Salem — Soon, area residents in eight counties may be seeing more of the Naturally Ozark moniker adopted by the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development.
The board met earlier this month and took two actions aimed directly at the region’s creative economy sector. In support of the regional “branding” initiative under which the board had previously adopted, a “Naturally Ozark” logo was approved to graphically represent the name.
CHARLOTTE — For eight years, Mark Gipson drove from Charlotte to Cushman every day.
Now he’s driving from Cushman to Charlotte, but this time it’s a sort of homecoming for Gipson, the new principal at Cord-Charlotte Elementary, part of the Cedar Ridge School District.
“It’s great to be home,” he said with a big smile, sitting in his office on the very campus where he himself graduated from school nearly two decades ago.
“Everybody’s been very welcoming,” he added.
ASH FLAT — A Cave City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a jury trial Tuesday in Sharp County Circuit Court for injuring his 3-month-old son almost a year ago, according to public records in the county/circuit clerk’s office.
David Andrew Waldrup, 22, was convicted of first-degree battery, a class Y felony. He will receive credit for eight days spent in jail. None of the sentence was suspended.
Waldrup was also ordered to pay $420 in fees and court costs.
Eighty-five new jobs — and the potential for 100 more — was the message presented to the Independence County Quorum Court by the Economic Development Commission Monday night.
“We have some good news,” commission chairman Ed Mabry said. “We have been working with three groups (in the month of June) … we would like to recommend for approval.”
The quorum court has the authority to help fund business expansions as well as help new businesses come to town.
For now, the Batesville-Searcy 3A American Legion baseball doubleheader called off Monday due to wet fields has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Batesville Coach Tony Roepcke said.
The first pitch at the Batesville Recreation Complex is set for 5 p.m.
Roepcke said if the Zone 2 contests are rained out again, they may not be rescheduled since they would not alter the teams’ seedings into the zone tournament, which is scheduled to begin Friday. Paragould is hosting the tourney.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ lottery has hired the Grant County sheriff to run security for the new games of chance.
Arkansas Lottery Commission Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue (pass-a-lay) said Monday that he had hired Grant County Sheriff Lance Huey as the games’ security director. Huey, who will be paid roughly $115,000, begins work July 21, Passailaigue said.
Students at Batesville Montessori School are seeing a fresh face every day.
Lisy Bellflower of Cave City started at the school on July 1 as a certified Montessori teacher.
“I am very excited and think that Lisy will be a great asset to me in particular and the school in general,” director Esther Okolo said. “This year will really be extraordinary; we have a group — a perfect fit for the school. We have Lisy in the preschool and Mona Neaville (who is in the certification program) in the toddler room.”
BETHANY, Okla. — Billy John Howard, 82, of Bethany, Okla., died Sunday, July 12, 2009.
Born June 2, 1927, in Cave City, he was the son of Taylor and Mary Sullivan Howard. He lived in Jonesboro for many years, where he was a member of Forest Home Church of the Nazarene. He founded and pastored a Nazarene church in Walnut Ridge before moving to Oklahoma.
Blake and Bridgett Rogers and Henley of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at St. Bernard’s Hospital Birthcare Center in Jonesboro on July 6, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and has been named Presley Jewell Rogers.
Grandparents of the child are David and Dede Long of Jonesboro and Bill and Joyce Prickett of Batesville.
Great-grandparents are Betty Rogers and Martha White, both of Jonesboro, and Willie Mae Branscum and Nina Smart, both of Batesville.