Quorum court to meet

May 4, 2011 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Jess B. Carpenter Building’s juvenile courtroom (second floor of the library building).The court will appoint two members to the county equalization board, amend the 2011 budget and hear reports. County Judge Robert Griffin may bring two more ordinances to the meeting, one concerning certification dates of trash liens and the other establishing an account for the trash department.

Lawsuit settlement puts Dogpatch USA in new hands

May 4, 2011 MARBLE FALLS (AP) — A judge has signed an order that awards the former Dogpatch USA amusement park in north Arkansas to the rider of an all-terrain vehicle who was injured on the property.Circuit Judge Shawn Womack ruled Tuesday that the property is to be turned over to settle a $650,000 judgment against the park’s owners.The Harrison Daily Times reports that Pruett Nance struck a throat-high cable strung between two trees at the property in 2005. Nance won the judgment against park owners, including Michael Carr.

Literacy night scheduled

May 4, 2011 The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St., will present a “fun family literacy night” about baseball at 6 p.m. Thursday.  All children will receive a free book. Refreshments will be served and door prizes given. For more information, call (870) 793-0627.The free event is open to the public.

Sewer proposal tops agenda

May 4, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear a report on the proposed expansion of the sewer system, Manager John Richardson said.The proposed expansion is known as the Phase II wastewater expansion.The directors will also discuss an agreement with Ind-Co Net LLC and review April water and wastewater financial reports and an April system totals report.Current water and wastewater bills will also be reviewed.

Rabies reports running high this year

May 4, 2011 The number of reported cases of rabies in skunks is running higher this year than normal, Independence County Extension Agent Stan Carter said.“Arkansas has already had 34 positive cases. Usually, we just have 32 in a whole year,” he said.“Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that is most often transmitted through the bite of a wild infected animal such as a skunk, bat, fox or raccoon,” said state Extension veterinarian Dustan Clark.

Student Tased at junior high for resisting arrest

May 4, 2011 A Batesville student was Tased twice after he refused to be arrested for allegedly hitting a female student in the chest during study hall.According to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, the 13-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was summoned to the office Thursday around 1:30 p.m.Deputy John Carroll, who also serves as the school resource officer, said he was talking with the student, along with Assistant Principal Bob Williamson at the Batesville Junior High School about some discipline issues when the incident occurred.

Finding answers to your gardening questions

May 4, 2011 Help!!  You need information on gardening.  Where are you going to get it?   You may be surprised at all the resources available to you.  Ask a master gardener if you know one or you may have friends who have a wealth of knowledge. 

More to herbs, spices than salt, pepper

May 4, 2011 There is more to herbs and spices than just salt and pepper.  People have been growing and using herbs for thousands of years for seasoning food and for home remedies.  Herb knowledge has been handed down through families, mostly by the women through cooking and healing.  Herbs have been the subject of historic storytelling and songs since ancient times. This week’s column is exclusively devoted to growing, cooking with, harvesting, and drying herbs.   There are too many herbs to mention, so I choose some favorites.Growing

Hillcrest honors grandparents, announces science fair winners

May 4, 2011 LYNN — It was lunch at school and a tour of science fair projects for grandparents and guardians at Hillcrest Elementary at Lynn during the school’s annual Grandparents Day on April 22.A meal of hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit and chips were enjoyed by 182 students, grandparents and guardians, elementary Principal Shawn Rose said. Dr. Roger Helms brought his rotisserie grill for the dinner and Superintendent Greg Crabtree along with Heather Nunnally and Melinda Wells and several other staff and volunteers helped prepare, serve and clean up after the meal, he said.

Cemetery clean-ups scheduled

May 4, 2011 Concord CemeteryConcord — Concord Cemetery will have its annual cleaning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Those participating are asked to bring trash bags for removal of old flowers.In case of rain, the workday will be May 14.During the past year, the cemetery collected $785 in plot dues and donations. Mowing costs were $1,050, and $68.20 was paid for supplies.Plot fees are $2.50 per plot and are due each year. Dues may be mailed to Concord Cemetery, c/o Ann Martin, 199 Floral Road, Concord, AR 72523.Next year’s cleaning is set for April 28.