Quorum court to meet

August 5, 2010 The next regular session of the Independence County Quorum Court is set for 6 p.m. Monday in the juvenile courtroom on the second floor of the Independence County Library building at Third and Main streets.Among items on the agenda will be a vote on a resolution supporting the special city sales tax election for the construction of a community center, aquatic facilities and sports complex entitled Moving Batesville Forward.The court will also consider resolutions:

Community Insurance Professionals hires Tim Bruner

August 5, 2010 Tim Bruner will join Community Insurance Professionals, a subsidiary of First Community Bank in Batesville, as an insurance agent, said Jay James, vice president and insurance manager for the agency.Bruner has more than 30 years of experience in public relations, with an emphasis on developing relationships with corporations and foundations. He comes to Community Insurance Professionals from Lyon College in Batesville, where he was vice president for institutional advancement.

Princeton Review names Lyon to list

August 5, 2010 For the seventh year in a row, The Princeton Review has named Lyon College a “Best Southeastern College,” based on results from its “2011 Best Colleges” survey.Lyon College is one of 133 schools receiving the Best in the Southeast designation, and one of only four Arkansas institutions on the list compiled by the education services company headquartered in Massachusetts. The others are Harding University, Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Marijuana confiscated

August 5, 2010 ASH FLAT — The second time around was more successful.This time, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver and other officers arrested 55-year-old Christine Jurczyk for growing marijuana in her yard at 122 Diane Ave. in Ash Flat.“I saw suspected marijuana plants there last year when we were doing a helicopter flyover, but we were busy with something else and had no officers to respond. I responded after we landed; the plants were gone.”Only freshly disturbed dirt was evident that time, Weaver said.From the air, he said, “They looked like trees, they were so big.”

$250,000 bond set

August 5, 2010 ASH FLAT — Bond for an Evening Shade woman was set at $250,000 after she was charged earlier this week with several drug violations, according to public information in the Sharp County/Circuit Clerk’s Office.Vanessa C. Frederick, 48, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance (Roxicodone) and use or possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use. She also is charged with driving on an expired driver’s license.

Clarksville wants out of hydro contract

August 5, 2010 CLARKSVILLE — The Clarksville City Council wants out of its contract with the Independence County hydroelectric project.That was the city council’s decision when it met with Clarksville Light and Water Company (CLWC) Wednesday concerning the hydroelectric contract they have with Independence County.A letter dated Wednesday to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks explains the city is giving a 60-day notice of cancellation concerning the agreement it has with the purchase of power from the hydroelectric project.

It’s hot! Be careful out there

August 4, 2010 The heat seems to be the main topic these days. Farmers have to keep going regardless of the temperature. Plus, farmers have to deal with the effects of heat on their crops and animals. So the heat causes extra work for the producer and increases their activity and risk of heat disorders.Poultry cooling systems have to be kept going or a large die-off can happen very quickly. Irrigation wells and rigs are running around the clock. Cattle farmers are checking the wells and other water sources and making sure that cattle can get to shade.

SURE program deadline given

August 4, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Linda Newkirk announced Monday that producers have until Sept. 30 to submit an application for payment under the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.“SURE provides financial assistance for crop production and or quality losses due to a natural disaster,” Newkirk said.

NOAA report says most of oil is gone, but what remains still more than Exxon

August 4, 2010 NEW ORLEANS — BP claimed a key victory today in the effort to plug its blown-out well as a government report said much of the spilled oil is gone — though what’s left is still nearly five times the amount that poured from the Exxon Valdez.More than three months after oil began gushing from the sea floor, officials offered cautious remarks indicating that an end to one of the world’s worst spills was in sight while some Gulf Coast residents expressed skepticism.

Ark. math, science school getting new $15M dorm

August 4, 2010 HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts needs a new dormitory so badly that it has had to trim enrollment because its current facility is in such bad shape.The school held a ceremony Tuesday to mark the start of construction of a new $15 million residence hall, which will replace an 83-year-old moldy and asbestos-laden former hospital that now serves as the dorm.“Our dream is becoming a reality,” school Director Janet Hugo said. The dorm is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012.