Cavendar attends leadership training

November 25, 2008 Las Vegas - Sandy Cavender of Batesville, an independent consultant for Passion Parties, recently attended the company's Executive Director Leadership Academy, according to a news release. Passion Parties, the leading direct selling company of sensual products, held the event to guide consultants on how to effectively promote sexual awareness and their business, the release states.

Elementary principal outlines activities

November 25, 2008 Central Elementary has had an active fall. We added kindergarten and sixth grade to our campus which brought our enrollment up to 308 students. The month of October was especially busy for our fifth- and sixth-grade students. The first week of October, the fifth grade made its second trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. Our students participated in the PATHFINDER Space Camp curriculum. PATHFINDER is a three-day program filled with space exploratory history, simulation of a shuttle mission, museum study, 3-D movie about travel to Mars, rocket building and firing, and much, much more.

Graduation date remains same for Cedar Ridge High School

November 25, 2008 NEWARK - Two seniors, Whitney Crutcher and Whitney Magness, attended the Cedar Ridge School Board meeting Wednesday regarding a request to change the high school graduation location and date, but board members approved only a location change.

Southside Key Club recaps year for Batesville Kiwanis

November 25, 2008 Southside Key Club president Natasha Matthews presided over the Batesville Kiwanis Club on Friday, while other Southside Key Club members gave brief presentations about the club and its projects. Matthews spoke about summer projects, saying the members helped collect tickets at the gate of the Independence County Fair. Another summer project was making up bags of items that might be helpful to new students at Southside schools. They also helped with the White River Water Carnival pageants held at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Governors to sign water agreement

November 25, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas and Missouri officials agreed Monday to meet annually to study ways to protect watersheds and aquifers that cross state lines, a pact both states said would help keep water fights out of the courtroom.

List shows no high-profile convicts

November 25, 2008 WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush's latest list of pardons does not include some high-profile criminals who still hope the president will grant them clemency in his final weeks in office.

Mountain View plans holiday events

November 25, 2008 MOUNTAIN VIEW - Mountain View is celebrating the holidays with light displays and decorations, caroling, a Nativity Parade, a merchant open house event and the annual Courthouse and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 6, according to a news release.

Club News

November 25, 2008 Cave City EHC CAVE CITY - The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met on Nov. 17 at the Cave City Community Center. President Judy Breckenridge called the meeting to order and the group sang "We Gather Together." Frances Ball read the Words To Live By. Roll call was "What are you allergic to?" Nine members and three guests were present. Minutes and treasurer's reports were presented and approved.

Police: Mostly minor injuries in Ark. bus crash

November 25, 2008 LAKE VILLAGE (AP) - Authorities in south Arkansas say 76 students were hospitalized after three school buses collided Monday on U.S. 65 between Lake Village and Eudora. The students, who were in grades 4-12 in the Lakeside School District, were taken to Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Authorities say none of the injuries were life-threatening, but that three students and one bus driver suffered serious injuries.

Geology supervisor to present program

November 25, 2008 CHEROKEE VILLAGE - Mike Howard, geology supervisor with the Arkansas Geological Commission, will present the program at the Spring River Gem & Mineral Club meeting Dec. 4 at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, president Dorothy Rolland said.