Cedar Ridge seeks nominees

August 6, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District is taking recommendations for students to participate in the Gifted and Talented Program, according to Carol Woods, Gifted and Talented coordinator.Placement can be made in grades 4 through 12.Selection criteria for admission to the program include not only a recommendation, but also teacher and parent rating scales, standardized mental ability and achievement tests for four years, and above average academic record as reflected by grades for four years.

Butterfly workshop planned

August 6, 2009 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will host a free workshop entitled “Arkansas’ Butterflies” at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 for ages 8 and up.

Cave City student named All-American Scholar

August 6, 2009 CAVE CITY — Cave City High School student Brittany Michelle Norris has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as an All-American Scholar.Norris, a 10th-grader, is the daughter of Gene and Patricia Norris of Cave City and the granddaughter of Oval and Elizabeth Napier of Sidney and Bill and Buelah Norris of Cave City. Norris will be featured in the nationally published All-American Scholar Yearbook.The academy established the scholar award program to recognize students who “excel in academic disciplines,” a news release states.

Benefit set for Riley family

August 6, 2009 POCAHONTAS — A rock ’n’ roll benefit show to raise money for the Billy Lee Riley family will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Randolph Music Theater in Pocahontas, according to theater manager Tom Rackley. The theater is at 302 N. Marr St. in Pocahontas.J.R. Rogers and his All-Star Band will perform, as will the theater’s house band, the Jamboree Band. The CRS Band, which has members from Thayer, Mo., Imboden and Pocahontas, will also perform. Music will be that of the 1950s and ’60s.

Council to consider rezoning

August 6, 2009 Property in the Holmes Subdivision wasn’t rezoned to commercial-2, but now there is a request on the table to rezone to commercial-1. The request will be considered when the Batesville City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes a resolution to submit an application to the Department of Parks and Tourism, amendments to the Batesville Zoning Code, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Need for attorney tops agenda

August 6, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to discuss hiring a city attorney, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.“We are still without a city attorney,” she said. Russ Green of Heber Springs, who held the position, resigned June 30.The aldermen will also discuss plans for a citywide yard sale scheduled for the first weekend in October.A proposed “music in the park” program will also be discussed.Monthly departmental reports and a review of current bills complete the agenda.

Southside water rates may go up

August 6, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to review and possibly take action on a proposed water rate increase, according to an agenda for the meeting.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson will give a report concerning a bill dispute between Parker Construction and the water authority. The dispute stemmed from construction on the wastewater system.

Neighborhoods consider starting watch programs

August 6, 2009 Remember when front porches were used for getting to know one’s neighbors, and “welcome wagons” brought over cakes and casseroles when someone new moved in down the street?Tough economic times. Hectic schedules. For whatever reason, those scenes seem to be less common these days, but an initiative is under way to reach out and maybe help change some of that.Tuesday night, Batesville participated in the National Night Out, which is actually a drug and crime prevention program.

Appellate judge to run for state Supreme Court

August 6, 2009 Courtney Henry was only 6 when she became acquainted with the Arkansas court system.“When I was 6 years old and an adoption was done on my behalf I knew the law system provided unique opportunities to help others,” the Arkansas Court of Appeals judge said. “It was a moment in life when my life was changed for the better.”“Right then, I learned that attorneys and courts have the ability to liberate people from bad situations and to grant new beginnings.”

FutureFuel to get $12M

August 6, 2009 FutureFuel Chemical Company in Batesville is set to receive $12.6 million from the Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, officials announced Wednesday.FutureFuel will use the funds for the production of specialized materials for lithium-ion batteries for electric cars and other applications.“We won’t supply the battery; we’ll supply one of the major components of the battery using our customer’s proprietary technology,” according to David Baker, senior vice president of operations support at FutureFuel.