October 12, 2011 Incorrect information was listed Monday about the reunion for the Batesville High School class of 1981.Classmates will meet at Josie’s at the Lockhouse to catch a bus to the football game but not for dinner.

Cooper hired as custodian

October 12, 2011 Pat Cooper thought she wanted to retire but it didn’t take her long to discover retirement wasn’t for her and was recently hired as an evening custodial worker at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Born and raised in northeast Arkansas, Cooper moved to northwest Arkansas for 34 years where she raised her family. She’s worked in factories and construction sites, as well as managing the hardware department and working in the garden center at Walmart.

Bethesda FD gets new radios

October 12, 2011 BETHESDA — The Bethesda Fire Department has received new radios due to a recent ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that states fire department radios have to be brought up to the new narrow band specifications, according to a news release. The department obtained the new systems through fundraising. No department funds were used. The Bethesda Fire Department Auxiliary hosts several fundraisers throughout the year including a breakfast the first Saturday of the month.

C-Ridge offers free services

October 12, 2011 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District is offering free supplemental educational services to eligible students from low-income families, according to a news release. These services are available to students after school with educational providers approved by the state board of education. Parents can choose the services for their children. They include tutoring, enrichment activities, remediation and differentiated instruction in math and literacy.

Sharp JPs asked for tax election to support hospital proposal

October 12, 2011 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court was asked Tuesday to schedule a countywide 1-cent sales tax election to finance building a hospital somewhere along the four-lane in north Sharp County.The four-lane runs between Ash Flat and Hardy.

‘Briar Rabbit’ ends up in jail

October 12, 2011 A 33-year-old Batesville man exchanged his briar patch hideout for a jail cell Tuesday after he ran from officers at a residence on Dry Run Circle.When deputies Shawn Stephens and Ben Kenner arrived, they spoke with Jennifer Burke who told them Richard Ross had been there and was going crazy. She also said he had possibly taken a PlayStation 3 before he ran off into the woods behind the residence.While officers were clearing the residence, Burke’s mother told them Ross had thrown something from the woods into the yard.

Dashboard cameras to be purchased for patrol cars

October 12, 2011 Independence County has the third largest juvenile detention center in the state and last month housed an average of 48 youths.That was the report Monday night at the Independence County Quorum Court from Administrator Peggy Kendrick. She said a walk-through had been done of the facility’s expansion, which is nearly complete. She brought in a list of other juvenile detention centers across the state as requested by the court last month that showed how many beds they had and what the rates charged for in- and out-of-county juveniles.

Driver strikes student

October 12, 2011 A 13-year-old student was injured after he was hit by a car at school Tuesday, and the driver did not have a valid license.According to the report by Officer John Carroll, Taylor Ford was walking across the road to enter the Batesville Junior High School when he was struck by a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria driven by a 24-year-old Batesville woman.Carroll said Taylor had an injury to his right knee area and it was bleeding. The student said he did not see the car as he was crossing the road.

Council supports bonds

October 12, 2011 With a vision of continuing the growth of Arkansas’ interstate highway system that would reportedly promote economic growth in the state and gain revenue for the city and county, the Batesville City Council voted Tuesday night to support a resolution for passage of the 2011 Interstate Rehabilitation Program.The program will come before voters in a statewide special election on Nov. 8.

Man ticketed for drugs, bad driving

October 12, 2011 A collision between a Chrysler 300 and a Kenworth tractor/trailer early Monday morning sent a Batesville man to the hospital where he was later cited for drugs and traffic violations.Deputy Gary Franks said the accident occurred just before 1:30 a.m. in front of Colton’s Steak House on St. Louis Street and by the time he arrived the driver of the Chrysler, Mervyn Hamilton, 30, had already been transported to White River Medical Center.After getting the truck driver’s information, Franks said he went to the hospital to talk with Hamilton only to find him unconscious.