Reduce energy costs

January 28, 2010 Entergy Arkansas customer service manager Les Frensley offered a few energy-saving tips, too:• Turn the thermostat up a few degrees in the winter and down in the summer, using fans instead. The heating and air-conditioning systems are typically the two single-biggest power users in a home.• Caulk around windows to keep outside air from flowing in. Although it may not be very attractive, plastic sheeting on the windows works well too (make sure you get a good seal around the windows).

HDC elects officers

January 28, 2010 The Batesville Historic District Commission welcomed newly appointed members and elected its 2010 officers at its first meeting in January.Joining the Historic District Commission were Terry King and Gail Harley.New officers include Terrell Tebbetts, chairman; Brian Langston, vice chairman; and Larry Sandage, secretary.

Proposed state fair sites cut to 4

January 28, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Livestock Show Association has cut the list of proposed sites for the Arkansas State Fair to four.The current location in Little Rock is among them. The other sites are two locations near the intersection of Interstates 40 and 440 in North Little Rock and along I-440 near U.S. 167 in the Jacksonville area.The association’s board agreed to allow a buyer’s agent to begin negotiating agreements to buy the land in the Jacksonville area.

Smithville man wrecks bike

January 28, 2010 Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes said a Smithville man, Ricky Branscum, age unknown, was seriously injured Jan. 17 in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 167 north of Batesville.The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m., according to Hughes who said Cara Long of Batesville was northbound in a 1998 Buick when she slowed to make a right turn into a driveway and was hit by Branscum, riding a 2003 Honda motorcycle.

Cave City library hours changed

January 28, 2010 CAVE CITY — New hours at the Cave City Library have been announced by librarian Dettye Broughton.Effective Feb. 1, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.

Wintry precipitation forecast

January 28, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says that “significant icing” is possible over north and central Arkansas. Up to eight inches of snow is expected in parts of north Arkansas, too.But weather service forecaster Joe Goudsward says there is uncertainty about where and how much precipitation will fall, and of what type it will be.Goudsward says the computer models have been inconsistent because they show the system moving through at different speeds.

Southside student takes spelling bee

January 28, 2010 Jake Wyatt couldn’t have been more surprised to be the last speller standing at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Tuesday night. In fact, walking offstage, amid all the excitement of being the 2010 Independence County Spelling Bee champ, he asked coordinator Charlotte Pillow to remind him, “What was that last word?” “Petrify,” she said, smiling, standing at the foot of the stage as the Southside High seventh-grader made his way down the steps of the Independence Hall stage where his family and others waited to congratulate him.

Frensley to retire

January 28, 2010 Les Frensley has been through eight hurricanes, five or so tornadoes and more ice storms than he cares to remember. No matter what happens tonight, though, this will be his last battle with Mother Nature.Friday is Frensley’s last day as the customer service manager in Batesville. After that he’ll turn the reins over to Flave J. Carpenter Jr., who was more recently in community development for Entergy Arkansas.He joked that he’s been watching the weather this week, hoping he’ll go out with a “whimper” rather than a “bang,” at least as far as inclement weather is concerned.

Commission reminds poultry operators to register

January 27, 2010 The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and local conservation districts are reminding all owners of poultry feeding operations that the annual registration for such operations began Jan. 1 in accordance with the Arkansas Poultry Feeding Operations Registration Act (Act 1060 of 2003), according to a news release.Registration dates run through March 31 and affect any poultry feeding operation with 2,500 or more confined fowl.