Stalker announces

March 26, 2010 Batesville City Attorney Scott Stalker has announced that he is seeking re-election. A lifelong resident of Batesville and a graduate of Batesville High School, Stalker has served as city attorney since 1999. He received a bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Arkansas in 1988 and his juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas in 1991. He has had a successful general private practice since that time. Stalker is a member of the Independence County and the Arkansas Bar Associations and a member of the City Attorneys Association.

Guion storm 1929

March 26, 2010 Editor’s note: With tornado season on the horizon this is the third in a series of memories from those who recall the tornado of April 10, 1929 that left death and destruction in the town of Guion. Many of those injured were taken by train to Batesville where they received medical treatment, food, clothing and shelter. Some of these authors are no longer living. The stories were complied by Jaydine Arnold Morton.The Johnny Berry Familyas Howard remembers or was told by his parents

Search narrows

March 26, 2010 Eighteen candidates have filed for the position of superintendent of the Batesville School District, according to the McPherson and Jacobson executive firm, which is administering the search. The deadline to apply was March 19.Those applying from Arkansas are:• Rhonda K. Dickey of Batesville, who currently serves as administrative director of secondary education at the North Little Public Schools;• Suzanne Bailey of Maynard, superintendent of Maynard schools;• Randal Lee Betts of Conway, high school principal at Berryville schools;

Committee recommends settlement on hydro suit

March 26, 2010 Mobley Construction Company wants $700,942.70 to settle a 3-year-old lawsuit against Independence County for non-payment for work it claims was done on three hydro-electric projects along the White River.The Independence County Quorum Court hydro committee wants to offer $75,000 to settle.The committee agreed Thursday afternoon to have county attorney David Powell relay the offer to Mobley Construction and report back to the county as soon as he hears a reply.

Cop who shot at car investigated

March 25, 2010 FARMINGTON (AP) — A northwest Arkansas police officer who shot at a car driven by a suspected drunken driver is under internal investigation because of the shooting.Farmington Mayor Ernie Penn confirms the investigation of officer Justin Belew but declined further comment. Police Capt. Michael Thompson said he can’t comment on an ongoing investigation. Thompson did say Belew remains on duty.Belew could not reached for comment.

Rice trial gets under way

March 25, 2010 LONOKE — Bayer CropScience knew that if an experimental strain of its genetically modified rice got into the commercial market it would be disastrous, a lawyer for a dozen Arkansas rice farmers said Wednesday as a civil trial on the issue got under way.“Bayer knew that, if this stuff got out, it would be catastrophic” in its effect on prices paid to farmers, lawyer Scott Powell told the jury in Lonoke County Circuit Court.

Woolly Hollow State Park to host outdoor weekend

March 25, 2010 GREENBRIER — Woolly Hollow State Park will host a Women in the Outdoors Weekend on April 9-11. Women will reconnect with nature, learning basic camping skills, nature journaling, beginning bird watching, Dutch oven cooking, archery and beginning fishing, as well as having free time to relax, forge new friendships and have fun. The workshop will feature special guest presenters, such as Arlene Green with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Jimma Hampton, a Dutch oven cooking expert.

Soccer film to premiere

March 25, 2010 “Offside(s): Soccer in Small-Town America” will have its world premiere at the 2010 Ozark Foothills FilmFest.

Ozarka to offer GED test

March 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. April 6 and 14 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, April 22 and 29;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, April 5 and 19;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, April 6 and 20;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, April 8 and 23.

Cave City man recognized

March 25, 2010 Richard Hawkins II of Cave City has been named to the Modern Woodmen’s 2009 President’s Club, according to a news release. This distinction recognizes Hawkins’ high achievement in life insurance sales among representatives nationwide, the release states. For more information call Hawkins at (870) 307-9826.