Fulmer announces

January 26, 2010 Independence County Assessor Odus Fulmer has announced he will seek a sixth term as county assessor.“It has been an honor to have served as your county assessor since 2001,” he said. In the past years in office, I have implemented the first Web site for the convenience of viewing real estate records. It has been a great tool in keeping the general public informed of changes in value and ownership. I am currently considering the implementation of a personal property Web site that will allow the yearly assessment of personal property from the convenience of your home.”

City permits rise slightly in 2009

January 26, 2010 New construction rose slightly in 2009 in Batesville, but the outlook for 2010 is bleak.That is the overview from Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure, who noted that there are few prospects for new commercial construction this year.“There’s been some interest in a new motel, but I’m not very optimistic, and I’m always hearing rumors about new restaurants,” he said.But while the city may not have much to look forward to, Southside is getting some now commerce, McClure said, with a Mark Martin Kia dealership, Larry’s Pizza chain and possibly a Subway.

Izard police arrest drunks, disorderlies

January 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — Domestic battery, drunk driving and other arrests kept Izard County deputies busy in the past week.Among them were:• A response Thursday afternoon to a residence resulted in the arrest of Micah John Tunicliff, 18, of Pineville for third-degree domestic battering. He remains in the Izard County jail.

2009 year of disaster, heartbreak, advancement

January 25, 2010 Independence County officials started the new year of 2009 faced with the challenges of trying to resolve the many issues that normally carry over from the previous year, as well as the unexpected challenges yet to come.Among those facing the challenges were eight new justices of the peace: Gary Bridgman, District 2; Anne Moore, 4; Bobby Weaver, 5; Margaret Boothby, 6; Larry Nelson, 7; Danny Carter, 8; Waymon Long, 10; and Marion “Tony” Thompson, 11.

YouTube is home to tax tips

January 25, 2010 WASHINGTON — Amid all the music videos and celebrity news, the cute animal shots and comedy routines on YouTube, you’ll find some helpful tax tips from the Internal Revenue Service.The IRS channel on YouTube features dozens of videos informing people about new credits and deductions and other changes in the tax law.Launching the YouTube channel was “a natural choice” for the IRS, said Terry Lemons, the agency’s senior spokesman. “Our approach is to use multiple avenues to get information out to people.”There are currently 70 to 75 videos.

Eastman to award scholarship

January 25, 2010 Applications for the Arkansas Eastman Trust Scholarship are now available, according to a news release.The scholarship is established to encourage and assist Independence County area students pursuing a math or science-related career. Each year, a limited number of scholarships, not to exceed $2,000, are awarded to graduating high school seniors or students currently attending a college or university. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic performance, career goals, and school and community citizenship and activities.

FSA to talk with farmers

January 25, 2010 All area agricultural producers are invited to public meetings this week that may be beneficial for all farmers and ranchers, according to Independence County Farm Services Agency Director Dee Anne Barnes.The meetings are sponsored by the University of Arkansas Extension offices in Independence and Jackson counties. The two public meetings will be held in the Arkansas State University-Newport Student/Community Center.

Board to look at school tech

January 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will be looking at some of the high school’s newly installed technology in the math and science departments when it meets at 7 tonight at the high school.The board will also consider a bus bid, talk about facilities and the renewal of the superintendent’s contract. Meetings are open to the public.

Rural water storage tank shot

January 25, 2010 Authorities believe two holes found in a Pfeiffer community water storage tank came from a high-powered rifle. Batesville Safety Officer Sharon Taylor told police that the tank, located at 130 Mount Zion Road, was checked on the afternoon of Jan. 16 and it was fine. Then, last Tuesday city workers noticed a stream of water spurting from the tank about 60 feet above the ground, according to investigating Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Sharp.

Meetings to focus on parks

January 25, 2010 The city of Batesville will host a town meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at city hall.The meetings will be conducted by the University of Arkansas group that is conducting the city’s administrative review and needs assessment of parks and recreation facilities. The event is open to the public, and anyone may share ideas, thoughts and suggestions “so that we can have not only a strong showing but also to assure ourselves a successful project,” a news release states.