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.

Grant rejected

February 18, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Flooding woes have spilled over into this year for the Southside Public Water Authority.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday rejected the water authority’s application for a $1 million to $1.5 million grant, water Manager John Richardson said.If approved, the grant would have been used for stabilizing the White River’s banks near the water system’s intake line and pumping station.

On the fast track to a NASCAR career

February 18, 2009 CAVE CITY — Kyle Cherry of Cave City is racing toward a NASCAR career.Cherry, 19, has been accepted at the NASCAR Technical Institute at Mooresville, N.C. He will attend the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing school after graduating from Cave City High School this spring. Classes start Aug. 24.Cherry can hardly remember a time when he wasn’t around racing, beginning as a spectator at the local dirt track — Batesville Speedway at Locust Grove — at about age 7.

Man arrested on warrant, alcohol charges

February 18, 2009 Police fulfilled the wish of a 29-year-old Batesville man Tuesday who reportedly said he wanted to go to jail because he was homeless and heard men talking in his head.Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said he was dispatched to the Hollywood Bowl in west Batesville shortly after noon regarding a possible drunk man in the parking lot.“I arrived and found Michael Wells standing outside of the building,” Markum said. “I asked Wells if he was OK and he said he was not, that he was homeless and that he had no place to go.”

Ministering to the body as well as the soul: Cave City pastor, wife buy Curves

February 18, 2009 As the senior pastor of an active church, Bobby Sanders said he really hadn’t planned on making any serious business investments any time soon, until his wife, Terri, came home with an idea that seemed to be tailor-made for the couple.Terri Sanders said she was a member of Curves, the health and fitness center for women located in Batesville, and one day during a workout she got to looking around at what was being offered to clients and thought this type business might be something the couple could do someday as an investment in their future.

Benoit recovers from illness, reopens copper lantern outfit

February 18, 2009 Old World Lanterns by Benoit, located at 325 E. Main St. in downtown Batesville, is once again open for business. The manufacturers of handcrafted copper lanterns have operated at limited capacity for the past year due to owner and craftsman Brandon Benoit’s extended illness. Benoit has fully recovered, said his wife and partner Nancy Benoit, and the business is returning to full-time operation.

Thornton announces retirement at FNBC

February 17, 2009 ASH FLAT — After 20 years of leading First National Banking Company’s lending division, John Thornton recently announced his retirement as a full-time employee, said Clark Sanders, director of marketing.Thornton plans to work part-time for FNBC this year, said FNBC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Martin Carpenter. “We’re excited for John. He will be relocating to be close to his family in Northwest Arkansas. He will continue to work for FNBC on a part-time basis during 2009 to help transition to his successor.”

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary Library for expulsion hearings for three middle school students, Superintendent Steven Green said.The students are boys. Two are in the seventh grade and one is an eighth-grader.The situation is drug-related.After the hearings, the board will discuss a certified employee’s position and administrative contracts during a personnel session.The directors will also consider a proposed 2009-10 school calendar.A monthly financial report completes the agenda.

OrigiNails offers customer state-of-art treatment

February 17, 2009 Touted by its owners as the newest and most comfortable business of its type in town, OrigiNails & Spa is now open for business at 2397 Harrison St. in Batesville.“When the client steps through the door I want them to see the difference,” said Kim Tu, owner/manager of OrigiNails & Spa. “The difference is not only in the decor, but the personal attention, friendlier service we offer and the quieter, more relaxed atmosphere where they know they are special,” she said during a recent interview.