K9 — A good cause

May 6, 2010 Dear editor: I am writing this letter to you today to ask for your help in a cause that I believe will make a positive impact on the citizens of Independence County.

Prisoners tested for tuberculosis

May 6, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — All inmates and the staff at the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Tucker Unit are being tested for tuberculosis. The testing comes after one inmate tested positive last week for the disease that can be fatal if not treated. Health officials say the disease typically attacks the lungs — but can affect any part of the body. Prison officials are also trying to find recent parolees and are testing inmates transferred from the prison since January who may have had contact with the inmate.

UACCB to hold commencement

May 6, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will hold commencement at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Independence Hall. The event is open to the public. Because of the number of graduates, those earning degrees will be announced in the Guard at a later date.

Authority may be sued

May 6, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the authority’s office at 1401 Battesville Blvd.to hear an update on the possibility of a pending lawsuit, Manager John Richardson said. He said John H. Parker Construction of Palestine (St. Francis County) may sue the authority in an attempt to collect about $60,000 in liquidated damages the authority withheld from Parker’s final payment on two contracts on the wastewater project.

Jail chaplain retires

May 6, 2010 The sound of a jail cell door closing is one that most inmates will probably always remember. For Helen Parman it wasn’t the sound of freedom lost behind her. Quite the opposite — for Parman, it was the sound of hope. Parman recently retired from the Independence County jail ministry, serving the last two years as chaplain.

Holloway leaves $1.75M to college

May 6, 2010 The late E. Graham Holloway, a former trustee and interim president of Lyon College, has left a $1.75 million gift to the college through a trust fund he established to benefit the institution both before and after his death. College officials said most of the gift amount would be used to establish an endowed scholarship fund in memory of Mr. Holloway, who died Oct. 4, 2009, at his home in Georgetown, Texas.

Attorney: Webb on ‘witch hunt’

May 6, 2010 A case involving a former Cedar Ridge school teacher who was fired in May of 2008 began after a jury was seated Wednesday morning. Attorney Scott Emerson of Jonesboro began by asking potential jurors if sexual talk would make them uncomfortable, saying the case filed on behalf of Earlene Howard would have talk of a sexual nature. The civil complaint filed in Independence County Circuit Court states the Cedar Ridge School Board fired Howard after Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb began a “broad, sweeping and surreptitious investigation” into Howard’s personal life.

Viola student honored

May 5, 2010 MELBOURNE — Roman Mabes of Viola recently received a gold medal in the Job Skill Demonstration competition, according to a news release. Ozarka College’s Automotive Service Technology (AST) program participated in the 44th annual Arkansas Association of SkillsUSA 2010 Championship Conference, held at the Hot Springs Convention Center on April 13-14.

Lemley garners scholarship

May 5, 2010 NEWPORT — Brent Lemley of Floral has been awarded the Arkansas State University-Newport Incentive Scholarship for the fall 2010 semester. The son of Deborah and Jeff Strother, Lemley will graduate in May from Southside High School. He will be in the High Voltage Lineman Technology program. The ASU-Newport Incentive Scholarship is based on high school academic achievement and ACT scores.

Student recognized

May 5, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Tyra Stubbs, a sixth-grade student at Southside was recently awarded an iPod Touch by Southside Middle School Principal Dion Stephens. Stubbs received the prize for having raised more than $700 for a middle school fundraiser. The students raised nearly $12,000 for the middle school, officials said.