Commission approves plan for new area code in 870 region

December 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Public Service Commission has approved a plan for a new area code within the 870 area.The PSC says its new plan will require 10-digit dialing in the region when it’s implemented, though an implementation date hasn’t been set.The new plan will create a second area code within the existing area, so current 870 customers will be able to keep their phone number. The new three-digit code hasn’t been determined yet.

Public hearing set at Concord

December 14, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 tonight in the high school media center for a public hearing for developing a Ten Year Master Facility Plan, according to an agenda for the session.A resolution for the plan will then be considered for adoption.In other business the directors will consider a proposal to begin an after-school enrichment program.A financial report will also be reviewed.

Clinic to host party

December 14, 2009 The Pediatric Day Clinic will host a Christmas party from 6-7 p.m. Thursday. The event is free and open to the public and will include presents, a chili supper, games, door prizes and free photos taken with Santa. The clinic is located at 2040 Fitzhugh St. beside the Mickey Mouse swimming pool off Harrison Street in Batesville.

Cheapest lottery tickets on sale

December 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The cheapest tickets to the Arkansas lottery are on sale.Tickets to the Cash 3 game went on sale today at a cost of 50 cents and $1 each.Players will select three numbers from 0 through 9 or have the retail terminal randomly select three numbers. The prizes range from $40 to $500 and drawings will be held each day — Monday through Saturday.The most expensive lottery ticket is the $10 scratch-off.

Southside board to meet

December 14, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight at the elementary cafeteria where it will consider a letter of resignation and the hiring of two aides. The Southside third- and fourth-grade honor choir will perform and Les Frensley with Entergy Arkansas will present the school with an incentive check of $15,263 from the Entergy’s CitySmart Program for incorporating high efficiency lighting and geothermal heat pumps into the new Southside Elementary School. Meetings are open to the public.

Bridge in Sharp County reopens

December 14, 2009 ASH FLAT — The bridge on North Big Creek Road, which was closed due to October flood damage, opened Friday following temporary repairs, Sharp County Judge Larry Brown said.“The bridge is open and ready for use,” he said. “Permanent repair on the bridge may be delayed until spring.”

C-Ridge board to meet

December 14, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Newark Elementary Library where it discuss using the Oil Trough gym.Other items on the agenda include discussion of the soccer fields, preschool/day care program and financial reports. Meetings are open to the public. The library is located at 3549 Cord Road, Newark.

Zoning, planning commission to meet tonight

December 14, 2009 The Batesville zoning and planning commission will meet at 6 tonight at city hall.On the agenda for the planning commission is a request by Al Crouch for final plat approval for a new subdivision off Gap Road as well as a continued public hearing for conditional use permits.The meeting is open to the public.

Probe continues in death from fall at bluff

December 14, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities in Baxter County are investigating why a man fell to his death from a high bluff along the White River.Charles E. Ragland, 37, of Mountain Home died Wednesday at the bluff near Norfork. Elizabeth S. Hubbard, 40, of Mountain Home, also fell. She survived but suffered a head injury and multiple broken bones.Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said alcohol appeared to be a factor.

Sheriff: Be on look out for fake checks

December 14, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has received information that two Hispanics, one man and one woman, are in this part of the state and are suspected of passing fake payroll checks in the name of Tyson Foods. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said they are reported to be driving a red Nissan van with either California or Alabama tags. Merchants should be alert in taking checks from persons unknown to the business. Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of this vehicle is asked to contact the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.In unrelated activity: