Retired teachers plan breakfast

December 10, 2010 The Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at Elizabeth’s Restaurant in downtown Batesville for the annual Christmas breakfast buffet.The meeting will include a musical performance and singalong and is open to all retired school personnel.

AARP to install officers

December 10, 2010 The Batesville chapter AARP will meet Tuesday to install new officers. Ashleigh Rogers will perform, followed by a sing-along. The chapter meets at noon on the second Tuesday of each month at Western Sizzlin, 1375 N. St. Louis St.A Dutch treat lunch starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call (870) 266-3661. The meeting and meal are open to visitors.

Southside board to meet

December 10, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the high school cafeteria. Agenda items include presentation of Jobs for Arkansas Graduates students and their trip to Washington, D.C., discussion of the future of the old rock elementary building and employee resignations. Meetings are open to the public.

BHS, BJHS schedule concerts

December 10, 2010 The choral department of the Batesville junior and senior high schools will present their winter concerts at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Lyon College’s Brown Chapel. The senior high concert will be Monday followed by the junior high performance on Tuesday. The concerts will feature sacred and secular music and traditional Christmas carols.Admission is free.

USGS records 53 quakes in week

December 10, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says 53 earthquakes have been recorded in northern Faulkner County in just one week.The Log Cabin Democrat newspaper at Conway reported Thursday that the earthquakes, all of them small, were recorded as occurring in the vicinity of Guy in the northern part of the county from Dec. 3 through Wednesday, with 25 quakes recorded on Sunday.The largest of the quakes had a magnitude of 2.6. Researchers say quakes of 2.5 to 3.0 magnitude are typically the smallest felt by humans.There were no reports of injuries or structural damage.

Concord may refinance bonds

December 10, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center to consider taking a second lien on some existing bonds to help finance construction of a new cafeteria, said Superintendent Dr. Mike Davidson.The board met in special session last Monday to review options for raising the $750,000 needed. No vote was taken during that meeting.Refinancing of the existing bonds, if that option is chosen, would raise an estimated $640,000 to $650,000 to be put with $170,102 the state is contributing to the project.

Toy to a ‘T’

December 10, 2010 Toy Siler felt a moment of panic when 4-H Teen Leader Leigh Ann Bridgers began reading the wrong script at the recent awards banquet. Had Leigh Ann somehow gotten last year’s script? What happened to this year’s? Should she stand up and stop the presentation? Siler was so caught up in trying to figure out where the program had gone wrong that she almost missed the name being read at the end of the script — it was hers.Siler, the 4-H program assistant for the Independence County Extension office, was the recipient of the 2010 Spirit Award.

Village is made of wood, friendship

December 10, 2010 NEWARK — When Eddie and Veradine Ligon first married nearly 40 years ago, Eddie was the type of guy who waited until 10 o’clock at night on Christmas Eve to buy gifts. Times have changed, and now perhaps no one in Newark has the Christmas spirit more than Eddie, who won the chamber of commerce’s 2010 decorating contest with his extravagant light display. The Ligons live at 690 College St., just off Sixth Street.He’s done a major turnabout from the guy who’d run out at the last minute to the farmer’s market and buy $100 in fruits and nuts.

Hydro heads to court: Committee will ask county to take over

December 10, 2010 It took the Independence County Hydroelectric Committee just 15 minutes Thursday night to review, discuss and vote on whether the county should take over the troubled White River Hydroelectric project.“Tonight’s meeting is a prelude to Monday night’s meeting of the full quorum court and is to look at the possibility of the county taking over operation of the hydro project, should the city of Clarksville discontinue buying power from us,” chairman Waymon Long said as he opened the meeting.

Polluted?

December 10, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — Bluebird Sand LLC has no discharge permit, but it apparently released water and sludge from its frac sand mining last week, prompting a state investigation.“The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is investigating a release of water and sludge from Bluebird Sand LLC,” ADEQ spokeswoman Cecillei Pond-Mayo said Tuesday. Bluebird Sand is located about 1 1/2 miles outside of Mount Pleasant, where residents are voicing their anger and concerns about the company, which mines and processes silica sand, a vital component to oil and natural gas recovery.