Council has light agenda

May 11, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will meet at 7 tonight for a routine monthly business session, Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne said. The aldermen will review current bills and hear departmental reports.

Cedar Ridge nets $9,500 grant

May 11, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School District was awarded $9,500 from the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program to promote a tobacco free environment. Funds from the grant provide supplies for tobacco free-related, school-based activities. Motivational speaker Ron Cole recently performed and spoke to students during an assembly promoting Tobacco Free Week.

CRC information session set

May 11, 2010 An information session regarding the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall in Room 102. The CRC is a credential based upon the WorkKeys assessments that confirms to employers that a job seeker possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st century jobs. WorkKeys measures the common skills required for success in the workplace.

Civil War group to meet

May 11, 2010 The Batesville Area Civil War Round Table will present “The Sesquicentennial: Why the Civil War Still Matters” at its annual meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank at 1325 Harrison St. Dinner will be catered by Fred’s Fish House and tickets are $8 per person at the door. Author and retired Arkansas State University professor Dr. Michael B. Dougan will be guest speaker. A book raffle for “River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War” will be held.

Twin Rivers will consolidate with 6 districts

May 11, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to split up the Twin Rivers School District into six neighboring school districts. The board voted unanimously Monday to consolidate the 354-student district into the Highland, Hillcrest, Mammoth Spring, Maynard, Pocahontas and Sloan-Hendrix districts. The board also voted to raise the enrollment cap to 150 for the nearby Imboden Charter School to give Twin Rivers students another Freedom of Choice option.

Lyon dean accepts post

May 11, 2010 Dr. John Peek, who has been vice president for academic services and dean of the faculty at Lyon College since 2000, will be leaving the college at the end of June to accept a position as provost and senior vice president at Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va. Peek had previously announced plans to retire at the end of the year and to spend next fall on sabbatical. Those plans changed when the Glenville State College opportunity arose.

‘Person of interest’ behind bars

May 11, 2010 A man considered “a person of interest” in a murder case is behind bars in the Independence County jail today after he allegedly stole a truck, ran through a roadblock and fled from police on foot as the truck burst into flames. Mikeal Jeffery Ciamaricone, 41, of Camp Tahkodah Road was arrested just before noon Monday. His arrest came after a police pursuit that reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, according to Arkansas State Police Cpl. David Jones.

K-2, ‘Spice’ outlawed

May 11, 2010 ASH FLAT — K-2 is illegal to possess, sell or ingest in Sharp County. With all justices present, the Sharp County Quorum Court voted unanimously about 8:05 p.m. Monday to make the substance illegal. The ordinance went into effect immediately, as it was passed with an emergency clause. K-2, also known as “Spice,” is a potpourri-type mixture of herbs sprayed with synthetic THC and is not meant to be ingested. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.

Four fallen lawmen added to state, US monuments

May 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK. (AP) — The names of four fallen Arkansas law enforcement officers, including two lawmen killed in a shootout 123 years ago, will be added to the state and national law enforcement memorials this week. Joining the memorials will be Jefferson County jail officer Leonard Sanford Wall, who was fatally beaten by an inmate in January 2010, and Plumerville police officer Joey Cannon, who was shot to death during a traffic stop in June 2009.

Playing with matches reason for church fire

May 10, 2010 A child playing with matches is listed by local authorities as the cause of a small fire that lightly damaged an east Batesville Church Saturday afternoon. Independence County Deputy Bret Ward said he arrived at the Eastside Pentecostal Church at 21st and Neeley streets, shortly after 5 p.m. and the Batesville Fire Department was putting out a small fire under the rear floor of the church. “Upon my arrival, the family living in the parsonage next door was taking their 11-year-old son to the hospital (White River Medical Center) for burns on his left forearm,” Ward said.