Board to meet with firm

March 4, 2010 The Batesville School Board will meet with the McPherson and Jacobson executive firm at 6 tonight in the district administration office at 955 Water St. The firm is assisting the district in its search for a new superintendent. Ted Hall announced his resignation in February.The firm, which interviewed district employees, students and community members Monday to gain their input about the search process, will review what they learned with the board.

Council to hear about economic development, fire safety devices

March 4, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. Ed Mabry, director of Independence County Economic Development, and interim Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn and firefighter Mark McCollum will present reports.The agenda also includes the third reading of an ordinance to establish a uniform speed limit in the city, ordinances to amend subdivision and zoning codes, a request for a water meter outside city limits, a request to remove some lots in the Highland Woods Subdivision, recognitions and reports.

Ozarka to review new programs

March 4, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee will meet at 3 p.m. March 10 in the conference room of the president’s office.The agenda includes a review of new programs (banking and finance certificate of proficiency, medical office administration certificate of proficiency, diesel technology technical certificate/associate of applied science, and corrections certificate of proficiency/AAS); and the assessment fee for licensed practical nursing/registered nursing.For more information, call Nancy Dust or Karla Rush at (870) 368-7371.

Candidate to address GOP

March 4, 2010 The Independence County Republican party will hold a Dutch treat meal and business meeting tonight at Western Sizzlin, 1375 N. St. Louis St., Batesville.Guest speaker will be Rick Crawford, candidate for U.S. Congress. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7. and is open to the public. For more information call Darrell Hays (870) 612-2627.

Plungers dive for Special Olympics

March 4, 2010 Displaying a festive mood, employees from local industries and businesses, as well as individuals, threw themselves into the chilly waters of the White River Saturday afternoon.Many were dressed in regalia representing everything from cartoon characters to super heroes. Nine teams and several individuals came together  and raised $11,500 for the Arkansas Special Olympics during the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge.The largest sum of money raised, $4,000, was brought in by Dave McQuary of Batesville.

Students learn math using GPS

March 4, 2010 NEWARK — Newark Elementary students in Kimberly Jones’ EAST Lab class recently participated in a “geocaching” scavenger hunt by using global-positioning system units. EAST stands for Environmental and Spacial Technology.Jones said students Clayton Butler and Shanna Huffine created the scavenger hunt by plotting various landmarks around the school’s campus.

Filings continue

March 4, 2010 More filings have been announced in the region as follows:Sharp CountyThere were eight new candidate filings in Sharp County as of this morning. On the Democratic ticket they include:Assessor — incumbent Kathy Nix of Evening Shade;Coroner — Doug Wortham of Cherokee Village. Filing for Justice of the Peace in District 3 is incumbent Greg Prenger of Cherokee Village. Filing for JP District 4 is Scott Long of Hardy.

Newspapers in Education promotes lifelong learning

March 4, 2010 Newspapers have always been an important part of Christine Brown’s life.At a young age she enjoyed the puzzles and activities found in each edition and as a young adult they helped her when searching for a job.“I always needed newspapers for something and they were always part of my downtime after school,” she said.Today, as the Batesville Daily Guard Newspapers in Education coordinator, Brown is able share her love of the printed word while promoting literacy and spreading the news about the importance of newspapers in daily life.

Couple arrested for endangering children, drugs

March 4, 2010  When a motorist found two small girls playing alongside a busy highway and took them home to find the parents allegedly sleeping Wednesday afternoon, she called police.The motorist who found the girls told police she took them home and they said they couldn’t get their mom awake so she opened the door and shouted for someone, but got no response.

Two co-ops getting grant

March 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two electric cooperatives in Arkansas are among 29 nationwide chosen to receive federal grants to build and repair distribution and transmission lines.U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants on Tuesday.In Arkansas the Petit Jean Electric Cooperative Corporation will receive $10.5 million and the Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation will get $43.4 million.The funding is being provided under USDA Rural Development’s Electric Loan Program.