Road budget increased $100,000

January 14, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court increased the 2010 road budget by $100,000 for machinery and equipment Monday so a dump truck and other equipment can be purchased later this year, County Judge Larry Brown said.“I had planned to do that later this year,” he said, but decided to go ahead and make the money available now, with the justices’ approval. The money will come from existing balances, he said.Other 2010 line items increased include: Grants-in-aid/Tri-County Recycling, $16,000; circuit court, $3,791; and law enforcement, $261.

Southside joins Race to Top

January 14, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School Board met Jan. 4 and signed a memorandum of understanding to participate in the Arkansas Department of Education Race To The Top Initiative. Schools nationwide have the opportunity to receive additional federal stimulus funds through the competitive grant program if they can show they are trying to improve education. Arkansas could receive between $60 and $175 million.

Aunt Minnie Miles, Hoedown crew to perform in Newport

January 14, 2010 NEWPORT — Aunt Minnie Miles and her White River Hoedown gang from Mountain View will perform music and comedy at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts on the Arkansas State University-Newport campus, said Brenda Dunn of the Newport Kiwanis Club, which is sponsoring the event as a fundraiser.Local musicians will provide the opening act, Dunn said.“It’s about a two-hour show, just good family entertainment,” she said.Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased from any Newport Kiwanis member or at the door.

ICARE receives grant for spay, neuter services

January 14, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Animal Rescue Effort has received a grant from Petco to provide spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners, according to a news release. To qualify, a single person’s annual income needs to be no more than $15,000, or a family’s income no more than $25,000, or be eligible for public assistance including food stamps, medicaid, housing, etc. Approved applicants will have their choice of several area vets and a rabies vaccination may be included if needed. There is a non-refundable $5 co-pay per pet.

Antique jewelry, GPS stolen

January 14, 2010 A homeowner estimates antique jewelry stolen from his home to be valued at $20,000.Payton Landers of Batesville told Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Robbins that sometime between Jan. 4, and Monday, someone took an antique hair pin from a drawer in his bedroom.“Landers stated the pin was 24 karat gold and had thee leaves on it, each containing a real pearl,” Robbins said. “Also on the pin was a gold buttercup that contained a one karat diamond.”Landers said he wasn’t sure when the pin was taken and couldn’t list any suspects for police.

Trash to be picked up

January 14, 2010 Rural Independence County trash pickup and recycling will run as scheduled on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Any questions may be directed to the Independence County Judge’s Office at (870) 793-8800.

School closed Monday

January 14, 2010 Batesville School District will not be in session Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes will resume Tuesday.

Services set for Kevin Johnson

January 14, 2010 MELBOURNE — Less than a year ago, Kevin Johnson told the 2009 graduating class at Ozarka College to not let life pass them by, live in the moment and use their education to seize the day.Friday and Saturday, some of those same faculty and students will gather again at Ozarka, this time to pay their last respects.The 47-year-old man who was known to many as the man who survived two heart transplants and two stem-cell transplants died Wednesday at Baptist Health in Little Rock.

Plans call for new building

January 14, 2010 HARDY — The library business is booming in Sharp County.The library board on Wednesday approved a lease from the city of Williford for a new facility to be constructed in that community and also agreed to open a library in Ash Flat if a suitable location can be leased from city officials there.