Club to meet Thursday

May 24, 2010 The new Batesville Lions Club will meet June 3 at noon on the Lyon College campus in the Lyon Building Room 100. For more information contact Lion District 7-O Governor, Johnny Rye, Jr. at

Council to discuss streets

May 24, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will meet in special session at 7 tonight in the city hall, Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne said. “We’ll be discussing chip-sealing some of our streets,” Goyne said.

Summer feeding schedule announced

May 24, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School District will be serving breakfast and a snack during summer school, free to all students, June 1-18, said Elaine Nix, food service director. Breakfast will be served in the elementary cafeteria from 7-8 a.m. and at the high school from 8:45-9 a.m., with a snack provided at a later time. For more information call Nix at (870) 283-5394, extension 5 or at (870) 528-4227.

Pangburn girl, 9, dies in two-vehicle accident

May 24, 2010 PANGBURN — A 9-year-old Pangburn girl died as the result of a two-vehicle accident that occurred about 4:54 p.m. Friday on state Highway 16 south of Pangburn in White County, according to Arkansas State Trooper Terral Harsson’s written report. Three people were injured. Brittany Williams died when a 2003 GMC Sonoma headed north on Highway 16 crossed the center line and struck a 1998 Ford Escort traveling the opposite direction on the Escort’s driver’s side. The victim was a passenger in the Escort, which was being driven by 30-year-old Nickole Williams of Pangburn.

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.