Melbourne staff gets raise

August 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — Teachers and staff at the Melbourne School District will be seeing a little extra money on their paychecks and in their bank accounts this year. The Melbourne School Board on Monday voted to give classified and certified staff an across-the-board 1.5 percent increase on their salaries. For certified staff, which includes those who hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees, that amounts to an extra $500 based on the district’s salary schedule.

WRMC among ‘Most Wired’

August 25, 2010 White River Medical Center is wired.The hospital earned the distinction of being among the most technologically-advanced hospitals in the country by being recognized as one of the nation’s 25 Most Wired-Small and Rural hospitals by the American Hospital Association, according to a news release.

Races develop – Newark, S-Rock, others face mayoral challenges

August 25, 2010 Forty-eight independent candidates filed in Independence County for municipal offices before Tuesday’s filing deadline, creating a four-way race for mayor in Newark and a two-way mayoral race in Sulphur Rock.Seventy-three filed in Sharp County, creating a three-way race for Ash Flat mayor and two-way races for mayor in Cave City, Evening Shade, Hardy, Highland and Williford. Cherokee Village also has a two-way race for the recorder-treasurer’s position.

DJPC opens on Lawrence

August 24, 2010 Batesville area computer owners now have a new service center when they need repairs, upgrades, or want to network their existing units.DJPC, owned and operated by Frank Narramore, is now open at 650 Lawrence St. in the same building with S & R Video and Pawn.“We service laptop and desktop computers, as well as build custom units to fit our customer’s needs,” Narramore said recently while installing new software on a customer’s upgraded computer.

Hospital, lot may be sold

August 24, 2010 MURFREESBORO (AP) — Pike County Memorial Hospital sits empty, much as it has for most of the past year.County Judge Donald Baker hopes the low-slung brick building won’t be empty much longer.Pike County is moving forward with plans to sell the hospital and its 2.5-acre lot to Louisville, Ky.-based New Directions Health Solutions LLC. The sale, which Baker said should be finalized on Sept. 1, will be a relief to the judge.“I’ve got my fingers crossed,” Baker said. “I don’t know anything about running a hospital, and I don’t want to.”

Boone County wet-dry issue OK’d for ballot

August 24, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — The Boone County clerk says voters will get a chance in the Nov. 2 general election to decide if the sale of alcoholic beverages should be legal in the county.County Clerk Crystal Graddy on Friday certified that petitions turned in by Jeff Crockett, seeking a wet-dry election in the now-dry county, contained enough valid signatures to put the question on the ballot.

Two arrested in alcohol related driving incidents

August 24, 2010 It was almost like a scene out of Grand Theft Auto’s Drunk Driving Game Play.Sheila Diane Williams was running over street curbs, turned into a parking lot and ran over another street curb before finally coming to a stop.Independence County Deputy Michael Moody said it was just after midnight Saturday morning when he saw Williams run over two curbs, went to make a traffic stop and watched her turn into the parking lot of a local business and hit a third curb.

Man gives up dope, paraphernalia to cop

August 24, 2010 Starting his Monday with a trip to the scrap yard to make a little money ended up costing Riley Qualls a lot of money and a trip to jail, according to a police report.Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was running radar at Highland and 22nd streets around 8:30 a.m. when a GMC Sonoma pickup drove by with a 2008 expiration date on the license plate.

Hannahs to perform Saturday

August 24, 2010 CONCORD — The Hannahs of Kensett will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, located on Highway 87 South in Concord.Donations will be taken.Snacks and fellowship will follow the performance.The event is open to the public.

Radio club meeting set

August 24, 2010 The Batesville Area Radio Club will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room at First Community Bank, located at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets.The meeting is open to all ham radio enthusiasts.For more information visit