McDonald won’t run again

January 27, 2010 Alderman Matt McDonald has announced he will not seek another term on the Batesville City Council.McDonald has represented Ward 4 in Position 2 since 2007, winning the Democratic primary for the seat vacated by Dana Mynatt. McDonald was unopposed in the last election.The city council has agreed to hold non-partisan elections this year, meaning candidates will run as independents.

Man accused of stealing money from Melbourne supermarket

January 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — Theft of property charges were filed against a Melbourne man after he admitted taking several thousand dollars from his employer.According to the affidavit filed Tuesday in the Izard County Clerk’s Office, Charles Nathan Champ, 30, of Melbourne faces two counts of theft of property.On Nov. 16, 2009 Miller’s Supermarket experienced a shortage of approximately $3,568.39 in funds when reconciling the receipts for that day. On Jan. 7, 2010 the supermarket again experienced a shortage of $5,400.67. A third shortage was reported on Jan. 17.

Rotary Club reschedules Haiti relief collections event

January 27, 2010 Due to the threat of wintery weather on Friday, the Batesville Rotary Club has postponed its collection of donations for victims of the Haiti earthquake until Feb. 5.“We certainly wouldn’t want anyone getting out and driving on snow and ice, so we made the decision to back everything up one week,” said Rotary Club President Mark House. “That may actually be a blessing in disguise, as that will give us an additional week to promote our efforts and accept donations by mail.”

Batesville man to be arrested for threatening to kill officer

January 27, 2010 An arrest warrant has been issued for 51-year-old Tommy McGoogan of Batesville after he allegedly made several threats in front of witnesses to kill an Independence County deputy.Detective Mike Mundy said in a court affidavit filed Monday that McGoogan was arrested Dec. 16 for driving with no license and disorderly conduct by Deputy Jeremy Qualls. Mundy said that while McGoogan was being arrested he made several threats against Qualls.

Church opens food pantry

January 27, 2010 Second Chance Church will hand out food for the needy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday.This is a state-regulated food pantry.The church is located at 25 Griffin Road off of Indian Springs Road in Batesville.For more information call (870) 613-0805 or 613-6462.

School board opts no for new elementary

January 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — Future plans for a new elementary building to include students at both the Melbourne and Mount Pleasant campuses will have to wait.Members made no motion Monday night to include a resolution in a 10-year facilities master plan to allow consideration of building a new elementary next to the new Melbourne High School. Districts are required by state law to review its master plan every two years. From fixtures, roofs or floors that need replaced, “anything about a building is involved in that plan,” Superintendent Gerald Cooper told the board.

Mabry: Economic development group working hard, unemployment rate down in Independence County

January 27, 2010 Unemployment is down in Independence County and ranks well below the national average of 9.7 percent.Tuesday night, Ed Mabry, director of the Independence County Economic Development Commission, presented a report to the Batesville City Council. Among items in the report was the Department of Human Services call center. Mabry said the land deed has been transferred and annexation is in process, as the property is currently outside Batesville city limits.

Community center ranks high on parks ‘wish list’

January 27, 2010 What would you like to see in the next five years with regards to programs and facilities in your community?That was the premise of a meeting Tuesday night to gather ideas, thoughts and suggestions from the public about the city’s parks.

Firefighter suffers heart attack at house fire

January 27, 2010 Volunteer firefighter Henry Sandy loved life and he loved what he did.After suffering a heart attack in 1998 and a second in 2007, he understood he couldn’t do as much as he once did — that “he couldn’t suit up and go inside houses anymore as a firefighter,” but that didn’t stop him from wanting to help, ex-wife and fellow volunteer firefighter Linda Sandy said.

Larry’s Pizza comes to Southside

January 26, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Already serving thousands of satisfied customers in Searcy and Heber Springs, Larry’s Pizza is opening in Independence County with a menu unheard of in the local pizza world.Owner Chris Bailey said part of what has made Larry’s Pizza parlors such a hit is their unique menu.“Most of our toppings, and we have a lot of them, are thought up by our customers,” Bailey said recently. “Just about whatever folks ask for we can either do it right then, or be able to do it very soon.”