Barnes named agency director

December 22, 2010 Progressive Home Health Care, an Amedisys company, has announced that Dr. Seth Barnes will serve as medical director for the agency.As medical director, Barnes will provide general oversight to the agency and will serve as an adviser on matters of agency operations, clinical practices, business development, specialty programs and various other services.

Southside eyes what to do with old elementary

December 22, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — What will become of the old Southside Elementary building?That was one topic of discussion at the Southside School Board’s monthly meeting on Dec. 13.The district is seeking the public’s opinion about what should be done with the old campus and building and while there are a “multitude of options, right now we are gathering information,” Superintendent Roger Rich said.

Guard closed Friday

December 22, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will not publish Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday. Publication will resume Monday.

Strawberry boil order lifted

December 22, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Effectively immediately, the Arkansas Department of Health has released the Strawberry Water System from the Dec. 17 boil order that was in place, according to a press release from the water system’s office.“Water samples taken have been tested and reported as “safe,” the release states.

Flippin band director arrested

December 22, 2010 FLIPPIN (AP) — Longtime Flippin High School band director Joe Morris has resigned after being arrested on allegations of sexual assault of a 16-year-old student.Morris, 56, was arrested Monday and later released on $10,000 bond. Flippin Superintendent Dale Query said Morris resigned Tuesday. Query said Morris had been band director at the school for 16 years.Morris’ attorney, Sam Pasthings, said Morris will plead innocent to a charge of second-degree sexual assault.

City won’t pick up trash Friday

December 22, 2010 The city of Batesville has announced that the trash pickup schedule for this week and next week will be the same. Thursday and Friday’s trash will be picked up on Thursday of each week, and residents are encouraged to put it out the night before because city crews will be starting early on Thursday, according to a news release.City hall will be closed Thursday and Friday both this week and next for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Club makes Christmas donation

December 22, 2010 The White River Country Club recently donated $1,000 to Health Resources of Arkansas’ youth center to help make Christmas a little brighter for children who live there.The money will be used to purchase gifts for the 14 teenagers who currently reside at the center, which provides a home-like atmosphere for children ages 13-17 who are placed there for a variety of reasons that include court orders, delinquent acts and non-compliance with rules. “Some are there because they have no place to go,” HRA director Brett Farris said.

Election panel eyes redistricting

December 22, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Jan. 5 at the county courthouse in Batesville to discuss upcoming deadlines and to prepare for redistricting.

Church service, communion set

December 22, 2010 Central Avenue United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service at 6 p.m. Friday.The church is located at 1205 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.The event is open to the public.

Sheriff gets to keep revolver

December 22, 2010 ASH FLAT — It was time for “so longs” and “thanks” Monday during the Sharp County Quorum Court’s last meeting of the year.The court approved an ordinance awarding Sheriff Dale Weaver his revolver for his years of service, and plaques of appreciation to outgoing justices of the peace Bartus Allen of Williford, Dennis Burton of Ash Flat and Arnold Kunkel of Evening Shade, reported County Judge Larry Brown.Weaver is retiring after almost 30 years in law enforcement, the last eight years as sheriff. He will be replaced Jan. 1 by Sheriff-elect Mark Counts of Cave City.