Retired teachers to meet

May 13, 2009 The Izard County Retired Teachers and School Employees Association will meet at Ozarka College at 11:30 a.m. Monday for Dutch treat lunch. The program will be highlights of the Area II Spring Meeting, the latest news from Arkansas Retired Teachers Association office, making plans for next year and wrapping up for the summer.Members are encouraged to continue to bring items for Safe Passage, one of the association’s community projects.  

Sharp domestic violence agency receives funds

May 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — Spring River Adult/Child Services Inc. has received a $1,000 Giving Tree grant, made possible by the Sharp County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation.The funds will be used toward telecommunications.Spring River Adult/Child Services is a nonprofit agency that provides services to individuals affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual assault in Sharp and Fulton counties. It is funded by the revenues from the SACS Thrift store, community grants and donations. It receives no state or federal funding at this time.

Health system receives funding for free mammography services

May 13, 2009 White River Health System has received a $40,972 grant for its program entitled Komen Project, from the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. In its third year, the project provides free mammography services (screening, diagnostic and ultrasound) to women in the WRHS service area who are uninsured or underinsured. In addition to free mammography services, ultrasound-guided breast biopsies have been added to the services provided by the Komen Project.

Gospel duo to perform

May 13, 2009 NEWARK — Gospel singing/songwriting duo Lewis & Lewis of Nashville, Tenn., will present a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Newark Assembly of God Church, located at 9450 Harrison St. in Newark.Lewis & Lewis wrote “I’m a Winner Either Way,” which The Inspirations took to the top of the gospel charts, and numerous other gospel songs. Their music video, “Come On Down to the Farm,” a spoof of same-sex marriage, has appeared on YouTube and GodTube and has spawned requests for national radio and television appearances for the duo.

Ozarka culinary students earn awards at SkillsUSA

May 13, 2009 Melbourne — Nine students from the Culinary Arts Program at Ozarka College competed recently against students from other state vocational-technical institutes and colleges in the 43rd annual Arkansas Association of SkillsUSA 2009 Championship Conference, held at the Hot Springs Convention Center on April 13-15.Ozarka had three students winning medals this year in the competition. Shane Lively of Calico Rock won the Gold Medal in Culinary Arts, Karen Brown of Batesville won Bronze in Commercial Baking and Jacob Conley of Cherokee Village won Bronze in Dining Room Service.

Board discusses stimulus, potential projects

May 13, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Those who visit Southside School’s Web site will one day be able to see how the school is using government stimulus funding and where the money is going, Superintendent Dan Foley said.On Monday night, however, the school board discussed how the district could use the money, also known as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, to benefit the school.

Area Briefs

May 13, 2009 Sleepy driver gets ticketA Batesville man was ticketed for no driver’s license after he fell asleep and wrecked his truck early Monday morning, according to local authorities.Julio A. Berdeja-Salus told Deputy Dee McFatter that he was on his way home around 6:20 a.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel of his 1996 Chevrolet truck.

Local dog finalist in valor awards

May 13, 2009 WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce that both a Batesville dog and a Clarkridge dog have been named top 15 Finalists in the Second Annual Dogs of Valor Awards, sponsored by PetPlan Pet Insurance.In March 2008, Tripod, a rescued rat terrier, awakened her elderly and disabled owners, John and Mary Smith, as fire spread through their Batesville home, igniting the covers on their bed.

House burns, fire truck overturns

May 13, 2009 MELBOURNE — Saturday morning around 8:30 when the call came of a house fire on Newburg Road, the Melbourne Fire Department responded.This time, the department had a small emergency of its own when the rain-soaked ground caused one of three fire trucks to overturn about a mile from where the house was engulfed in flames.Fire Chief Rusty Campbell said Sam Holt was driving the 1989 Pierce ladder truck when he met a vehicle on the narrow road and pulled to the side.