Lyon again in top tier of U.S. News rankings

August 18, 2010 Lyon College continues to rank among the best national liberal arts colleges, according to the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” publication. This is the fourth consecutive year that Lyon has appeared in the top tier of the magazine’s national rankings.

Lea promoted by Gov. Schwarzenegger

August 18, 2010 WOODLAND, Calif. — Melissa Lea of Woodland, Calif., has been appointed chief of the contract beds unit, division of adult institutions, at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.Lea, 50, is the daughter of Pat and Mary Lea of Batesville. She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and went to work at Walmart as an assistant manager. Looking for a change of pace, she moved to California and found a job in the prison system.

Designer illustrates book

August 18, 2010 Since Tom Wood was 5, there was never a monster too evil or a dragon too scary for his mom to hang on the refrigerator door.Today, at age 40, he’s still drawing dragons and monsters, along with a wide array of graphic designs and illustrations for everything from WWE wrestling and Super Bowls and Disney, to local customers like Spring River Guide Service, Mammoth Spring Bears and his family’s restaurant, Wood’s Riverbend Restaurant.

Couple has beer, not child car seat

August 18, 2010 A Floral couple, allegedly on their way home from a liquor run in Jackson County, told police their 5-year-old child wasn’t in a booster seat because they didn’t have the money to buy one, according to Independence County Deputy Dee McFatter.Police dispatch got a call around 3:15 Saturday afternoon saying that Joshua Baggett, 31, was supposed to be headed to a liquor store in Jackson County in a Dodge Durango, that he was drunk and wanted by police, according to McFatter.

Wear wristwatch? Use e-mail? Not for Class of ‘14

August 17, 2010 MILWAUKEE (AP) — For students entering college this fall, e-mail is too slow, phones have never had cords and the computers they played with as kids are now in museums.The Class of 2014 thinks of Clint Eastwood more as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry urging punks to “go ahead, make my day.” Few incoming freshmen know how to write in cursive or have ever worn a wristwatch.

J.C. Penney has new manager

August 17, 2010 The Batesville J.C. Penney store is now under the management of Brenda Jermany, who recently came to the local store from Jonesboro where she served as assistant manager.Jermany says that as of Oct. 1, she will mark her 13th anniversary with the J.C. Penney Company.“I started out part time in Pine Bluff while in college,” said Jermany recently from her Batesville office. “Then I worked in Bossier City, La. as a sales manager, and then in Rogers and Jonesboro as assistant store manager.“Now I’m in Batesville as manager of my own store. I love it here.”

ASU public relations executive director retiring

August 17, 2010 JONESBORO — Markham Howe, executive director of public relations for Arkansas State University and long-time advertising and marketing strategist, has announced his retirement from the university, effective Aug. 31.

Felony charges filed

August 17, 2010 Found at the Batesville Speedway with a Toyota truck racing hood strapped to his truck, a Batesville man is now facing several felony charges, some of which are drug related, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Robert Moser with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Moser said the charges stemmed from an incident that occurred around 2 a.m. June 11 while Deputy Randy Sharp was patrolling the area around the Batesville Speedway at 5090 Heber Springs Road.

Vedder, Maines to perform at LR benefit for Echols

August 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines will perform at a benefit show in Little Rock in support of three Arkansas men convicted of the 1993 deaths of three West Memphis boys.Supporters of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley say Vedder and Maines will perform Aug. 28 at Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock, with proceeds from the show to benefit the legal fund for the so-called West Memphis Three. Tickets are $25.

Man arrested after trying to purchase meth ingredient

August 17, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Walnut Ridge man was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to purchase an ingredient to make meth, according to a news release from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.Jody Tribble, 32, was arrested for possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and over possession of pseudoephedrine.Capt. Jody Dotson said a concerned citizen reported that Tribble was trying to purchase pseudoephedrine from several different locations.