Courthouse to close at noon

April 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County Courthouse will close at noon Friday in order for vendors to set up on the court square and for city workers to prepare for Pioneer Day, which is Saturday.

Budget committee will meet

April 27, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court Budget Committee will meet at 5 p.m. May 4 in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter building at Third and Main streets in Batesville. The agenda will include discussion of overtime for district court employees and other budget items, according to a news release. The meeting is open to the public.

Variety show planned

April 27, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord Beta Club will host its annual variety show at 7 p.m. Friday in the old gymnasium at Concord. Entertainment will include skits and singing. Admission is $2 for students and $3 for adults. Those who are interested in participating may call Frieda Clark at (870) 668-3522.

Candidates to assemble at UACCB

April 27, 2010 Several candidates will be on hand this evening for a Meet and Greet followed by a debate of three races at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The Batesville Daily Guard will be broadcasting the live debate tonight at The event will get under way at 7 p.m. at Independence Hall with a welcome by Phi Theta Kappa President Shelley Love. Tammy Smith, Student Government Association senator and PTK secretary, will introduce the candidates.

Getting on the ‘brandwagon’

April 27, 2010 Batesville may be an old city, but it’s time for a new look. Last week, Cary Tyson, director of Main Street Arkansas, and Ben Muldrow with Arnett Muldrow, a consulting firm specializing in community planning, were in Batesville for a three-day branding session, courtesy of Main Street Arkansas.

Hired – Willison lands school position

April 27, 2010 As the Batesville School District’s new superintendent Dr. Randy Willison is ready to hit the ground running. “The disadvantage is I have to wait until July 1 to do it,” he said with a laugh. The Batesville School Board met Monday night where it voted to hire Willison as the district’s new superintendent, replacing Ted Hall who announced his resignation as superintendent in February. For Willison, 52, the chance to be part of Batesville, the school, and Batesville, the community, is a wonderful opportunity and one he and wife Laura are excited to begin.

Tornado leaves 12 dead

April 26, 2010 YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) — Morgan Hayden and Joe Moton stepped carefully through nails, broken glass and pink tufts of insulation, the remnants of their home leveled by a tornado as severe storms killed at least 10 people in rural Mississippi and two in Alabama. The couple had planned to marry today, but with little left besides the clothes on their backs, they weren’t sure what to do. “It’ll work out, though,” 27-year-old Hayden said Sunday, a day after the tornado ripped through as she and Moton, 31, huddled in a bathtub. The bathroom was the only room that wasn’t destroyed.

Troopers undecided on cause of crash

April 26, 2010 LONDON (AP) — A state police spokesman says troopers will be joined today by large-vehicle specialists from the state highway agency in an effort to determine the cause of a church-bus crash that killed a Rogers woman and sent nearly two dozen people to hospitals. Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Sunday that Arkansas State Police investigators had already talked with some of the 35 people aboard the bus to hear their accounts of what happened when the bus crashed Saturday on Interstate 40.

Ozarka community participates in second cultural exchange

April 26, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozarka College Cultural Anthropology students in Mountain View held a second online exchange with students from Gorno Altaysk State University in Siberia on April 6. The exchange was conducted via Skype and was entitled Working Together: Applied Anthropology and Applied Science: Anthropologists and Biologists Working to Benefit Communities. Cultural anthropology instructor John C. Van Orman invited biology instructor David Mitchell and his biology students to join in the conference since the focus of the discussion was measuring and managing water quality.

Freemans to perform

April 26, 2010 JUDSONIA — The Freemans will perform live in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dripping Springs Assembly of God, 636 Dripping Springs Road, Judsonia, in the Bare Stone community. Admission is free but donations will be taken. For more information, call (501) 729-0474 or e-mail