Southside to host open houses

August 10, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Open house for grades kindergarten through 12th grade will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Southside School District, according to federal/curriculum coordinator Dinah Haertlein.Preschool will have its open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18. “Southside welcomes all parents to come and visit with their child’s teachers and to visit our facilities,” including the new elementary building at 2640 Batesville Blvd., Haertlein said.

Southside board to meet tonight

August 10, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight in the high school cafeteria annex where it will consider accepting letters of resignation from three school employees. Resignation letters from Sandy Norris, special education clerk, Joyce Atkins, elementary teacher’s aide, and middle school custodian, Ed Hamilton, will be considered. The board will also discuss establishing polling sites for the September school elections, consider appointing four school coordinators and adopting a classified calendar for the 2009-10 school year.

Chamber to host breakfast

August 10, 2009 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast open house Tuesday welcoming Crystal Johnson as the new president/CEO.The event will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the chamber, located at 409 Vine St., and is open to the public. Breakfast will be sponsored by Citizens Bank.

Men’s heart screenings planned

August 10, 2009 Cherokee Village — White River Medical Center North Complex in Cherokee Village is offering a free Men’s Heart Health Screening from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20.

Governor appoints two to Ozarka board

August 10, 2009 Melbourne — On July 27, Gov. Mike Beebe announced his appointment of Bob Evins and Larry Sullivan to the Ozarka College Board of Trustees.Evins’ appointed term will run through July 1, 2016, while Sullivan’s will run through July 1, 2012.

Bald Knob man dies in accident

August 10, 2009 SEARCY — A 46-year-old Bald Knob man died as the result of a one-vehicle crash shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday at 1719 Bald Knob Lake Road, said Arkansas State Trooper Ray Ervin.Two others were injured. None of the three were wearing seat belts, Ervin said.Roger Clark, the driver of a 1997 Ford Explorer, was westbound on Bald Knob Lake Road when he lost control, ran off the roadway, then crossed a driveway causing the vehicle to go airborne and overturn several time, ejecting all three occupants, Ervin said.

Man arrested on domestic, kidnapping charges

August 10, 2009 Aggravated assault on a family member, as well as kidnapping-false imprisonment charges, are pending on a Batesville man following an incident Sunday night.Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch said he was dispatched to 3045 James St. around 9 p.m. after 31-year-old Angela White called police to report being assaulted by her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Freddie Patrick Vance.

Rape charge filed in Izard County

August 10, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man has been arrested and charged with raping a 13-year-old girl, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Logan Anthony Edwards, 19, was arrested Aug. 2 and remains in the Izard County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, Lawrence said.Edwards is accused of having sexual intercourse with the alleged victim at her home.Rape is a class Y felony, which carries a sentence of at least 10 years to 40 years, or life in the Arkansas Department of Correction. In other sheriff’s department activities:

Two watermelon growers honored

August 10, 2009 CAVE CITY — Watermelon grower Johnny Wayne Carter and former grower Joe Ford were honored with a rendition of “Amazing Grace” Friday night at the 30th annual Cave City Watermelon Festival. Both died Friday.Carter was 58. Ford was 79.Carter was the overall winner in the professional division in Thursday’s watermelon judging contest. A plaque was given to his family on Saturday at the city park.“He was one of our first registered growers,” said James Mack Street, contest chairman.

Cave City district wins 3A sportsmanship award

August 10, 2009 CAVE CITY — Superintendent Steven Green of Cave City High School accepted the Sportsmanship Award for 3A schools Tuesday at the Arkansas Activities Association’s annual meeting in Little Rock, and he couldn’t have been happier.“It’s something we can all be proud of,” Green said. “It’s a really big deal. We were chosen out of all of the 3A schools in the state.