Melbourne slates kindergarten registration

April 11, 2011 MELBOURNE — Melbourne Elementary will hold kindergarten registration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in Whitney Morehead’s kindergarten room at the library. Students must be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten during the 2011-12 year. Parents and guardians should provide their child’s early physical screening development assessment, record of immunizations and a copy of the child’s Social Security number or an identification number will be assigned by the school district.

CHILDREN to host concerts

April 11, 2011 CHILDREN of Northcentral Arkansas and White River Planning and Development District’s Child Care Food Program will present their 13th annual Spring Children’s Concert featuring nationally recognized recording artist and early childhood educator, Al RassoThe concerts will be at 9:30 a.m. May 3 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall and at 11:30 a.m. May 4 at Benson Auditorium on the campus of Harding University in Searcy.

Ozarka releases study results

April 11, 2011 MELBOURNE — Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. (EMSI) was contracted earlier this year to conduct an economic impact study for Ozarka College. The study measures the economic benefits received by students and the communities served by Ozarka College.Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe expressed his thoughts about the study. “It is exciting to see the positive results from this economic impact study and realize the effects Ozarka has on our region as a whole.

Ark. resort raided; owners, 2 residents arrested

April 11, 2011 GAMALIEL (AP) — The owners of a north Arkansas resort and two residents of the resort have been arrested following a drug investigation and raid by state and local law enforcement authorities.The owners of Bayou Resort at Gamaliel, Steven Burroughs, 48, and Tonya Burroughs, 34, and resort residents Kevin Walde, 22, and Tammy Walde, 49, were arrested Friday, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.

Crow Burlingame moves to larger facility

April 11, 2011 Crow Burlingame-Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts has moved to a bigger and better location at 1380 E. Main St. across from Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant. Phone number will remain the same at (870) 793-6843.Store manager Donald Duncan said the store will continue to offer friendly service from the same knowledgeable parts specialists but from a much larger and remodeled modern facility.Established in Little Rock in 1919, a Batesville store opened in January of 1937 and has been serving the people of Independence County and surrounding area ever since, Duncan said.

Light, cell phone stolen in burglary

April 11, 2011 A break-in at the Batesville School District’s old middle school auditorium on Rock Street has the Independence County Sheriff’s Department looking for who done it this morning.No suspects were listed in the report made by Amanda Pickett, who told officers that sometime between 11 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday a rock had was through a window and entry gained into the building.Pickett, Batesville High School drama director, told officers that the school held a performance of “Camelot” on Saturday night and everyone had gone home by 11.

Replacing hall to be discussed

April 11, 2011 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the senior citizens building to continue to discuss plans for a new city hall to replace the one destroyed by fire in mid-December. said Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne.The aldermen will also hear monthly reports and review current bills.

State sets meetings to discuss road damage

April 11, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is scheduling public meetings to discuss deteriorating highways in parts of the state.The meetings will be held today in Morrilton, Tuesday in Quitman and Thursday in Searcy. All will begin at 6:30 p.m.In January, the agency said it planned to reduce the legal weight limit allowed on sections of 13 highways in Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Independence, Van Buren and White counties. The new restrictions would affect 133 miles of road.

City to consider tobacco ban

April 11, 2011 Tobacco products could end up being banned from certain city properties in Batesville.The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to consider an ordinance prohibiting the use of tobacco products on certain properties.The agenda also includes an administrative agreement with White River Planning and Development, a grant application to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for a community development project to improve drainage and sidewalks along Pine Street, a report from City Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.

Chorale concert is tonight

April 11, 2011 The combined Batesville Choral Society and Lyon Concert Chorale will host a concert at 7:30 tonight in Brown Chapel. The combined choruses, under the direction of Dr. Joel Plaag, will also feature Dr. Russell Stinson on the piano, and soloists Megan Creech, Ashley Dorsey, James Cory Emerson-Schram and Dr. Han Chuan Ong. Admission is free.