$2,000 in donations helps fund programs

May 1, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — A grant presented April 28 by Southwestern Energy will enhance lessons in math and science taught to students in Independence County.Company representatives awarded a contribution of $2,000 to Midland High School and Junior High.

Woman dies after rescue

May 1, 2009 A woman whose door police kicked in to get her medical help Thursday morning, later died at a local hospital. Geneva G. Finney, 69, of Hilly Village Road was pronounced dead at White River Medical Center Thursday afternoon, according to Independence County Coroner Hardy Willis.The efforts to reach Finney began when someone placed a 911 welfare concern call that went to the Lawrence County 911 operator. The caller said they could see Finney through a window, lying on her bedroom floor and all her doors were locked.

Rotarians earn prizes in membership drive

May 1, 2009 The Batesville Rotary Club recently completed its Spring Membership Drive. At the conclusion of the event, new members and the current Rotary members who proposed them for membership were entered into a drawing to win weekend getaways.Larry Sandage of White River Health System was named winner as the current Batesville Rotary Club member who proposed a new member. For his efforts, Sandage won lodging from Aunt Minnie’s Guest House in Mountain View, as well as tickets to the White River Hoedown.

Volkswagen club to host event in Mountain View

May 1, 2009 Mountain View — The Ozark Volkswagen Club will again be hosting the national acclaimed seventh annual Ozark Volkswagen Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 at Taylor’s Sons of the Ozarks Music Theatre, which is two miles south on Highway 9 from Mountain View.The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 1, 2009 Masonic Home reunion plannedFormer residents of the Masonic Home will hold their 13th reunion Saturday at the Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge, located on Highway 167 South in Batesville.All friends and former classmates are invited to visit from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.For more information, call the lodge at (870) 251-2835. Single’s ministry to meet

Area Briefs

May 1, 2009 Band boosters to meetThe Batesville High School Band Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school band room.This is the last meeting of the year, and officers will be elected and other business discussed. Driving tests canceledThere will be no written or road tests held in Batesville on May 5 or May 7, according to the Arkansas State Police driver’s license examiner.Tests will resume Tuesday and Thursday of the following week. 

Cave board hears good news

May 1, 2009 CAVE CITY — Gold medal winners from Cave City High School in the recent state SkillsUSA contests in Hot Springs will be going to the national competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June, Superintendent Steven Green said.Earlier this week, the school board approved the trip and agreed to help finance it, although students will also hold fundraisers to help out.Instructors Ben Johnson and Lindsey Johnson reported that 56 students participate at the state level, with 28 of them winning medals.

Smith receives service award

May 1, 2009 Tammy Smith was named the recipient of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Service Award during the recent Outstanding Student Reception.Brian Berry, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student services, presented the award to Smith. In recognizing Smith, he talked not only of her service to the campus but also to the community.

Board OKs raises, personnel changes, opens bus bids

May 1, 2009 CAVE CITY — Employees of the Cave City School District will get paid more next term, Superintendent Steven Green said.The school board agreed earlier this week on the increases, which will amount to a $292 increase for each certified employee. Classified employees also get raises.All the raises are based on a 1 percent increase of the base rate for a beginning employee in that position.Special education and assistant bookkeeper/administrative secretary positions were added to the classified salary schedule.

Blind boy shares his world

May 1, 2009 Coby Turney sees the world through his fingertips, and he doesn’t mind sharing.The 8-year-old reads, writes, plays piano, keeps time on the tambourine and joins his friends on the playground.The only difference is that he is blind.“This is the ruler I use to measure things with,” Coby, a third-grader at Cave City Elementary, said to the Eagle Mountain Elementary class Tuesday, holding up a black plastic ruler with Braille on it.