Consortium expands, adds two cxolleges

May 19, 2010 The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) has received state approval to increase the number of seats it offers to licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs) who wish to become registered nurses, announced Jill Hasley, program director of the consortium. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing also approved the addition of two more colleges to the consortium. Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) in Mena, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (UACCH) will join ARNEC for the January 2011 class.

Bank VP earns certification

May 19, 2010 Dwight E. Ford, vice president of credit administration and compliance officer at First Community Bank, was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB), a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, in Washington, D.C.

CNA course offered

May 19, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College Continuing Education will offer a certified nursing assistant course beginning June 1 in Melbourne. Cost for this course is $300 and will last one month. Interested persons can obtain more information or enroll no later than May 27 by calling CNA coordinator Tamra Bevill at (870) 368-2079.

Pinkston reunion is Saturday

May 19, 2010 CAVE CITY — The family of Bill and Adar Pinkston will hold the annual Pinkston Family Reunion from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cave City Community Center, according to family members. A potluck meal will be served at noon. The event is open to all family and friends. For more information call Johnny or Louise Curtis a (870) 283-6152.

Gospel singing, fish fry set

May 19, 2010 New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, located at 3655 Bethesda Road in Batesville, will host a fish fry and gospel singing at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Hannahs of Searcy will be the featured entertainers. Donations will be taken.

Local artist sets CD release party

May 19, 2010 Local recording artist GodFrame will perform at a CD release party at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pocket Park at 315 E. Main St. in Batesville, said Pamela Clark of Raining Prosperity Inc. The event is free and will also feature free food, door prizes and other live performers including DeJuan, Titus III, The Prophet and Worldsound. GodFrame is the stage name of Terrence Ford, who is releasing his latest studio CD, “You Are Infinite.” His previous CD was “Freedom,” which is available at Hastings in Batesville, iTunes,, and

Ark. voters deliver muddled verdict on insiders; Lincoln, Halter in runoff

May 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas voters have delivered a muddled verdict on establishment politicians, thrusting Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a prolonged fight for her political career while handing a sitting congressman the GOP nomination for that seat. Lincoln, already considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Washington, begins a three-week extension of her heated battle with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for the Democratic nomination following Tuesday’s primary. Halter, embraced by labor unions and groups on the left that soured on Lincoln, vowed to make the chance count.

Sherrell wins county judge

May 19, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County will be getting a new county judge while a run-off will be decided for the state representative race. According to a spokesperson with the Izard County Clerk’s Office, David C. Sherrell won the judge seat with 1,742 votes. Karla Rush came in second place with 995. Conway Miller received 535 votes. The seat is being vacated by Judge Rayburn Finley, who is retiring.

Counts steamrolls in sheriff’s race

May 19, 2010 ASH FLAT  — “I’m excited,” Mark Counts said Tuesday night after easily winning the Democratic nomination for Sharp County sheriff. Counts won his race against Dennis Burton with almost 66 percent of the vote — 2,373 to 1,253. Counts, 34, of Cave City is a detective sergeant/criminal investigator in Sheriff Dale Weaver’s administration. He has 13 years of law enforcement experience. Burton, of Ash Flat, is also a veteran in law enforcement, having served as chief deputy under a previous sheriff before changing jobs to become a probation officer. Burton is also a justice of the peace.

Candidates respond while they wait

May 19, 2010 When early voting numbers in Independence and Fulton counties showed Jerrie Lee Grady ahead of Don McSpadden in the prosecuting attorney’s race one hour after the polls closed Tuesday night, Grady was thrilled. “What?” she asked, smiling when approached by a supporter at her watch party at the Batesville Country Club. “I’m really nervous,” she said. “But we’re really excited.”