School board wants to downsize

February 19, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library to consider reducing the number of board members from seven to five beginning with the 2009-10 term, Superintendent Mike Davidson said.Local boards do not have the authority to do that for themselves, but they can vote to petition the state Department of Education to allow the reduction.The directors will also consider renewing administrators’ contracts and consider revising the 2008-09 school calendar.

Service News

February 19, 2009 Maj. Marcus Bowers was promoted by Presidential Order to lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on Feb. 1, according to a news release.Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, promoted Bowers in a ceremony aboard the battleship USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Feb. 5. In attendance were over 100 military staff, friends and family members, including Bowers’ wife, Aida; children, Connor and Sara; and father, Marcus Bowers Sr., of Batesville.

Two arrested for marijuana

February 19, 2009 ASH FLAT — Two men were arrested following a search of a home at 26 Gale St., just north of Cave City, on Wednesday, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.“Officers located approximately 1 pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia,” Weaver said.Arrested were 26-year-old Nicholas Rodriquez and 28-year-old Gavin Lovrien.Formal charges are expected to be filed on both men for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

Charges filed in check forgery case

February 19, 2009 Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Batesville man accused of trying to cash a check on a closed account at the drive-through window of a local bank, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.Bittle said employees of the bank called police when 37-year-old Fred Owen Hicks presented the check and a teller discovered the check was on a closed account.

Midland recommended for full accreditation

February 19, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District recently was monitored by an AdvancED Team for accreditation purposes on a national level. The group encompasses North Central Accreditation and the Southern Colleges Association.The team, which was led by Billy Folkes, a retired professor from Southern Mississippi University, was “very pleased by the progress that the district has made,” according to a news release. Noting good Benchmark test scores and visionary leadership as strengths, the team has recommended the status of full AdvancED accreditation.

Author to read to children at Mabee-Simpson Library

February 18, 2009 Gary Harris, Lyon College professor of theatre, will read from his first soon-to-be-published children’s book “A Roly-Poly Jumble-Tumble Bounce of Bumbling Bears” at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lyon’s Mabee-Simpson Library. His original artwork for the book will also be on exhibit. To get everyone in the mood for a festive time, music will be performed before the talk by Kenton Adler, on the small pipes.The event was rescheduled from Jan. 28 due to inclement weather.

UACCB to be host site for College Goal Sunday

February 18, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will be a host site for College Goal Sunday.College Goal Sunday will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the computer labs located in the Main Classroom Building on the UACCB campus. The event is free and open to the public.College Goal Sunday is designed for those students interested in pursuing education beyond high school. Campus personnel will be available to assist students and their families in completing the application for financial aid and to answer questions about financial aid.

Reward offered

February 18, 2009 For the second time in three months, the new Welcome to Batesville sign, midway of the Ramsey Mountain curve south of town, has been the target of paint ball guns.The latest incident was discovered around 8 p.m. Thursday and reported to Independence County Deputy Bret Ward who said the sign had been shot nine times with green paint balls. Orange was the color used in the previous attack Dec. 29.

2008 flood report released

February 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Most flooding in north Arkansas in 2008 are what hydrologists call “25- to 50- year floods,” meaning flooding of that magnitude is expected to happen only once in 25 to 50 years, Jaysson Funkhouser, U.S. Geologic Survey Arkansas Water Science Center surface-water specialist, said last week.That is a 2 percent chance per year, but Funkhouser noted that two such floods impacted the White and Spring rivers within three weeks last March and April.

Remembering Susan Rueter

February 18, 2009 Those who know Susan Rueter say she never met a stranger. She loved people, and she was able to realize her calling when she moved to Batesville.As she and her husband were preparing to move from Fulton, Mo., a friend suggested she apply to Edward Jones Investments, which she did. Her office was on Main Street.