Clerk resigns

March 16, 2010 Independence County Clerk Karen Wooldridge is retiring from her position at the end of this month.The resignation was noted in a letter submitted Friday to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks and members of the quorum court.In the letter Wooldridge wrote, “As you all know, I was planning to retire at the end of my term in December, but have decided that with continued health problems, this will need to be done sooner than planned.”

Southside schools get ‘Smart’

March 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Learning just got more hands-on for Southside Elementary and Middle School students. The district recently purchased 33 Promethean Smart Boards, interactive white boards that engage student-learning with technology. Unlike chalk boards or marker white boards, this new technology fosters better learning by engaging students in the process, something Superintendent Roger Rich said is important in today’s society when children are of the digital age.

Citizenship in jeopardy

March 16, 2010 CALICO ROCK — Twelve-year-old Bryan Parnell remembers at an early age having no shoes for his feet and little, if any, food to eat.He can still remember the gangs who roamed the streets in Managua, Nicaragua and how poor it was in comparison to the United States.Here, he no longer has to worry about having clothes on his back, shoes on his feet or where his next meal is coming from. And, at Calico Rock Elementary he is a favorite among students and staff and excels at sports and academics.

Event slated – EGGcitement is March 27

March 16, 2010 The 19th annual Downtown “Easter EGGcitement” will be held March 27. The egg hunt will take place on the parking lot located at the intersection of College and Broad street in downtown Batesville. The event is free and open to the public.

Alleged gun thief makes court appearance

March 15, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Mountain View woman has been transferred to the Izard County jail for theft charges, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said in a news release.Custody of 23-year-old Amanda Kay Branscum was transferred March 7. Branscum and her husband, Elmer Lewie Branscum, were charged in the theft of guns from homes in Izard County, Lawrence said. She also faces similar charges in Stone County.Branscum made an initial appearance in Izard County Circuit Court and was returned to Stone County. A $10,000 bond was set for the Izard County charges.In recent arrests:

Burglars hit game store, take TV, audio receiver

March 15, 2010 A passing motorist is credited with discovering the burglary of a Batesville business Thursday morning.Steve Bryant told police he was driving by Game Central at 3240 Harrison St. just before 8 a.m. when he noticed the front door glass of the business was broken.“He said he pulled into the parking lot and called a friend who would know the owner, and the sheriff’s department as well,” Deputy Patrick Collins said.

Cemetery symposium set

March 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A Cemetery Symposium II will be held to explore the feasibility of forming a statewide cemetery alliance, according to a news release. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27 at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West 9th St., Little Rock. For details and directions, see www.mosaictemplarscenter.com.Presenters will include Skip Stewart-Abernathy, ground sonar specialist Jami Lockhart, Don Ott, along with a couple of others.

Lyon spring production scheduled for March 26-28

March 15, 2010 The Lyon College Harlequin Theatre’s spring production of “Macbeth” is scheduled for March 26-28 in Holloway Theatre on the Lyon College campus.Performances will be at 8 p.m. March 26-27 and at 2 p.m. March 28.Director Dr. Michael Counts said this production will be a little different than traditional versions of “Macbeth.”

Lyon to host Bach bash

March 15, 2010 The Lyon College Music Department will host Bach Birthday Bash, a concert of works by J.S. Bach, in honor of the composer’s 325th birthday. The concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Christian Science Society in Batesville (College and 18th streets).

Bank to hold rose sale

March 15, 2010 The Citizens Bank Relay for Life team will host the second annual rose sale in the parking lot of the Main Branch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be a large variety of roses available including hybrid teas, climbing roses and knock-outs.All roses are potted in 2-gallon containers and will be sold for $9 each for all roses except the knock-outs, which will be $15 each. The Foothills Plant Society will also be there selling other plants and flowers.