Concord board to meet

March 26, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet in the high school media center at 7 Monday night. The agenda includes approval of the financial report, new business, employment and resignation requests. The meeting is open to the public.

Black River flooding predicted

March 26, 2010 The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning along the Black River affecting Independence, Jackson and Lawrence counties.The forecast river stage for Saturday morning is 15.6 feet, and 15.8 feet on Sunday before a drop is expected. Flood stage for the Black River at Black Rock is 14 feet.Independence County Office of Emergency Management Director Glen Willis said property owners with equipment or livestock along the bottoms should get them to higher ground.

Roads closed for work

March 26, 2010 The  Independence County Road Department will be doing construction on several roads next week.Weather permitting, the following roads will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:• Monday — Thida Road, between Harwood and Union Hill;• Tuesday — Mount Harmon Road, between numbers 45 and 220;• Wednesday — Cedar Grove (North) at number 400;• Thursday — Thompson Drive at 520.More information regarding the road projects is available from the county judge’s office at (870) 793-8800.

BHS wins for college readiness

March 26, 2010 Batesville High School has received the 2009 College Readiness Award from the Arkansas ACT Council, according to a news release.The council presented the award to the school for increasing the number of students taking the ACT exam over the past five years and increasing their level of achievement and college readiness.

Police benevolent calls are scam

March 26, 2010 The Independence County Sheriff’s Office says that calls to local citizens asking for donations to either a deputies benevolent association or to purchase bullet proof vests, are scams.“We buy all our deputies a bullet resistant vest from grant money that goes into our budget for that purpose,” Chief Deputy Steve Jeffery said Thursday afternoon.“And there is no deputies association that we know of. We recommend that anyone who gets a call asking for money for policemen for any reason to call us before donating.”

Country acts announced for Portfest

March 26, 2010 Shenandoah and Little Texas will be the featured country performers during the 29th annual Portfest “Rollin’ on the River” Festival on June 5. Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, Portfest is held on the banks of the White River at Jacksonport State Park, three miles north of Newport off Highway 69.

Food pantry opens in Moorefield

March 26, 2010 MOOREFIELD — Jon Martin and wife Cheryl Lynn believe in second chances. Through the Second Chance food pantry at 25 Griffin Road, they’ll be able to provide just that. The food pantry, which opened in February and is located inside the Second Chance Full Gospel Church, is currently taking donations, said Jon Martin, pastor. The pantry donates and distributes food, accepts donations and any volunteers are welcome to help out. “Donations are needed,” he said.

Stalker announces

March 26, 2010 Batesville City Attorney Scott Stalker has announced that he is seeking re-election. A lifelong resident of Batesville and a graduate of Batesville High School, Stalker has served as city attorney since 1999. He received a bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Arkansas in 1988 and his juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas in 1991. He has had a successful general private practice since that time. Stalker is a member of the Independence County and the Arkansas Bar Associations and a member of the City Attorneys Association.

Guion storm 1929

March 26, 2010 Editor’s note: With tornado season on the horizon this is the third in a series of memories from those who recall the tornado of April 10, 1929 that left death and destruction in the town of Guion. Many of those injured were taken by train to Batesville where they received medical treatment, food, clothing and shelter. Some of these authors are no longer living. The stories were complied by Jaydine Arnold Morton.The Johnny Berry Familyas Howard remembers or was told by his parents

Search narrows

March 26, 2010 Eighteen candidates have filed for the position of superintendent of the Batesville School District, according to the McPherson and Jacobson executive firm, which is administering the search. The deadline to apply was March 19.Those applying from Arkansas are:• Rhonda K. Dickey of Batesville, who currently serves as administrative director of secondary education at the North Little Public Schools;• Suzanne Bailey of Maynard, superintendent of Maynard schools;• Randal Lee Betts of Conway, high school principal at Berryville schools;