Mt. Pleasant sets registration

April 29, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary kindergarten and new student registration will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday Kindergarten registration will be held in the kindergarten rooms. To be eligible for kindergarten, the child must be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 15. Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child’s early physical screening development assessment, record of immunizations, Social Security Number and birth certificate.

Military recognizes veteran police officer

April 29, 2010 In late 2005, as a soldier in the 39th Infantry of the Arkansas National Guard, Ben Keener came home from his first tour of duty in Iraq. Like many soldiers returning from a tour of combat duty, he was looking for a job. By early 2006 he found himself employed in another job where he faced daily challenges, as an employee with the Independence County jail. A job he enjoyed until duty called again in early 2008. Keener returned to Iraq for his second combat tour which lasted until December of that same year.

Stamps to be released Friday

April 29, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County (HSIC) in Batesville, along with the United States Postal Service, is promoting adoption of shelter pets with the upcoming release of the Animal Rescue: Adopt A Shelter Pet Commemorative Stamps, according to volunteer Sue Augustus.

Charges pending

April 29, 2010 ASH FLAT — Three men and a woman were being interviewed by Sharp County sheriff’s investigators at 10 this morning in connection with a Tuesday night high-speed chase that left two police cars damaged and a deputy injured, Sheriff Dale Weaver said. Two people were in a black 2001 extended cab Dodge pickup that fled from deputies and Ash Flat police in a chase from south of Ash Flat, along Good Earth Pottery Road, Simstown Road and Barnes Road before ending in the 500 block of Barnes Road.

Caught on tape

April 29, 2010 ASH FLAT — After being caught on videotape, a trusted employee of an Ash Flat business was charged this morning in Sharp County Circuit Court with felony theft of property for allegedly embezzling at least $30,000 and possibly as much as $250,000 over the last few years, according to public records in the county and circuit clerk’s office. An affidavit filed with the charges accuses Michelle Lynn Sanders of taking money as well as some merchandise from The Grapevine, owned by Lori Carpenter.

Results in: Jeffery, Griffin, Grady picked in debate poll

April 29, 2010 More than 200 individuals filled out an exit form indicating how they thought the candidates did during a debate held at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The Batesville Daily Guard and two student groups at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, the Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa, co-sponsored the debate Tuesday night. Moderator for the event was Blake Rutherford, who writes a public affairs blog.

Biggest Winner leads to big changes

April 29, 2010 Two and a half months ago, Lyon College junior Lauren Fouse could not run more than a mile without stopping to rest. Today, she runs six miles a day, four days a week. The New Market, Ala., native also watches what she eats and is losing weight. “A person that exercises is mentally, physically and spiritually healthy,” she said. Fouse is making a change in her lifestyle with the help of a new Lyon College program called the Biggest Winner.

Scholarship recipients announced

April 28, 2010 Three area students were recently named 2010 recipients of the Arkansas Eastman Trust Scholarships. The scholarship program was established in 1993 to encourage and assist Independence County area students pursuing math or science-related careers. Grace Gatlin, daughter of Bill and Denise Gatlin will graduate from Batesville High School in May. She plans to attend Mississippi State University, majoring in mechanical engineering.

ASU-HS awards funding

April 28, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA) will provide one-time $500-$1,000 scholarship awards to students enrolling in certain programs at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs, a center of ASU-Beebe, for the summer or fall terms.

State board names Wells

April 28, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland High School library media specialist Karen Wells has been appointed to the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media board, according to a news release. As a member, Wells will work to improve the use of instructional technology and media in the state’s public schools and continue to promote current innovations in library media. She will serve as a voting member for the group of professional educators dedicated to the improvement of education through the use of technology and media.