Woman marks 4th year on board

November 12, 2010 Karen Crawford has completed her fourth year on the Family Violence Prevention board. As board member Crawford has the responsibility for setting the policies and overseeing financial data to optimize the operation of the organization to it can continue to be an asset to the community. Crawford is the chair of the board’s Buildings and Grounds Committee ensuring the shelter stays in great shape.She is a native of Batesville and received her GED from Gateway. She has two daughters, Airica Crawford and Jessie Crawford.

Toys for Tots under way

November 12, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Chamber of Commerce is seeking donations for its annual Toys for Tots, according to a news release.Area churches have provided the necessities, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc., but funds are still needed, chairman David Sugg said. “Not all donations need to be large, those who contribute even $10 — for many of us that’s the same as a pizza and Coke — can provide a little girl with a doll or a boy with a basketball.”For more information, call the chamber at (870) 297-4129.

Humane society encourages adoption of senior pets

November 12, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County is celebrating Adopt-a-Senior Pet for the month of November, and invites everyone to the shelter “to see if some of our senior residents may be the best friend you have been thinking about getting,” according to a news release. The shelter is offering half-price on its “senior” animals (those that are believed to be over 5 years old) and half-price on any age pet for all senior adopters (60 years old and up). “Senior pets have lots of love to give and are very appreciative of finding that special forever home.

Gardeners celebrate successful season

November 12, 2010 Friends of the White River Community Garden hosted a Year End Clean Up and Picnic for the gardeners and their families Nov. 6, according to a news release.“It was a nice way to end the first year of the garden,” states the release. “After cleaning the planting beds of plant debris, workers were served Chester’s (Chester Clark’s) grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, chips, deviled eggs, drinks and dessert.

O’Neal fired for using school equipment

November 12, 2010 When Richard O’Neal offered to move out of the Louise and Felix Gaston house in June so that the new Batesville school superintendent could move in, he thought he was doing a “good thing.”But on Thursday the district facilities manager told the Batesville School Board he’s realized it’s only gotten him into hot water for using school-owned equipment on personal property.

Warrant, illegal amount of drugs lands man in jail

November 11, 2010 EVENING SHADE — An outstanding warrant and drug possession landed a man in Sharp County jail with a $20,000 bond and a court date.Brian Harston, 36, was arrested following a traffic stop on Nov. 4 when Sharp County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Mitchell observed a pickup truck driven by Jimmy Warren, 52, cross the center line seven times on Hwy. 56.“I conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 56 and Highway 167,” Mitchell said in his report. “I made contact with the driver who I identified as Jimmy Warren.”

UACCB faculty, staff honors Qualls, Sinele

November 11, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has named Dr. Amy Qualls and Jennifer Sinele its 2010 Outstanding Faculty and Staff Members, respectively.Each year outstanding faculty and staff are recognized during the AATYC Fall Conference, according to a news release. This year’s event was held in Hot Springs. Qualls and Sinele were presented a plaque from Dr. Ed Franklin, executive director of the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges.Qualls is an English faculty member at UACCB.

Budget to be discussed

November 11, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall to discuss preliminary 2011 budget figures and hear monthly departmental reports, Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne said.The second reading of a water and sewer rate ordinance will also be read. The ordinance, if approved after three consecutive readings (one reading per month during a three-month period), will increase the flat rate for water by $1 per customer and the flat rate for sewer service by $1 per month.

Bedbugs to be discussed

November 11, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a free communitywide breakfast and seminar from 9-10 a.m. Friday at First Community Bank in the George Rider Community room. Waymon Long, owner of Eagle Pest Management, will present the program “Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!” about information on how to protect and detect the presence of bedbugs.

Meeting date changes

November 11, 2010 The Independence County Facilities Board meeting originally set for Tuesday has been rescheduled, according to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks.The meeting is now set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at 25 Gap Road in Batesville.The agenda will cover approval of final documents for White River Health System revenue bonds.