SEARCY — The 2011-12 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series at Harding University will kick off its season in October with New York Fire Department Chief Richard Picciotto and end in April with former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
All lectures will take place in Benson Auditorium.
Picciotto is the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse that occurred as a result of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
After a fire in June that destroyed its building and equipment, Teed Family Dentistry of Batesville has reopened at 2080 Harrison St., between Quality Heat & Air and The Medicine Shoppe.
“We have a more spacious area that is more comfortable for our patients and gives us more work space,” Ralph Teed Jr. said recently. “We have more room for our lab and sterilization areas, too.”
Teed said the current location is temporary until final details are worked out following the fire that destroyed his office at the corner of Sidney and Harrison streets.
CAVE CITY — Steve Moody and Fred Mullins weighed in four fish totaling 6.70 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Greers Ferry Lake, said tournament director Ron Watkins.
Moody caught the biggest bass of the tournament. It weighed 3 pounds.
Briggs Carlton and Adam Carlton came in second with five fish totaling 6.60 pounds.
Fourteen anglers competed.
The club’s next scheduled tournament will be Sept 9, 6 p.m. until midnight, on Lake Nofork, out of Quarry Ramp.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas turkey hunters will have the opportunity Tuesday to gather information and ask questions about proposed turkey hunting regulations for 2012.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host six public meetings across Arkansas that day. All of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
The closest meeting location to Batesville will be at the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center at 600 E. Lawson Road in Jonesboro.
The meetings are part of the AGFC’s annual turkey regulations process.
NEWARK — Debra Jean Branscum Acklin, 55, of Newark died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at her home.
Born Sept. 23, 1955, at Mishawaka, Ind., she was the daughter of Richard and Jane Tripp Branscum. She was a homemaker and volunteered for the American Cancer Society. She enjoyed her church, fishing and cooking. She was a member of Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church in Newark.
SHERWOOD — Glenn Wackerly, 78, of Sherwood died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in a Little Rock hospice.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Park View Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, located at 7724 Lander Road in North Little Rock.
Shortly after a new sign was installed at a local cemetery, vandals struck, damaging it.
Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins responded to a call in reference to criminal mischief Monday morning at Lee’s Chapel Cemetery on Sandtown Road and was told by Doris K. O’Neill, a cemetery board member, about the vandalism.
Sometime between 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday someone broke the painted board and pulled part of it off the posts.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday he doesn’t plan to run for any other office when his term ends in 2015, despite his increasingly focusing on national issues such as the deficit in appearances around the state.
The Democratic governor on Thursday dismissed the idea of running for Congress or the U.S. Senate after speaking to the Association of Arkansas Counties in Little Rock.
The 64-year-old governor was first elected in 2006 and won re-election last year.
Six students have been awarded the Academic Distinction scholarships to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, according to a news release.
Carolyn Easley of Cave City graduated from Cedar Ridge High School. She is the daughter of Shawn and Alexandra Easley.
Hannah Fulcher of Desha graduated from Southside High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Donna Fulcher and plans to pursue a degree in early childhood education.
WALNUT RIDGE — Brittney Landers of Cave City has been awarded a UACCB Summit Scholarship to attend Williams Baptist College.
The scholarship is awarded to qualifying graduates of University of Arkansas Community College of Batesville through an agreement between UACCB and Williams.
Landers is a graduate of Cave City High School. She is the daughter of Alan and Rita Landers of Cave City.
The Foxy Ladies of White River Chapter of the Red Hat Society held its monthly meeting Tuesday at Batesville Country Club.
Guest speakers from Eagle Mountain Assisted Living were Le Jean Brown, administrator, and Robin Milligan, administrative assistant. They presented information about the facility.
At next month’s meeting on Sept. 20, Amanda Nikkel of Old Independence Regional Museum will speak about the programs and exhibits the museum has planned for the fall and winter. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
Batesville Area Radio Club will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Community Room of First Community Bank, located at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets in Batesville.
The Batesville Hamfest 2012 will be discussed.
Information will be offered about how to become a ham radio operator. Following the business session, anyone desiring to obtain a Federal Communications Commission license can be tested.
For more information visit barchams.org or visit Batesville Area Radio Club on Facebook.