CR board approves policies

June 23, 2010 NEWARK — Employments, resignations and policy approvals for the upcoming school year were the order of business when the Cedar Ridge School Board met June 15.

Students earn UACCB scholarships

June 23, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to several more area high school graduates, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid:• Tabitha Cole graduated from Southside High School and is the daughter of Debbie and Chet Cole. She plans to seek an associate’s degree. • Zach Franks of Cord is a graduate of Cedar Ridge and the son of Doug Franks and Kathy Franks. He plans to seek a degree in agricultural education.

Guest minister will speak

June 23, 2010 Michael Wilson will be the guest minister at Jubilee Family Church at 10 a.m. Sunday. The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Drive, Batesville.Wilson presently leads CityGate Church in Dyersburg, Tenn. He was called to preach at the age of 12 and has served churches in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. His approach is challenging and encourages people to live out the Kingdom of God in their everyday lives, to bring light to the darkness and to stand for what is righteous, according to a news release.For more information, call (870) 793-9124 or visit

Reunions planned

June 23, 2010 Some area families are planning reunions for this weekend:Jackson, Tripp, Fuller The Jackson, Tripp and Fuller family reunion will be Saturday at the Oak Bluff Community Center, located at 380 Oak Bluff Road.A potluck will be served at noon. The event is open to the public.For more information call Lucy Manley at (870) 793-2135 or (870) 613-4898.Moore-BalesThe 26th Moore-Bales reunion will be Saturday at the Oakmont Community Building, located on Highway 86 West in Ridgedale, Mo., which is south of Branson, Mo.

Beebe Believers will perform

June 23, 2010 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries will host a Unity Fest Appreciation Day on Saturday at 75 Holmes Road in Charlotte.A fishing derby will begin at 3 p.m., and bounce houses will be available for children.A free fish fry will be served at 5, followed by a concert by the Beebe Believers at 6.The North Central Arkansas Cruisers Car Club will be at the event.For more information call (870) 799-2525.

County offices to close

June 23, 2010 All Independence County offices will be closed on Monday, July 5 for the July 4 holiday, according to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks. Offices will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, July 6 at 8 a.m.All recycling and trash routes will be running on schedule for the Monday, July 5 pickups.

Bikers for Babies nearing

June 23, 2010 The March of Dimes will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Showroom Motors at 612 S. St. Louis St. in Batesville. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the 16th annual Bikers for Babies, which will be held in September. “Anyone interested in Bikers for Babies or would like to help out are encouraged to come by,” March of Dimes community director Sherry Lamb said.

Batesville mayor elected at municipal league convention

June 23, 2010 HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas Municipal League at its 76th Convention has elected a new slate of officers for the 2010-11 year. Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh was elected District 1 vice president. Elumbaugh has served three years on the League’s Advisory Council and Executive Committee.

Gym needs renovating

June 23, 2010 For some 60 years, the Miller gym has been a fixture on the corner of Ninth and Oak streets. It was once part of the Ethel O. Miller School, and after the school was closed and the rest of the campus torn down, it became more of a community center, hosting everything from weddings to wrestling events.Now, a group of citizens hope to obtain grant funding and renovate the building in order to hold programs for children, such as drug prevention programs, after school care and tutoring.

Property notices to be sent

June 23, 2010 Property owners of Independence County will begin to receive reappraisal notices starting the second week of July of this year, Assessor Odus Fulmer has announced.“Notices that are to be mailed are strictly dependent on the mailing address provided by the property owner. Some property owners change their mailing address without notifying the assessor’s office and in that case the property owner may not receive a timely notice. Notices will be mailed only to the property owners who have had an increase in value.