Concord hires marshal

December 21, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council met with new marshal Chris McMunn during a regular meeting last week to discuss particulars of his job, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.“He’ll be onboard about the first of January,” Pettit said.City Attorney Zack White of Heber Springs assisted in ironing out the details of the agreement.The aldermen also discussed whether to keep White as attorney. After the previous city attorney resigned in midyear, White had agreed to serve only until the end of the year.No decision was reached.

Trash schedule to change

December 21, 2009 There will be no trash or recycling routes run in Independence County on Thursday or Friday, according to the county judge’s office.All trash and recycling will be picked up the following week.Regular trash routes will resume on Dec. 28, and remain on schedule throughout the week of the New Year’s holiday.Recycling routes for downtown Batesville for Jan. 1 will be picked up early, on Dec. 31.Anyone with questions about the schedule may call the judge’s office at (870) 793-8880.

Entergy Ark. workers head to Ky.

December 21, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — About 120 workers with Entergy Arkansas Inc. have left the state for Kentucky where they’ll be helping restore power after a major winter storm.Some 90 linemen and 30 support personnel left Sunday for the Pikeville/Hazard area where nearly 80,000 customers of American Electric Power Kentucky Power were left without electricity.Crews from across Arkansas are expected to arrive today and begin work.

Sharp JPs to discuss budgets

December 21, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the main courtroom in the county courthouse in Ash Flat to consider a courthouse maintenance budget for 2010, according to an agenda for the meeting.The justices will also consider a “cleanup ordinance” for this year’s budget to shift funds within line items to make those items more closely match actual expenditures.Monthly reports from elected officials complete the agenda.

Church to hold service

December 21, 2009 Hope Lutheran Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Thursday. The service is open to the public.The church is located at the intersection of East Main Street and White Drive in Batesville. For more information call (870) 793-3078 or (870) 307-2274.

Police schedule sobriety checks

December 21, 2009 The Independence County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Arkansas State Police, will be conducting random sobriety check points in the county beginning today through New Year’s Day, according to a news release.“Our objective is not to ruin everyone’s good time and spoil the holidays, but to keep everyone safe and prevent highway tragedies,” Sheriff Keith Bowers said. “If someone is stopped in a random check and is sober/and or serving as a designated driver, don’t be surprised if you are presented with a gift from the sheriff’s office.”

Library to observe holiday

December 21, 2009 The Independence County Library will be closed Thursday through Sunday in observance of the Christmas holidays.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Dec. 28.

Veteran trains for new career

December 21, 2009 Todd Adcox, a recently honorably discharged Iraqi Freedom veteran who managed United States Air Force F-16 fuel systems, is currently undergoing formal technical training at Universal Technical Institute in Houston.

Southside hires employees, hears reports

December 21, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School Board met Dec. 14 where it accepted the resignations of three employees and voted to hire two others. The board approved the resignations of Ashley Smith as a child care employee and Jalesa Reed as a preschool teacher’s aide.It offered contracts to Linda Branscum as a personal care aide and Lori Turner as a special educational aide at the elementary school. Dale Dahl was hired as Southside’s summer ball program director.

McCord joins medical staff

December 21, 2009 Dr. J. William McCord Jr., anesthesiologist, has joined the medical staff at White River Medical Center in Batesville, according to a news release. Anesthesiologists are physicians responsible for administering anesthesia to relieve pain and for managing vital life signs during surgery, including breathing, heart rhythm and blood pressure.