Gun thieves target autos on Case St.

June 21, 2011 Guns were reportedly taken from two automobiles on Case Street over the weekend, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s reports.Officer Randy Jones said he was called to 1407 Case St. in reference to a vehicle being broken into. When he arrived he met with Andy Montgomery who said someone had broken into his 2002 Chevy Tahoe during the night.Montgomery said he had locked the vehicle, but when he went outside the next morning discovered it was unlocked and a Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum was missing along with a Wesson .44 Magnum. The guns were valued at $900.

Fields gets UACCB scholarship

June 21, 2011 Tyler Fields has been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Kristen Cross, director of Financial Aid.Fields of Batesville graduated from Southside High School. He is the son of Austin and Stacy Fields. He plans to seek an associate’s degree. The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to students with a composite ACT score of 27 or higher. It provides in-state tuition (up to 15 hours), a $250 stipend and free use of text books each semester.

Alexander earns law degree

June 21, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — William Peter Alexander of Batesville has received a juris doctor degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, according to a news release.A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in political science, Alexander was vice justice in Phi Alpha Delta in 2009-10 at the Bowen School. He is the son of Dr. Steve and Jennie Alexander of Batesville.

Palese nets scholarships to attend UCA

June 21, 2011 Batesville High School graduate Michael Palese has been awarded an annual stipend of $7,950 up to four years by State Farm Companies Foundation on behalf of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.Palese, who plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas and major in biology, is also the recipient of a renewable $4,000 scholarship from UCA and a $4,000 renewable Arkansas Governor’s scholarship, according to a news release.

Cave City grads named Ozarka Regional Scholars

June 21, 2011 MELBOURNE — Two recent graduates of Cave City High School have been selected to receive Regional Scholarships to attend Ozarka College in Melbourne next fall. Jessica Wheeler and Zachary Smith were selected based on scholarship criteria including academic record as well as leadership and community service. Wheeler and Smith will be eligible for these scholarships, which cover tuition at Ozarka for up to four semesters as long as they continue to meet the criteria determined by the scholarship requirements.

Employee retires after 46 years

June 21, 2011 MELBOURNE — For 46 years Willene Bray has worked at the Melbourne School District and this month she will retire.“She began working for the Mount Pleasant School District in 1965 as secretary for Superintendant Ray Givens,” according to a news release. “She left the district for a time, but served as the first female board member for the Mount Pleasant District during that time.” After retiring from the Izard County Sheriff’s Office, she returned to the district as elementary secretary and has served the last several years as secretary on the Mount Pleasant campus.

Student athlete honored

June 21, 2011 Batesville High School student Darius Johnson has been named one of 46 “outstanding scholar athletes” in the state, according to a news release. The announcement was made by the Arkansas Chapter of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. Honorees are selected based on their scholastic ability, athletic achievements and extracurricular activities in the school and community and are nominated by their coaches. Johnson was presented a certificate of merit by Kevin Hunt, assistant to Gov. Mike Beebe.

Richmond on Dean’s List

June 21, 2011 FORT SMITH — The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith has released the Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester, according to Dr. Ray Wallace, provost and senior vice chancellor.Cara Richmond of Batesville was named to the list.

UCA reveals Honors Scholars

June 21, 2011 CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Honors College has selected 60 incoming first-year students as its newest class of Honors Scholars.Emily Qualls of Mount Pleasant, from Batesville High School, was among the students selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants, of which 115 were selected for intensive full-day interviews on the UCA campus.

Ten accept scholarships to UACCB

June 21, 2011 Ten students have been awarded Academic Excellence Scholarships at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Kristen Cross, director of Financial Aid.• Lindsey Coe of Batesville graduated from Southside High School. She is the daughter of Jonathan Coe and Terresia Coe and plans on pursuing a degree in the nursing/medical field. She plans to transfer to a four-year school after completing two years at UACCB.