Beginning Steps to meet

February 16, 2010 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 1-2 p.m. Friday in the Parent Resource Room of the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St. All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

State lawmaker, wife injured in hit-and-run

February 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Rep. Roy Ragland and his wife Gail have been injured in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Little Rock.Police say the Raglands were hurt about 8:20 p.m. Monday when the car they were in was hit by a sport utility vehicle. Police say the Raglands’ car was knocked into an office building.Police say Gail Ragland is hospitalized in serious condition while Roy Ragland suffered bumps and bruises.Lt. Dana Jackson says Roy Ragland told officers two men got out of the SUV after the accident — then got back into the vehicle and sped away.

Alarms offered

February 16, 2010 The Batesville Fire Department is offering some free fire safety products to the city’s residents.Mark McCollum, who is handling fire prevention and public education for the fire department, said the fire department is offering smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and will install them in residents’ homes.  The fire department received a $2,500 grant from State Farm to buy 516 smoke detectors — including batteries — then bought the fire extinguishers at a fraction of the retail price through federal surplus.


February 16, 2010 Students to be rerouted among six districts

Teen may face murder charge

February 16, 2010 A 15-year-old Pleasant Plains boy is expected to be charged as an adult in the Monday night shooting death of his father. Police say the boy was arrested following an ongoing domestic incident between his parents at the family’s home at 5859 Batesville Blvd. in which Larry Michael Howard, 40, was reportedly shot with a .44 caliber hunting rifle.Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Brown, along with several other officers, responded to a 911 call at the Howard home just before 10 p.m. where a 911 caller said a man had been shot.

Ingram hired at UACCB

February 15, 2010 Agness Ingram has been hired as a custodian at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Her previous employment includes nine years as custodian at Cushman Public Schools.

Boys arrested for vandalizing cemetery

February 15, 2010 MELBOURNE — Three Calico Rock juveniles have been arrested for criminal mischief, according to a news release from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The boys, two age 11 and one age 13, were cited Friday and given a court date. They are accused of destroying grave site ornaments at the Roselawn Cemetery. In other sheriff’s department news:

Batesville School Board to meet Tuesday

February 15, 2010 Batesville School Board will recognize West Magnet Elementary as a “Higher Performing School” when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagle Mountain Magnet gym. Included on the agenda is a facilities report, Eagle Mountain curriculum report and report from Debbie Miller, Batesville School District director of curriculum and instruction.Meetings are open to the public.

Marshal’s job to be discussed

February 15, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the Concord Community Center to consider hiring a part-time marshal, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The regular meeting was originally scheduled for last Monday but was postponed due to bad weather and icy roads.The recent hiring of Chris McMunn of Cedarville as a full-time marshal did not work out, with McMunn and the city failing to come to an agreement, Pettit said.

BSA to host banquet

February 15, 2010 The Lyon College Black Students Association will host a “Keeping the Dream Alive” banquet to celebrate Black History Month at 7 p.m. Saturday in Edwards Commons on the Lyon College campus. Mike Steele of Advantage Communications in Little Rock will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for children under 12. RSVP by Tuesday to the Student Life Office at (870) 307-7314.