Natural gas service tops agenda

April 9, 2010 ASH FLAT — County Judge Larry Brown will give the Sharp County Quorum Court an update on a proposed natural gas expansion project when the court meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the main courtroom in the courthouse at Ash Flat.Brown said more than 800 potential customers have signed up for the service.Gary Harris of the Sharp County Regional Airport Authority will speak to the court about the need for matching funds for securing a grant for airport improvements and Roger Delffs is on the agenda to talk about Act 631, H.B. 2339 which concerns property owners’ rights.

Police waiters to raise money

April 9, 2010 Local law enforcement officers will be serving as wait staff at Colton’s Steak House & Grill, 5 Eagle Mountain Blvd. in Batesville, to raise money for Special Olympics, according to a news release.Participating officers in Monday evening’s “Tip A Cop” event will donate 100 percent of their tips to Arkansas Special Olympics.Checks, cash, and credits cards will be accepted during the fundraising event slated to run from 5 to 9 p.m.

Earthquakes to be discussed

April 9, 2010 The Batesville AARP chapter will meet Tuesday at Western Sizzlin.The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. The program will be about earthquakes.The event is open to the public. With regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, AARP is open to anyone age 55 and older.

Rescue truck, tree trimming, airport on council agenda

April 9, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to hear a report from Charles Barnett on behalf of the Batesville Airport Commission. Interim Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn will present information on the rescue truck and a forestry grant update.The council will also hear from LouAnne George regarding tree trimming; recognize Mooney Starr with Batesville Motor Speedway; consider a resolution for the sale of cemetery shop property; consider the re-appointment of Chris Beller to the Public Facilities Board.

Scholarship honors late board member

April 9, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High School career and technical program has established a scholarship fund in the memory of Robert Stephens Jr., who was killed March 17 in a car accident. Stephens served as a school board member for 10 years at Southside. Donations to the Robert Stephens Memorial Fund can be sent to the school at 70 Scott Drive Batesville, AR 72501, attention Jinger Massey. Donations need to be received by April 20, Massey said.

Wortham to run for coroner

April 9, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Doug Wortham has announced his candidacy for Sharp County coroner.Wortham has served as deputy coroner in Fulton County for 10 years.Wortham is the manager of Heath Funeral Home in Highland, where he began work in 1989 in the capacity of embalmer and funeral director.He works as an emergency medical technician for Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service in Cherokee Village. He finished a 48-hour paramedic refresher course at LSA Adder in Tallil, Iraq. He has served for 30 years in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard.

Fire chief wins award for service

April 9, 2010 CAVE CITY ­— The fire department at Cave City just keeps pulling in the honors.The department was named Volunteer Fire Department of the Year in Arkansas late last year, winning a $1,000 cash prize that was put toward its mobile command center that is to be used in the aftermath of disasters anywhere in the state.Now, the fire chief is being honored.

Cockrill backed for sheriff

April 9, 2010  In a brief meeting Thursday afternoon the Independence County Quorum Court Law Enforcement Committee announced Alan Cockrill as its choice to serve as interim sheriff following the resignation last week of Sheriff Keith Bowers.Bowers, who chose not to run for re-election this year, is taking a job in the private sector immediately and could not serve out his full term. His resignation is effective on Monday.The announcement to support Cockrill came following a 15-minute executive session by committee members.

Attempted murder, kidnap charges filed

April 9, 2010 A Concord man faces a charge of attempted murder, two of kidnapping and a charge of terroristic threatening after two Cleburne County women told officers he tried to kill them.Randall Wayne Reed, 26, is being held in the Cleburne County Jail in Heber Springs on $200,000 bond.Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss said his office was contacted by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Monday in reference to two women, ages 25 and 32, who were at the emergency room in Batesville reporting that a man from the Concord area had tried to kill them.