School board to meet

August 16, 2010 The Community School Inc. board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the White River Specialized Industries, located at 1550 Cottonwood Drive in Batesville. The meeting is open to the public.

Board to consider bids

August 16, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the new high school library to consider bids for football complex fencing, according to the agenda.Bids for old buses and other autos will also be considered.In addition, a request for a legal transfer involving a ninth-grade student will be discussed and a date will be set for the September meeting/annual report the public.The directors will also hold a personnel session to consider a resignation request from a certified employee, and hiring.A review of a financial report completes the agenda.

Caterpillar plant now operating in NLR

August 16, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Caterpillar Inc.’s road grader plant in North Little Rock is now in operation several months after its planned opening.Plant manager Jon Harrison said Friday that the recession delayed the opening and that renovations of the facility that began last year required more work than anticipated. Harrison says the most of the building’ 700,000-square-foot concrete floor had to be replaced.Production began at the plant in late June and about 200 employees have been hired. Harrison says plans are to eventually hire about 600 workers.

Lotto scholarships upset parents

August 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State lawmakers and parents are upset that fewer than half of the students who applied for Arkansas Academic Challenge scholarships, funded in part by the state lottery, received them.Arkansas Higher Education Director Jim Purcell said Friday that some lawmakers have been referring to out of date information and wrongly believe there is more money for the scholarships than exists. He also said the total cost of the scholarships for the fall semester is not final and more accurate numbers will be provided next week.

Black mold found in ‘green’ fire station

August 16, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The newest fire station in Fayetteville, touted as the “greenest” ever built in the city when it was opened in 2008, has been shut down while officials decide what to do about an infestation of mold.Fire Chief David Dayringer said Friday that firefighters at Station 3 had been moved to Station 1 downtown. Dayringer said Station 3 had been staffed by a captain, a driver and a firefighter per shift.“We moved a total of six individuals and one ladder truck,” he said. “We started checking for mold after the guys over there noticed moisture on the walls.”

Church to present singing

August 16, 2010 POUGHKEEPSIE — Pleasant Ridge Community Church, located eight miles northeast of Poughkeepsie, will have a singing at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Lunch will be provided before the singing.The featured singers will be the Howell Family. The event is open to the public. For more information call (870) 528-4909 or 528-3568.

Heber Springs to host concert

August 16, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — Odell & Friends will perform a folk concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

Southside navigates new programs

August 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Middle School students this year will receive a little extra help in literacy and math with two new programs designed to improve comprehension.Math Navigator and Literacy Navigator are two resources the school will implement to try and help students, who are below or below basic proficiency in math and literacy on benchmark assessments like the ACTAAP, become proficient.ACTAAP stands for the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program.

Large class of new students expected to arrive Friday

August 16, 2010 Lyon College is expecting another large class of new students to arrive Friday and all available housing will be used to accommodate the burgeoning enrollment.Last year, Lyon enrolled a record-breaking class of 217 freshmen and 80 transfer students. This year, the college will again welcome more than 200 freshmen and more than 70 transfer students.

‘Back-to-school list’ not needed at Southside

August 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — When mom of four and high school math teacher Tammy Brown received the AlertNow message on her phone from Southside School District, there may not have been an emergency, but there was cause for excitement.For many parents and teachers at Southside, news that the district will foot the bill for all students’ basic school supplies this year came as a welcomed surprise.