Teachers at Twin Rivers denied appeal

May 24, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — Teachers and staff in a school district being closed by the state Department of Education won’t have jobs after the school year ends. A three-person panel that included two Education Department officials has denied an appeal from employees of the Twin Rivers School District, which is being consolidated into six neighboring districts. Education Department spokeswoman Julie Thompson says the decision doesn’t reflect on the teachers or their dedication to the district, but that there won’t be a district for them to have a contract with as of July 1.

First Southern Bank to have groundbreaking

May 24, 2010 Woody Castleberry, president and CEO of First Southern Bank, has announced that there will be a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday to kick off construction of its main bank building in Batesville.

Bids to be opened for Cave City sewer lines

May 24, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to open bids for the laying of a sewer line to the area of the city park where new bathrooms are being built, Recorder-treasurer Kathy Wooldridge said. The disconnection fee for water and sewer service will also be discussed. In other business, the aldermen will discuss the fire department parking lot and the problem of so many people walking their dogs in the park’s ball field. They will also hear from a business owner in regard to putting up a fence near the business.

Civil War marker unveiled at Lunenburg

May 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sesquicentennial Civil War marker, located on the grounds of the restored Lunenburg WPA school building/community center, was unveiled May 16 by the members of the 7th Arkansas Infantry re-enactors group of northeast Arkansas and the Job S. Neill Camp #286, Sons of Confederate Veterans of Batesville. Also present were several members of the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society. Jointly funded by the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Civil War Commission and the society, the marker was the second in the state approved by the commission.

Call center under way; Gov. Beebe to speak

May 24, 2010 Gov. Mike Bebee will be in Batesville on Tuesday to participate in a ground-breaking ceremony for the Access Arkansas Center, which will bring 100 new jobs to the area, according to an announcement from the governor’s office. The Department of Human Services call center will be constructed at the intersection of White Drive and Grand Drive. The governor is expected to arrive about 12:30 p.m. and exchange informal greetings with project partners before joining other special guests on stage.

Man goes to officers, tells about meth lab

May 24, 2010 Refusing to be falsely accused of molesting a child Friday afternoon, a Newark man reportedly told police he had a meth lab in his house. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputies Jason Edington and Dale Jackson were called to the Newark Police Department around 11:45 a.m. Friday where 30-year-old Jonathan M. Gross asked to speak to them regarding a domestic incident between himself and his girlfriend.

Tax proposal aimed at city – Project could be scrapped without property

May 24, 2010 A $40-50 million project is being designed for Independence County, but the project could be scrapped before it ever gets off the ground floor if suitable property isn’t found. The project would update Batesville’s seriously outdated recreational facilities, providing a venue for state tournaments and other big events, but in order to do that the city is searching for a tract of land between 100 and 200 acres.

Elk herd, ed center named ‘conservacation’ spot

May 21, 2010 PONCA — First came the vacation. Then, the staycation. Now comes a newly coined concept, the conservacation. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Ponca Elk Education Center and the nearby Boxley Valley elk herd have been named one of the top 25 spots in the country for viewing elk and their habitat. The conservacation is a vacation focused on conservation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is recommending the area as one of its top educational destinations where families can experience and enjoy learning about elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

AGFC stocks more than 1.8 million fish in April

May 21, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crews stocked over 1.8 million fish in Arkansas lakes and rivers during April, according to Mark Oliver, chief of fisheries. The total stocking of fish weighed more 135,300 pounds. The amounts and locations stocked nearest Batesville include: • Little Red River, White County, 160 yearling smallmouth bass • Little Red River, Cleburne and White counties, 10,515 catchable rainbow trout • Mirror Lake, Stone County, 2,000 catchable rainbow trout • Searcy City Lake, White County, 750 catchable channel catfish

Michael Holt wins tourney

May 21, 2010 CAVE CITY — Michael Holt, fishing by himself, bested the field with 14.40 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Crown Lake, reported tournament director Ron Watkins. Holt’s stringer was helped along with the tournament’s biggest bass of the day, which accounted for 6.60 pounds of the stringer. Danny Matthews and Clint Lucy placed second with 12.25 pounds. Fourteen anglers in eight boats were in the competition. The club’s next tournament will be a night event, from 5 p.m. until midnight June 5 on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.