Elementary is honored with award

March 17, 2010 The National Center for Educational Achievement, a group under the umbrella of ACT, Inc., recently awarded West Elementary Magnet the Just for the Kids Campaign Higher Performing Schools Award. The award is based on an analysis of two measures: growth and being in the top 5 percent of schools who meet the college and career readiness standards developed by the National Center for Educational Achievement and ACT, Inc.

Schools receive money

March 17, 2010 Four schools in Independence County are putting up a fight against childhood obesity. Thanks to the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission, Department of Education Office of Coordinated School Health and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, that fight just got a little easier. Thousands of dollars in federal money was awarded to 28 school districts in Arkansas last week courtesy of the Arkansas Child Wellness Intervention Program Grant, and Cedar Ridge Middle School, Cord-Charlotte Elementary, Newark Elementary and Eagle Mountain Magnet were among them.

Arts center posts results for young artists exhibition

March 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Arts Center announces the results for the Young Arkansas Artists 49th Annual exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Arkansas Arts Center Community Gallery at the Terry House on April 9-May 23.

Inspirational store opens in Batesville

March 17, 2010 Books, cards, baby items, home decor, Sunday school items and more — these are some of the things customers at Deni’s Inspirations will find, store owner Denise Magness said.The store will hold an open house Saturday with free drawings throughout the day.

Two resign from fair board

March 17, 2010 Two people have resigned from the Independence County Fair Board.The board, which has 24 members in all, met Monday night, at which time treasurer Paula Lovell and board member Melissa Kemp gave their resignations, according to Linda Baxter. Baxter said “there was no reason given.”Also at the meeting, the board agreed to split the treasurer’s position and assign the duties to two people. Lynn Bachman was appointed treasurer and Charles Jordan was named bookkeeper.

Laptops targeted in burglaries

March 17, 2010  Laptop computers seemed to be the main items taken during a series of burglaries over the weekend, according to police reports.A small pry bar is believed to have been used to gain entry overnight Sunday into the Southside Assembly of God Church on Batesville Boulevard.Several interior doors of the building were also pried open to gain entry into a preschool area, according to Deputy Dustin Robbins with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.

Body identified by crime lab

March 17, 2010  The body of a man found in a wooded area near Thida has been identified as that of a Bradford man, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.“He has been identified by the state crime lab as 25-year-old James Franklin Conway,” Bittle said. “We thought we knew who it was when he was found but wasn’t sure enough to say.”Conway’s body was found just before noon Saturday by a couple riding four-wheelers in a densely wooded off Departee Creek Road.

Special court meeting called

March 17, 2010 A special meeting of the Independence County Quorum Court has been called for 5 p.m. March 31 in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter building, at 368 E. Main St.The meeting is to act on a resolution declaring a vacancy in the county clerk’s office following the resignation of current clerk Karen Wooldridge.The meeting is open to the public.

Cave City to host bingo

March 17, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City Elementary will host a family bingo night at 6 p.m. Thursday at the middle school cafeteria. Packs of bingo cards will be sold for $10, which will be used to play 20 games for prizes. Money raised will be used for class trips and to improve the playground, Principal Vicki Musick said. Refreshments will be available.

Lawsuit will be discussed

March 17, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Water Authority will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss the ongoing lawsuit with Parker Brothers, according to manager John Richardson.