Ozarka names Regional Scholars

April 8, 2010 Melbourne — Cave City High School seniors Megan Graddy and Rhiannon Johnson have been selected to receive a Regional Scholarship to attend Ozarka College next fall. Ozarka Regional Scholars are selected by each local high school based on scholarship criteria including academic record as well as leadership and community service. The scholarship covers tuition for up to four semesters as long as the recipients meet the criteria.

Salary schedules top agenda

April 8, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary Library to consider the 2010-11 certified and classified employee salary schedules, said Superintendent Steven Green.Resignations and classified contracts will also be discussed, as will a TAPS proposal for construction of a football grandstand. TAPS is an acronym for Texas-Arkansas Purchasing System, a consortium of popular vendors which helps institutions save money on items ranging from pencils and paper to classroom technology equipment to construction projects.

Council to hear reports

April 8, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to hear a fire department report, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.Other monthly departmental reports will also be heard.In addition, the aldermen will discuss the citywide spring cleanup, which is set for April 30 and May 1, and current bills will be reviewed.

Water board to hear reports

April 8, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to review March water and wastewater financial reports, as well as a system totals report, Manager John Richardson said.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson is also expected to give a legal report and Richardson will give a customer extension payouts report.A review of current bills completes the agenda.

Storms leave damage in Ark.

April 8, 2010 MARMADUKE (AP) — Severe thunderstorms have left some damage in parts of Arkansas.Authorities say two units at Smoot Mobile Home Sales were destroyed and a Subway restaurant was damaged when a storm moved through Marmaduke in northeast Arkansas Wednesday afternoon. There were no reports of injuries.

McGee Band headlines 2nd Friday walk

April 8, 2010 The monthly 2nd Friday Wander and Wonder Walk will include several activities Friday night. The Vikki McGee Band will perform from 7 to 9 at the Simply Southern Playhouse Music Theater at Main and Broad streets in downtown Batesville. This is the group’s first appearance at the theater.Vikki McGee leads the band and is the third generation musician in her family. She is a singer/songwriter and also plays the guitar. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Concessions are available for purchase.

Renaissance Days to kick off

April 8, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s sixth annual Renaissance Days start Friday with area high school competitions.This year’s theme is “Knowing Thy Place: Society During the Renaissance.” Area high schools will compete in the following Battle of Scholars (quiz bowl), Renaissance Costume Contest, scavenger hunt, and a tug o’ war contest. Other activities will include a swordfighting demonstration, Maypole, student skits, poems and stories. Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.

Jewelry recovered

April 8, 2010 An estimated $5,000 in stolen jewelry, as well as a stolen credit card, checkbook and Dell computer were recovered when police served a search warrant on a Batesville woman’s car Wednesday afternoon.Independence County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeff Sims said he and Detective Rob Leonard served the warrant on Tabitha Brashers while she was conducting business at Tractor Supply Company.“She was inside returning merchandise for cash,” Sims said. “It was stuff she had bought with a stolen credit card.”

Levee certification under way

April 8, 2010 The city of Batesville is looking at a $150,000 price tag to get its levee certified this year, but if it’s not done it will mean a huge insurance increase for properties near the levee.Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson said the city is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to keep a FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) projection.“This is the first time we’ve ever been required to certify the levee, and it’s not just us; anybody with a levee has to certify it.”

Tax eyed

April 8, 2010 MELBOURNE — They want a tax.That was the decision Monday night of the Izard County Quorum Court when justices of the peace met prior to the regular meeting Tuesday.According to Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley, the tax would be used for roads.Just how much that tax might be is still up for debate. JP Justin Sanders said the court has not agreed on how much that tax should be, but have discussed either a half-cent or quarter-cent tax.