Man missing on river, believed drowned

May 11, 2009 Fast moving floodwaters are hampering the search for an Allen Chapel man who is believed to have drowned while boating on the White River Saturday afternoon, according to Independence County Office of Emergency Services director Glen Willis.Willis said his department and several volunteers spent about nine hours in a fruitless search Sunday for 30-year-old Aaron R. Marks of 75 Penny Linda Lane.

4 confirmed cases of swine flu at Ark. army base

May 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' first confirmed swine flu cases came from out-of-state soldiers training at a military base in central Arkansas, officials said Friday. A school child in northeast Arkansas has also tested positive for the disease.Officials said 11 soldiers training at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock suffered flu-like symptoms. Four tested positive for the virus, four tested negative and three test results are pending.

Area students net art awards

May 8, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Leia Parks, art teacher at Southside Elementary and Middle School, entered student artwork into many contests and exhibits around the state this school year. This year Southside Elementary has had 10 students win in three separate contests as well as one win in the middle school.

Simpsons win tourney

May 8, 2009 CAVE CITY — Winners of the Cave City Bass Club tournaments keep on catching heavy stringers, as Mike Simpson and Spencer Simpson weighed in five bass for a total of 10.35 pounds to win Saturday’s tournament on Crown Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.Twenty anglers participated.The Simpsons also caught the biggest bass of the tournament. It weighed 4.1 pounds.Chris Wooden and Brian Chapman placed second with five fish totaling 9.7 pounds.Keith Lawrence, fishing by himself, placed third with five bass weighing 9.15 pounds.

Lock 2 club takes breather

May 8, 2009 BETHESDA — The Lock 2 Bass Club has suspended club tournaments because of a shortage of regular participants but will host invitational tournaments for the time being, reporter Eugene Dowell said.The first invitation tournament will be from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 16 on White River from Lock 1 to Lock 3. Ramsey Slough is not included.The entry fee is $40 per boat, including the big bass pot.“You don’t have to join the club to fish this one,” Dowell said.

Students see works published in 2009 young poet anthology

May 8, 2009 NEWARK — Five Cedar Ridge High School students have been published in a poetry anthology, according to teacher Rhea Jennings.Chosen for publication in the 2009 edition of the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans were Cedar Ridge seventh-graders Sierra Henderson and Taylor Hawkins, eighth-graders Lundy Bowren and Lauren Boreani and 10th-grader Loey Goad. “The Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans provides a forum through which selected young authors can see their work and the work of other students published in an actual book,” Jennings said.

Cedar Ridge board hires personnel, OKs policies, hikes football contracts

May 8, 2009 NEWARK — At the Cedar Ridge School Board April 28, students who received awards at the Region II History Day at Lyon College on April 18 were recognized for their achievements, which qualified them for state competition. The board heard second readings for:• the school calendar. The second reading of the 2009-10 calendar was approved with an amendment to include five make up days as required by new law. Those days are Jan. 4, Feb. 15, March 19, April 2 and June 1. The revised calendar was approved.

UACCB announces certificate, GED graduates

May 8, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced its certificate of proficience and GED graduates for 2009 as follows:Certificate of Proficiency-CIS/networkingBatesville — Mary Butler, Duane Massey, John ParsonsBradford — Carol BallCave City — Gary LindseyPleasant Plains — Albert MorenoCertificate of Proficiency-early childhood education

Trauma system budget OK’d

May 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Health Board approved a budget Thursday for setting up a statewide trauma-care system, and the state’s health director said officials have already begun asking hospitals to join.The board approved a $25 million initial spending plan for the trauma system, which lawmakers approved earlier this year. The system will be paid for with money from a 56-cent-a-pack increase in cigarette taxes that took effect in March.

Spring into Tourism celebration set

May 8, 2009 The Ozark Gateway Tourist Council will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Monday in the “pocket park” in downtown Batesville.“Spring into Tourism” will include an afternoon of free entertainment, activities, guest speakers from the tourism industry, displays, exhibits and demonstrations by artists, craftspeople and others who contribute to the region’s tourism economy.