Family & Friends Briefs

May 1, 2009 Masonic Home reunion plannedFormer residents of the Masonic Home will hold their 13th reunion Saturday at the Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge, located on Highway 167 South in Batesville.All friends and former classmates are invited to visit from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.For more information, call the lodge at (870) 251-2835. Single’s ministry to meet

Area Briefs

May 1, 2009 Band boosters to meetThe Batesville High School Band Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school band room.This is the last meeting of the year, and officers will be elected and other business discussed. Driving tests canceledThere will be no written or road tests held in Batesville on May 5 or May 7, according to the Arkansas State Police driver’s license examiner.Tests will resume Tuesday and Thursday of the following week. 

Cave board hears good news

May 1, 2009 CAVE CITY — Gold medal winners from Cave City High School in the recent state SkillsUSA contests in Hot Springs will be going to the national competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June, Superintendent Steven Green said.Earlier this week, the school board approved the trip and agreed to help finance it, although students will also hold fundraisers to help out.Instructors Ben Johnson and Lindsey Johnson reported that 56 students participate at the state level, with 28 of them winning medals.

Smith receives service award

May 1, 2009 Tammy Smith was named the recipient of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Service Award during the recent Outstanding Student Reception.Brian Berry, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student services, presented the award to Smith. In recognizing Smith, he talked not only of her service to the campus but also to the community.

Board OKs raises, personnel changes, opens bus bids

May 1, 2009 CAVE CITY — Employees of the Cave City School District will get paid more next term, Superintendent Steven Green said.The school board agreed earlier this week on the increases, which will amount to a $292 increase for each certified employee. Classified employees also get raises.All the raises are based on a 1 percent increase of the base rate for a beginning employee in that position.Special education and assistant bookkeeper/administrative secretary positions were added to the classified salary schedule.

Blind boy shares his world

May 1, 2009 Coby Turney sees the world through his fingertips, and he doesn’t mind sharing.The 8-year-old reads, writes, plays piano, keeps time on the tambourine and joins his friends on the playground.The only difference is that he is blind.“This is the ruler I use to measure things with,” Coby, a third-grader at Cave City Elementary, said to the Eagle Mountain Elementary class Tuesday, holding up a black plastic ruler with Braille on it.

Pest to head tourist panel

May 1, 2009 The board of directors of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council has elected officers for the 2009-10 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Bob Pest of Independence County will serve as president, Adam Davis of Fulton County as vice president and Ginger Johnson of Independence County as secretary/treasurer.Also at the board’s regular quarterly meeting on Monday, it honored outgoing president Charlie Morris for his outstanding service to the organization.

Building vandalized

May 1, 2009 All the weekend visitors to the Fellowship Bible Church construction site on Main Street in Batesville didn’t come to work or pray. They came to play, as evidenced by graffiti and damage done to the work site.Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins was dispatched to 332 E. Main where the former Landers Theater is being renovated to be the new home of the local church.

Man charged after roll-over

April 30, 2009 Although not seriously injured in a one-vehicle roll-over accident early Saturday morning, a Newark man didn’t get off scot-free, according to an accident report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Dee McFatter said she was dispatched to an accident on Gap Road around 6:15 a.m. and when she arrived she found an abandoned 2007 Toyota Corolla with heavy damage. She also said there was blood on an air bag and on the passenger side windshield.