UACCB teams with five other colleges

March 11, 2010 BEEBE — As the national focus on education continues to grow, so does the need for institutions of higher education to strengthen the voice for support and collaboration, according to a news release. The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and five other two-year colleges from across the northern region of Arkansas are forming the North Arkansas Two-Year College Consortium.

State forestry responds to rash of fires

March 11, 2010 Arkansas Forestry Commission personnel responded to 128 fires that burned 3,123 acres last Saturday and Sunday, according to AFC officials.Single engine air tankers (SEATs) made 42 water drops during this same two day period in which two-thirds of the state experienced moderate wildfire danger conditions that prompted county judges in Faulkner, Greene and Van Buren counties to issue burn bans.

Students participate online

March 11, 2010 Mountain View — Cultural anthropology students from Ozarka College-Mountain View met face-to-face with English language students at Gorno Altaysk State University (GASU) in Siberia during a live online conference on March 2. While it was the evening in Mountain View, the students at GASU were meeting the morning of March 3. Gorno Altaysk is the capital of the Altay Republic, an autonomous member of the Russian Federation located deep in central Siberia.

Thida man rescued

March 11, 2010 A young Thida man had to be rescued from his truck after floodwaters swept him off a low water bridge around midnight Wednesday.Union Hill-Thida Fire Chief Mark Hightower said his department was paged out a few minutes after midnight to a young man stranded in floodwaters on Departee Creek near Lost End.According to Hightower, who didn’t release the youth’s name, the incident occurred when the youth drove his pickup truck onto the low water bridge at Union Hill.“That bridge floods all the time and he drove off into deep water and was swept away,” Hightower said.

Tornado survivors

March 11, 2010 IN 1973 PRINCIPAL BILL COOP saw the approaching storm and remembers being consumed with more fear than he had ever experienced in his life.As Arkansans brace for possible tornados in the months of March and April, the Old Independence Regional Museum is presenting “Tornado Survival Stories” at 2 p.m. Sunday, said curator Twyla Wright.“A panel of people who experienced the destruction of a tornado will tell their stories,” Wright said.Coop was the principal of Batesville’s Central Elementary School when a tornado hit on Thursday, April 19, 1973.

Storm claims one life

March 11, 2010 One person was killed in the tornadoes that cut a path through Arkansas, ripping off rooftops and downing power lines along the way, authorities say. Ward Baldridge, 79, was killed in the storm that slammed through Cleburne County Wednesday night. Baldridge lived with his wife Imogene and grandson Blake (age and last name unconfirmed at press time) on Sawmill Road South, Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss said.

Checkpoints to target underage drinking

March 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Police will be working with other law enforcement agencies March 12-21 and April 16-25 conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. Officers will be looking for drunk drivers of all ages, but with an emphasis directed toward teenage drivers.

Woman charged after fleeing from hospital

March 10, 2010 After allegedly bolting from a hospital exam room with an IV still in her arm, a Bethesda woman is facing escape charges.Independence County Deputy Jeremy Qualls said he responded to an accident on White Drive, just west of Gainesboro around 3:40 a.m. Saturday where he found a car off in the ditch with a woman, later identified as Kandy R. Dowell, 27, of 185 Dowell Lane, slumped over in the seat.

ASU Small Business Center set to sponsor seminars in Batesville

March 10, 2010 Jonesboro — Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host two workshops for small businesses March 17 and 18 at the chamber conference room.“Seven Steps to Small Business Success: How to Get a New Business Started Right” will be from 1-4 p.m. March 17. This workshop is for those who are considering starting a new business and have the best potential to succeed regardless of economic conditions.

Naturally Ozark Web site to launch April 15

March 10, 2010 Melbourne — The Naturally Ozark Web site will be launched April 15, according to a news release from the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development corporation.During a recent meeting of the NCARED Creative Economy team, Rich Fischer, team leader and NCARED board vice chairman, said interest is building as word of the Naturally Ozark branding effort and Web site ( spreads through the region.