GAP slates noon meeting

March 10, 2010 Members of the Batesville School District Grandparents As Parents program will meet at noon Thursday at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center resource room at 1900 Lyon St.This meeting is open to any relative acting as the primary caregiver to any child from birth to high school. Lunch will be provided.For more information call the Parents as Teachers office at (870) 793-0627.

Optimists sponsoring contest

March 10, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club is once again holding its annual Oratorical Contest. It is open to all area youth under 16 prior to Dec. 31, 2009. The topic is “Cyber Communication — Progress or Problem?” Talks will begin at 7 p.m. April 15 at the Citizens Bank Annex. The winner will receive $100 and will advance to the Zone Contest to be held May 1 in Batesville. The Zone winners will advance to the district contest, set for May 8 in Hot Springs, where they will be competing for a $2,500 scholarship.

Road closing to be appealed

March 10, 2010 Justices also vote to buy $160,000 road graderASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court voted Monday to appeal a lower court’s decision to close a portion of Wildcat Road near the Sharp-Independence county line, County Judge Larry Brown said.Stephens & Associates, owner of Wildcat Properties, expanded their land holdings in that area last year and asked the Sharp and Independence county courts to close the public road to the ranch, making it a private road.

AETN to feature choir with acclaimed composer

March 10, 2010 CONWAY — Nationally acclaimed composer Tim Janis has worked with Beatle Paul McCartney, piano men Billy Joel and Ray Charles and the New York Philharmonic.On Tuesday he’ll be performing with the Southside High School choir in the musical special “Celebrate America” scheduled to air at 6:30 p.m. on AETN.  Janis, well known for his “Music with a Mission” has worked on many philanthropic projects with artists and has produced fundraising programs for PBS with actors George Clooney and James Earl Jones, according to a news release.

Lights returning

March 10, 2010 The Main Street stoplights will go back to red, yellow and green.At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said city employees Marty Thompson and Johnny Coles had visited with the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department regarding the flashing stoplights on Main Street at Third and Fourth streets.The AHTD said the city would have to put up stop signs, thus losing two or three parking spots for downtown businesses.

Project in black; jobs on horizon

March 10, 2010 From hydroelectric profits to economic development, the Batesville City Council heard quite a bit of good news Tuesday night.However, in both of those instances, the reports had already been heard by the quorum court the previous night.At the council meeting there was also a presentation of free fire safety equipment for those living in the city, and recognitions of individuals in the community.But first, the White River hydroelectric project has made a profit of $598,725.

Geologist sees no evidence drilling causes earthquakes

March 9, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — An Arkansas Geological Survey geologist says there is no convincing evidence that recent earthquakes in the Greenbrier area are caused by natural gas exploration and drilling.Several small earthquakes have been recorded, and sometimes felt, in the Greenbrier area during the last few months.“Right now, the majority of the microtremors that we’ve seen are much deeper than any of the production wells nearby,” AGS geohazards supervisor Scott Ausbrooks said Monday. “At this time, we don’t see a causal relationship between the drilling and the earthquakes.”

Jazz concert to feature local entertainers

March 9, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Spring River Performing Arts will present a “Jazz of Your Life” concert with the Ozark Jazz Orchestra at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. The group features trumpeter Gary Gazaway, vocalist Lisa Ahia, pianist Joy Sanford, violinist Tim Crouch, bassist Tom Mason, and percussionist Darren Novotny. They will perform popular jazz standards as well as selections from The Great American Songbook.

Web company gets awards

March 9, 2010 A Batesville based Web development and hosting company brought home multiple awards at the Northeast Arkansas American Advertising Federation ADDY awards gala in Jonesboro.  Pleth, LLC, won gold awards for the White River Solid Waste Management District as well as for its own site; silver for the White River Area Agency on Aging and Caring Hands Hospice sites; and bronze for the Cushman Forest Products Inc. and for the Pleth logo and stationary package design. Pleth will move on to district competition.

Allstate agency has new address

March 9, 2010 Randy Smith Allstate Insurance of Batesville has a new location at 2505 Harrison St.Assisted by licensed sales producer Earlene Webb, owner Randy Smith said all his customers, friends and the public in general are invited to stop by and see the new office and discuss any insurance needs they might have.“We are a multi-line insurance agency providing home, auto, life, and business insurance as well as financial services,” Smith said recently.