Ballot positions to be drawn

July 27, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the courthouse to draw for ballot positions in the upcoming school board elections. Batesville and Midland both have contested races.School elections are Sept. 21.

Gould joins Ozarka fitness center staff

July 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — Stephen Gould began his new position as Paul Miller Fitness Center Coordinator at Ozarka College the first of July. Gould received a physical education degree from Williams Baptist College and is currently working on a master’s degree through Arkansas State University. He has been coaching and teaching on the high school level for 15 years. Most recently he coached basketball and taught science at the Cedar Ridge school district in his hometown of Newark.

ICEDC schedules meeting

July 27, 2010 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, announced Ed Mabry, executive director.

Cedar Ridge settles high water bills

July 27, 2010 NEWARK — An old water meter, location and an inaccurate reading could be to blame for a significant increase in the June and July water bills at Newark Elementary.On July 20, city of Newark employees Joanne Langston, Adam Owens and Mayor Randy Hendrix met with the Cedar Ridge School Board during its regular meeting to explain the circumstances that resulted in such significant increases.

Melbourne man faces drug charges

July 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — Steven D. Hood Jr., 23, of Melbourne was formally charged this week with multiple felony drug offenses, said Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Hood was charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a class C felony; possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, also a class C felony; and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony. Lawrence said the charges stem from a July 17 traffic stop in which Hood was a passenger.Hood posted bond in the amount of $10,000 and is scheduled to appear in Izard County Circuit Court.

Fossil cephalopods to be topic

July 27, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Dr. Walter Manger will discuss fossil cephalopods from the southern Ozark region when he speaks at the Aug. 5 Spring River Gem and Mineral Club meeting, said Paul Grindol, president. The club meets from 10 a.m. until noon in Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. The program is free and open to guests.

White River’s Got Talent finalists announced

July 27, 2010 Talent from across the region filled Independence Hall for the second annual White River’s Got Talent auditions, according to a news release.After much consideration, the 10 finalists in both the youth and adult divisions have been selected and officially notified that they have earned their tickets to advance to the finals on Aug. 6 at Riverside Park.The top 10 acts in no certain order for the youth division are:• Anna Heidelberg, mandolin instrumental; • Sydney Stubbs, singing; • Tahya Taffar, singing and dancing;

Woman reported missing after fire

July 27, 2010 CALICO ROCK — Izard County authorities were searching this morning for a woman reported missing after her home burned over the weekend.The residence of Mary Dickey, 67, of 6651 Gorby Road burned Sunday. The fire was called in at 6:20 p.m. by a neighbor who saw smoke. By the time Calico Rock and Pineville fire departments arrived at the scene, the home was a total loss, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.

Green Party nominates candidates in Arkansas

July 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Green Party of Arkansas has chosen its nominees for various offices in the November elections.Party members met Saturday and selected former state Rep. Jim Lendall of Mabelvale as the nominee for governor. Greenland Mayor John Gray is the party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate.Congressional nominees are Ken Adler of Batesville in the 1st District, Lewis Kennedy of Conway in the 2nd District and Joshua Drake of Hot Springs for the 4th District.

Continued moratorium sought on colleges

July 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas higher education officials want to extend a moratorium on new college and university campuses in the state.Department of Higher Education administrators will ask the Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday to extend an existing 10-year moratorium for 10 more years, saying more campuses would dilute available state funding for higher education.The 11 existing four-year public universities and 22 two-year public colleges competed for their share of about $800 million in state appropriations for the fiscal year that started July 1.