Japanese program receives grant

January 22, 2010 The Japan Foundation has presented Lyon College with a grant of $15,000 in order to enhance the study of Japanese language and literature. The grant will support instruction, a speech contest, a workshop on Japan for K-12 teachers and the Japan Lecture Series.The Japan Foundation donated Japanese teaching materials to Lyon College in 2003 and also funded $3,000 in books on Japan for the Lyon library the same year.For further information on the developing Japan Studies program at Lyon College, visit http://oldweb.lyon.edu/webdata/users/mpeek/JapanWebpages/.

Eastern Star to hold event

January 22, 2010 RAVENDEN — The Official Visit of the Grand Officers of the State Order of the Eastern Star will be Jan. 30 at the Ravenden Community Center in Ravenden. The event is open to all OES members.Lunch will be at noon, with the meeting to follow. Associate Grand Matron and Worthy Matron Sister Jeanette Goings of Charles Chapter is from Pocahantas and will greet attendees.Order of Eastern Star is made up of relatives of Masonic Members and dedicated to charity, truth and loving kindness, the release states.

Pearl stringing to be taught

January 22, 2010 Jacksonport — Jacksonport State Park is conducting a Pearl Stringing Necklace Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 in the courthouse.Fresh water pearls were once part of a booming mussel industry in Arkansas. By demonstrating the skill of stringing pearls, the park interpreter will teach workshop participants how to make their own freshwater pearl necklace to take home. Participants will also learn how freshwater pearls were discovered in Arkansas and how they were harvested from the White River.

Young Adult Author Series continues

January 22, 2010 SEARCY — The 2009-10 Young Adult Author Series continues Feb. 5-6 at Harding University with award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt.Willis Holt was born in Pensacola, Fla., and grew up traveling the world with her military family. But she always considered Louisiana home, a place where seven generations of her family have resided. Her Southern influence is felt throughout her writing.

Democrats reduce filing fees

January 22, 2010 The Independence County Democratic Central Committee met Thursday night and cut candidate filing fees nearly in half, said committee chairman Tony Thompson.“We reconsidered the 2010 candidate filing fees, and they were reduced by 40 percent from the 2008 fees,” Thompson said.“In January of 2008 we voted to put filing fees on a scale of five percent of the salary of the position the candidate was running for, but last night we voted to reduce the rate to three percent of the current position’s regular salary.”

Resale shop changes hours

January 22, 2010 Family Violence Prevention Fresh Start Resale Shop is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.The shop is located at 360 W. Main St., across from Marshall’s fabric store in downtown Batesville. The telephone number is (870) 698-0010. Mary Holcombe is store manager.The shop offers specials every month and has a variety of items, according to a news release.All donations are tax deductible and go toward helping victims of family abuse and sexual abuse.Family Violence Prevention is a United Way of Independence County agency.

Council may increase speed limits around town

January 22, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to consider an ordinance to increase the speed limit to 30 miles per hour on city streets except where otherwise posted. The agenda also includes a report from Ed Mabry, economic development director; recognition of the Central Magnet School First Lego League Robotics Team; a resolution to recognize the Arkansas School Board Member Recognition Week; an ordinance to amend the 2009 budget; a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson; and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.

Fred Krug seeks fourth term to Batesville City Council Ward 3

January 22, 2010 Fred Krug has announced his intention to run for a fourth term for Ward 3, Position 1 on the Batesville City Council.Krug said he is committed to his ward, Westside, and making it a better place.Krug said he has driven around the ward to find code violations. “I am committed to cleaning up Westside,” Krug said.Since Krug took office, the city has passed a sales tax and built a new fire station in Ward 3, and the city plans to break ground this year on a new park in Westside as well.

Other building projects under way at UACCB

January 22, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville made history Thursday, a vice chancellor told the Board of Visitors at its quarterly meeting, and in all likelihood it will make history again next week.Gayle Cooper, vice chancellor for finance and administration, said with the groundbreaking for the new $5 million Nursing and Allied Health building, “Today we made history. We’ve waited for this for a long, long time,” holding up a notice to proceed that was issued earlier Thursday.

Construction to begin on new NAH facility

January 22, 2010 The first mounds of dirt were tossed Thursday in preparation of a new building that will bring state-of-the-art health care technology and education to Batesville and the surrounding area.