Vital Link to offer CPR classes

July 30, 2010 Vital Link Ambulance Service in Batesville will be offering two types of CPR classes in coming weeks.On Aug. 12, a Healthcare Provider CPR class will be offered at a cost of $40.On Aug. 19, a Heartsaver and First Aid class will be offered at a fee of $25 which covers the cost of text book and CPR card.Both classes will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Alan Davis Conference Center at 1033 EMS Drive. For more information or to register, call (870) 793-3351.

Red Cross to give new car, $100 gas cards

July 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The American Red Cross will be giving away a $100 gas card each day Aug. 1-Sept. 15 as a way of thanking its donors.Anyone who presents to give blood at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center is automatically entered to win a $100 gasoline card. Winners and other updates will be available at addition, the American Red Cross and Red Cross Racing are giving away a 2011 Ford Fiesta. Donors can register online at for a chance to win and to see other great prize opportunities. The sweepstakes ends Nov. 1. 

Pageants announced

July 30, 2010 The White River Pageant Association will hold its pageants next week, according to Alicia Ritchie, one of the volunteers.The schedule is as follows: • 6 p.m. Monday — Baby Miss Batesville (birth-12 months); Tiny Mr. Batesville (birth-2 years); Tiny Miss Batesville (13 months-2 years); Little Miss Batesville (3-5 years); Little Mr. Batesville (3-5 years);• 6 p.m. Tuesday — Petite Miss Batesville (6-8 years); Young Miss Batesville (9-12 years);• 7:30 Friday — Teen Batesville and Miss Batesville

Registration opens for women veterans summit

July 30, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The first Women Veterans Summit will be Oct. 30 at the Pulaski Technical College Campus Center in North Little Rock.This free one-day summit is an opportunity for all women with military service to come together and obtain valuable information regarding earned entitlements and benefits available to them.

Veterans salute set at Sharp Co. Fair

July 30, 2010 ASH FLAT — A new event at the Sharp County Fair, which continues through Saturday, is a Salute to Veterans program, said fair board secretary Nancy Orr.The Salute to Veterans will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the entertainment pavilion.U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln will be the featured speaker.

Filings create school board races

July 30, 2010 Arkansas’ annual school board election is Sept. 21 and two races in Independence County and two in Sharp have formed, according to information from the county clerk’s offices. Fred H. Reinheardt will challenge incumbent George Latus for Position 6 on the Batesville School Board. Running uncontested for board member Ron Carter’s Position 5 seat is Scott Fredricks.At Midland, Maverick Barnett will be vying for incumbent Clint McCance’s seat. Re-filing for Position 4 is Connie Blevins.All are five-year terms.

Mayor’s job to become full-time

July 30, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Council on Tuesday changed the requirements for being mayor, turning the position into a full-time job, said Recorder-treasurer Kathy Wooldridge.Whoever becomes mayor next term must be available to work at least 40 hours a week, she said.The position is open for election, as Mayor Jerry McCall, who was appointed in March to replace the retiring Carl Johnson, has said he will serve only until the end of the year.The salary remains unchanged, at least at this time, at $21,495 per year.

Early voting begins Tuesday

July 30, 2010 Early voting for the city of Batesville Recreational/Community Center Sales and Use Tax and Bond Issuance special election starts Tuesday and will be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ends Aug. 9 at 4:30 p.m. There will be no Saturday or Sunday early voting hours.Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the following sites:• Batesville Ruddell Ward 1 and Moorefield Ward 1 — Independence County Extension Cooperative Service building• Batesville Ruddell Ward 2 — First Methodist Church Multipurpose Room

Burglars hit local business

July 30, 2010 As he was on his way to an out of town job, a Batesville business man said he drove by his company office on Boswell Street and saw several office items sitting on the curb.James Bruce Southard, employed by Sheehan Pipeline Company of Searcy, said he saw the items Monday morning as he was headed to Searcy to a job site.Southard told police that when he went to the office on Tuesday morning he discovered a gate chain had been cut to gain access to the property and noticed several office items damaged or missing.

Free hot dogs served Tuesday

July 30, 2010 CenterPoint Energy and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a community-wide National Night Out at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Batesville city hall. In addition to learning about how to combat crime and drugs, attendees can enjoy free hot dogs and drinks. The 27th annual crime/drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).National Night Out is designed to:• heighten crime and drug prevention awareness• generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs