Melbourne to start school Wednesday

August 18, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne School District, which has elementary campuses in Melbourne and Mount Pleasant and a high school campus in Melbourne, will begin classes Wednesday.Superintendent is Gerald Cooper. District treasurer is Toni Lawrence.Planned holidays include Labor Day, Sept. 7; deer/shopping day, Nov. 9; Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25-27; Christmas break, Dec. 21-Jan. 1; and spring break, March 22-26.Mount Pleasant preschool director is Sharon Blevins. Other certified employees include Lori Helm, Amy Love, Sherry Smith, Pam Smith and Sandra Webb.

Home-Aid fundraiser announced

August 18, 2009 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will host a benefit entitled “Home-Aid” to raise money to build its second home in Independence County, according to a news release.The event will be Aug. 31 at Josie’s at the Lockhouse in Batesville. Performers include Jericho’s Crossing, a contemporary Christian and country band, and others.

20th Street to be closed

August 18, 2009 Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh has announced that 20th Street will be closed from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday to through traffic.

Skipping school just got harder

August 18, 2009 If there’s an emergency, bad weather, if a student is absent, or if a bus is running late, parents, teachers and staff at the Batesville School District will soon be in the know.On Monday night, Skip Lanthem with AlertNow Rapid Communication Service presented details of the automated-messaging service to the school board, explaining that the service will allow the district to send voice, e-mail or text messages via a telephone or Internet-capable computer or device to anyone it wants, about anything it wants.

Shelter to close; HRA sells building

August 18, 2009 MELBOURNE — Safe Passage, a domestic violence shelter serving Izard and Fulton counties, will soon be closing its doors, but assistant director Christy Puckett hopes that it won’t be for good. Puckett and staff at Safe Passage received word Thursday from Health Resources of Arkansas, which owns the property, that the building has been sold, Puckett said. The shelter has been given until October to move.

Coroner, four others indicted

August 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Five people have been indicted by a grand jury on drug conspiracy charges, and the Independence County coroner is among them.According to U.S. District Attorney Jane Duke, four Independence County residents and one with an address unknown were involved in the conspiracy over a 12-year period.

Concord district returns to campus this week

August 17, 2009 CONCORD — Concord School District will begin classes Wednesday.Superintendent is Dr. Michael Davidson. District treasurer is Perralee Simpson.Planned holidays include: Labor Day, Sept. 7; Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25-27; Christmas break, Dec. 21-Jan. 1; spring break, March 22-26; Good Friday, April 2; and Memorial Day, May 31.Graduation is planned for May 14.The number of students enrolled last year was 483. There were 35 graduates with 92 percent of the senior class graduating. College attendance rate among 2008 graduates is 50 percent.

Hillcrest to welcome students back to school

August 17, 2009 LYNN — The first day of school for all students of Hillcrest School District will be Wednesday. Buses will run, and breakfast and lunch will be served.Kindergarten students must be registered.Open house will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.Hillcrest has campuses at 180 School St. in Lynn and 146 South Main St. in Strawberry.The Lynn campus telephone numbers are (870) 528-3462 and 528-3110, and the facsimile line number is 528-3766.The Strawberry campus telephone number is 528-3856, and the fax is 28-3383.

Midland to resume classes Wednesday

August 17, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland School District will begin classes Wednesday.Dean Stanley is superintendent. District treasurer is Linda Allgood.School board members are: Bryson Wood, president; Clint McCance, vice president; Connie Blevins, secretary; and Robert Beel, James Grider, Bobby Rhew and Deborah Frazier.The board meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the board room on the high school campus.

Diabetes workshops offered

August 17, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will conduct a Diabetes Workshop series in Mountain View.All three sessions will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Stone County Extension Service Conference Room, located at 205 Martin St., Mountain View. The first session will be Aug. 29 and will cover carbohydrate counting. Rosemary Rodibaugh, Extension nutrition specialist, will have low-carb cooking demonstrations and recipes.