Southside students win at foreign language festival

February 18, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside High School Spanish students received top scores at Saturday’s regional foreign language festival held at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, according to a news release. Senior Amy Mansfield earned first place in two categories and will compete at the state level. She sang her way to a 97 out of a possible 100 with her rendition of “Te Mando Flores” made popular by Colombian singer Fonseca. She also received a 97 for extemporaneous reading in Spanish.

Burglars hit church, Cord home for guitars

February 18, 2010 Sometime between 8:30 Sunday night and 9 Monday morning someone pried open a door to gain entry into the lobby of the First Assembly of God Church at 20th and Lyon streets in Batesville, according to Jeff Cox, pastor.Cox told Deputy Dustin Robbins that whoever broke in then went into the sound booth and took an electric guitar valued at $200 and an Audiotechnica wireless microphone valued at $300.He said a computer had been unhooked, but was left behind.No suspects were named in the case.

Townsends selling chicken for Haiti relief effort

February 18, 2010 Townsends of Arkansas will be selling frozen chicken products to the public at great prices, with the proceeds going toward the Haiti relief efforts following the recent earthquake, according to a news release.The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at S&S Liquidations on Highway 167, south of the White River Bridge.Ten-pound boxes of products will be available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis and will include:• golden breaded tender fritter — $10 ($1 per pound)• golden breaded tender — $10 ($1 per pound)

Weatherford to run for Cushman mayor

February 18, 2010 CUSHMAN — Jean Weatherford of Cushman has announced her candidacy for mayor of Cushman.Weatherford served as secretary/treasurer for Cushman City Council in the mid 1990s but resigned to accept an administrative assistant position with the Foster Grandparent Program at White River Area Agency on Aging in Batesville. She retired from that position in 2003. She joined Cushman Pleasant Valley Cemetery board as secretary/treasurer and has served in that capacity since June 2007. She is a past president of Cushman Alumni Association and the current secretary/treasurer.

Men pushing stolen golf carts are charged with 25 burglaries

February 18, 2010 ASH FLAT — While Sharp County Deputy Gerald Traw was investigating burglaries of camper trailers at River Bend Park just west of Hardy on Tuesday, Cherokee Village officers came across two men pushing golf carts in the village.“While Deputy Traw gathered information on the 25 trailers that had been burglarized ... he learned that two golf carts were missing,” Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

Expo, banquet set for Feb. 27

February 18, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and White River Health System will host the 2010 annual Primetime Business Expo Feb. 27 to showcase all chamber members.The expo will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in Independence Hall with the annual awards ceremony following at 6 in the auditorium. The keynote speaker for the event is Sen. Blanche Lincoln. Tickets to the awards ceremony are $10 per person and are on sale at the chamber.

Batesville chamber hires two new employees

February 18, 2010 Angela Connell and Michelle King have had to dive right in at their new jobs.Recently hired by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the two women are busy helping finalize details for the upcoming Prime Time Business Expo and Annual Awards Ceremony, set for Feb. 27.Connell is the chamber’s new membership director, responsible for member recruitment and retention, event planning customer service, grant writing and research.

Homes, hay burned; fence scaled at Dota

February 18, 2010 CORD — Annette and Johnny Ward were sound asleep early Sunday morning and had no idea one of their hay bales was on fire. Fortunately, a passer-by noticed and called for help.The arson was one of a number of crimes reported over the weekend to the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.“Our son Joey came in around 12:30 and the bale of hay was not on fire then,” Annette Ward said.

Gas pipeline may be extended

February 18, 2010 ASH FLAT — Whether a natural gas pipeline is extended north through Sharp County from a point just south of Evening Shade depends upon how many residents sign up for the service, County Judge Larry Brown told the quorum court Tuesday.A meeting to inform residents and allow for public input is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the new A.L. Hutson Sports Complex at Highland School, and Brown said he’s hoping for a good turnout.

Pasture improvement meeting, meal scheduled

February 17, 2010 All interested parties are invited to a grasslands/pasture improvement meeting at 6 p.m. March 2 in Cave City Middle School’s saferoom, said Kerrie Brightwell of the Sharp County Conservation District.“A meal will be served at 6 p.m. followed by (speaker) State Grassland Specialist Ron Morrow with the Natural Resource Conservation Service,” Brightwell said.