WBC announces Harvest Fest

October 13, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College will hold its annual Harvest Fest celebration Oct. 28 for local children and church groups, and many participants come in their costumes.The festival will be held in WBC’s Carter Field House from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and tickets for games and activities can be purchased at the door with money or with a donation of canned goods.

Jiménez concert to be Oct. 30

October 13, 2009 Vocalist, pianist, songwriter and composer Barbara Jiménez will be in concert Oct. 30 at Lyon College.The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Bevens Music Room and is open to the public. Adult tickets are $10. Free tickets will be extended to Lyon students, faculty and staff on a reserve basis by calling Keith Melson at (870) 612-3400.

OWOA, cattlemen to meet

October 13, 2009 “Are You Ready for the Next Ice Storm” is the topic for a joint meeting of the local Cattlemen’s Association and the Ozark Woodland Owners Association beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Independence County Fairgrounds, OWOA President Ed Mabry said.Stone County Conservationist Rick Williams will be the speaker.An OWOA business meeting and election of officers will take place at 6:30 followed by a dinner at 7 for both groups.

Sharp Co. JPs to meet tonight

October 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the main courtroom in the courthouse in Ash Flat to consider resolutions for engineering and administrative agreements, according to an agenda for the meeting.A road sign ordinance will also be considered and elected officials’ reports will be reviewed.

Committees to discuss budget

October 13, 2009 The following Independence County Quorum Court committee will meet tonight to review and discuss the coming budgets for 2010: Law Enforcement Committee, this includes all sheriff’s department related budgets, jail, juvenile detention, etc.The public meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the juvenile courtroom of the Independence County Library building at Third and Main streets.

UACCB board to meet; legislators to be honored

October 13, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Board of Visitors will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Independence Hall.A business after hours/legislative reception will follow the meeting.The agenda includes updates on the Nursing and Allied Health Building campaign, a call training center at Cushman, fall enrollment, construction, accreditation and various events; introduction of new employees; and Pioneer Institution in the Pathways Demonstration Project.

UACCB hires three to work with nursing program

October 13, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced three recent hirings.Kelly Stone and Misty Vanemburg have been hired to teach in the practical nursing program, and Nicole Gay has been hired to teach the online registered nursing program.Stone obtained her bachelor of science degree from the School of Nursing at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. She has 24 years of nursing experience in obstetrics and medical surgical nursing and seven years of military nursing experience with the U.S. Air Force.

JPs approve computer software, resource officer

October 13, 2009 Before getting down to the business of dealing with expenditures and budget matters Monday night, the Independence County Quorum Court heard good news from Independence County Economic Development Director Ed Mabry.In his monthly report Mabry highlighted some recent activities including the announcement of a Department of Human Services call center that will be locating in Batesville next year and bring 100 new jobs to the community.A brief report was also heard from Gary Underwood with the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the upcoming 2010 Census.

Level 3 sex offender released from prison

October 13, 2009 MELBOURNE — Joseph C. Mitchell, recently released from prison, is residing on County Road 20 (Newburg Road) about 1.1 miles from the intersection of Newburg Road and Arkansas Highway 9 in Melbourne, the Izard County Sheriff’s Department has announced.Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the department is releasing information pursuant to Act 989 of 1997 and amendments of 2006 regarding sex offenders.

Unchartered territory – Batesville applies for charter status

October 13, 2009 When Batesville School District began considering the idea of a charter, it looked at many options.It considered a school-within-a-school charter.It contemplated a charter that would have included grades 7-12.In a process that is continually evolving, Batesville is now hoping to be approved for a charter for only grades 7-9.Batesville is one of five districts in the state that sent a letter to the Arkansas Department of Education, notifying of its intent to operate as a charter beginning the 2010-11 school year, if approved.