County ‘at the end of its rope’

June 9, 2009 In a meeting where the Independence County Quorum Court was looking for answers on how the hydroelectric project developed into an embarrassing default status, the only clear solution from the bond holder was to move forward with their management plan with or without the county’s endorsement.“I would offer an apology, but I don’t think it’s my fault,” Independence County Judge Bill Hicks said.

Quorum court to meet tonight

June 8, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court is scheduled to meet this evening. On the agenda are one resolution and three ordinances.The single resolution will honor the retired Election Committee Chairman Harold Wilson for his services he has provided to the county since Dec. 5, 1997.Three ordinances cover amendments to the Juvenile Detention Center for adding three corporal positions, establishing new line items to the county general fund for the quorum court budget, transferring funds in the Senior Citizens fund and Juvenile Detention Center Fund/Grant-In-Aid Budget.

News of other days

June 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 19, 1996.

Man cited for drugs at crash scene

June 8, 2009 A 28-year-old Batesville man was cited for possession of a controlled substance following an accident at the intersection of Ross Street and North Central Avenue around 5:40 Thursday afternoon.Independence County Deputy Michael Darr said while taking an accident report at the intersection, a witness told him that a man at the scene had thrown something into nearby bushes.Darr said he spoke with the man, identified as William Boothe of Melbourne, and told him what the witness had said.

Land sale is June 18

June 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A public auction for the sale of tax delinquent land in Independence County will be held at 10 a.m. June 18 at the Jess B. Carpenter building at 368 E. Main St. in Batesville, according to Mark Wilcox, Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands.Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Principal completes leadership training

June 8, 2009 NEWARK — The Arkansas Leadership Academy announced that Danny Davis, principal of Cedar Ridge High School in the Cedar Ridge District, has completed Phase II of the Master Principal Institute.Davis said of the experience in Phase II of the Master Principal Institute, “It has been priceless. I have learned so much that will help me be a better leader and principal. I have met countless people across the state that will help lead our schools, teachers, stakeholders, and our students, to make our schools great.”

Ozarka students complete courses

June 8, 2009 Melbourne — Students who completed the series of courses at Ozarka College during this past spring semester met to receive certificates of completion at a luncheon on May 26. The courses, entitled Active Living Every Day and Healthy Eating Every Day, were offered to people over the age of 60 in Melbourne and Horseshoe Bend. These courses were funded through a Health Aging grant funded by the National Council on Aging.

CC student recognized

June 8, 2009 CAVE CITY — The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that Brittany Michelle Norris, 16, of Cave City has been recognized as a student of excellence in foreign language.The academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.Norris was nominated for this honor by Nikki Baker, a Spanish teacher at Cave City High School. Norris is the daughter of Gene and Patricia Norris of Cave City. Her grandparents are Bill and Buelah Norris of Cave City and Oval and Elizabeth Napier of Sidney.

Service News

June 8, 2009 San Antonio — Army Pvt. Mitchell Hill has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 8, 2009 Bullington-King reunion setCORD — The Bullington/King Reunion will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at McAdams Park at Cord and the Cord Fire Department building.Attendees may bring their own lunch and drink or use the Crossroads Station for snacks or order a sandwich, according to Joyce Densford. Vital Link to offer CPR class