Elementary leaders, staff to be commended at meeting

February 25, 2011 CAVE CITY — Elementary school leaders and staff members at Cave City School will be commended during Monday’s regular school board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the middle school library, said Superintendent Steven Green.The elementary school was named earlier this week as a 2010 National Center for Educational Achievement and ACT, Inc. Higher Performing School. ACT is a nationally known non-profit testing organization.

Fire destroys outbuilding

February 25, 2011 CAVE CITY — Fourteen firefighters responded to a Wednesday evening fire that destroyed a shop building and its contents at 209 Flat Rock Road, just west of Cave City, according to a fire call summary written by Cave City Fire Chief Ronny Milligan.The contents reportedly included a motorcycle.The fire was reported at 5:54 p.m. and the first fire trucks arrived at the scene at 5:57, with firefighters finding the 10- by 16-foot building fully engulfed in flames with heavy smoke, according to Milligan’s report.A booster tank truck was used to extinguish the fire.

Batesville welcomes Game and Fish director

February 25, 2011 In spite of heavy torrential rains that flooded many low-lying areas across the county, an enthusiastic crowd turned out at Josie’s Lockhouse Restaurant Thursday night to welcome Batesville native Loren “Gib” Hitchcock who was recently appointed director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Rain causes flooding

February 25, 2011 Flash flooding reduced many roads and yards to lakes and pools as severe storms raced across a stretch of the state on Thursday, dumping more than 3.6 inches of rain in Batesville alone, according to the National Weather Service.Lyndal Waits, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department district engineer, said this morning the biggest problem in District 5 which includes Independence County was the gravel and debris that washed onto county roads and parking lots.

Dispute ongoing; Sheriff caught between prosecutor, defense attorney

February 25, 2011 ASH FLAT — The legal maneuvers continue over how Wayne Watkins will be bonded out of jail after Prosecutor Henry Boyce asked for a bond increase over what a judge has already set — and defense attorney Larry Kissee plans to file a petition for contempt against the Sharp County sheriff.

Roger Tate wins NWTF’s national officer of year award

February 25, 2011 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cpl. Roger Tate of Evening Shade (Sharp County) has been named the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 2011 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.He joins the ranks of 11 wildlife officers who have received this prestigious recognition since the NWTF initiated the award program.“I’m honored to be recognized like this,” Tate said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime career accomplishment and it means the world to me.”

The red fox that wouldn’t be beaten

February 25, 2011 Foxes are supposed to be clever and also sneaky. This is a tale about a red fox that excelled at both of those talents.He was a handsome devil, with red hair, black eartips, paws and whiskers that were always kept impeccably groomed. He was like a flash fire, the same bright orange-gold and with the same explosions and eruptions of erratic movement. The first time I saw him he was suspended halfway up the welded wire on his cage, barking at a passing tractor. Seconds later he was sitting almost posed in his hay pile.

Agriculture Museum opens ‘Plantation Faces’

February 25, 2011 SCOTT — The year was 1935. Rural America was suffering, especially the farm families and workers. The Farm Security Administration Director wanted to document these hard times through photographs and oral histories.

Wife: Parman ‘walked the walk’

February 25, 2011 In 1945, Bob Parman was too young to enlist in the military. Instead, at age 15 he hitchhiked to California to join the Merchant Marines because he’d heard they were hiring. Bob had no way of knowing World War II would be ending soon, but that may not have stopped him anyway. He was determined to serve his country, and for 27 years he did exactly that, flying dignitaries, generals and even the vice president of the United States.Bob Parman of Batesville died Tuesday. He was 81.———

House passes annual sales tax holiday

February 24, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House on Wednesday passed a measure that would grant a sales tax holiday during the back-to-school shopping season, even as the Joint Budget Committee pondered an accounting quirk that puts the state on the hook for $23.5 million to pay for state workers for leap years and other odd days.State employees won’t get an extra check. The problem is one of accounting for extra days that accumulate over the course of a decade.