Superintendent search nets 3

April 13, 2010 And then there were three. The Batesville School Board selected three finalists for superintendent Monday night when it met with McPherson and Jacobson, the executive firm that has been assisting the district in its search for new superintendent since Ted Hall’s announcement of resignation in February. The board will interview James “Randy” Willison Sr. on Thursday, Brian Golden on April 20 and Mark Porter on April 22.

17-to-1 Line of David stuns

April 12, 2010 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Turns out Line of David digs the dirt.The front-running colt won the $1 million Arkansas Derby by a neck on Saturday, propelling the 17-1 long shot into Kentucky Derby consideration after his debut on the surface.It was the biggest victory of veteran jockey Jon Court’s career in his first time riding the colt. Super Saver finished second. Dublin, another favorite, was also a neck back.

Board nixes blacklist

April 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas State Medical Board has voted to quit automatically barring doctors from practice in the state if they got their medical degrees from any one of a list of 53 foreign medical schools.The list of medical schools in 15 countries whose graduates couldn’t practice in Arkansas was approved in June 2008. It included mostly Caribbean schools. The list was adopted from California’s Medical Board — the only state that does its own on-site reviews of medical schools.

Cleanup of polluted plant begins; 2nd to start

April 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Work to clean up a polluted plant site near Stamps has begun and work is about to start at a second polluted plant site in Fayetteville.A $1 million contract was awarded for the cleanup of the former Red River Aluminum recycling plant just outside Stamps. Work on that project began March 29 and is expected to be completed by late June.A $2.4 million contract has been approved to clean up the defunct R&P Electroplating site in Fayetteville and work there is to begin this week.

River not contaminated by sewer leak

April 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A water ecologist with the National Park Service says the Buffalo National River appears to have no contamination from a nearly yearlong sewer leak into a tributary.Faron Usrey says weekly tests have found E. coli bacteria levels in the river are well below state standards.A broken pump station at Marble Falls that failed during last year’s ice storm allowed raw sewage to flow into Mill Creek — which flows into the Buffalo.

43 new members inducted into UACCB’s PTK chapter

April 12, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, an honor society for students of two-year colleges, inducted 43 new members recently during an induction ceremony and installation of officers.New members include:Ash Flat — Shelby Nicole Dunaway

Paragould charity helps NEA girls dress for prom

April 12, 2010 PARAGOULD (AP) — Prom is a rite of passage that shouldn’t be denied to a girl because her family is struggling financially. Such is the position of non-profit Compassion in Action, first opened the unique charitable Glass Slipper Closet a year ago.“We’re trying to ensure that all girls in northeast Arkansas that want to attend prom, can,” said Glass Slipper coordinator Stephanie Hunter. “We want them to have their own rite of passage. It’s for any female that can’t afford her dress.”Or hair, makeup, jewelry — and don’t forget the shoes.

Man busted after hours in city park

April 12, 2010  A routine check of a car seen in a closed city park early Sunday morning led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Rosie man on drug charges.Independence County Deputy Dustin Robbins said he was on patrol around 12:30 a.m. when he noticed a car parked in the closed section of Riverside Park on Chaney Drive.“That portion of the park is clearly posted as being closed at 9 p.m. so I decided to make contact with the car,” Robbins said.

Cord to host pie auction

April 12, 2010 CORD — The Cord Senior Citizens Center will sponsor a pie auction and political rally at 6 p.m. Friday.Concessions will be available, including hot dogs, chips and a soda for $3.Proceeds will go to the senior citizens center, located at 7925 Cord Road in Cord.

Cemetery to host work day

April 12, 2010 ZION — Caney Springs Cemetery work day will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. In case of rain, the work day will be April 24.The cemetery is located on the Zion Road, Highway 289.