Red Cross assists apartment residents

January 6, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The American Red Cross is providing disaster relief and care to 16 residents of apartments at 6255 St. Louis St., Batesville. Fire engulfed five units Monday destroying everything, leaving only the outside walls of the building.  “This is the worst fire I’ve seen in more than six years,” said American Red Cross North Central Chapter Executive Director Wayne Denson.  “The Red Cross is providing emergency food and clothing for residents.  We are pleased that the landlord has made living arrangements for all of the families.” 

Benefit account established

January 6, 2010 A benefit account has been set up for Toby and Kimberly Clay of Batesville, whose home burned Sunday.Donations may be made at any First Community Bank branch, according to family friend, Rachel Fisher.

Man’s death ruled suicide

January 6, 2010 The New Year’s Eve death of a Charlotte area man has been ruled as suicide, according to local authorities.Independence County Deputy Gary Franks said around 4:45 p.m. Dec. 31, relatives found Elden Ray Brewer, 63, dead in his bedroom from a self-inflicted wound.Bobby Ackerman told Franks that after a relative couldn’t raise Brewer by phone, he went to Brewer’s home and found him face down on a bed.

Iowa superintendent visits board

January 6, 2010 The Batesville School Board briefly met Monday night to hear a presentation by Dr. Gary Norris, superintendent at Waterloo Community Schools in Iowa. Batesville Superintendent Ted Hall said Norris, who has worked with the school before, discussed ways in which his school, Waterloo Community Schools, has been successful in implementing 21st century teaching strategies and how Batesville could do the same. Norris will help Batesville come up with a plan about how improved strategies can be met, Hall said.

City hall to open late

January 6, 2010 The city of Batesville will not open city hall on Thursday until 1 p.m. due to a computer software upgrade.The drive-through night deposit box will still be available for customers to make payments.All other city offices will operate as usual, according to City Clerk Denise Johnston.

Sexual harassment workshop set

January 6, 2010 A free workshop entitled “Sexual Harassment and the Three Second Rule” will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at First Community Bank in Batesville with Carol Baker Dawson, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and diversity trainer and consultant. Sexual harassment complaints are on the rise across the U.S., according to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, adding that employers are consistently found guilty in the courts when managers and employees who harass or discriminate against employees have not been provided adequate EEO-related training.

Master Gardener deadline nears

January 6, 2010 Monday is the deadline for signing up for Master Gardener classes sponsored this year by area counties’ Master Gardeners programs and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension service, publicist Susan Shawver said.The basic horticulture training classes will be conducted over a period of five Thursdays, beginning Feb. 4 and continuing into March at locations in four counties.

Meeting postponed

January 6, 2010 The Independence County Republican Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday has been postponed due to the chance of inclement weather.The committee will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 in the small meeting room at Western Sizzlin for a Dutch-treat meal. The meeting will follow at 7.

Colleges experience growth, changes

January 6, 2010 There was some administrative upheaval for local colleges in 2009, with Lyon and Ozarka both hiring new presidents. There were also record enrollments and controversy last year.Here is a look back at some of the top news at the secondary education level:Lyon College

Downtown walk to be held Friday

January 6, 2010 The 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk continues this week, but due to the weather forecast, a concert scheduled at the Simply Southern Playhouse Music Theater has been rescheduled for a later date.However, other activities are as follows:• The Batesville Area Arts Council gallery will be open featuring work by local artists. • Other downtown businesses will also be open late with after-Christmas bargains. • David Grimes will perform at 5:30 p.m. at Elizabeth’s Restaurant on Main Street.