City endorses scenic byway

February 24, 2010 Local officials are hoping to get a set of three scenic drives designated as scenic byways.Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council passed a resolution endorsing the Ozark Scenic Byways initiative. The Ozark Gateway Tourism Council has established a trio built around a number of historic assets, including museums, downtown historic districts, state parks and numerous churches, schools, farms and historic homes.

FCCLA president visits

February 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — Melbourne High ninth-grader Cara Smith will spend the next year speaking to many crowds as the newly elected state president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.One of those opportunities came Monday night at the Melbourne School Board where she spoke about the high school organization and gave her song/speech presentation that helped her win the state seat earlier this year.

Council deals with traffic light issue

February 24, 2010 Drivers going down Batesville’s Main Street will still be required to stop at Fourth and Third streets, the city council decided Tuesday night.The only difference is that the city employees will remove the yellow and green light boxes from the signals, leaving only the red lights to flash, which means stop.

Missing man found

February 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — An elderly Cave City area man missing since Monday has been found, thanks to the help of a Jacksonville couple, said Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver.“The family of Billy S. Wilkerson reported him missing when he did not show up at the location he had been headed to,” Weaver said. “Mr. Wilkerson left his home at 8 a.m. on Wilkerson Way and was headed to Cave City. According to family members, he never arrived. Mr. Wilkerson has Parkinson’s and dementia.”Wilkerson also uses a walker to get around and is likely to fall without it, family members said.

Concord church to host benefit for Haiti

February 23, 2010 CONCORD — Concord Missionary Baptist Church will host a “Helping Hands for Haiti” relief benefit Saturday.A spaghetti supper will be served at 5 p.m.A free concert featuring Gary Rounds, Raymond Hughey, Gale Weaver and Kristi Wild will begin at 6.A silent auction and bake sale will also be included.Monetary donations may be dropped off between 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the church.Proceeds will go to the Hands and Feet project, which is a children’s ministry in Haiti that helps those in smaller towns get food and medical supplies.

Shoplifting report yields drug arrest

February 23, 2010 The alleged theft of baby items from the Newark Dollar General store has led to the filing of drug charges against a Rosie woman, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Sims said that on Feb. 4, Deputy Michael Calendar was dispatched to the Newark store where an employee said she saw 28-year-old Maline Lee Green conceal merchandise inside her coat.

Board approves incentive

February 23, 2010 NEWARK — Cord-Charlotte Elementary certified and classified employees will be receiving a few extra dollars thanks to the Arkansas School Recognition Program. The program awards qualifying schools cash incentives for achieving annual improvement performance standards as identified by the Arkansas Department of Education.The Cedar Ridge School District has received $3,557 to be distributed among certified and classified employees.

Local hotel wins hospitality award

February 23, 2010 The Comfort Suites Hotel of Batesville has been named as a recipient of the prestigious 2010 Platinum Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, according to a press release.“The Batesville Comfort Suites hotel’s commitment to excellence and outstanding guest services has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the best hotels among the Comfort Suites brand,” said Steve Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Comfort Suites.

Senate campaign team expands with addition of Lauren Heasley

February 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., today said her campaign staff continues to grow as dedicated men and women from around the state fill out important positions on her team.With the official filing period approaching, Lincoln said building a solid, hard-working campaign staff will be key to getting her message out to Arkansans before the November general election.

Lawmakers nix budget cut

February 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have rejected a hefty cut to Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s budget that would have laid off all but one of his staffers.The personnel subcommittee of the Joint Budget Committee today rejected the proposal to cut Halter’s budget by more than $230,000. The proposal by Democratic Rep. Keith Ingram would have reduced Halter’s budget from $366,695 a year to $129,580.Ingram also proposed cutting Halter’s full-time staff from four to one.