Grievance hearing set for county judge’s employee

June 9, 2010 Although it wasn’t on their agenda, members of the Independence County Quorum Court Tuesday night set a grievance hearing for 9 a.m. June 18 to hear a case being brought before them regarding the alleged firing of county employee Claudette Jones on May 24.County Judge Bill Hicks was not at the meeting. He told the Guard this morning that he didn’t feel he should discuss the issue in detail since a hearing had been set. He also said he didn’t fire Jones, but that she had quit following a disagreement between them.

Stone County race in limbo

June 9, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — A tie vote in the Democratic runoff election for sheriff in Stone County has put the whole process in limbo — at least for a few days.Sheriff Todd Hudspeth and his challenger, Lance Bonds, each got 1,383 votes in Tuesday’s election.According to County Clerk Donna Wilson, two overseas ballots have yet to be returned. If returned within 10 days, those ballots will be counted as her office has until then to certify election results.

Jeffery takes sheriff title

June 9, 2010 Independence County will have a new sheriff in town Jan. 1 and his name is Steve Jeffery. Faced in a runoff with challenger Bill Lindsey, Jeffery swept the county sheriff’s race during Tuesday night’s Democratic runoff election, receiving 3,412 of the total votes (59.61 percent) to Lindsey’s 2,312 votes (40.39 percent). This morning brought with it a sigh of relief for Jeffery, who said he’s ready to hit the ground running and isn’t wasting any time when he takes over as sheriff from Alan Cockrill in January.

Council calls for 1.25% city tax

June 9, 2010 The second election of 2010 may be behind us, but another will be here in just a few months.Tuesday night, while Arkansas voters were busy marking their ballots in a Democratic run-off, the Batesville City Council agreed to call for a special election on a 1.25-percent sales tax for a new community center and other parks/recreation facilities. The election will be Aug. 10.Starting off the council meeting, Greg Mohlke with the Moving Batesville Forward facilities task force presented some criteria for the selection of new parks land.

Ladies can join the party

June 8, 2010 CAVE CITY — Ditch the workout and join the party. That’s the motto of Dance 2 Fitness located on West Center Street on Hwy. 230 east between Front Row Video and the Cave City Pawn Shop in Cave City.Administered by instructor Traci Kirk, Dance 2 Fitness offers the Zumba fitness workout for women looking for a fun way to exercise. Zumba combines Latin moves, African moves, hip hop and belly dancing all combined to create fun dance routines, Kirk said. “It’s so fun, you barely know you’re working out!”

ASU-Newport announces honor students for spring

June 8, 2010 NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport has announced the students who were named to the Chancellor’s List and the Vice-Chancellor’s List for academic excellence in the spring 2010 semester. Students on the Chancellor’s List must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours, excluding developmental courses, during the semester and earn a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). Those on the list while taking courses at the Newport campus are: Amagon — Susan Howard Ash Flat — Tyler PhillipsBald Knob — Tracy Brown, Darel SmithBay — Crystal Angeles, Ashley Hively

Wanted in Independence County

June 8, 2010 The following list of persons with active warrants is issued by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Wanted persons are listed by their name, age, city and number of warrants.Anthony Patterson    22    Batesville    2Bill Patterson        Batesville    1Cheryl Ruth Patterson    38    Pairland, Texas    1Landon Leroy Patterson    36    Lonoke    4

‘Wallace and Gromit’ to be shown

June 8, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host the next movie in its Summer Outdoor Movie Series on Sunday.“Wallace and Gromit” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in Couch’s Garden at Lyon College in Batesville (behind Brown Chapel). Attendees should bring blankets, lawn chairs (maybe some insect repellent). These outdoor movies are free, but donations will be accepted.

Wards to mark 60th anniversary

June 8, 2010 MELBOURNE — Orbra and Evelyn Ward of Melbourne will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday.A drop-in fellowship will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the American Burger Center in Melbourne.The fellowship will be hosted by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.All friends and family are invited to attend.The couple requests no gifts.

Teachers explore writing development

June 8, 2010 JONESBORO — The Arkansas Delta Writing Project will begin its second Summer Writing Institute for Teachers on Wednesday. The four-week summer institute is being held at Arkansas State University in the Department of Teacher Education. The program concludes June 30.Fourteen teachers from locations as varied as Wynne, West Memphis and Jonesboro have devoted this portion of their summer vacation to study the latest research and development of effective writing and teaching practice.