Hydro panel convenes Friday

February 9, 2011 The Independence County Hydro Electric Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Friday in the county courtroom, 192 E. Main St., Batesville.An agreement with the city of Clarksville and loan details will be discussed

Cushman gets new alderman

February 9, 2011 CUSHMAN — The Cushman City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Cushman City Hall.Joey Parks will be sworn in as a new council member, replacing Jim Augustus who resigned in January. City water and police reports will be heard and current bills will be reviewed. Meetings are open to the public

Retired teachers to meet

February 9, 2011 Retired Teachers of Independence County will meet at noon Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.  Twyla Wright with the Old Independence Regional Museum will present a program on document preservation. The meeting is open to all retired school employees.

Officers sort out details

February 9, 2011 DESHA — Names are still being withheld in Tuesday’s shooting that left one man injured and hospitalized.According to Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery, a 41-year-old man made entry into another man’s home on Moody Street and was shot.Jeffery said authorities have learned the two men had gotten into a fight the day before over stealing a vehicle. Jeffery said officers were dispatched around 9:44 a.m. Tuesday to Moody Lane, just off Jamestown Road.

Out of the rubble… Lyon students get creative

February 9, 2011 When life gives you lemons make lemonade. Better yet, when a fire destroys the Lyon College Edwards Commons building use the rubble to design a set for an upcoming production about war and the destruction left behind.At least that’s what Collin Brown, set designer of Lyon’s spring production of “The Trojan Women,” did after a fire destroyed the building that housed the college’s dining hall, student offices, game room, mail and bookstore in October.

Fire department makes record number of calls

February 9, 2011 The Batesville Fire Department is making more runs than ever these days.Brent Gleghorn, who was named fire chief in December after serving several months as interim, presented the fire department’s year-end report Tuesday night at the city council meeting.The department made a total of 336 runs in 2010, 60 of which were home fire safety inspections and 45 which were building inspections.The 2010 number is up from 286 runs in 2009 and 260 in 2008.

Winter storm blankets area

February 9, 2011 The major snowstorm that hit the northcentral part of the state around 7 this morning continues to dump heavy amounts of snow causing closings of local schools, Batesville City Hall, the Independence County Courthouse and sheriff’s office in addition to making local travel extremely difficult. Lyndal Waits, district engineer for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department at Batesville, said driving conditions deteriorated very quickly this morning.

Cell phone repair shop opens at Eagle Mountain

February 8, 2011 No matter the brand or cost, cell phones occasionally break and even though they may be covered by a warranty, owners can spend days or weeks waiting for repairs at an out-of-state repair center.Batesville area residents now have an alternative to out-of-state repairs with the opening of Cellphone Central in the Eagle Mountain Shopping Center, next to Farmers Insurance agency and across from Colton’s Steak House.

Harper on Samford list

February 8, 2011 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jay L. Harper of Clinton, a senior marketing major, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Samford University. Harper is the son of Cheryl and Terry Harper.To qualify for the honor, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework. The Dean’s List is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester.

Southside announces poetry event winners

February 8, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — Southside High School has announced the winners of its Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Participants and winners were Sam Comer, first place; Dallas Hess, second; and Karree Wilson, third.  Students recited works they selected from an anthology of nearly 500 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including articulation, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty and accuracy.