Commission supports tax, historical ordinance

March 3, 2009 Monday night the Batesville City Planning Commission gave its unanimous support to the upcoming tax election, which deals with a 1-percent sales tax to replace and upgrade the city’s wastewater facility.Dr. Sam Cooke, speaker for the Citizens for Jobs group supporting the tax, and Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson gave a presentation to commissioners showing the current status of the facility and proposed improvements if the tax is passed during a special vote on March 10.

Wild game supper, youth expo slated

February 20, 2009 Fun, food and fellowship will be the order of the day, and night, when the Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church presents its annual wild game supper and youth expo March 7.Sporting a brand new building with plenty of space for activities, the church will again offer a variety of wild game dishes, door prizes and guest speakers.According to Bill Barker, just one of many church members involved in the event, this year will definitely be bigger and better than ever.

Robinson lands on feet

February 20, 2009 From the outside, Renard Robinson has a bright future ahead. He works and goes to school and spends whatever free time he has with his family, including his fiancée.But things weren’t always quite so rosy. Robinson, 31, had a few troublesome years.That is, until he came to John 3:16 Ministries in April 2007 looking for help.

Three children die in fire

February 20, 2009 MADISON (AP) — Three children died early today in a house fire in eastern Arkansas, though the mother was able to rescue an infant sibling from the flames.The four-bedroom brick home was fully engulfed when emergency responders arrived, Madison Police Chief Jonathan Parks said.Parks said the baby is 6 months old. The ages of the children who died was 13, 10 and 4.“All of them, I knew well,” Parks said. “It’s a small community.”

Cave City woman gives direction to toddlers

February 20, 2009 The Grapevine Daycare Center, operating in conjunction with the New Life Family Church of God in Batesville, has a new director, Ramona A. Brewer, who is a certified child development associate.“I just recently moved back to Cave City from El Paso (Texas) where I worked as the lead teacher with the Army Child Development Centers,” Brewer said during a recent interview. “I graduated from Cave City High School in 1994. I have a background in child care, and experience as the owner and director of Leaps and Bounds, a home preschool program.”

Children collect items for animals

February 20, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Elementary School’s 29 classes ran a contest recently to see which classroom could collect the most “wish list” items for the Humane Society of Independence County.The contest was implemented by student Erin Lorch as an extension of a 4-H project. Erin is president of the Southside Elementary K-Kids, and the Southside K-Kids (62 student members) were involved in the entire project, from collecting and sorting the items to making the delivery to the humane society and touring the facility.

Police suspect girl’s boyfriend

February 20, 2009 POCAHONTAS (AP) — Police have arrested a Hoxie teenager, suspecting him of killing his girlfriend’s father, and say the dead man’s wife helped cover up the crime.Greg Anthony Smith, 19, was being held in the death of Ronald Dale Cathey, 51, of Pocahontas. Cathey’s body was found in the Black River near Clover Bend on Jan. 24. Cathey’s wife, Shirley Sue Cathey, 34, was being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.Smith was dating the Catheys’ daughter, prosecutor Henry Boyce said.

ASU-Searcy schedules self-defense for women

February 20, 2009 BEEBE — The Continuing Education Department at Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, will hold a free Women’s Self Defense class at 6:30  p.m. March 9 on the Searcy campus.  Detective Anne Rigsby will conduct this informative session to women of all ages. 

Ozarka to host transfer fair

February 20, 2009 Melbourne — The TRiO Department of Ozarka College is once again hosting a College Transfer Fair. The event will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the halls of the John E. Miller Education Complex on the main campus in Melbourne. College representatives from four-year colleges around the state will be on hand to offer students all the information needed about their different degree programs, available scholarships and transferring.

Lyon announces schedule, new ticket prices for event

February 20, 2009 In April, the sound of bagpipes and drums will once again be heard loud and clear throughout the Lyon College campus during the 30th Arkansas Scottish Festival.This year’s festival, scheduled for April 17-19, features new activities, pipe bands and entertainment as well as more vendors and reduced ticket prices.