Panel OKs scholarship rules

November 4, 2009 FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved rules that will govern scholarships funded by the new Arkansas lottery.The panel took the action on Friday amid concerns that the plan places too much emphasis on current high school students preparing to enter college.The board classified current college students who enrolled directly after high school as nontraditional students, ignoring objections from members of the lottery’s legislative oversight committee.

Southside middle school honor roll

November 4, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The students listed below made the honor roll for the first nine weeks of the 2009-10 school year at Southside Middle School, according to a news release:

Ozarka hosts College Planning Day

November 4, 2009 Melbourne — The Ozarka College Admissions Department hosted the annual College Planning Day on Oct. 27 in the John E. Miller Education Complex. College, university, financial and armed forces representatives, as well as various other agencies were set up to offer information to local high school seniors throughout the morning.

WRHS publication earns three awards

November 4, 2009 Little Rock — White River Health System recently received three Diamond Awards for excellence in health care advertising, marketing and public relations at the 79th annual Meeting of the Arkansas Hospital Association in Little Rock.

State revenues plunge $17.8M below estimates

November 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas collected $17.8 million less in revenue than expected last month, finance officials said Tuesday, and state agencies said they planned mainly to cut supplies or not fill vacant positions to trim their budgets.The drop in individual, sales and corporate income tax collections showed that the Arkansas economy was “unsettled,” said Department of Finance and Administration Director Richard Weiss.

House Democrats clear way for health care vote

November 4, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats cleared the way today for a pivotal vote on health care overhaul as early as the weekend, after tweaking their 1,900-page bill to crack down harder on insurance companies.“Americans are ready for comprehensive health insurance reform and the House will soon act,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that accompanied dozens of last-minute changes to the bill Tuesday night.Publication of the changes started a 72-hour legislative clock, meaning that a floor vote could take place as early as Saturday.

Service News

November 4, 2009 Norfolk, Va. — Navy Seaman Recruit Hannah Q. McGough, daughter of Mary A. and Floyd M. McGough of Floral, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, McGough completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Library memorials and honorarium

November 4, 2009 The following memorials have been made to the Independence County Library’s endowment fund:Audrey Seibert — Billie Jett, Danny and Karen Davis, Frances Williams, Eleanor LupienCarrie Wood — the Olen and Geneva Wood familyOrlando Teague, Mountain View — Joyce PooleBarbara Wilson, Los Angeles — Eleanor LupienFlorence Holmes Powell — Athena Study ClubJean Smith Withers — Jim and Virginia PruettRuth Davenport — the Smith family, Del Rapids, S.D.Lewis Emmitt Mason — Virginia PruettRodney Melton, Desha — Myles and Juanita Dunegan Wooten

Police take violence, drug, arson reports

November 4, 2009 A Batesville man arrested on charges of domestic battery, terroristic threatening and violating a protection order at his mother’s home Tuesday morning has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance. Independence County Deputy Jimmy Smith said that as Charles Brand, 24, of 1104 N. State St., was being booked into the jail on the domestic charges, jailer Marcus Nix had Branch empty his pockets and found a piece of cellophane wrapper containing a single white pill believed to be hydrocodone.Branch was scheduled to appear in court today on the charges.

Domestic violence arrests made

November 4, 2009 MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies responded to domestic violence calls Oct. 28 and arrested two men. Bradley Skidmore, 31, of Brockwell was charged with third-degree domestic battering and endangering the welfare of a minor. Christopher Ray Arnold, 41, of Franklin was charged with third-degree domestic battering. Both were released from the Izard County jail the following day after posting bond. In other arrests: