Republicans to meet

January 13, 2010 The Independence County Republican meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. A Dutch-treat meal will be at 6 p.m.The event is open to the public.

Civil War group to meet

January 13, 2010 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Elizabeth Daigle will present a program entitled “Burying the Dead.” After the end of the Civil War, Southern women began the task of burying the dead. They arranged for bodies to be sent home, saw that they had coffins and were buried where their graves could be tended. In fact, it was Southern women who began the custom of Memorial Day, where graves were decorated with flowers.

Latin Mass choir to perform

January 13, 2010 The Lyon College Convocations Committee will present “An Evening of Traditional Latin Liturgical Music” by the Cherokee Village Latin Mass Community Choir at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Brown Chapel.This free lecture-performance will allow the audience to experience the beauty of various ancient liturgical music pieces that have been carefully preserved, not just for the ecclesiastical community, but as part of our spiritual, musical and cultural heritage.

National Guard delivering water

January 13, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Four towns that are enduring water-line problems will receive assistance from the Arkansas National Guard.Guard units are being dispatched to deliver water to Marshall and Leslie in Searcy County and Casa and Adona in Perry County. The Guard’s North Little Rock-based 87th Troop Command and Little Rock-based 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be involved in the deliveries.Gov. Mike Beebe approved the missions on Tuesday. A 5,000-gallon water tanker will be moved to Marshall and 400-gallon water buffaloes will be taken to Leslie, Casa and Adona.

Candidacy announced

January 13, 2010 Wesley Gay has announced his candidacy for Independence County coroner.Gay serves as the emergency medical services program director at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, where he teaches emergency medical technician and paramedic courses.

Midland to celebrate 25 years

January 13, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland School District will celebrate its 25th anniversary at 2 p.m. Feb. 28.The district will recognize former superintendents, principals, board members and employees and distinguished alumni will be honored. Invitations have been mailed to former employees. Those who did not receive an invitation are asked to call Nancy Roberson at (501) 345-8844.All former students are encouraged to attend and help celebrate.

Ozark Gateway adds restaurant section to Web site

January 13, 2010 The Ozark Gateway Tourist Association has added a new section to its regional tourism Web site. The new section, “Restaurant Reviews,” is part of an ongoing effort to call attention to the number of outstanding restaurants, diners and cafes in the eight-county region (Independence, Jackson, Stone, Izard, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Fulton).

Council accepts construction bid, OKs taxback resolution

January 13, 2010 It was a night of many resolutions and ordinances for the Batesville City Council when it met Tuesday.The council:• officially accepted the low bid from Oscar Renda Contracting Inc. of Roanoke, Texas of $5.6 million for the first phase of construction on the wastewater treatment plant upgrades. The first phase will include gravity sewers, tunnel and lift station.Bids were opened Dec. 10, and engineers have been reviewing them.

City gets hydro update

January 13, 2010 Hydro isn’t making the city of Batesville any money yet, but Steve Fletcher has hopes it will within a year.Tuesday night, Fletcher, White River hydroelectric project coordinator, came before the city council to discuss the project. He has been in town but will be going to Tulsa, Okla., to look at a project there. Fletcher, with Luna Energy, LLC in Alpena, Mich., took over as coordinator after the resignation of Rita Potts last June.The question Fletcher is currently considering is this: Is it possible to raise the heads at Lock and Dams 1 and 2?

Superintendent mum over party photos

January 13, 2010 STRAWBERRY ­­— A Christmas party gone “awry.”That’s what Hillcrest High School English teacher Kim Sexton is calling an incident that occurred Monday when KAIT 8 News in Jonesboro aired a story about photographs it received that showed her holding what appeared to be a box of condoms, personal lubricant as well as an energy drink during a classroom party.While the news station received the photos anonymously, they were photos that apparently appeared in a student’s photo album on Facebook, a social-networking site, according to the station.