Highway commission awards bids

April 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Highway Commission has opened bids for improvements to roadways in Independence County, according to a news release.The first project will install traffic signals at several intersections on Highway 167 in Batesville. Shelby Electric Company Inc. of Memphis was awarded the contract at $276,028.

BAAC offers collage class

April 19, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will provide a collage workshop entitled, Unleashing Your Creative Spirit” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1 at the BAAC Art Gallery, 246 E. Main Dy.This will be a one-day workshop using a variety of mediums. Participants will explore papers, paints, collage components and techniques, just to name a few.No experience is needed for this class. Everyone will go at their own pace with the assistance of instructor Ann Snyder, a member of the Off the Beaten Path Art Guild from Mountain View.

2 nabbed after posting pics of stolen backhoe

April 19, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Two men who stole a backhoe valued at $25,000 were arrested in Lawrence County Friday after they posted pictures of them with their stolen prize on Facebook, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.Arrested were 20-year-old Justin Winters of Walnut Ridge and Adam Madden, also 20, of Hoxie. Both are being charged with theft of property and criminal mischief.

Wreath laying ceremony set for Saturday

April 19, 2010 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter No. 135 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will lay a wreath at the Confederate monument on the courthouse lawn in Batesville at 10 a.m. Saturday to commemorate Confederate Memorial Day and to remember all those who participated in the Civil War.The ceremony is open to the public.

Southside sees increase in students, funding

April 19, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — More students equals more money.With 76 more students attending the Southside School District this year than last, according to the district’s third quarter average, this will result in growth funding for the current year and increased revenue for next school year, Superintendent Roger Rich told the school board during its regular board meeting on April 12.

Young artists to have artwork exhibited locally

April 19, 2010 A representation of the creative efforts of young Arkansas artists in grades K-12 will be exhibited April 26-May 14 at the Batesville Area Arts Council gallery.A reception will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk; the reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. May 14 at the BAAC gallery, located at 246 E. Main St., Batesville. The event is open to the public.

Records to be destroyed

April 19, 2010 Records for students attending the Batesville School District special education program from 2004-05 will be destroyed Friday, Sherry Long, special education clerk, said. State and federal guidelines require that all special education redords be destroyed five years after a student leaves a special education or speech program. Records can be picked up or reviewed by parents from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sulphur Rock Middle School. Records not picked up will be destroyed on Friday.

Cossey walk is Saturday

April 19, 2010 CAVE CITY — A 5K Walk to benefit the Alex Cossey family will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Cave City Elementary School. Alex is a high school junior who was seriously injured in a car accident last September. After spending months in Arkansas Children’s Hospital, he then underwent further rehabilitation at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. For more information call Linda Gilly at (870) 283-5393 or register for the walk at www.cavecity.k12.ar.us under the Walk For A Reason link.

ASEA rep to be in Batesville

April 19, 2010 The Independence County chapter of the Arkansas State Employees Association will meet at noon Wednesday in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank in Batesville.ASEA field representative Marc Watts will be in attendance to provide a review of the recently-concluded fiscal legislative session and give an update on the state employee pay plan. There will be an election of chapter officers and an election of chapter delegates to the association’s upcoming annual convention.The meeting is open to all state employees in Independence County.

Extension to host classes

April 19, 2010 The Independence County Extension office will host two free Healthy Homes, Healthy People sessions on Thursday located at 1770 Myers St., Batesville.The first class is from 11–11:45 a.m. and will discuss cleaning product safety and green cleaning products. The second is from noon to 1 p.m. and will talk about household mold.Sack lunches are welcome. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday. To pre-register, call the Extension office at (870) 793-8840.