Bonuses approved

February 17, 2010 In a rare occurrence Tuesday night, Independence County Judge Bill Hicks vetoed a ruling made just moments earlier by the quorum court.The issue was over money — specifically, bonuses the county wanted to give employees for their hard work the past year and for efforts to keep the county financially sound.It has been two years since county employees got a yearly cost-of-living raise and after the county treasurer revealed there were some surplus funds, but not enough for a raise, the court felt a bonus was appropriate.

50 jobs to end as pump maker shuts

February 16, 2010 SILOAM SPRINGS (AP) — A company that makes submersible pumps in Siloam Springs has told its 50 remaining employees that their jobs are being eliminated and the plant will shut down.The 50 workers left at the Franklin Electric Co. plant are what’s left of as many as 800 employed there as recently as 2006.The company based at Bluffton, Ind., did not give a specific employee termination date, but workers were told in an internal communication to expect it to happen in April.

Moorefield gets military surplus

February 16, 2010 The owners of J & J Military Surplus, Jim and Juanita Kerr, say operating a business that provides good serviceable products to their customers is their main goal.The store, located at 4750 Harrison St., across from AAA Rent-All, carries a wide variety of military surplus goods with more coming in each week, according to day-to-day operator Juanita Kerr.“This is a business the community has missed having since the one on lower Main Street closed many years ago,” she said.

Man attends leadership event

February 16, 2010 Cledas Manuel of Batesville, a Modern Woodmen of America managing partner, recently attended the first Modern Woodmen Leadership Career Institute, which was held at the company’s home office in Rock Island, Ill.Regional directors and managing partners were invited to attend the institute, which is designed to motivate attendees as leaders, help them learn from elite industry speakers and exchange management best practices with peers.The event will be held every other year at the home office.

ASU announces honor students

February 16, 2010 Jonesboro — Approximately 1,800 students have been named to the Chancellor’s and Dean’s Lists for the fall 2009 semester at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.The two lists recognize undergraduate students who achieved the highest grade point averages while enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of study. The Chancellor’s List includes students who earned a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0. The Dean’s List includes students with a GPA of 3.6 to 3.79.Those on the Chancellor’s List include:Ash Flat — Stewart A. Smart, Whitney D. Crook

Administrator discusses kindergarten concerns

February 16, 2010 Spring is the time many school districts have kindergarten preregistration. The Batesville School District is no exception. Our kindergarten preregistration will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 5 at the Early Learning Center at 1900 Lyon St. (formerly the kindergarten center).

JPs to discuss proposed pipeline

February 16, 2010 ASH FLAT — Sign-up for service from a proposed natural gas pipeline in Sharp County will be discussed when the quorum court meets at 6 tonight in the courthouse in Ash Flat, County Judge Larry Brown said.

Ambulance called for runaway

February 16, 2010 ASH FLAT — A child listed as a runaway was turned over to Department of Human Services about 4:20 this morning after the 11-year-old showed up at a house east of Cave City claiming that he had been abused, according to Sharp County 911 Dispatch Center logs.Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said the child, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, went to Jimmy Hoggard’s house about 3:57 a.m. and said that he ran away from home because his father was beating him. He also said siblings were at the house he had left.

Meyer joins staff at SCMC

February 16, 2010 Mountain View — Dr. Lawrence Meyer has joined the Stone County Primary Care Clinic and is now accepting new patients.“Dr. Meyer is a welcome addition,” said Renie Taylor, Stone County administrator/chief operating officer. “His practice will provide the access to primary medical care that is so important to residents of rural communities such as Mountain View.” Meyer received his medical degree, as well as his residency training, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

Body found ID’d as transient

February 16, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — The body of a man found on a bluff above Crooked Creek downstream from Lake Harrison has been identified as that of a transient.Police said Monday the body of 57-year-old Stanley Redman was found Saturday by juveniles hiking on a trail.The body has been sent to the state medical examiner to determine the cause of death. Police Capt. Paul Woodruff says foul play is not suspected and that Redman may have died of natural causes, a fall or from exposure.