Sheriff gets to keep revolver

December 22, 2010 ASH FLAT — It was time for “so longs” and “thanks” Monday during the Sharp County Quorum Court’s last meeting of the year.The court approved an ordinance awarding Sheriff Dale Weaver his revolver for his years of service, and plaques of appreciation to outgoing justices of the peace Bartus Allen of Williford, Dennis Burton of Ash Flat and Arnold Kunkel of Evening Shade, reported County Judge Larry Brown.Weaver is retiring after almost 30 years in law enforcement, the last eight years as sheriff. He will be replaced Jan. 1 by Sheriff-elect Mark Counts of Cave City.

Harding awards diplomas

December 22, 2010 SEARCY — The following area students recently received diplomas at Harding University commencement exercises Dec. 18:Ash Flat — Andrea Higginbottom, master of business administration in management and business ethics, Batesville — Joseph Rowell, master of science in professional counseling; Molly Rummel, master of science in education in family and consumer sciences; Clayton Thompson, bachelor of arts in psychology; Floral — Tara Birdwell, bachelor of business administration in management.

Students promote literacy

December 22, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Hillcrest High School students Joshua Shaw, Elizabeth Rush and Sarah Saffell recently participated in this year’s Ralph Joseph youth leadership program.   As members of Ralph Joseph, the students learned how to improve their leadership, public speaking and decision-making skills and received instruction on proper etiquette and living and working in a diverse society.Part of their leadership training involved selecting, planning, financing, completing and presenting a community service project, according to a news release.

Family for Christmas

December 22, 2010 VIOLET HILL — When 11-year-old Bradley arrived at his newest foster home he was carrying everything he owned in one little bag. A month later his 9-year-old brother Nathan joined him.The boys, along with their two younger sisters, had spent the past few years in the care of others and didn’t know from one day to the next what their future would hold.Now the boys no longer have to worry, because they have a home of their own.———

Building almost complete

December 22, 2010 Gayle Cooper has found the perfect spot for his office. The only problem is he’s not getting a new office.But there will be a crew of faculty and staff moving in a matter of weeks into a new building at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.The new Nursing and Allied Health building is about 90 percent finished, or “within a month and a half of completion,” said Cooper, UACCB vice chancellor for finance and administration. Groundbreaking was held Jan. 21.

Letters to Santa

December 22, 2010 CAVE CITY — First-graders in Reneé Edwards’ class at Cave City Elementary share their letters to Santa Claus with the Batesville Daily Guard this Christmas.Dear Santa,I hope I am on the nice list. Tell Rudolph that I will leave him some grain. Have a good trip. Merry Christmas Santa.Love, EthanP.S. I want a Rill compter.Dear Santa,I want to see Rudolph and you to Santa. I do not want to be on the bad list.Love, HannahDear Santa,I like Santa, becus you are the best man in the cuony (country).Love, Devin

Batesville becomes ‘Whoville’ when vandals target Christmas decorations

December 22, 2010 Thieves and vandals continue to hit Independence County homes, some even targeting outside Christmas decorations.Jim Wilson of Dennison Heights in Batesville told Deputy Michael Price on Saturday someone stole a standing deer ornament from his yard and moved other Christmas decorations around. The incident occurred between 10 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday. Value of the deer was estimated at $35.

Man with warrants in Izard admits to theft in Independence

December 22, 2010 A Paragould man accused of stealing his grandmother’s credit cards did it because he was “high,” according to an affidavit filed in Independence County Circuit Court.Officers took a theft report Sunday from Wanda Baxter of Batesville. She said she had family visiting on Saturday, and the next day a family member called her and told her to check her purse.

Wound Center physicians receive board certification

December 22, 2010 White River Medical Center Wound Healing Center medical director Ted Shields and physicians Anthony Lamkin and Jason Paxton recently earned certification by the American Board of Preventative Medicine in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine after successfully completing a rigorous credentialing and examination process.

Main Street offers gifts

December 22, 2010 Last-minute Christmas shopping is a thrilling event for some, and a nightmare for others. This type of shopping can lead to crowded malls with long lines, but these discouraging obstacles can be overcome by shopping with locally owned and operated Main Street Batesville merchants who offer something for just about everyone on your Christmas list. Most are open on Christmas Eve too.Take a day to shop downtown by parking at the upper end of Main Street and making your way downtown.