Hot Springs weighs proposed sports complex

February 1, 2011 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A consultant has told Hot Springs’ tourism board that a regional sports complex would be booked as much as about 15 times a year, which could make it worth the cost to build the center.The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record reports that Pros Consulting of Dallas looked into whether the sports complex could sustain itself. Damon R. Cobb of the firm told tourism officials Monday that a tournament-quality facility would be a draw but that an ordinary complex would not.

More dead fish found in Arkansas River

February 1, 2011 OZARK (AP) — A state Game and Fish Commission official says more dead drum fish — but far fewer than the number reported in a previous fish kill — have been found in the Arkansas River near the lock and dam at Ozark, in the same area where thousands of dead fish were found a month earlier.A news release Monday from the wildlife agency said a fish kill spotted Friday involved only about 500 fish, compared with 83,000 in a fish kill reported Dec. 29.

Public meetings postponed due to impending weather

February 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Due to the forecast of impending inclement weather, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has postponed tonight’s public input meetings, said panel spokesman Keith Stephens.The meetings have been rescheduled for Feb. 8, Stephens said.Locations of the meetings are being confirmed and will be announced as soon as they are definite.The meetings are part of the commission’s annual hunting regulations process, giving hunters the opportunity to make comments and proposals for the 2011-12 hunting seasons.

Arts council gearing up for Souper Bowl

February 1, 2011 For over a decade football and soup fans have enjoyed a variety of homemade soups in what has become a popular fundraising event for the Batesville Area Arts Council known as Souper Bowl Saturday.Held on the same day as the football Super Bowl, the idea behind the fundraiser is that game fans can pick up a quart of soup Saturday morning before the game and not have to cook and miss any football action. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Main Street.

No AARP tax help

February 1, 2011 The local AARP’s annual tax site will not be open this year due to lack of personnel, announced Celeste Whipple, lead coordinator for Batesville.

Smith named to Chancellor’s List

February 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced that Nicole Smith of Batesville has made the Chancellor’s List for the fall 2010 semester.Smith is the daughter of Nathan and Lynnette Smith of Batesville. She is a 2007 graduate of Batesville High School.  To qualify for the Chancellor’s List students must be enrolled in at least nine credit hours and maintain at least a 3.9 grade point average for the semester.

McLoy honored for grades

February 1, 2011 POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Abigail McLoy, daughter of Mary Moore of Floral, was named to the College of the Ozarks fall 2010 Dean’s List.McLoy is a 2008 Southside High School graduate.To qualify for the Dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.6 minimum grade point average during the semester and carry at least 15 credit hours.

Pham makes list

February 1, 2011 ATLANTA — Candis Pham of Batesville made the Dean’s List for fall semester 2010 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Undergraduate students earning a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester gain the distinction of being named to the Dean’s List at Georgia Tech.

Cops recover property from multiple thefts

February 1, 2011 MELBOURNE — Two arrests have been made and some property has been recovered during an investigation by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department involving multiple thefts.John Edward Rone, 23, of Melbourne was arrested Jan. 18 in connection with thefts from the farm of John and Linda House of West Road, Mount Pleasant; and the Conway Miller farm near Sage.Rone was charged with breaking or entering, a class D felony; theft of scrap metal and theft by receiving, both class C felonies; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Citizens launch efforts for Bethesda boat ramp

February 1, 2011 BETHESDA — It was standing room only Friday night as citizens from the Bethesda area met in the fire station to hear District 71 Rep. Tommy Wren and Ken Shirley with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission discuss the possibility of a public boat ramp being built on the nearby White River.Credited with launching the effort for the ramp, Wren said he was following through on a promise to look into the matter after numerous local residents asked for his support during his 2010 campaign. “I’ve been lobbying for this for about three months,” Wren told the crowd.