Gardeners celebrate successful season

November 12, 2010 Friends of the White River Community Garden hosted a Year End Clean Up and Picnic for the gardeners and their families Nov. 6, according to a news release.“It was a nice way to end the first year of the garden,” states the release. “After cleaning the planting beds of plant debris, workers were served Chester’s (Chester Clark’s) grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, chips, deviled eggs, drinks and dessert.

O’Neal fired for using school equipment

November 12, 2010 When Richard O’Neal offered to move out of the Louise and Felix Gaston house in June so that the new Batesville school superintendent could move in, he thought he was doing a “good thing.”But on Thursday the district facilities manager told the Batesville School Board he’s realized it’s only gotten him into hot water for using school-owned equipment on personal property.

Warrant, illegal amount of drugs lands man in jail

November 11, 2010 EVENING SHADE — An outstanding warrant and drug possession landed a man in Sharp County jail with a $20,000 bond and a court date.Brian Harston, 36, was arrested following a traffic stop on Nov. 4 when Sharp County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Mitchell observed a pickup truck driven by Jimmy Warren, 52, cross the center line seven times on Hwy. 56.“I conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 56 and Highway 167,” Mitchell said in his report. “I made contact with the driver who I identified as Jimmy Warren.”

UACCB faculty, staff honors Qualls, Sinele

November 11, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has named Dr. Amy Qualls and Jennifer Sinele its 2010 Outstanding Faculty and Staff Members, respectively.Each year outstanding faculty and staff are recognized during the AATYC Fall Conference, according to a news release. This year’s event was held in Hot Springs. Qualls and Sinele were presented a plaque from Dr. Ed Franklin, executive director of the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges.Qualls is an English faculty member at UACCB.

Budget to be discussed

November 11, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall to discuss preliminary 2011 budget figures and hear monthly departmental reports, Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne said.The second reading of a water and sewer rate ordinance will also be read. The ordinance, if approved after three consecutive readings (one reading per month during a three-month period), will increase the flat rate for water by $1 per customer and the flat rate for sewer service by $1 per month.

Bedbugs to be discussed

November 11, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a free communitywide breakfast and seminar from 9-10 a.m. Friday at First Community Bank in the George Rider Community room. Waymon Long, owner of Eagle Pest Management, will present the program “Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!” about information on how to protect and detect the presence of bedbugs.

Meeting date changes

November 11, 2010 The Independence County Facilities Board meeting originally set for Tuesday has been rescheduled, according to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks.The meeting is now set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at 25 Gap Road in Batesville.The agenda will cover approval of final documents for White River Health System revenue bonds.

Courtroom packed for quorum court meeting

November 11, 2010 MELBOURNE — An update on EMS, an ordinance aimed at county officials, concerns with the library board, the ongoing topic of hazard mitigation, and Independence County joining the district fair were some of the topics covered when the Izard County Quorum Court met Tuesday night.Izard County Emergency Medical Services board secretary Wayne Lee briefed the court on the status of the EMS, saying some changes had taken place in the past few weeks. He said the original company had sold to another and that the county would have coverage until the end of the year.

‘Bravest of the brave’ Memorial recognizes soldiers

November 11, 2010 ASH FLAT — No one keeps track, since no registration book is there to sign, but the $320,000 American Veterans Memorial at Ash Flat draws numerous visitors every day, four veterans at the site agreed Wednesday.“Every time I’m out here, there’s someone here,” said Nelson Gatewood, a World War II veteran from Highland who is actively involved in several veterans organizations including the Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars.