The Independence County Quorum Court is still hammering out details of the county trash fee ordinance, but it looks as though there will be some exemptions.
The quorum court met Monday and heard from the Solid Waste Committee, which had met in March and approved four exemptions:
• inaccessibility or remoteness of property;
• vacant land;
• multiple tenancies;
• unoccupied residence.
Several people spoke before the Batesville City Council Tuesday night against the ordinance proposed by the city’s historic district commission.
Local attorney Jerry Post, whose office is at the corner of Main and Central Avenue, said he opposed the ordinance.
One reason is because his office was built in 1975 and “doesn’t have very much historical impact.” However he owns a building behind that one that was built in 1858. “It has existed 151 years without a committee to help me on it.”
Several downtown Batesville property owners showed support for an ordinance designed to protect the historic character of the area.
Tuesday night, Boyd Maher, Certified Local Government coordinator with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and Rob Middleton, a city planning consultant, came before the Batesville City Council as it heard the second reading of the ordinance.
Maher said he has been working with the local historic district commission since it was appointed 18 months ago and the Main Street Batesville board before that.
The downtown property owners are divided over a historic preservation ordinance, but Tuesday night the Batesville City Council was also split over a decision that would have pushed the ordinance through at its regular meeting.
The council opened its meeting to an audience of about 50 — quite a crowd for a government body that usually has a dozen or less spectators.
Most of them were for an ordinance that would establish “procedures for the protection and preservation of the character and properties within the historic district.”
Wet conditions after Sunday’s heavy rains resulted in several postponements on Monday, and rescheduling of those dates and earlier rain-outs resulted in numerous changes in area sports schedule.
The only sporting events for area schools that happened Monday were Cave City-at-Mountain View softball and Southside-at-Crowley’s Ridge Academy (Paragould) soccer.
See today’s “Sports calendar” on this page for the updated sports schedules.
LOCUST GROVE — Wendell Wallace rocketed around the 3/8-mile, high banked oval of Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night to win the Southern United Professional Racing Late Model feature.
Wallace, also known as “The Batesville Bullet,” lived up to his nickname in the 40-lap main event, leading the last 33 laps. Traffic became an issue late and helped Greenbrier’s Bill Frye, the polesitter, get the nose of his car close to Wallace’s back bumper by the time the checkers flew.
PARAGOULD — The Crowley’s Ridge Academy Falcons blanked the Southside Southerners in the second half here Monday while posting a 2-1 high school soccer victory.
Southside led 1-0 at halftime. Josh Harris scored with an assist from Tyler Sarracino.
“Both teams played well,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “All three goals happened in crazy ways. They just got one more good bounce than we did.”
Southerner goalie Kody White left the game midway through the first half after a head-to-head collision.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Cave City Cavewomen clinched a share of the Class 3A 1-East District championship with a 13-7 win over the Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets here Monday.
Cave City will share the regular season title with Wednesday’s winner between Yellville-Summit and Flippin. The Cavewomen hold a tiebreaker over Flippin, but Yellville-Summit holds a tiebreaker over Cave City. That will come into play when the district tournament seeds are determined.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on alcohol-related charges after he reportedly tried to elude Newark Deputy David Sallas last week.
Sallas said he was on patrol April 6 when he saw a red Chevrolet Barrette traveling at a high rate of speed.
Sallas said when he tried to catch up to the car, the driver, later identified as Daniel Rommel, sped away and started zigzagging through town before he was finally stopped at the intersection of Village and Long streets.