Facility offers new therapy

April 7, 2009 A new treatment is available for dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, according to a news release. It is called VitalStim Therapy, and it is available at Batesville Healthcare Center.

Newark barber shop reopens

April 7, 2009 NEWARK — Walking into Ladies and Gents hair salon/barber shop in Newark is kind of like stepping back in time, with just a touch of today for balance. As one sits down in the well-worn leather barber chairs, looks at the scars and stains on the barber’s back bar, one can almost hear the sound of a razor being stropped and smell the aroma of barber’s talc.That is until stylist Brian Combee fires up an electric hair dryer from across the room as he styles the hair of a client in the “ladies corner” of the shop.

Relay team to raffle quilt

April 7, 2009 The Townsends of Arkansas of Batesville Relay for Life team will raffle off a quilt decorated with the Relay for Life ribbon and stars.The quilt was made by Uneeda Sharp and Jean Muns, both of Concord.Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. To purchase tickets, contact any team member, call (870) 793-7511 or come by the front desk of the Townsends plant in Batesville.The drawing will be held May 29 at the Relay for Life event at Riverside Park in Batesville, where tickets may also be purchased.

Sheriff: Alcohol factor in family altercations

April 7, 2009 MELBOURNE — Alcohol was a factor in two family fights over the past few days, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Simon Keith Ducker, 29, of Pineville was arrested late Saturday night on charges to include assault on a family member and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from Ducker’s coming to his father and mother’s residence and cursing them. Ducker fled the scene but was located in a nearby barn. In another domestic fight, Lisa Jane Greenwood, 47, of Calico Rock was arrested Friday afternoon for third-degree domestic battery.

Service news

April 7, 2009 NORFOLK, Va. — Navy Reserve Seaman Recruit Ernesto C. Gonzalez Villoria, a 2001 graduate of Batesville High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to his current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Gonzalez Villoria completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 7, 2009 Pastels class offeredBatesville Area Arts Council is offering a painting in pastels class with artist Kim Hinkle from 6-8 p.m. on April 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the gallery.For more information or to register call (870) 793-3382 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit www.batesvilleart.org. UFO conference announced

4-H’ers named ambassadors

April 7, 2009 Three Independence County 4-H’ers were recently selected as Arkansas State Fair Junior Ambassadors.Cecile Harris, a student at Cedar Ridge School; Leigh Ann Bridgers, a student at Cave City School; and Jackson Mead, a student at Southside School, were chosen as ambassadors because of their good communication, leadership and organizational skills, according to a news release.The students have been involved as junior livestock exhibitors at the Spring Livestock Show and the Arkansas State Fair for many years.

Ozarka to host portrayal based on nursery rhyme

April 7, 2009 Melbourne — The Ozarka College Drama Club will host Arkansas Arts Center’s production of “This Little Piggy Went to Market” on April 28. This tale by Keith Smith is based on the classic Mother Goose nursery rhyme. This production is recommended for children ages pre-school through third grade.

Voluntourism: Clinton School student initiates original venture

April 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — An organization that captures the spirit of both adventure and service is in the works in Arkansas. Nicholas Hall, a 27-year-old student at the Clinton School of Public Service, is in the process of starting the nonprofit, Volunteer to See.The springboard for the concept came from Hall’s second year serving with AmeriCorps in post-Katrina New Orleans where he saw how volunteers contributed to the city’s revival.