Wetzel elected

April 15, 2010 MELBOURNE — Through Future Business Leaders of America, Olevia Wetzel is learning how to be a leader. And as the newly-elected 2010-11 District 6 state FBLA Parliamentarian, she stands to gain even more experience. “As parliamentarian, I keep the order at meetings. I make sure that Robert’s Rules of Order are followed and that things don’t get hectic,” Wetzel said, noting that she has also held other parliamentary roles in other organizations such as FFA.

Airport to get T-hangars

April 15, 2010 From airport to fire to utilities, the Batesville City Council heard several departmental reports when it met Tuesday night.Charles Barnett reported on some grants received by the Batesville Airport Commission from the state aeronautical commission. The Batesville Regional Airport plans to build six new T-hangars (six others were built in 2008), that will produce $10,000 in rent each year, said Barnett, chairman of the airport commission.

$100,000 bond set

April 15, 2010 An Oil Trough man who reportedly threatened to blow up the town and a school during a standoff with police last week is now in jail under a $100,000 bond.On April 8 police were called to 50 Second St. where 46-year-old Joe L. Hankins was reportedly waving a gun around and trying to break into his father’s residence, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Deputy Jeff Sims.

PBL elects officers

April 14, 2010 Walnut Ridge — Phi Beta Lambda, a society for business students at Williams Baptist College, has elected its officers for the 2010-11 school year. The group selected Mark Yawson of Ghana as president, Lauren Taylor of Myrtle, Mo. as vice president and Tiffany Pickett of Poughkeepsie as secretary.Pickett, who will be a senior next year is majoring in business administration and she is the daughter of Jackie and Teresa Pickett of Poughkeepsie.

Smith earns WBC scholarship

April 14, 2010 Walnut Ridge — Zach Smith of Batesville has been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship to attend Williams Baptist College. The scholarship is awarded to incoming WBC students based on their college entrance examination scores.Smith is a senior at Batesville High School. He is the son of James Smith and Tianna Carter, both of Batesville.

Student accepted to Harding

April 14, 2010 SEARCY — Holly Broadway of Newark, niece of Richard and Marilyn Bell, has been accepted to Harding University for the fall 2010 semester.Broadway attends River Valley High School, where she is an honor graduate and salutatorian.She will be welcomed to campus for Student Impact, an orientation program designed to help freshmen and new students make the adjustment to college life, in the fall.

Batesville native to receive Ph.D

April 14, 2010 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Kelly Cross Elliott will receive a Ph.D in British history from Florida State University on April 30, according to a news release.Cross is the daughter of Michael Cross and Pam Harmon Cross of Conway and the granddaughter of Boyce and Lovenia Harmon and Ralph and Lucy Cross of Batesville. Cross, who will serve as assistant professor of history at Abilene Christian University in Texas beginning in August, received her bachelor’s degree from Harding University in 2005 and her master’s in European history at Florida State in 2007.

Students ‘DARE’ to graduate

April 14, 2010 Nearly 125 West Magnet and Central Magnet elementary students graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, otherwise known as DARE, on March 31.West Magnet student Nikki Vinson and Central Magnet student Kale Roby each received $25 Walmart gift cards for winning the DARE essay contest and all graduates received T-shirts. Tim Smith with the Arkansas Army National Guard Drug Demand Reduction Unit from Camp Robinson in Little Rock spoke to the group and Chief David Specht talked about the helicopter the unit uses for such missions.

Pork quality discussed

April 14, 2010 “Pork Quality” means one thing to the industry but may mean quite another to consumers. Lean carcasses, high-yielding cuts, attractive appearance, and stability in cold storage are all characteristics that might be considered in the industry to be some of the most important aspects of high-quality pork.The ultimate objective of pork production is to provide food for people, therefore, the industry must focus upon and understand the definition of quality by consumers.

Harding continues Young Adult Author Series with Sonnenblick

April 14, 2010 SEARCY — The 2009-10 Young Adult Author Series continues April 23-24 at Harding University with Jordan Sonnenblick.Sonnenblick’s debut young adult novel, “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pies,” recounts the comical dilemmas of an eighth-grader’s life while addressing the serious issue of an illness-stricken sibling.