IEDC to meet

June 22, 2010 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Chamber of Commerce office.

Council to hear zoning code ordinance

June 22, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall to consider an ordinance to amend the Batesville zoning codes.The agenda also includes consideration of a tax-back resolution for Zila Corporation as well as resolutions to apply for a grant for streetscape improvements in the Historic Commercial District and renovations to the Miller gymnasium. All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

BACC, UACCB co-sponsor grant workshop

June 22, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville are co-sponsoring a grant writing workshop on July 16 at the UACCB campus.Federal and state grant money is now available for projects with an emphasis in renewable energy, restoration and projects that include development and training, according to a news release.To help grant writers apply for these funds, this workshop will focus on methods of identifying grants that fit an organization’s mission, grant structure and appropriate language.

New Direction to perform

June 22, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center will feature the New Direction band at 7 p.m. on Saturday.“Come out and enjoy your country/gospel favorites, and don’t forget to bring a friend,” a news release states. Seating is limited and admission is free. The William Carl Garner Visitor Center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the Greers Ferry Dam on Highway 25.  The center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 

Times Square car bomber details chilling plot

June 22, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — Admitted terrorist Faisal Shahzad was so eager to tell how he plotted to kill Americans in Times Square, he went to court with a prepared statement.U.S. District Judge Miriam Cedarbaum refused to hear him read it Monday, instead challenging the Pakistan-born American citizen to just say “what happened.”

Work begins on Harrison

June 22, 2010 Workers will begin at 5 a.m. Wednesday on the Harrison Street project that will cause delays for those traveling that stretch of highway.Mark Lamberth with Atlas Asphalt said drivers could expect delays on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week, as well as Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next.In addition, he said, side streets will be blocked off on the north side so that drivers cannot drive across the newly matted areas.First and foremost, Lamberth said, will be the safety of the work crew and drivers while the final process is taking place.

Two hired

June 22, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville recently hired two new employees.Blake Cannon has been hired as the director of institutional research and Cheryle Gunther has been hired as the fiscal support specialist.

Counties get money for court security

June 22, 2010 New doors with limited access and additional cameras are planned to help aid with security measures in the district courtroom in Independence County.Director of Court Security and Emergency Preparedness Pete Hollingsworth will present officials with a $15,000 check.Court Security Officer Warren Wade said three new doors are planned for the main courthouse area and District Judge Chaney Taylor’s office. In addition to the four cameras the county has installed, six more will be added, he said.

Brightwell: Outstanding Alumnus

June 21, 2010 MELBOURNE — David Brightwell is now putting his education to work back in his hometown community in Izard County.After completing an associate’s degree in 2002 at Ozarka College in his hometown of Melbourne, transferring to the University of Central Arkansas and obtaining a bachelor of science in medical sociology, Brightwell graduated in July 2009 with a master of science in physician assistant studies from Harding University.

ASMSA names honor students Independence County among those

June 21, 2010 HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has announced its honor’s list for the fourth nine-weeks.Area students on the general honor roll include:Independence County — 11th grade, Scott Michael Glover; Baxter County — 12th grade, Austen Judy Catlin and Stephen Andrew Shrum; Fulton County — 11th grade, Natasha Kaur Sra; andWhite County — 11th grade, Jefferson Parker Bain, Vlad Dumitru Gamalie and Christopher Michael Jefferson Loan.