It’s been more than a long time coming, but after a comprehensive review, Entergy Arkansas Inc. now has a clear path for the future.
That clear path became evident on April 25 when Entergy Corporation announced that all of its utility companies — including Entergy Arkansas — will seek to join the Midwest Independent System Operaåtor group (MISO).
LITTLE ROCK — State regulators recommended Tuesday that the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission adopt a permanent ban on deep wells that are used to dispose of natural gas drilling fluids in an area north of Conway where a swarm of earthquakes have shaken the region.
Two wells were shut down in February in an agreement between the well owners and the commission. Two other wells will have to stop operation if the commission approves the regulation. The panel is to conduct a hearing and vote at its July 26 hearing in El Dorado.
The Batesville School Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the administration office, 955 Water St.
Agenda items include consideration of bids for an electrical upgrade at West Magnet Elementary and insurance for students in grades 7-12 as well as employment of an assistant principal at the junior high.
Meetings are open to the public.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the district’s central office board room at Newark.
Agenda items include proposals for a canopy at the Cord-Charlotte playground, budget of expenditures for 2012-13 and a financial report.
Meetings are open to the public.
The White River Pageant Association will host a send off party for local Miss Arkansas and Arkansas Outstanding Teen contestants from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Chamber of Commerce.
Miss White River Simone Mullinax and Miss Batesville Ashleigh Rogers will compete for the title of Miss Arkansas July 13-16 in Hot Springs. White River Outstanding Teen Ashley Roacho and Batesville Outstanding Teen Leah Littleton will compete for the title of Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen June 30-July 2.
SOUTHSIDE — It’s unknown whether a traffic light will ever be a reality at the intersection of Scott Drive and Highway 167 near the Southside School District.
But a relief road from the high school gymnasium entrance at Scott Drive connecting to Kari Brook Road, a dead-end street, could be.
Superintendent Roger Rich said a property owner of the land on Kari Brook has agreed to allow for the continuation of a relief road that would connect Kari Brook and Scott Drive, allowing for traffic to connect to Highway 230 (camp Tahkodah Road) and then Highway 167.
The 68th annual White River Water Carnival Parade will be 10 a.m. Aug. 6, according to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The theme for this year’s parade is “A Stroll Down Historic Main Street” and registration forms are currently available at the Chamber for float and parade participants.
The parade will line up at Town Plaza Shopping Center (on Main Street across from Liberty Bank) at 9 a.m. The Wet Zone will begin in the 100 block of East Main Street (in front of the courthouse) to the end of lower main by the Batesville Daily Guard.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be the featured entertainers at the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View on July 3.
The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $35 and available by calling the park at (870) 269-3851.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band formed in Southern California during the spring of 1966 as a scruffy, young jug-band. Forty-four years later, the quartet featuring Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen is still going strong, according to a news release.
Shooting of fireworks under a picnic pavilion at Kennedy Park late Tuesday is believed to have contributed to a fire that damaged a picnic table, according to Independence County Deputy Jonathan Brown.
Brown said he was dispatched to the park around 11 p.m. after someone at the park called in a fire at the pavilion near the boat dock and gave a description of three vehicles that could have been involved.
Smoke from an electrical outlet at a North State Street residence in west Batesville this morning warranted a call to the Batesville Fire Department.
Charlene Harrison said a woman from White River Area Agency on Aging who assists her with daily chores discovered the faulty plug and called 911.
According to Harrison’s assistant, smoke was coming from the back of the dryer around the electrical plug and she called 911 and assisted Harrison in getting outside the home until the fire department arrived.
The answer isn’t “no” — it’s just “not now.”
The Batesville City Council has too many questions right now to allow a sunken paddleboat to be brought to a city park, where it may take a year to get restored.
Tuesday night, the city council held a special meeting to decide whether a paddleboat that sunk in January 2010 may be moved from Jacksonport State Park to Batesville’s Kennedy Park.
Guns were reportedly taken from two automobiles on Case Street over the weekend, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s reports.
Officer Randy Jones said he was called to 1407 Case St. in reference to a vehicle being broken into. When he arrived he met with Andy Montgomery who said someone had broken into his 2002 Chevy Tahoe during the night.
Montgomery said he had locked the vehicle, but when he went outside the next morning discovered it was unlocked and a Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum was missing along with a Wesson .44 Magnum. The guns were valued at $900.