Just Chillin’ profits to benefit students

February 25, 2011 Just Chillin’ Frozen Yogurt shop in Batesville will host a fundraiser for West Magnet Elementary fifth-graders from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.The frozen yogurt shop at 3000 Jennings Lane (off Harrison Street next to Asian Grill) in Pioneer Plaza will donate 25 percent of all its profits to help fifth-graders at West Magnet Elementary travel to Kansas City, Mo.The class has been holding fundraisers all year and money not used for this trip will be used for next year’s trip, helping students who otherwise may not be able to afford it.

Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is ‘best kept secret’

February 25, 2011 The Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 500 National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) spread across the U.S. Though there are many, refuges have a reputation as America’s best kept secret.“I think the biggest misunderstood concept is that they even exist,” said Bernie Petersen, project leader of the South Arkansas Refuge Complex, which includes the Felsenthal, Pond Creek, and Overflow National Wildlife Refuges. “People know all about National Parks but don’t seem to grasp the understanding that we also have a National Wildlife Refuge System.”

Ozarka celebrates Maslenitsa, part of Russian culture

February 25, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozarka College, in conjunction with the Arkansas Craft School, held an event Feb. 15 for students in an Introduction to Russian Culture course offered this semester at Ozarka in Mountain View. This event, a Maslenitsa celebration, provided students an opportunity to experience a variety of foods and cultural activities associated with the Russian festival preceding the time of fasting that leads up to Easter. Maslenitsa in Russia is similar in comparison to what most Americans recognize as Mardi Gras.

Concord district to apply for additional stimulus funds

February 25, 2011 CONCORD — The Concord School Board agreed Monday to apply for stimulus funds that may be available to pay the interest on bonds that will soon be sold to finance construction of a new cafeteria, Superintendent Dr. Mike Davidson said.The funds are to help stimulate jobs in the school construction industry and it is not yet certain whether Concord is qualified under the requirements.The district has already been approved to sell $615,000 in second lien bonds for the project, Davidson said.

Sex offender arrested

February 25, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A Hardy man was arrested Wednesday for failure to register as a sex offender, Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson said.David Bohall, 54, had been living in the Ravenden area back in 2004 and a warrant was issued for him in 2005 after he had not come in and registered for over a year and after a check showed that he had not registered anywhere else.Bohall, a level 2 sex offender, had moved into Sharp County and had lived there for some time, Dotson said.

Gov’t truck stolen from research station

February 25, 2011 When an out-of-town employee with the University of Arkansas Livestock and Forestry Research Station parked his truck under a tree Wednesday morning at 70 Experiment Station Drive in Batesville, he returned that evening to find it missing. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Stephens met with Don Hubbell who works at the forestry station near Bethesda about the stolen government vehicle belonging to Paul Beck, who works for UofA’s livestock and forestry station at Hope.

Elementary leaders, staff to be commended at meeting

February 25, 2011 CAVE CITY — Elementary school leaders and staff members at Cave City School will be commended during Monday’s regular school board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the middle school library, said Superintendent Steven Green.The elementary school was named earlier this week as a 2010 National Center for Educational Achievement and ACT, Inc. Higher Performing School. ACT is a nationally known non-profit testing organization.

Fire destroys outbuilding

February 25, 2011 CAVE CITY — Fourteen firefighters responded to a Wednesday evening fire that destroyed a shop building and its contents at 209 Flat Rock Road, just west of Cave City, according to a fire call summary written by Cave City Fire Chief Ronny Milligan.The contents reportedly included a motorcycle.The fire was reported at 5:54 p.m. and the first fire trucks arrived at the scene at 5:57, with firefighters finding the 10- by 16-foot building fully engulfed in flames with heavy smoke, according to Milligan’s report.A booster tank truck was used to extinguish the fire.

Batesville welcomes Game and Fish director

February 25, 2011 In spite of heavy torrential rains that flooded many low-lying areas across the county, an enthusiastic crowd turned out at Josie’s Lockhouse Restaurant Thursday night to welcome Batesville native Loren “Gib” Hitchcock who was recently appointed director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Rain causes flooding

February 25, 2011 Flash flooding reduced many roads and yards to lakes and pools as severe storms raced across a stretch of the state on Thursday, dumping more than 3.6 inches of rain in Batesville alone, according to the National Weather Service.Lyndal Waits, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department district engineer, said this morning the biggest problem in District 5 which includes Independence County was the gravel and debris that washed onto county roads and parking lots.