Sulphur Rock group talks to officials

April 1, 2011 SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock Ladies Community Club recently held a meet-and-greet at Spring Creek Manor Community Room in Sulphur Rock for officials.More than 20 people turned out and listened to County Judge Robert Griffin and Sheriff Steve Jeffery discuss some issues that confront Independence County currently and in the future.  Sulphur Rock Mayor Glenda Reding then opened the floor for questions and noted some issues that affect the city of Sulphur Rock.Reding said they appreciated Griffin and Jeffery meeting with the citizens.

Monster emerges – Curiosity seekers flock to Batesville hoping to see the White River creature*

April 1, 2011 IT’S REAL!!!!For years rumors have circulated about the legendary White River Monster and now it’s no longer a rumor.This morning, long before daylight, a worker at Lock and Dam 1 spotted something suspicious in the river.After getting a closer look the man, who has yet to be identified, “nearly fainted,” he said when he saw a larger-than-life configuration thrashing around in the water.Even in fear, he couldn’t take his eyes off it.The creature was described “as big as a boxcar” and “as wide as three automobiles.”

Reception to honor retiring safety director

March 31, 2011 Retiring Safety Director Sharon Taylor will be honored with a reception at 2 p.m. April 1 at city hall in Batesville.  Taylor has worked for the city since 1994.  The event is open to the public.

Contest winners announced

March 31, 2011 CALICO ROCK — The Izard County Historical & Genealogical Society has announced the 2011 Family History Essay Contest winners.Roger Harvell, president, recently presented checks to Calico Rock High School students Savannah Brown, first place; Savannah Skidmore, second place; and Morgan Lamb, third place.The genealogical society’s essay contest has been held for the past 13 years.

BHS student advances

March 31, 2011 Batesville High School student Kaitlyn Butler was awarded a gold medal for placing in the Job Interview category at a recent state Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America Star Events competition.She will compete in the national FCCLA Star Events in July at Anaheim, Calif, according to FCCLA sponsor Carolyn Hubbell.

Dancer earns gold

March 31, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — Southside High School student Danielle Kramer recently earned a gold medal for her ballet pointe dance “Break Away,” choreographed by Hannah Paulson, at the Nexstar Dance Competition in Little Rock. Kramer is the daughter of Tommy and Deborah Kramer and is a student of the North Arkansas Dance Theatre dance academy and member of its performing troupe.

Batesville native graduates from BU

March 31, 2011 BOSTON — Boston University awarded academic degrees to 1,550 students in January.Among the graduates was Sarah J. LaBauve, who received a master of arts in English. LaBauve is from Batesville. Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges.

Highland students win letter competition

March 31, 2011 HIGHLAND — Highland Middle School fifth-graders recently participated in a “Letters about Literature” state competition.The competition required students to write a letter to their favorite author on the topic: “How has an author’s work — novel, nonfiction, poetry — changed your view of the world or yourself?”Arkansas students submitted 1,450 letters during the 2010-11 competition in December and 136 were selected as finalists to compete in the state round of the competition.

BHS to present ‘Camelot’

March 31, 2011 The Batesville High School drama department will present its spring musical production of “Camelot.”  Performances will be held at 7 p.m. April 8-9 and 2 p.m. April 11 at the old middle school auditorium. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.The play, based on the T.H. White book, “The Once and Future King,” is about the legendary King Arthur and his kingdom of Camelot,The Batesville production is directed by Amanda Pickett with musical direction by Ceil Smith and choreography by Shani Kramer. 

Rabid skunks cause quarantine

March 31, 2011 GREENWOOD (AP) — The mayor of a western Arkansas town says his community is being quarantined after six cases of rabies in skunks were confirmed there.Greenwood Mayor Dale Gabbard said Wednesday that his office has notified schools, veterinary offices and the media about the quarantine. Gabbard says a notice of the quarantine also has been placed on the marquee in the town square.Six skunks have tested positive for rabies and a seventh is being examined. Veterinarian Dr. Matthew Singer says the cases have been concentrated in Greenwood.