent Appreciation Luncheon on Monday.

Horses rescued. Officials documenting neglect, starvation

December 9, 2010 SALEM — Just how many days or weeks it has been since 80 to 100 horses have been fed in Fulton County is still unclear, but as of this morning “100 bales of Bermuda grass and a half ton of alfalfa high protein cubes” are en route to help save the starving animals.The rescue got under way this morning after a search warrant was signed by Fulton County District Judge Jim Short Wednesday night giving permission to seize animals, registration papers, or any other papers or items that may contain information.

Newport man charged in furniture theft

December 8, 2010 Bond has been set at $25,000 for 28-year-old Jeremy Conway of Newport for allegedly being in possession of stolen furniture, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard.Leonard said that on Nov. 13, Deputy Billy Croon responded to a residential burglary call at 4930 Newport Road at the home of Karen Breen.Due to illness Breen reportedly had been staying with relatives for a few weeks and when she drove by her house she noticed a computer desk in her garage had been moved around.

County wins civil suit stemming from state police shooting

December 8, 2010 ASH FLAT — “We won.”That was the comment of Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver after jurors in Independence County found the county was not responsible for medical bills after a man was treated there after being shot.“Ten of the 12 didn’t believe the county was responsible for the bills,” Weaver said. “Mr. (Ralph) Ohm did a good job of representing the county.”Ohm is with the Arkansas Public Entites Risk Management. (APERMA).

Board member refuses trustee appointment

December 8, 2010 Searcy attorney Steven B. Jordan says he has no part of PA Alliance Trust. Jordan is also listed as a board member at First Southern Bank in Batesville.

Fraud lawsuit targets stockholder, bond salesman, chairman of the board

December 8, 2010 Right after the news broke First Southern Bank in Batesville may have purchased $22 million in bogus bonds from the son of its major stockholder, a lawsuit alleging fraud has been filed seeking $21 million in damages from the stockholder, the son, and the chairman of the board.