Scholarship awarded

February 16, 2010 McKinley E. Case, a 2006 Batesville High School graduate, recently received a $1,500 scholarship from the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation for the 2009-10 academic year. McKinley, who attends the University of Arkansas and will graduate in May with her bachelor’s in biology, will enter physical therapy school at the University of Central Arkansas this fall.

ASU prof studies Ozark freshwater pond organisms

February 16, 2010 Pond ecosystems offer a unique opportunity to study close up and first-hand the ecological interactions of organisms within a confined habitat. Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), sometimes called the Father of Microbiology, was the first person to examine and describe pond microorganisms with a crude light microscope over three centuries ago. He called the various microorganisms that he saw, “cavorting little beasties.” Today’s scientists continue to be intrigued by the breadth of organismal diversity found in pond water. By itself, a pond is a “microcosm of life.”

Quorum court to meet

February 16, 2010 Canceled because of snow last week, the Independence County Quorum Court will hold its monthly public meeting at 6 tonight on the second floor of the Jess B. Carpenter (library) building in downtown Batesville.

Fire department to elect board

February 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual board elections at 7 p.m. March 1 at the main fire station.The event is open to the public.

Southside extends contracts, accepts resignations

February 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School Board met Wednesday and extended principal contracts while accepting four resignations. The board:• approved the contracts of principals Roger Ried, Dion Stevens and Glenda Mueller; assistant principals Rick Rikard, Tim Sisk and Rick Keller; cirriculum and federal programs coordinator Dinah Haertlein; and early childhood director Dawn Jeffrey.

‘Newark’s Got Talent’ set

February 16, 2010 NEWARK — Newark Elementary will host “Newark’s Got Talent” at 6 p.m. Feb. 23.Students will perform a variety of talents for a night of fun entertainment, according to Carol Woods, gifted and talented program coordinator. Ernie Pectol will be the master of ceremonies and guest entertainer.Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for children 5 and under. A concession stand will be available. Modern Woodmen of America, under the direction of Cledus Manuel will match funds for this event, she said.

Pfeiffer water authority to hold annual meeting

February 16, 2010 The Pfeiffer Public Water Authority will hold its annual meeting at 5:15 tonight at Batesville Municipal Building, followed by the board’s regular monthly session.General business includes a customer adjustment request, an engineering report and Batesville Water Utilities management report.The next scheduled meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. March 16. Items pending action include discussion on the Goforth tank and main pump station and automatic meter reading.

Tourism banquet to be Monday

February 16, 2010 The Ozarka Gateway Leo Rainey Tourism Appreciation Banquet has been rescheduled for Monday, Cathy Drew, executive director of the tourism council, has announced.The banquet, which had been postponed previously because of inclement weather, will take place at Elizabeth’s Restaurant on Main Street in downtown Batesville at 6 p.m. Tickets previously purchased will be honored.David Baker, vice president-operations support at FutureFuel Chemical Company, will be the guest speaker, discussing “going green.” The banquet will also feature a special awards presentation.

Beginning Steps to meet

February 16, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday in the Parent Resource Room of the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St. All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

State lawmaker, wife injured in hit-and-run

February 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Rep. Roy Ragland and his wife Gail have been injured in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Little Rock.Police say the Raglands were hurt about 8:20 p.m. Monday when the car they were in was hit by a sport utility vehicle. Police say the Raglands’ car was knocked into an office building.Police say Gail Ragland is hospitalized in serious condition while Roy Ragland suffered bumps and bruises.Lt. Dana Jackson says Roy Ragland told officers two men got out of the SUV after the accident — then got back into the vehicle and sped away.