Academic Signing Day a first for Southside

April 16, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — College signing day usually involves thoughts of high school seniors signing with universities to play sports.On April 9, however, it involved Southside High School seniors signing academic scholarship acceptance letters to attend college.Known as Academic Signing Day, the event held inside the school cafeteria is one that many hope to see continued for years to come.

Area Briefs

April 16, 2009 Salaries to be discussedCAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary Library to consider 2009-10 certified and classified personnel salary schedules, Superintendent Steven Green said.The directors will also consider purchasing two buses.A proposed school calendar for next term will also be considered.In other business, resignations and classified contracts will be discussed and a monthly financial report will be reviewed. Roving RV to be in town

Appeals court: OK to fire worker

April 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A company can fire an employee who can’t work because of a serious disease, like cancer, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis sided with Fred’s Stores of Arkansas, which was sued by employee Floyce Reed Peyton after she was fired as manager of a Fred’s store in Heber Springs.

$8.8M sewer system completed

April 16, 2009 SOUTHSIDE ­— The Southside Public Water Authority board learned Tuesday the $8.8 million wastewater (sewer) project is 100 percent complete, but a disagreement over the final payments has materialized, Manager John Richardson said.Engineer Matt Dunn reported that two contracts held by Parker Constructor originally required Parker to be completed by June 18, 2008, but the work was not concluded until months later. One contract was completed 78 days after the original deadline and the other was 93 days past deadline, Richardson said.

Wilson resigns

April 16, 2009 Harold Wilson has resigned as the chairman of the Independence County Election Commission.Wilson, who lives just outside of Batesville, said his health problems would not allow him to continue in the position in which he has served the past 12 years, and it was “with much regret” that he was leaving.“I have enjoyed working with all the other election commissioners, County Judge David Wyatt, Judge Bill Hicks and Independence County Clerk Karen Wooldridge and her staff,” he said in his resignation letter.

Former cop arrested for sexual misconduct

April 16, 2009 FULTON, Mo. — A man who once worked for Sharp County as a 911 director and as an Ash Flat police officer was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct, false imprisonment and supplying alcohol to a minor.Frank Hoelzeman and his wife, Diedre, were both arrested Tuesday after authorities with the Fulton Police Department in Missouri responded to a call of a sexual assault.

Worker killed

April 16, 2009 An Independence County road worker was struck and killed by a vehicle this morning as he was operating a chipper truck to clear limbs along Gainesboro Road east of Batesville.It is not known at this time if 53-year-old Jimmy Lee Jackson was wearing hearing protection and didn’t hear or see the vehicle that hit him.

News of other days

April 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 26, 1996. 

Deadline nears for youth conservation workshop

April 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Conservation District is inviting nominations from within the county for participants to the 2009 Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts Youth Conservation Workshop, said local district secretary Kim Lee.Students attending the workshop, which will be June 7-12 at Camp Clearfork Campgrounds near Mount Ida, must be going into the ninth, 10th, 11th or 12th grade.“There is no charge to the student,” Lee said. “Registration fees are paid for by the Sharp County Conservation District.