McCord moves to White Co.

March 24, 2009 SEARCY — A former Batesville doctor has moved to White County.Dr. Stacie McCord — an oncologist with five years of experience — recently joined Dr. Ryan Koch in practice at White County Oncology. McCord treats cancers of all types and blood disorders.

Cedar Ridge board discusses bonus vs. cost of living increase

March 24, 2009 NEWARK — A cost of living increase to the salary schedules, or a one-time bonus, was discussed at the Cedar Ridge School Board meeting March 17.A spread sheet that indicated the ranking of Independence County, other adjoining school districts, and 2A conference districts was presented to demonstrate the district’s low ranking among all three. Superintendent Ann Webb provided costs for a 1- to 3-percent increase in the $52,000-155,000 range.

Beebe appoints Heber Springs woman to state council

March 24, 2009 Heber Springs — Recording an album at 17, winning her high school beauty pageant and supporting herself singing for a decade would make most women proud. If they had performed at such notable places as Branson’s Lawrence Welk Theater and Silver Dollar City, they might even be a little snooty. Lori Hunter, 38, of Heber Springs, however, is not impressed with these accomplishments.

Area tourism up during ’08

March 24, 2009 Tourism and travel in the eight counties that make up the Ozark Gateway Tourism region was up four percent last year over 2007, according to an annual report by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The data was released last week during the 35th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Fort Smith.

Caverns begin spring schedule

March 24, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The vernal equinox fell on March 20 this year, marking the time when the days and nights are almost equal in length, and signaling the start of spring. But Blanchard Springs Caverns spring schedule begins on March 31, marking the time when the caverns are open seven days a week.

Family & Friends Briefs

March 24, 2009 New Directions honoredNew Directions, located on White Drive in Batesville, was recently awarded a plaque for raising $500 for Special Olympics during the Polar Bear Plunge.The plaque was presented by Jessica Fagan and Bruce Kelley, Special Olympics representatives.The plaque was awarded for group effort, dedication and enthusiasm, according to a news release.It was also noted that David McQuary of Batesville raised over $4,500 for Special Olympics. Writers club reorganizes

Clubs News

March 24, 2009 Cave City EHCCAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met at the Cave City Community Center on March 16. President Judy Breckenridge called the meeting to order and the group sang “Easter Bonnet.” Roll call was “Do you have a flashlight that works?” Eight members and two guests were present. “Words to Live By” were read by Frances Ball. Minutes and treasurer’s reports were presented and approved.

Forgery charges filed

March 24, 2009 Bond has been set for $50,000 for a Batesville man and $15,000 for a Lynn woman for separate incidents of forgery, according to circuit court documents.Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said in court documents that 22-year-old Randal Hopper of 1770 Batesville Blvd. was being charged with forging 16 checks on a family member’s account.The checks were written to several convenience stores across the county with a total restitution of $368.44 being owed, according to Bittle.

AG warns of stimulus scams

March 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Recently, the Public Protection Department of the Attorney General’s Office has learned of new scams surrounding federal stimulus money and has issued an alert to warn consumers.The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 aims to stimulate the U.S. economy through a number of tax credits and incentives, an expansion of social services and an increase in domestic spending on education, health care and infrastructure programs. Consumers are not slated to receive a check or any other direct payment from the government at this time.

Migrant program benefits students

March 24, 2009 By Andrea BrunerAssistant Managing EditorMigrant students have needs that require specialized help and resources, and that is why the Batesville School District offers the Migrant Education Program.Migrant aide Dede Abbott said the number of people enrolled at Batesville fluctuates because of the nature of the business, but right now there is probably 128 people enrolled from pre-kindergarten to age 21.“That’s why these kids are in the program, because they migrate. ... They just move all the time and this program helps them. ...