Student nets scholar award

June 2, 2010 JACKSON, Tenn. — Adam Hamaker, a 2010 graduate of Arkansas Baptist High School in Little Rock, has received a Provost Scholar Award at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.The award was part of the Scholars of Excellence competition at Union and is a full-tuition scholarship for four years. Hamaker will attend Union beginning in the fall as a pre-med student.At Arkansas Baptist High School, Hamaker lettered in baseball and football. He also received the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship.

Desha First Baptist awards scholarships to 6 S’side graduates

June 2, 2010 Desha First Baptist Church recently awarded scholarships to six high school graduates. The Desha Baptist Memorial/Honorarium scholarship is funded by donations made by individuals in memory or in honor of a person. All recipients are graduating from Southside High School. Each scholarship is for $800 to the college of their choice.Adam Martin is the son of David and Linda Martin. He will attend the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and major in criminal justice.

Police arrest local man armed with knife

June 2, 2010 Things became tense Friday morning when an Independence County Deputy went to a residence to serve a warrant and was met by a man armed with a knife.Deputy Wayne Green said he went to an apartment building on Heber Springs Road to serve a warrant on Jay R. Johnston around 10 a.m. and was met at the door by Johnston who was acting in a “wild frenzy.”“I announced who I was and advised him that he had an active warrant,” Green said.

FBI dubs man who robbed 21 banks ‘Granddad Bandit’

June 2, 2010 ST. LOUIS — A bald, heavyset man who has robbed 21 banks in the eastern and central U.S. is proving to be so elusive that the FBI has given him a name — the “Granddad Bandit” — and the agency announced plans Tuesday to post a digital picture of him on billboards in several states in hopes of catching him.The man, who is believed to be 50 to 60 years old, is suspected in 21 bank robberies in 12 states, the most recent on May 18 at a Regions Bank branch in St. Louis County, the FBI said.

Basket weaving to be taught at Powhatan State Park

June 2, 2010 POWHATAN — A basket weaving workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Powhatan Historic State Park, interpreter Kristyn Watts said.The registration fee is $45.Participants will make Victorian shopper baskets.“There is something about weaving a basket that takes you back to a simpler time and place,” Watts said. “With today’s busy lifestyle, we all need to find a relaxing and enjoyable hobby.

BAAC sets photography class

June 2, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council, 246 E. Main St. in Batesville, will host a basic beginner’s photography class this month.The class, suitable for any type camera, will cover the basics of proper lighting techniques, how to photograph fireworks, photo composition, group photography, indoor/outdoor events such as concerts, and more.Classes will run from 6-8 p.m. June 17 and 18 and again on June 22.June 19 will be a field trip event for one-on-one assistance from instructor Tony McGuffey, and to practice techniques learned in the classroom.

SCHS Ancestor Fair is free

June 2, 2010 MARSHALL — The Searcy County Historical Society will host its 21st North Arkansas Ancestor Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Civic Center. Admission is free.Guest lecturer this year will be Russell P. Baker, retired archivist for the Arkansas History Commission. At 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Baker will present lectures on “Hints for American Indian Genealogical Researchers.”

Albert Sidney Johnston UDC

June 2, 2010 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its May meeting at the Batesville Country Club. After a Dutch-treat luncheon, President Mary Miller called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guest Sue McCluskey of Mountain View.She led the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag and the salutes to the Arkansas, Confederate and Christian flags, followed by the Ritual. Lateresa Wheeler prayed the invocation for the meal.

Sock hop tickets still available; event is Saturday

June 2, 2010 Tickets for the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Foundation’s Summer Sock Hop featuring music from the ’50s are still available.The Summer Sock Hop will be held on the UACCB campus Saturday at 8 p.m. Danny Dozier and The Lockhouse Orchestra will perform. Band members include John Parks, Sarah Roark, Penny Wolfe, Jason Moser, Mike Foster, Jerry Bone and Dozier. Special guests with the band will be Charlie Chalmers playing saxophone and entertainer Pres Ellis.

Judge won’t stop breakup of school district

June 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Pulaski County judge won’t stop the planned breakup of the Twin Rivers School District by the Arkansas Board of Education.Circuit Judge Chris Piazza denied a request Friday for a temporary injunction by Save the Twin Rivers Schools, a group of the district’s employees, parents, property owners and students.