Midland recommended for full accreditation

February 19, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District recently was monitored by an AdvancED Team for accreditation purposes on a national level. The group encompasses North Central Accreditation and the Southern Colleges Association.The team, which was led by Billy Folkes, a retired professor from Southern Mississippi University, was “very pleased by the progress that the district has made,” according to a news release. Noting good Benchmark test scores and visionary leadership as strengths, the team has recommended the status of full AdvancED accreditation.

Author to read to children at Mabee-Simpson Library

February 18, 2009 Gary Harris, Lyon College professor of theatre, will read from his first soon-to-be-published children’s book “A Roly-Poly Jumble-Tumble Bounce of Bumbling Bears” at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lyon’s Mabee-Simpson Library. His original artwork for the book will also be on exhibit. To get everyone in the mood for a festive time, music will be performed before the talk by Kenton Adler, on the small pipes.The event was rescheduled from Jan. 28 due to inclement weather.

UACCB to be host site for College Goal Sunday

February 18, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will be a host site for College Goal Sunday.College Goal Sunday will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the computer labs located in the Main Classroom Building on the UACCB campus. The event is free and open to the public.College Goal Sunday is designed for those students interested in pursuing education beyond high school. Campus personnel will be available to assist students and their families in completing the application for financial aid and to answer questions about financial aid.

Reward offered

February 18, 2009 For the second time in three months, the new Welcome to Batesville sign, midway of the Ramsey Mountain curve south of town, has been the target of paint ball guns.The latest incident was discovered around 8 p.m. Thursday and reported to Independence County Deputy Bret Ward who said the sign had been shot nine times with green paint balls. Orange was the color used in the previous attack Dec. 29.

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.