Arkansas Tech names grads

February 17, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE, — The Arkansas Tech University Registrar’s Office has released an official and certified list of 425 degrees conferred upon students on the Russellville campus at the conclusion of the fall 2009 semester. Magna cum laude graduates earned a 3.70-3.89 cumulative grade point average. The fall 2009 graduates from Arkansas Tech are:Batesville — Brandon Derek Faircloth, bachelor of science; Ryan W. McChesney, BS; Jerrod Patrick Smith, BS; Melbourne — Tyler Crotts Koestner, BS; Laken Karianne Lawrence, BS (magna cum laude).

UofA names local students on chancellor’s and dean’s lists

February 17, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas announces the names of undergraduates who earned a place on the chancellor’s list for the fall 2009 semester. The students named to the chancellor’s list have earned a 4.0 grade point average in at least 12 hours of classes during the semester.Students honored on the chancellor’s list include:Batesville — Steven Allgood, McKinley Case, Kelsey Lavigne, Meagan Richards, Lisa Slisher, Adam UlmerMountain View — Johnathan ParsonsNewport — Pamela JacksonSulphur Rock — James Walden.

Pageant seeks contestants

February 17, 2010 OSCEOLA — The Miss Cotton Belle Pageant will be at 7 p.m. March 6 in the Osceola High School Auditorium. This pageant is part of the Miss America pageant system. More than $4,000 in scholarships and cash awards will be presented.Teen contestants must be between 13 and 17 and not yet a high school senior. Miss contestants must be between 17 and 24.

Commandant’s House at WBC placed on National Register

February 17, 2010 Walnut Ridge — One of the oldest buildings at Williams Baptist College has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Commandant’s House, which dates back to World War II, was recently approved for placement on the register by the National Park Service.

Corrections inmate dies

February 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Community Correction says a woman who was sentenced to one of its facilities has died.The agency said in a statement that 47-year-old Debra Mullen died early Tuesday of what appears to be natural causes.Officials said Mullen was being housed in the state prison system’s diagnostic hospital because of a series of health issues, but they didn’t specify any illness.

$100,000 bond set in ATV theft

February 17, 2010 A man who allegedly stole a four-wheeler, and then repainted it to hide its identity, has a bond of $100,000 after he was reportedly found to be in possession of controlled medication without a prescription. According to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Mundy, on Feb. 14 Deputy Randy Jones took a report of a stolen four-wheeler listing Lyndon M. Gardner, 19, as a suspect.

Class to hold yard sale

February 17, 2010 The West Magnet fifth-grade class will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday in the elementary school gymnasium in west Batesville.Items for sale will include mountain bikes, computer desk, radio cabinet, antique sewing machine, chest, battery-operated ride-on toys, household items, children’s clothes, toys, books and other items.All proceeds will go toward funding the fifth grade field trip to Kansas City, Mo.

United Way reception planned

February 17, 2010 The United Way of Independence County invites all campaign donors to an appreciation reception honoring the 2009-10 United Way Campaign and its award winners from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.Awards will be presented at 5:30.

Account established

February 17, 2010 An account has been set up at Citizens Bank in Batesville for the children of Eric Simpson under the name of Dale and Cleda Simpson. Eric Simpson, a former Southside graduate, was killed in an out-of-state industrial accident last week.Donations may be made at any bank branch.

Batesville schedules meeting about magnet programs

February 17, 2010 The Batesville School District will hold a public information meeting about its magnet schools from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the district central office board room at 955 Water St.There will be information about all the magnet programs. “These sessions are provided to help parents make choices for the school their children will attend,” Debbie Miller, director of curriculum and instruction, said. The first magnet application period will open Feb. 24 and remain open until 4 p.m. March 19.