Democrats reduce filing fees

January 22, 2010 The Independence County Democratic Central Committee met Thursday night and cut candidate filing fees nearly in half, said committee chairman Tony Thompson.“We reconsidered the 2010 candidate filing fees, and they were reduced by 40 percent from the 2008 fees,” Thompson said.“In January of 2008 we voted to put filing fees on a scale of five percent of the salary of the position the candidate was running for, but last night we voted to reduce the rate to three percent of the current position’s regular salary.”

Resale shop changes hours

January 22, 2010 Family Violence Prevention Fresh Start Resale Shop is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.The shop is located at 360 W. Main St., across from Marshall’s fabric store in downtown Batesville. The telephone number is (870) 698-0010. Mary Holcombe is store manager.The shop offers specials every month and has a variety of items, according to a news release.All donations are tax deductible and go toward helping victims of family abuse and sexual abuse.Family Violence Prevention is a United Way of Independence County agency.

Council may increase speed limits around town

January 22, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to consider an ordinance to increase the speed limit to 30 miles per hour on city streets except where otherwise posted. The agenda also includes a report from Ed Mabry, economic development director; recognition of the Central Magnet School First Lego League Robotics Team; a resolution to recognize the Arkansas School Board Member Recognition Week; an ordinance to amend the 2009 budget; a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson; and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.

Fred Krug seeks fourth term to Batesville City Council Ward 3

January 22, 2010 Fred Krug has announced his intention to run for a fourth term for Ward 3, Position 1 on the Batesville City Council.Krug said he is committed to his ward, Westside, and making it a better place.Krug said he has driven around the ward to find code violations. “I am committed to cleaning up Westside,” Krug said.Since Krug took office, the city has passed a sales tax and built a new fire station in Ward 3, and the city plans to break ground this year on a new park in Westside as well.

Other building projects under way at UACCB

January 22, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville made history Thursday, a vice chancellor told the Board of Visitors at its quarterly meeting, and in all likelihood it will make history again next week.Gayle Cooper, vice chancellor for finance and administration, said with the groundbreaking for the new $5 million Nursing and Allied Health building, “Today we made history. We’ve waited for this for a long, long time,” holding up a notice to proceed that was issued earlier Thursday.

Construction to begin on new NAH facility

January 22, 2010 The first mounds of dirt were tossed Thursday in preparation of a new building that will bring state-of-the-art health care technology and education to Batesville and the surrounding area.

‘Prize patrol’ awards thousands

January 22, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City High School senior Randi Miller didn’t think much about it when she decided to wear her Arkansas State University T-shirt to school on Wednesday.She also wasn’t expecting that by 9 a.m., while sitting in Jane Marotta’s English class that she’d no longer have to worry about how to pay for four years of college come August.

Event scheduled in Jonesboro

January 21, 2010 JONESBORO — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte will host a free fish fry at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Northeast Arkansas District Fairgrounds in Jonesboro to bring public awareness of their programs to the families of Craighead County. Scheduled speakers will include: Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, Craighead County Judge Dale Hass and Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann.

Movie to be screened

January 21, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“The Neverending Story” will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune into 88.1 FM for the audio.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.

Ozarka to offer GED test

January 21, 2010 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 9 and 17 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, Feb. 11 and 23;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Feb. 1 and 8;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Feb. 2 and 16;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Feb. 2 and 18.