11 students receive award

April 29, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Eleven Southside High School students received the Arkansas Student Achievement Award from the Arkansas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN (Pre-ACT) Assessment. These students are on target to meet or exceed ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks by graduation. ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks are empirically-based and identify the level of achievement necessary in English, mathematics, reading and science to have a successful college freshman experience.

Program features fishing stories

April 29, 2009 Three local fishermen will present “Fishing and Tall Tales, Then and Now” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Old Independence Regional Museum, said Ann Rhodes, member of the program committee.“This program is in keeping with the museum’s exhibit ‘Summer: A Time to Fish, Go Pearling, and Can Food,’” Rhodes said.“These men are longtime friends and have lifetime memories of fishing in the area’s rivers, lakes and creeks.”

Fight leads to brother’s arrest

April 29, 2009 MELBOURNE — A man was arrested Thursday after a fight between himself and his sister at a Melbourne convenience store, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Benjamin Eugene Giefer, 33, of County Road 71, Sage was arrested and taken to jail. He posted a $1,000 bond Saturday. Lawrence reported several drug- and alcohol-related arrests have been made in the past week. Arrests include:

Area cemeteries to host work days

April 29, 2009 CUSHMAN — Pleasant Valley Cemetery Association has announced the annual work days will be every Saturday in May.Families are responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of family plots, according to the association.Donations for mowing and tree and road maintenance may be mailed to Pleasant Valley Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 394, Cushman, AR 72526.———SULPHUR ROCK — Mac’s Chapel Cemetery near Sulphur Rock will have a clean-up day Saturday. A rain date has been set for May 9.

4-H Activity Night winners announced

April 29, 2009 Several Independence County 4-H’ers participated in the count wide 4-H Activity Day event at the Southside Middle School on April 20. The contests were: Tree Identification, Horiculture, and Seed Identification. First place winners from the Activity Day contests will be eligible to compete at the District O’Rama in Jonesboro, in June. Senior contestants will be able to compete at the State O’Rama on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville in July.

Historic ordinance passes by split vote

April 29, 2009 It was a 5-3 vote, but that’s all that was needed to pass an ordinance crafted by the Historic District Commission.Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council met before another packed audience to hear the third and final reading of an ordinance to establish procedures for the protection and preservation of the character of and properties within the historic district.Aldermen voting in favor of the ordinance were Richard O’Neal, Tommy Bryant, Davy Insell, David Shetron and Fred Krug.

Deserter sentenced

April 29, 2009 FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — An Arkansas soldier tearfully apologized for going to Canada to avoid deploying to Iraq and was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison after pleading guilty to desertion.Spc. Cliff Cornell spent four years in Canada before the Canadian government denied him asylum as a war objector. Cornell came back to the U.S. and turned himself in to authorities in February to avoid being deported.

White River cow rescued

April 29, 2009 In the nursery rhyme, the cow jumped over the moon. In Batesville Tuesday afternoon, one cow found its way into the water at Lock and Dam No. 1 on the White River.At first glance, Kelley Taylor of Imboden couldn’t believe her eyes. “I thought it was one of those fake cows,” she said. “I thought ‘Surely, that’s not a real cow.’”