Southside board meets tonight

October 12, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight to consider hiring Evelyn Moore as a food service worker and Becky Moore as elementary custodian. Discussion of the old elementary site, principal reports and a recommendation to adopt the district classified calendar for 2009-10 year are also included on the agenda. The board will meet in the high school cafeteria annex. Meetings are open to the public.

Missing teen hunters found safe

October 12, 2009 JASPER (AP) — Two teenage boys who disappeared while hunting near the Buffalo River in northwestern Arkansas have been found safe.Their names were not released.Authorities say the 15- and 16-year-old boys were dropped off for a day of hunting Saturday morning in Newton County. They failed to show up to meet relatives several hours later at a predetermined pickup spot.

Flu shot clinic to be discussed

October 12, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains Town Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall to continue to discuss the Oct. 29 flu shot clinic in town, Mayor Rick Siler said.The aldermen want to make sure all the plans are in place, Siler said.In other business the council will hear departmental reports and review current bills.

Softball tournament to benefit Magness family

October 12, 2009 A benefit co-ed double elimination softball tournament will be held Saturday at the Batesville Recreational Center north of Batesville.Concessions will be available. Entry fee is $100 per team.Proceeds will go to Tammy Thomas, whose home burned Sept. 29. Her two sons were killed in the fire, and she was badly burned and hospitalized in serious condition.An account has been set up at Liberty Bank to assist with funeral expenses for her sons, Kristofer Thomas and Jason Doran.For more information call Wayne Smart at (870) 834-2730.

Quorum court to meet

October 12, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the juvenile courtroom, second floor of the Independence County Library building at the corner of Third and Main streets in Batesville.Among items on the agenda are:• a resolution requesting purchase of new computer software for the county clerk’s office• an ordinance amending the Newark interlocal police agreement to allow Newark officers to serve as school resource officers• a report from Independence County Economic Development regarding a new call center for Batesville

Forestry community coming together for Arkansas Children’s Hospital

October 12, 2009 To some people, a truckload of logs may mean a bunch of picnic tables or the entire printing of a small town’s daily newspaper.For members of Arkansas’ forestry and logging community, it symbolizes a commitment to help the patients and their families who need Arkansas Children’s Hospital, according to the Log A Load For Kids program.

Album to raise funds for injured classmate

October 12, 2009 CAVE CITY — Carlie Easley & Junction 58 recorded a bluegrass gospel album and on the way home from the recording studio, Easley decided to donate the proceeds from album sales to Alex Cossey, a classmate who was seriously injured in an auto accident Aug. 28. Carlie and Alex are both juniors at Cave City High School.Cossey remains hospitalized in Little Rock.

Ladies Night Out scheduled for Tuesday

October 12, 2009 Ladies Night Out will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Providing important health information and free screenings to women in the community, the event is open to the public.“Ladies Night Out is about good health,” said Sheila Mace, public relations coordinator at White River Medical Center. “We want our community to know about the health care services that are available to them so they can make informed health care decisions.”

Fire destroys garage, damages church

October 12, 2009  An early morning fire that destroyed a Batesville family’s multi-functional garage also damaged the roof of a nearby church, according to fire officials.Batesville Fire Chief Danny Russell said the garage fire was reported at the Lee Mourer residence at 649 College Ave. around 1:30 a.m. and the building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene.Firefighters were kept busy to keep flames from spreading to the Mourer home and to First Baptist Church located across a narrow driveway some 20 feet away.

Lost – Kayakers walk to highway site

October 12, 2009 A man kayaking with his wife and another doctor Saturday was on the verge of going into shock after their afternoon trip turned into a survival ordeal. Stacy Caplener, assistant director with the Independence County Office of Emergency Management, said his office got a call around 9:30 p.m. Saturday saying that Dr. Robin Williams, her husband Joey Steen and Dr. Meriden Glasgow were missing somewhere on Salado Creek south of Batesville.“I don’t remember who called 911; a family member or someone reported them overdue to police dispatch,” Caplener said.