Independence Co. sees tempestuous year

January 12, 2011 Snow and sub-freezing temperatures closed schools, churches and some roads the first few days of January 2010. Independence County Office of Emergency Management assistant Will Floyd became a common source of information to the local media and citizens by providing county road reports and tips on what to expect from the weather for the foreseeable future.The OEM staff continued to stay busy when a fully loaded 18-wheeler propane truck, owned by Silica Sand of Guion, overturned just below the top of Ramsey Mountain the afternoon of Jan. 7, spilling its entire contents.

Under kitchen table not a good hiding place for wanted man

January 12, 2011 A Salem man wanted in Baxter County is facing additional charges in Batesville for allegedly trying to hide from officers under the kitchen table of his mother’s residence Saturday.Independence County Deputies Joseph Beaudin and Andy Rogers were sent to an apartment on East College Street in Batesville to pick up James Monroe Smith, 22, who was wanted in Baxter County.Beaudin said when Smith’s mother answered the door, she told the deputies her son was in the kitchen.

WRM gets highway bid

January 12, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Highway Commission has opened bids for highway improvements in Batesville, according to Commissioner Cliff Hoofman of Enola.The purpose of the project is to widen approximately 2.5 miles of North St. Louis Street (Highway 167) to five lanes. White River Materials Inc. of Batesville was awarded the contract at $6.9 million.

Board seeks candidates

January 12, 2011 Landowners interested in running for a position on the Independence County Conservation District board of directors should contact the district office at (870) 793-4164, extension 3, or 490 E. College St., Room 242 for details, according to a news release.To be eligible, a candidate must be a registered voter, own land and live in the district and submit a nominating petition by Jan. 30, the release states.

Health screenings offered

January 12, 2011 Free health screenings will be offered from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary gymnasium. No appointment is required and fasting provides the best results. “You will receive confidential results and a personal health plan at the end of the screening,” Eagle Mountain coach Susan Parker said. Participants can sign up for free aerobics and Zumba dance classes that will begin in February. Students of the Batesville School District can also register for Camp Pioneer, a free sports club for youth in grades K-12.

Weight loss group to meet

January 12, 2011 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.A surgical weight loss patient will be speaking about her experience before, during, and after the surgery, said Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the White River Surgery Clinic. For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

City engineer details sewer system expansion

January 12, 2011 Smoke testing is complete, and now it’s time to send in the cameras, according to Batesville’s city engineer.As the council has two new members, at Tuesday night’s meeting Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson gave an overview of the sewer improvements made in 2010.He said the city has completed the smoke testing, which is part of the Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey (SSES) required by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. In 2008, the ADEQ issued legal action, called a Consent Administrative Order, for multiple violations by the city.

Southside pumps 397.5 million gallons of water in 2010

January 12, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority is again eyeing a possible expansion of sewer system services.Manager John Richardson said the authority’s board of directors on Monday discussed a proposed $1.185 million project to expand sewer services to an area containing 175 to 200 homes.The board agreed to request a representative from the Rural Development agency attend the February meeting to discuss financing options, should enough of the residents be interested in obtaining the services.

Citizen speaks in favor of city police force

January 12, 2011 At least one citizen is ready for Batesville to have its own police force again.During the comments from citizens portion of the city council agenda Tuesday night, Richard Black of 875 Main St. encouraged the city fathers to consider moving the police force back under city control.Thirty years ago, the city and county hammered out an interlocal agreement that has the county providing officers for the city, which sets an annual budget for a Metro division including those officers, their patrol cars and equipment.

ASUMH recognizes students

January 12, 2011 MOUNTAIN HOME — Arkansas State University-Mountain Home has announced the Chancellor’s and the Vice Chancellor’s Lists for the fall semester. Those on the Chancellor’s List, which are full-time students whose grade point average for the semester is 4.0, include: Brockwell — Travis WhiteCalico Rock — James Hurst and Shannon ScottCherokee Village — Jeffrey RichardsFifty Six — John Powell and Kimberley PowellSalem — Stephen Eubanks.Vice Chancellor’s List honors are students with a GPA of 3.6-3.99. Area students include: