Governor to recognize Mount Pleasant Elementary

January 26, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary is being recognized as one of the state’s performing schools. The National Center for Educational Achievement has recognized Mount Pleasant Elementary of the Melbourne School District as part of its 2009 Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools in Arkansas. Schools recognized for growth achieved better improvement rates for their students compared with other schools with similar demographics, a news release states. The center used growth and college and career readiness during its analysis for this recognition.

Center gets computer lab

January 26, 2010 Health Resources of Arkansas Youth Center has received a computer lab from the Batesville School District. The lab consists of six new computers and monitors, printer, programming and an upgrade of the current lines.Jack Sanders, federal programs director for the school, said he contacted Brett Farris, director of HRA Youth Center, recently about the school’s receiving federal stimulus money, along with Title I Part D money, to be utilized for the residents at the youth center.

Fur prices hit bottom

January 26, 2010 CAVE CITY — Trapping used to be big business, but animal pelts are worth little now for a variety of reasons, including the weather, trapper and fur buyer Bobby Huskey of Strawberry told Cave City Kiwanis Club members Thursday.“At one time, you could throw down an otter and get a $100 bill,” Huskey said. “Now, it’s $15 to $20.”“In 1980, coon — some people say ‘raccoon’ but I say ‘coon’ — prices were $40; bobcats were $125.”Now, he said, “I’ve got coon pelts that haven’t sold from last year.”

Fulmer announces

January 26, 2010 Independence County Assessor Odus Fulmer has announced he will seek a sixth term as county assessor.“It has been an honor to have served as your county assessor since 2001,” he said. In the past years in office, I have implemented the first Web site for the convenience of viewing real estate records. It has been a great tool in keeping the general public informed of changes in value and ownership. I am currently considering the implementation of a personal property Web site that will allow the yearly assessment of personal property from the convenience of your home.”

City permits rise slightly in 2009

January 26, 2010 New construction rose slightly in 2009 in Batesville, but the outlook for 2010 is bleak.That is the overview from Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure, who noted that there are few prospects for new commercial construction this year.“There’s been some interest in a new motel, but I’m not very optimistic, and I’m always hearing rumors about new restaurants,” he said.But while the city may not have much to look forward to, Southside is getting some now commerce, McClure said, with a Mark Martin Kia dealership, Larry’s Pizza chain and possibly a Subway.

Izard police arrest drunks, disorderlies

January 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — Domestic battery, drunk driving and other arrests kept Izard County deputies busy in the past week.Among them were:• A response Thursday afternoon to a residence resulted in the arrest of Micah John Tunicliff, 18, of Pineville for third-degree domestic battering. He remains in the Izard County jail.

2009 year of disaster, heartbreak, advancement

January 25, 2010 Independence County officials started the new year of 2009 faced with the challenges of trying to resolve the many issues that normally carry over from the previous year, as well as the unexpected challenges yet to come.Among those facing the challenges were eight new justices of the peace: Gary Bridgman, District 2; Anne Moore, 4; Bobby Weaver, 5; Margaret Boothby, 6; Larry Nelson, 7; Danny Carter, 8; Waymon Long, 10; and Marion “Tony” Thompson, 11.

YouTube is home to tax tips

January 25, 2010 WASHINGTON — Amid all the music videos and celebrity news, the cute animal shots and comedy routines on YouTube, you’ll find some helpful tax tips from the Internal Revenue Service.The IRS channel on YouTube features dozens of videos informing people about new credits and deductions and other changes in the tax law.Launching the YouTube channel was “a natural choice” for the IRS, said Terry Lemons, the agency’s senior spokesman. “Our approach is to use multiple avenues to get information out to people.”There are currently 70 to 75 videos.

Eastman to award scholarship

January 25, 2010 Applications for the Arkansas Eastman Trust Scholarship are now available, according to a news release.The scholarship is established to encourage and assist Independence County area students pursuing a math or science-related career. Each year, a limited number of scholarships, not to exceed $2,000, are awarded to graduating high school seniors or students currently attending a college or university. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic performance, career goals, and school and community citizenship and activities.

FSA to talk with farmers

January 25, 2010 All area agricultural producers are invited to public meetings this week that may be beneficial for all farmers and ranchers, according to Independence County Farm Services Agency Director Dee Anne Barnes.The meetings are sponsored by the University of Arkansas Extension offices in Independence and Jackson counties. The two public meetings will be held in the Arkansas State University-Newport Student/Community Center.