Reports top council agenda

July 12, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council’s regular monthly business meeting will begin at 7 tonight in the city hall, Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne said.Items on the agenda include monthly departmental reports and a review of current bills.

Seats available for workshop

July 12, 2010 Seats are still available for a grant writing workshop scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences Building, room 301 on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus.Attendees from local business and industry, Zila, Townsends, and White River Health System Foundation will join the Community School, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and other non-profits to learn how to approach grant writing. The training will feature such topics as how to write the proposal, how to develop a budget and what words and phrases to use.

Tidwell, Carpenter sentenced

July 12, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Killing a 19-year-old Stone County man has netted all three men charged a total of 170 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.In June, Mark Clifford Blackford, of Mountain View entered into a plea agreement in Cleburne County Circuit Court charging in the murder and aggravated robbery of 19-year-old Kagen Futrell. He was given a 50-year sentence.Last week, two others entered pleas.

District accepts $380,352 bid for concession stand

July 12, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board recently accepted the lowest of two bids, $380,352, from Precision Plus Construction of Horseshoe Bend to build a concession building at the new football complex, said Superintendent Steven Green.The other bid was $384,000 from G.A.G. of Cabot.Green said he expects construction to start soon, but the nearby high school gym concession stand will have to serve during all or most of the upcoming football season.“We’re fortunate that the gym is close there,” he said.

Cave City School to refinance bonds

July 12, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board agreed earlier this month to refinance $5.675 million in bonds in an attempt to save almost $200,000 over the life of the bond issue, Superintendent Steven Green reported.Scott Beardsley of First Security Beardsley Public Finance will arrange the refinancing and handle the paperwork.The district’s millage rate will remain unchanged, as will the expiration date of the original bonds (Feb. 1, 2028).The bonds, in an original amount of $6,125,000, were sold at an interest rate of 4.21 percent in 2004 to build and equip the new high school.

Child care opens on campus

July 12, 2010 While 100 elementary students arrived for Kids College and the cacophony of hammers swinging rang out at the new nursing building, Jake Wilson was quietly tucked away in the far northeast corner of the UACCB campus.The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville officially opened its new day care this morning, with Wilson as the first — and today, the only — child.

Grant sought

July 12, 2010 After two policemen were gunned down on an interstate traffic stop and two others were wounded during a shootout with two men in a West Memphis Walmart parking lot in mid-May, Independence County is looking at a grant that will arm its officers with rifles.“It’s in direct response to that and other shooting events where police have either been killed or wounded, that our office is applying for a federal grant to purchase rifles for all our deputies,” Independence County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Jeffery said Friday afternoon.

Road renaming irks residents

July 12, 2010 ARKADELPHIA (AP) — After Arkadelphia’s board of directors suddenly voted rename a street for Martin Luther King Jr., some residents are complaining that they had no chance to comment on the idea.The subject wasn’t on the board’s July 1 meeting agenda, but Vice Mayor Ann Sanders proposed suspending the rules to add an item for discussion. That motion passed unanimously.City Director Brenda Hagerich then made the motion to rename Pine Street for King and it passed 4-2.Mayor Chuck Hollingshead voted no because he says he thought the public should be able to comment.

Local hospital honored by Defense Department

July 12, 2010 HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, presented White River Medical Center with one of 18 “Above and Beyond” awards June 14 at a recognition luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hot Springs. The “Above and Beyond” Award, according to ESGR Arkansas Chairman Don C. Morrow, “was created to publicly recognize American Employers who provide extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve.”

Charlotte EHC July 7 meeting

July 12, 2010 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Extension Home-makers club met July 7 at Pat Mason’s home, with all but one member present.The meeting started with the reading of inspirational and thought for the month. The program was “Sharing your family legacy.” Next month the topic will be “How to talk to your doctor.”The club discussed the craft it made at the nursing home on June 28 and will plan the next craft, set for July 26. Members also discussed going back to the children’s home and taking donations.