Make-ahead stratta means easy brunch Christmas morning

December 23, 2009 When dreams of sugarplums have morphed into a living room floor littered with wrapping paper and toys, the last thing you want to do is pull away from the holiday fun to get breakfast on the table. A do-ahead recipe lets you have it both ways.This easy stratta (think oomphy quiche) is made by arranging ham and cheese sandwiches in a baking dish, then pouring a mixture of eggs, milk and cheese over them. Top everything with a bit more cheese, then put it in the oven and walk away.

Harding presents degrees

December 23, 2009 SEARCY — Several area residents were among more than 350 students who received diplomas at commencement exercises at Harding University Dec. 19.Area graduates included:Batesville — Amy Kemper, bachelor of arts in general studies; Amanda King, bachelor of science in exercise science; Bonnie Young, BA in middle-level English/language arts/social science;Sulphur Rock — Julie Williams, BA in kinesiology.

Account established

December 23, 2009 A memorial account has been established at Citizens Bank for Melinda Rone, the wife of Burros Rone, who died Dec. 17.

Local resident to celebrate birthday

December 23, 2009 Robert Stroud will celebrate his 90th birthday with a drop-in reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville.All family and friends are invited to attend.He requests no gifts.

Arrests made in weekend burglary

December 23, 2009 Two men have been arrested in connection with a burglary at the Dean Baker Dealer’s Warehouse at 2800 Batesville Blvd. in Southside Friday night.Independence County deputies responded to the burglary around 10:20 p.m. where a witness reported seeing a black Ford truck leave the business just a few minutes earlier and head north on Highway 167.While officers were en route to the burglary scene, a truck matching the description of the suspect truck, was seen pulling into the Southside Sonic and some of the responding officers stopped to talk with the truck’s occupants.

Cave City EAST students restore JPs’ faith in schools

December 23, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County justices of the peace took a look EAST and learned a lot Monday night.Officers of Cave City High School’s EAST program and the program’s facilitator gave a presentation explaining what EAST is, focusing on what it can do for the community. EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology.Cave City school has the only EAST program in Sharp County, facilitator Cheryl Bell said. The program has won numerous contests in various divisions at the state and even the national level.

Burton announces for Sharp sheriff

December 23, 2009 ASH FLAT — Dennis Burton, with 30 years in law enforcement, has announced his candidacy for Sharp County sheriff subject to the Democratic primary in May 2010.The son of Ray and Oleta Burton, he is a Sharp County native and a 1975 graduate of Highland High School. He is married to Karen Orosz Burton and has four children: Michael of Highland, Ryan of Jonesboro, Michelle Daggett and Tamara Burton-Wilson of Cherokee Village, and 11 grandchildren.

Budget approved

December 23, 2009 With expenses tightened, revenues increased and typos corrected, the weeks of work on the city of Batesville’s budget have turned the bottom line from “in the red” to “in the black.”Tuesday night, the city council approved the 2010 budget, with revenues as follows: general fund, $6.6 million; street fund, $928,000; water department, $3.9 million; and sewer, $3.8 million.

Politicians toss party primaries

December 23, 2009 Want to run for office? Be prepared to cough up some cash — at least if you’re running as a Democrat in Independence County.Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council took up a topic it’s kicked around in the past: political party primaries. The council approved a resolution officially revoking a request for holding primary elections by recognized political parties for the city of Batesville. There was no discussion, and the council voted 6-0 to approve the resolution.