Autism conference to be held May 1

April 24, 2009 JONESBORO — The Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas will hold its annual conference on Autism May 1 at the Fowler Center in Jonesboro.The featured speaker is Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-known leader in the field of autism spectrum distorders.

Alcohol Awareness Month declared

April 24, 2009 April has been declared Alcohol Awareness Month in Batesville and Independence County.“This is the time for everyone to recognize the extent to which the misuse of alcohol can produce problems for individuals, families and communities,” said pharmacist Dennis F. Moore, Independence County Hometown Wellness Coalition. “For a variety of reasons, many adults choose to use alcoholic beverages and do so with little to no consequences; however, everyone needs to recognize that there is no safe nor legal use of alcohol in minors.”

Man to appear in court for taking $10 sunglasses

April 24, 2009 An erratic driving pattern and a failure to have proper lighting on his license plate led to a Batesville man being stopped and arrested by police late Tuesday night.Deputy Bret Ward said he was patrolling in the vicinity of White Drive and Barnett Drive just before midnight when he noticed a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup without lights on the license plate. Ward said he stopped the truck and identified the driver as 23-year-old Christopher R. Hudson of 1450 Gregg Drive.

College students, prof win awards

April 24, 2009 Dr. Gloria Everson, associate professor of anthropology, was named the Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year at the Honors Convocation at Lyon College Tuesday. Alpha Chi is a national honor society for students who are in the top 10 percent of their class. Each year, Lyon’s chapter recognizes a faculty member for their dedication to the campus community and academics. Everson was selected for her willingness to help students in and out of the classroom and for her involvement in service projects on campus and in the community.

Pine Bluff senior elected Young Alumni Trustee

April 24, 2009 Jordan Lupo, a senior from Pine Bluff, has been elected a Young Alumni Trustee by her fellow students at Lyon College. She will begin her two-year term on the Lyon Board of Trustees when she graduates May 9. Lupo will succeed John Boling, class of 2007, who is completing the second year of his term. The practice of electing a graduating senior to be a Young Alumni Trustee began in 2006 with the election of Adam Long of Jonesboro. Lupo will join Daniel Haney of Little Rock, who was elected in 2008.

Deputies complete training

April 24, 2009 Three Independence County Sheriff’s deputies were among the 45 officers who successfully completed Basic Police Training April 17 at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas, according to a press release.Officers who successfully completed the 13-week, 612-hour course were Chris Toland, Gary Franks and Brian Luetschwager.Officer training included instruction in standard police tactics, legal, educational, technical skills and practical exercises.

Trespassing leads to drug arrest

April 24, 2009 Bond has been set at $25,000 for a 26-year-old Mountain View woman after she was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine March 7, according to an affidavit filed in Independence County Circuit Court by Detective Alan Cockrill.According to the affidavit, Deputy Ernie Gillihan was dispatched to 3076 Heber Springs Road where the property owner was holding two people in a Ford Explorer he had caught trespassing on his property.“The complainant said that he had held the occupants of the vehicles because he felt they were up to no good,” Cockrill said.

Golf classic to raise funds

April 24, 2009 Golfers from all over the northcentral Arkansas will be at the Searcy Country Club today to participate in the eighth annual Sonic North Central Arkansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Classic, according to area FCA director David Parker.“This four-person scramble greatly benefits the North Central Arkansas FCA ministry and provides an opportunity for a local team or teams to qualify for the FCA National Scramble Finals at the Tournament Players Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in November,” Parker said in a press release.

Ozarka to offer GED test 

April 24, 2009 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. May 7 and 20 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, May 5 and 19;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, May 4 and 11;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, May 5 and 12;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, May 11 and 26.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 24, 2009 Cord center to host bandCORD — The Cord Senior Citizens Center hosts a country and western band every Friday night beginning at 7.The event is open to the public. For more information, call Delia Jones at (870) 799-8148. Lyon schedules poetry reading