Mail theft reported

December 11, 2009 Some items of mail were reportedly stolen from a mailbox on Crow Lane in Sulphur Rock.Wayne L. Headrick told police he put three checks and a dollar bill in his mailbox around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to pay bills.“Mr. Headrick said at 7:30 a.m. (Thursday) he noticed the flag was down on the box and when he went to check, the items were missing,” Independence County Deputy Kirk Green said. “He said it was too early for the mailman to have run and picked them up.”

Burgess, Pacers set free concert

December 11, 2009 NEWPORT — Sonny Burgess and the Pacers will perform for free at 7 p.m. Monday at McAnally’s Oyster Bar & Grill on Front Street in downtown Newport.“This is an appreciation night for our fans, so there is no admission charge,” Burgess said last week. “We wanted to do something for our fans.”Customers of the restaurant will be charged for any food they order, he said.The event is one of KASU radio’s monthly Blue Monday Concerts.

Budget tops agenda at Concord

December 11, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to consider a proposed budget for 2010, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.Chris McMunn, hired as city marshal during a recent special session, is scheduled to work out details of his contract, Pettit said. McMunn is to start work around the first of the year.Routine monthly reports and current bills will also be reviewed.

Newport man accused of firing shots sentenced to six years

December 11, 2009 NEWPORT — A Newport man arrested in midsummer of 2008 for allegedly firing shots in a residential neighborhood in his hometown was sentenced to six years in prison following a jury trial Wednesday, Third Judicial District Prosecutor Henry Boyce said.A Jackson County jury of 10 women and two men found Antwan Hardaway guilty of possession of firearms by certain persons (a previously convicted felon), fleeing on foot and refusal to submit to arrest.

Meeting to be Monday

December 11, 2009 The Community School Inc. board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, located at 231 E. Main St. in Batesville.

Board schedules meeting

December 11, 2009 The Batesville School Board will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the district administration office. The board will approve November salary and commercial warrants and hear a personnel report.

Church to present opera

December 11, 2009 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 889 Oak St. in Batesville will be presenting “Passion of Christ Opera Remix” Saturday night.Seating for the black tie affair begins at 6 p.m. with the performance scheduled for 6:45. A formal reception, requiring a $25 donation, will follow the performance.

Elementary students learn about chemical safety

December 11, 2009 CAVE CITY — About 275 students at Cave City Elementary School learned last week that liquids, tablets and capsules that resemble items that are safe may not be safe at all, and to ask an adult what they are.Arkansas Farm Bureau safety program coordinator Jennifer Victory of Little Rock showed the students vials of liquids, one at a time, asking them what the each vial contained. Much of the time, the students guessed various flavors of Kool-Aid or other safe substances, when in reality the chemicals in the vials would make people very suck or even kill them if ingested.

Engineers surprised by low bids

December 11, 2009 Batesville city officials are “astounded” at the low bid for the first phase for upgrading the wastewater treatment system.Six bids were opened Thursday afternoon at city hall as follows:• W.L. Hailey & Co. Inc. of Nashville, Tenn. — $8,230,500;• S.J. Louis Construction of Mansfield, Texas — $6,795,000;• Mobley Contractors Inc. of Morrilton — $9,335,492;• Morgan Contracting Inc. of Baker, Fla. — $7,950,000;• Oscar Renda Contracting Inc. of Roanoke, Texas — $5,606,000;

Pastor succeeds despite blindness

December 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A Batesville man is one of 11 Arkansans nominated as a candidate for the annual Consumer of the Year Award, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The overall winner will be named at the end of the year by DHS Division of Services for the Blind.The Rev. Gene Cross, pastor of the Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church, is among the award recipients.