Lyon professor awarded $200,000 research grant

February 17, 2010 Lyon College Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Tim Lindblom has been awarded a nearly $200,000 grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH).Lindblom said the grant will fund research to determine how chemicals from the environment impact human health. He said the chemicals called xenobiotics enter human bodies in many forms including environmental pollution, prescription drugs, dietary supplements, and compounds normally found in food and drink.

Ted Hall resigns

February 17, 2010 For Ted Hall it’s time for a change.The superintendent submitted his letter of resignation to the Batesville School Board Tuesday night during its regular meeting at Eagle Mountain Magnet.“I’m not sick. I’ve not gone crazy. I’m not mad, and I am grateful to be the superintendent of the Batesville School District,” he said. His resignation is effective the end of the school year. “It’s just that for me, it’s time for a change.”With 35 years spent in education, Hall, 58, was hired as superintendent in 2001, having previously been superintendent at Southside.

Bonuses approved

February 17, 2010 In a rare occurrence Tuesday night, Independence County Judge Bill Hicks vetoed a ruling made just moments earlier by the quorum court.The issue was over money — specifically, bonuses the county wanted to give employees for their hard work the past year and for efforts to keep the county financially sound.It has been two years since county employees got a yearly cost-of-living raise and after the county treasurer revealed there were some surplus funds, but not enough for a raise, the court felt a bonus was appropriate.

50 jobs to end as pump maker shuts

February 16, 2010 SILOAM SPRINGS (AP) — A company that makes submersible pumps in Siloam Springs has told its 50 remaining employees that their jobs are being eliminated and the plant will shut down.The 50 workers left at the Franklin Electric Co. plant are what’s left of as many as 800 employed there as recently as 2006.The company based at Bluffton, Ind., did not give a specific employee termination date, but workers were told in an internal communication to expect it to happen in April.

Moorefield gets military surplus

February 16, 2010 The owners of J & J Military Surplus, Jim and Juanita Kerr, say operating a business that provides good serviceable products to their customers is their main goal.The store, located at 4750 Harrison St., across from AAA Rent-All, carries a wide variety of military surplus goods with more coming in each week, according to day-to-day operator Juanita Kerr.“This is a business the community has missed having since the one on lower Main Street closed many years ago,” she said.

Man attends leadership event

February 16, 2010 Cledas Manuel of Batesville, a Modern Woodmen of America managing partner, recently attended the first Modern Woodmen Leadership Career Institute, which was held at the company’s home office in Rock Island, Ill.Regional directors and managing partners were invited to attend the institute, which is designed to motivate attendees as leaders, help them learn from elite industry speakers and exchange management best practices with peers.The event will be held every other year at the home office.

ASU announces honor students

February 16, 2010 Jonesboro — Approximately 1,800 students have been named to the Chancellor’s and Dean’s Lists for the fall 2009 semester at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.The two lists recognize undergraduate students who achieved the highest grade point averages while enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of study. The Chancellor’s List includes students who earned a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0. The Dean’s List includes students with a GPA of 3.6 to 3.79.Those on the Chancellor’s List include:Ash Flat — Stewart A. Smart, Whitney D. Crook

Administrator discusses kindergarten concerns

February 16, 2010 Spring is the time many school districts have kindergarten preregistration. The Batesville School District is no exception. Our kindergarten preregistration will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 5 at the Early Learning Center at 1900 Lyon St. (formerly the kindergarten center).

JPs to discuss proposed pipeline

February 16, 2010 ASH FLAT — Sign-up for service from a proposed natural gas pipeline in Sharp County will be discussed when the quorum court meets at 6 tonight in the courthouse in Ash Flat, County Judge Larry Brown said.