Southside board discusses salary, barn bids

April 17, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — While Southside Superintendent Dan Foley will retire at the end of the school year, he will continue to work until construction of the new Southside elementary building is complete.Foley, who was to leave after the June 8 board meeting, will now work until his resignation is effective June 30 and forfeit accumulated annual leave time in lieu of a salary increase.On Monday night, the school board voted to increase Foley’s 2008-09 salary index to not more than $6,000 to compensate him for work between the June 8 regular meeting and June 30.

Head-on collision near Saffell injures two

April 17, 2009 A head-on collision near Saffell this morning sent two people to the emergency room, Arkansas State Trooper David Jones said.Jones said he was notified around 6:30 about the two-vehicle accident that injured Michael Ferrell, 64, of Hewitt, Texas and Marsha King, 35, of Smithville.

Batesville artist chosen to exhibit in statewide show

April 17, 2009 PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — After a competitive application process, Sheila Cantrell of Batesville is one of 20 artists selected to be featured in the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s fourth annual Arts in the Air Professional Art Exhibit and Sale on Petit Jean Mountain. This month-long event is designed to support the creativity of Arkansas’ artists and promote arts awareness and appreciation.

Kresge Gallery to host silent auction

April 17, 2009 The Kresge Art Gallery at Lyon College will hold a silent auction Saturday. Bidding will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be a reception from 5-6 p.m. Saturday. 

Burglars get beer, BB gun

April 17, 2009 Someone went to a lot of trouble to break into a Batesville home and guest house and then not take anything of real value, according to Independence County Deputy Dustin Robbins.Louise Rutledge told Robbins Wednesday afternoon that when she went to check on some property owned by an out-of-town relative, she found where someone had entered the main house by smashing out a window above the kitchen sink. According to Robbins, other attempts to enter the house had also been made at a storm door and the screen had been cut off another window.

Disturbance ends with chase

April 17, 2009 A Batesville man was arrested on multiple charges Monday night after he reportedly was involved in a domestic disturbance in which he fled from police and refused to submit to arrest.Independence County Deputy Randy Sharp said he had been on a call regarding a disturbance around 8 p.m. in which 29-year-old Timothy E. Strain was involved.Sharp said before he could get to the office to type the report, he was notified by police dispatch that Strain had returned to the scene of the first incident.

Driver injured when log truck rolls over

April 17, 2009 A truck loaded with logs rolled over at the foot of Brock Mountain around noon Thursday, injuring the driver and strewing logs up and down the highway.According to Independence County authorities, 66-year-old Edward Frank Stepanek of Heber Springs, a driver for D&A Forest Services of Rose Bud, was reportedly coming down the mountain (northbound on Highway 25) when the accident occurred in the 5500 block.

Sharp Co. coroner appointed

April 17, 2009 ASH FLAT — Renee Clay-Circle was appointed Sharp County coroner during a special meeting of the county’s quorum court Thursday, County Judge Larry Brown said.Clay-Circle replaces Randy McComas, who died April 8.“She’s agreed to serve out the remainder of the term at no cost to the county,” Brown said. “Before the appointment, she was chief deputy coroner and has been to training at the state crime lab.”McComas and Clay-Circle were partners in funeral home businesses in Highland, Cave City and Batesville.