61st Fulton County Homecoming Festival gets under way Friday

May 26, 2010 SALEM — The 61st Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival will be held in Salem Friday and Saturday. The festival will get under way Friday with a fish fry at the Salem Senior Citizens Center and a barbeque dinner on the court square from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 4-H Apple Pie Baking Contest and Auction has been moved to Friday night and will be held at 7:30 on the south side of the court square. This event is a fundraiser for the Fulton County 4-H Clubs. After judging, the pies will be auctioned by Danny Perryman of Perryman Auction Co.

Area students receive scholarships to Lyon

May 26, 2010 Blaine Ramey of Batesville, Chelsea Grider of Pleasant Plains and Jared Perry of Pleasant Plains have been accepted for admission to Lyon College and have been awarded Honors Day scholarships.Each year, Lyon College awards scholarships to outstanding applicants who show special promise as productive members of the college community.Ramey is the son of Stephanie Phillips of Batesville and Bruce and Cindy Ramey of Danville and the grandson of John and Anita Baker and Norman and Donna Butler, all of Batesville, and Bonnie and Vern Dunham and Bobby and Lina Ramey of Danville.

Board eyes new building

May 26, 2010 NEWARK — It may be in the baby stages, but the Cedar Ridge School District is on its way to having a new building at the junior high school.Brooks Jackson and representatives from Jackson, Brown, King Architects of Little Rock met with the Cedar Ridge School Board May 18 and provided drawings and information about the building project.The building will be located north of the high school and west of the gym. It will include 10 classrooms, an office, teacher’s workroom, computer lab and science lab for seventh and eighth grades.

Students receive fair awards

May 26, 2010 Students from several area schools netted awards during the Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Center Regional Science Fair held May 3 at Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.One hundred seventy-three students from nine surrounding districts participated in the fair. The seventh- and eighth-grade overall winner was Corby May from Viola High School with a chemistry project. Overall honorable mention was Rheanna Siebert from Cave City Middle School with a project in mathematics.

Harding presents diplomas

May 26, 2010 SEARCY — The following area residents were among approximately 600 graduates who received diplomas at Harding University commencement exercises May 8:Batesville — Jennifer Bruce, master of education in reading; Cynthia Landis-Wammack, master of science in speech-language pathology; Clayton Thompson, bachelor of arts in psychology; Alma Wilkerson, ME in reading;Cave City — Ashley McFadden, bachelor of business administration in management.

Batterton earns PTA degree

May 26, 2010 OZARK — Kasey Batterton, daughter of Kohn and Judy Batterton of Franklin, graduated from Arkansas Tech University’s physical therapist assistant program Saturday. She graduated with a 3.86 grade point average.Arkansas Tech-Ozark campus has one of four accredited physical therapist assistant degree programs in the state, having recently been granted full accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association in Alexandria, Va.

Durham accepted into dental hygiene program

May 26, 2010 SMITHVILLE — Kalie Durham was recently notified of her acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program at Concorde Career College in Memphis, which specializes in health care training. Durham was one of over 200 applicants accepted into the program.

Midland students net awards

May 26, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Three Midland High School students have been awarded the Arkansas ACT Council student achievement award, according to a news release.Students are Bella Rodriquez, Synthia Sarrels and Emma Sellers. Karen Pennell, ACT assistant vice president and southwest regional manager, said, “The Arkansas ACT Council recognizes those students who are making significant strides to prepare themselves for college by taking rigorous courses and meeting readiness benchmarks.

Pankey earns WBC scholarship

May 26, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Elaina Pankey of Lynn has been awarded a Leadership Scholarship to attend Williams Baptist College. The scholarship is awarded to incoming WBC students based on their college entrance examination scores.Pankey is a graduate of Hillcrest High School. She is the daughter of Deshawn and Vivian Pankey of Lynn.

Magnet schools receive grants

May 26, 2010 West Magnet Elementary recently received a $2,750 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to be used to help construct an outdoor classroom for learning enrichment.“We are thrilled to announce that Lowe’s has awarded West Magnet funding for the outdoor classroom. Our grant application was based on the goal of improving the learning community at West Magnet. We look forward to sharing the outdoor classroom with the Batesville community,” sixth-grade science teacher Laura Keller said.