Branding sessions planned

April 15, 2010 Arnett Muldrow, a consulting firm specializing in community planning, will be coming to Batesville for a three-day identity branding session April 20-22, courtesy of Main Street Arkansas. The schedule for the interview sessions and public meetings is as follows:April 20noon — Main Street Batesville board, Elizabeth’s Restaurant1:30 p.m. — Mayor Rick Elumbaugh and other city officials, municipal building3 — Main Street Batesville committee members, Old Independence Regional Museum4 — School and college officials, museum

Tip-A-Cop supports Special Olympics

April 15, 2010 Volunteer law enforcement officers from Batesville and Searcy, along with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers, the Batesville Fire Department, and the wait staff at Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill in Batesville raised $2,800 for Special Olympics Monday night.During the evening customers were served by the law enforcement officers who, along with the regular wait staff, donated 100 percent of their tips to Arkansas Special Olympics.An in-house Jail-N-Bail was also held where customers were arrested and had to post bail to be released.

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.