Water board to hear reports

June 3, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear a series of reports, according to an agenda for the meeting.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson will give a legal report, while manager John Richardson will give May water and wastewater financial reports and a monthly system totals report.Current water and wastewater bills will also be reviewed.

County library offers summer reading program

June 3, 2010 Children are encouraged to “Make A Splash — Read”  during this year’s summer reading program at the Independence County Library.Registration begins Monday. Children of all ages can register for the program, set a goal for how many books they plan to read during the eight-week program and use a log book to record the title of the books that are read. Parents and adults may read to preschoolers and everyone who completes the program will receive certificates and awards. The program ends July 31.

CC school purchases property

June 3, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board agreed last week to purchase property at 648 North Main St. from Dr. Earl Belcher for $25,000, giving another access to school property on the hill north of the high school buildings, Superintendent Steven Green said.The lot has a small stone building on it that was used years ago as a barber shop, Green said.“This gives us an access to the hill without having to go through the high school campus,” he said.The property, right across Highway 167 from the school, was offered at a good price. “We just couldn’t pass it up,” he said.

Grants awarded

June 3, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Junior High School has been awarded an Arkansas Space $5,000 outreach grant for “Taking the Science and Math Classroom Out of this World.”The funds allowed teacher Tina Foster to attend the 16th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference in Houston, providing her with new knowledge to bring back to her classroom and share with her colleagues, a news release states,

‘Papa Doc’ known for dedication, humor

June 3, 2010 Nina James Smart has known Bob Slaughter for 50 years, but it was a monkey bite that sticks out most in her many memories of one of Batesville’s long-practicing and perhaps most beloved doctors. “My son’s monkey pulled hair out of my head and bit my arm,” Smart recalled, so she went to Dr. Slaughter. “He tried not to laugh, but they all did (laugh). Papa Doc told me, ‘This will teach you to monkey around.’” Slaughter has treated Smart’s family for several generations now, from her oldest son, who is 61, to some of her grandchildren.

Sales tax, addresses discussed

June 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — Justices of the peace in Izard County discussed the need for a sales tax for road improvement during the road committee meeting before the regular meeting Tuesday night.Right now they plan to work out the kinks before deciding to put it to the voters later this year and talked about the feasibility of going for a general tax so the money could go into the general fund.

Student nets scholar award

June 2, 2010 JACKSON, Tenn. — Adam Hamaker, a 2010 graduate of Arkansas Baptist High School in Little Rock, has received a Provost Scholar Award at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.The award was part of the Scholars of Excellence competition at Union and is a full-tuition scholarship for four years. Hamaker will attend Union beginning in the fall as a pre-med student.At Arkansas Baptist High School, Hamaker lettered in baseball and football. He also received the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship.

Desha First Baptist awards scholarships to 6 S’side graduates

June 2, 2010 Desha First Baptist Church recently awarded scholarships to six high school graduates. The Desha Baptist Memorial/Honorarium scholarship is funded by donations made by individuals in memory or in honor of a person. All recipients are graduating from Southside High School. Each scholarship is for $800 to the college of their choice.Adam Martin is the son of David and Linda Martin. He will attend the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and major in criminal justice.

Police arrest local man armed with knife

June 2, 2010 Things became tense Friday morning when an Independence County Deputy went to a residence to serve a warrant and was met by a man armed with a knife.Deputy Wayne Green said he went to an apartment building on Heber Springs Road to serve a warrant on Jay R. Johnston around 10 a.m. and was met at the door by Johnston who was acting in a “wild frenzy.”“I announced who I was and advised him that he had an active warrant,” Green said.

FBI dubs man who robbed 21 banks ‘Granddad Bandit’

June 2, 2010 ST. LOUIS — A bald, heavyset man who has robbed 21 banks in the eastern and central U.S. is proving to be so elusive that the FBI has given him a name — the “Granddad Bandit” — and the agency announced plans Tuesday to post a digital picture of him on billboards in several states in hopes of catching him.The man, who is believed to be 50 to 60 years old, is suspected in 21 bank robberies in 12 states, the most recent on May 18 at a Regions Bank branch in St. Louis County, the FBI said.