Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, dies

December 17, 2009 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney whose powerful behind-the-scenes influence on The Walt Disney Co. led to the departure of former chief Michael Eisner, has died. He was 79.The company announced that Disney died Wednesday in Newport Beach, Calif., after a yearlong bout with stomach cancer.Company president and chief executive Bob Iger said Disney was much more than a valued 56-year company veteran.

ARNEC students excel nationally

December 17, 2009 Melbourne — In November of this year, nursing students from across the State of Arkansas preparing to complete the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) program took the Assessment Technologies Incorporated (ATI) Comprehensive NCLEX Predictor. Those 116 students scored in the top 1 percent in the nation on that exam. Ozarka College is part of this consortium comprised of six rural community colleges across the state.

Single’s ministry to have Christmas potluck, gift exchange

December 17, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will have its Christmas potluck and white elephant gift exchange at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank in the George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.The event is free and open to all Christian singles age 21 and older. Those attending are asked to bring a snack or dessert and a “white elephant gift” (something used that you have around the house and can be re-gifted).For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

Ozark Gateway lauds tree city

December 17, 2009 The Tree City program, created and supported by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and national League of Cities, recognizes cities that have well-developed plans for tree planting, maintenance, and public education.

Driving tests canceled

December 17, 2009 The Arkansas State Police has announced there will be no further written/driving license exams given in Batesville for the remainder of the year.Testing will resume on Jan. 5.

HSIC: Foster a lonely pet

December 17, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County and Petfinder.com are participating in the national “Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays” pet fostering program, according to a news release.

Beginning Steps to meet Friday

December 17, 2009 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday. The meeting will be held in the White River Medical Center Collier Annex Building, Human Resources Conference Room (across the parking lot from the emergency room).   All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

Water board positions open

December 17, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority recently announced board positions 1, 3 and 6 are up for election at the authority’s annual meeting to be held Feb. 9.Manager John Richardson said authority bylaws require any person wishing to run for a board position to file a notice of intent for the position they intend to seek no later than 35 days prior to the annual election. The notice of intent is to be filed at the authority’s office located at 1401 Batesville Blvd.The deadline to file for this election is Jan. 5.

JPs cut pay

December 17, 2009 In keeping with the spirit of asking Independence County department heads and employees to be frugal and stay within budget, quorum court members will be taking a pay cut in 2010.In their final meeting of 2009 Monday night, the Independence County justices of the peace accepted a pay cut for both regular monthly meetings and committee/special meetings that are held periodically.Previously JPs got $264.60 for a quorum court meeting. In 2010 they will collect $230. For committee and special meetings for 2009  it was $105.85; for 2010 it will be $100.