Literacy council appoints overseer

March 12, 2010 The Literacy Council of Independence County has appointed Debbie Carter as its new administrator. Carter, a 1981 Batesville High graduate, is a 1995 graduate of Lyon College and holds a bachelor of science in business administration with double concentrations in management and marketing. She’s currently seeking a master’s degree in counseling.

Board to consider lease of 500 computers

March 12, 2010 The Batesville School Board will consider entering into a three-year agreement with White River Services to lease 500 student computers when it meets at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The board will also approve a list of students who have filed school choice forms to attend Batesville schools, hear district reports and a presentation from athletic trainer Keith Shireman.Meetings are open to the public. The center, formerly the Batesville Preschool, is located at 1900 Lyon St.

School bus accident leads to other driver’s arrest

March 12, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — A Jordan man was arrested for drunk driving after he hit a Norfork school bus around 4 p.m. Thursday, Baxter County Sheriff John F. Montgomery said in a news release.No injuries were reported.The sheriff’s office was notified of an accident involving a bus and another vehicle. The bus, driven by Geneva Sproles of Jordan, was northbound on Hopewell Hollow Road and met a 1960 Chevrolet pickup truck in a curve. The truck collided with the bus, which was also occupied by 10 students at the time.

C-Ridge slates board meeting

March 12, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet in the administration board room at 1502 North Hill St. in Newark for its March meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Agenda items include discussion of Educational Excellence trust funds, the New Life Children’s Home, an Entergy CitySmart program and hear about a financial report and bills.Meetings are open to the public.

City to clean cemetery

March 12, 2010 The city of Batesville will have its annual cleanup of Oaklawn Cemetery March 22-27.Anyone having plants, ornaments or any other items on the grave sites are asked to remove them for this time period. The city is not responsible for items not removed. Items may be replaced after the cleanup.For more information call City Hall at (870) 698-2400.

Shriners to honor deputy

March 12, 2010 The White River Shrine Club will meet Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville. The Dutch treat meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:30.The group will honor its Law Enforcement Officer of the Quarter, Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch.The meal and meeting are open to members and their guests, and potential members.

Hughes new director at U.S. Lime

March 12, 2010 Bill Hughes of Batesville has been elected the director of United States Lime and Minerals Inc. of Dallas, Texas following a Feb. 26 vote, according to a news release.Hughes retired from the NASDAQ-listed company in 2009 while serving as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Youth had drugs, knife at school

March 12, 2010 CAVE CITY — An 11th-grade boy who was arrested on the Cave City High School campus recently for possession of drugs was also carrying a knife at the time, the school board was told during a suspension hearing Monday.The 17-year-old student was suspended for one calendar year by unanimous vote of the board.Superintendent Steven Green told board president Dean Hastings that he had sent a certified letter to the student’s mother but she had not responded to indicate she would attend the hearing. Since she was not there, the hearing was held in open session.

Joan Jett to headline Portfest

March 12, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be the headline act on June 4 at the 29th annual Portfest “Rollin’ on the River” Festival. Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, Portfest is held on the banks of the White River at Jacksonport State Park, three miles north of Newport off Highway 69.

Farmers banking on Arkansas ‘clout’

March 12, 2010 Growing up on a family farm where his dad raised livestock and row crops, Eddie Wagoner learned firsthand how hard it is to farm for a living.Now that he’s married, he continues that tradition and as the father of two children he wants them to have that same farming background.