‘Back-to-school list’ not needed at Southside

August 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — When mom of four and high school math teacher Tammy Brown received the AlertNow message on her phone from Southside School District, there may not have been an emergency, but there was cause for excitement.For many parents and teachers at Southside, news that the district will foot the bill for all students’ basic school supplies this year came as a welcomed surprise.

Davis, Corter win weight challenge

August 16, 2010 When it comes to losing weight, many of the success stories will say it helps if the whole household gets involved.Red Davis would agree. From January to July, he lost 78 pounds, winning the city of Batesville’s “Yes We Can Weight Loss Challenge.”Davis, utility construction supervisor for the city, was the winner in the men’s division and the overall challenge winner.

2-year-old dies

August 16, 2010 NEWPORT ­— A 2-year-old child is dead and the father, Richard Ingram, 21, has been arrested, according to a news release from Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department.Friday, the Newport Police Department 911 center received a call of a baby not breathing at 123 Lacy Drive in Newport. Officers and an ambulance arrived and found Damarrius Thomas not breathing. Thomas was transported to a local hospital where emergency resuscitative efforts were performed and later transferred by helicopter to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Election invalid!

August 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A special election held to decide who will hold the Democratic title for Stone County sheriff is invalid.That decision was handed down today after oral arguments were heard before Judge Jay Moody, according to attorney Daniel Brightwell who represents the Stone County Election Commission.Brightwell said the hearing lasted a little more than two hours.

Five NE Ark. counties to discuss regional jail

August 13, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — Lawrence County sheriff Dan Ellison says he’ll meet with officials of four other nearby counties to talk about building a regional jail in northeast Arkansas.Ellison says his jail has major problems with overcrowding, as do other counties in the area.Ellison said he and the Lawrence County judge plan to meet Aug. 25 at Walnut Ridge with officials from Randolph, Clay, Sharp and Jackson counties.

Sewer expansion discussed

August 13, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board agreed Tuesday to have Crist Engineers proceed with a master plan for expansion of the authority’s sewer system, said Manager John Richardson.The plan will cover four options: the Desha area with a house count of 284, an area just south of Desha with a house count of 248, a north/south option along Allen Chapel Road containing 258 homes in the north half and an equal number in the south half.

UACCB to offer support services Ozarka also receives funding for TRIO program

August 13, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will soon be able to offer support services to students thanks to $220,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education.The funding will be used to start a Student Support Services program at the college. Student Support Services is part of TRIO, a group of federal outreach and programs designed to identify and provide aid to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students to help them stay in school, graduate and achieve academic success.

41 seek municipal offices

August 13, 2010 ASH FLAT — Twenty-seven independent candidates filed for municipal offices in Sharp County as of this morning, according to public information in the county clerk’s office.Eight filed in Izard County and six in Independence county.Danny Traw filed for re-election as mayor of Ash Flat and Nina Thornton filed for re-election as Hardy mayor.Traw drew an opponent — Ash Flat businessman Kelly Newcom.Glenda Baskin and Wayne Lester both filed for Mayor of Williford.

No programs set at Blanchard

August 13, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — There are no programs scheduled for next week at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release from Tony Guinn, visitor information specialist.“We’ll be back to regular programs the following week,” Guinn said. For more information, call the U.S. Forest Service at 1-888-757-2246 or (870) 757-2211. Blanchard Springs Caverns is located 15 miles northwest of Mountain View, near the town of Fifty-Six.

‘Nutcracker’ to hold auditions

August 13, 2010 The North Arkansas Dance Theatre will present its sixth annual “Nutcracker” on Nov. 19 and 20. Open auditions will be held for kindergarten to adults at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Batesville Ballet, Etc., located at 206 E. Main. No formal dance training is required for these children and adult parts. For more information call 1-866-468-6238 ext. 0.