Account established

February 17, 2010 An account has been set up at Citizens Bank in Batesville for the children of Eric Simpson under the name of Dale and Cleda Simpson. Eric Simpson, a former Southside graduate, was killed in an out-of-state industrial accident last week.Donations may be made at any bank branch.

Batesville schedules meeting about magnet programs

February 17, 2010 The Batesville School District will hold a public information meeting about its magnet schools from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the district central office board room at 955 Water St.There will be information about all the magnet programs. “These sessions are provided to help parents make choices for the school their children will attend,” Debbie Miller, director of curriculum and instruction, said. The first magnet application period will open Feb. 24 and remain open until 4 p.m. March 19.

Prengaman to speak at Lyon

February 17, 2010 Peter Prengaman will be speaking at the Patterson Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in Nucor Auditorium on the Lyon College campus.

Optimists to meet Thursday

February 17, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin.The club will be honoring Brooke Knowles and Timothy Sturch, seniors from Southside High School as Teens of the Month. All members are encouraged to attend.A brief business meeting will be held to discuss the upcoming chili lunch.Anyone wishing to learn more about what the Optimist club does in Batesville is invited to attend as well.

Man charged with shooting child with BB gun

February 17, 2010 A 23-year-old Independence County man is in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond for allegedly shooting a neighbor’s 7-year-old child with a BB gun, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.Mundy said that when Deputy Dee McFatter spoke with the child Sunday, he said Timothy May had shot him in the leg with a BB gun.“Deputy McFatter did observe an open, bleeding puncture wound to the leg just below the knee,” Mundy said. “The family then took the minor to the hospital for treatment.”

Lyon professor awarded $200,000 research grant

February 17, 2010 Lyon College Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Tim Lindblom has been awarded a nearly $200,000 grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH).Lindblom said the grant will fund research to determine how chemicals from the environment impact human health. He said the chemicals called xenobiotics enter human bodies in many forms including environmental pollution, prescription drugs, dietary supplements, and compounds normally found in food and drink.

Ted Hall resigns

February 17, 2010 For Ted Hall it’s time for a change.The superintendent submitted his letter of resignation to the Batesville School Board Tuesday night during its regular meeting at Eagle Mountain Magnet.“I’m not sick. I’ve not gone crazy. I’m not mad, and I am grateful to be the superintendent of the Batesville School District,” he said. His resignation is effective the end of the school year. “It’s just that for me, it’s time for a change.”With 35 years spent in education, Hall, 58, was hired as superintendent in 2001, having previously been superintendent at Southside.

Bonuses approved

February 17, 2010 In a rare occurrence Tuesday night, Independence County Judge Bill Hicks vetoed a ruling made just moments earlier by the quorum court.The issue was over money — specifically, bonuses the county wanted to give employees for their hard work the past year and for efforts to keep the county financially sound.It has been two years since county employees got a yearly cost-of-living raise and after the county treasurer revealed there were some surplus funds, but not enough for a raise, the court felt a bonus was appropriate.

50 jobs to end as pump maker shuts

February 16, 2010 SILOAM SPRINGS (AP) — A company that makes submersible pumps in Siloam Springs has told its 50 remaining employees that their jobs are being eliminated and the plant will shut down.The 50 workers left at the Franklin Electric Co. plant are what’s left of as many as 800 employed there as recently as 2006.The company based at Bluffton, Ind., did not give a specific employee termination date, but workers were told in an internal communication to expect it to happen in April.