ADEM lists tips for cold weather

January 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is advising citizens to be prepared for the dangerously cold conditions expected in the state over the next few days.For the personal safety of you and your family please observe the following safety tips:• Use fireplace, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.

Fire damages Floral home

January 8, 2010 FLORAL — The Fred Tharp home, at 3540 Floral Road, incurred mostly smoke and water damage in one room following a fire Thursday afternoon.Floral Fire Chief Mark Biram said the department was called to the home around 4 p.m. to extinguish a fire that had started in the bathroom area. “The cause is believed to be electrical,” Biram said. “It’s still under investigation.”Biram said his department responded with 11 firefighters, one pumper truck and a tanker.“We cleared the scene right at 6 p.m.,” Biram said.No one was injured in the small blaze.

Sharp JPs to meet Monday

January 8, 2010 ASH FLAT — Despite the closure of the Sharp County Courthouse today and the postponement of today’s session of district court due to dangerously cold weather, the Sharp County Quorum Court is still on schedule to meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the courthouse, County Judge Larry Brown said.One of the primary heating units in the courthouse is to be replaced Monday, he said.

DHS to hold forums Tuesday

January 8, 2010 The Arkansas Department of Human Services will host two public forums to hear from individuals with special health care needs and for their families and caregivers.The meetings will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the George Rider Conference Room of First Community Bank, located at 1325 Harrison St. in Batesville.For more information call Shara Reinheardt at (870) 612-5527.

Election panel to meet

January 8, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the county courthouse to discuss the upcoming Floral Fire Protection District special election.Other business includes electing a chairman for 2010, the upcoming Arkansas County Election Commissions Association Winter Conference, meeting with the state election coordinator to assist with physical inventory of Independence County’s voting system equipment, and an accounting report to the county.

Reports top water board agenda

January 8, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear a 2009 Year in Review Report, Manager John Richardson said.Other reports to be reviewed include December water and wastewater financial reports, a December system totals report, a board election report, a legal report, a 2009 Fourth Quarter Water Treatment Plant Performance Report and the manager’s monthly report.A review of current water and wastewater bills completes the agenda.

Former sheriff seeks Jackson County seat

January 8, 2010 NEWPORT — Jim Bishop has announced his intention to seek the office of Jackson County Sheriff.“After many thoughts, prayers and visits from the citizens of Jackson County I, Jim Bishop, have decided to seek the office of Jackson County Sheriff. I served as your sheriff form 1994 until 2005. As your sheriff I worked hard to make this county a better and safe place to raise our families. I would like to continue this work. My door will always be open to the people of this county.

Cherokee Village woman admits giving morphine to 5-week-old

January 8, 2010 HARRISBURG  — A Cherokee Village woman has been sentenced in Poinsett County to five years in prison after admitting giving liquid morphine to her 5-week-old baby in May, leading to hospitalization of the infant, according to an Associated Press report this morning.Twenty-three-year-old Crystal Williams of Cherokee Village pleaded guilty to introducing a controlled substance into another person’s body and possession of a controlled substance. She admitted to Poinsett County Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer that she gave the baby boy morphine because he was crying.

Rush seeks judge title

January 8, 2010 SIDNEY — Karla Rush has announced plans to become a candidate for Izard County judge in 2010. Currently serving as justice of the peace for District 7 (Democrat) in Izard County, Rush will seek the judge’s office which is being vacated by retiring Judge Rayburn Finley.Rush has been a resident of Izard County since 1998 and presently lives in the Sidney/Mount Pleasant area. Rush is the director for college advancement at Ozarka College in Melbourne.

JPs buy building

January 8, 2010 MELBOURNE — It took one more vote to get the $240,000 check cut.They got it.Tuesday night the Izard County Quorum Court once again voted to purchase the now-empty building that once housed a drug store for $240,000.The deciding vote was cast by Neil Olan, who had been very vocal at the December special meeting. Still voting against were Justices Justin Sanders, James Simmons and Wayne Borne with Glendon Everett, Karla Rush, Ken Bachman, Eric Smith and James Elbert in favor.