OrigiNails offers customer state-of-art treatment

February 17, 2009 Touted by its owners as the newest and most comfortable business of its type in town, OrigiNails & Spa is now open for business at 2397 Harrison St. in Batesville.“When the client steps through the door I want them to see the difference,” said Kim Tu, owner/manager of OrigiNails & Spa. “The difference is not only in the decor, but the personal attention, friendlier service we offer and the quieter, more relaxed atmosphere where they know they are special,” she said during a recent interview.

Robotics team has leg up on competition

February 17, 2009 Members of the Lego Robotics Team at Central Magnet Math and Science were at the Batesville School Board meeting Monday afternoon to receive congratulations on winning their first trophy.The second-place trophy was earned by the team for the research and quality they put into their project at the 2008 Arkansas First Lego League Championship Tournament and Junior First Lego League Expo in Mountain Home recently.The First Lego League is a Junior Robotics Team, sponsored by Debra Smith. The challenge was “climate connection.”

Lyon College named to community service honor roll

February 17, 2009 The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Lyon College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

Hospital announces new administrator

February 17, 2009 Mountain View — Karen Craft will retire Friday as Stone County Medical Center’s chief operating officer. She has been a part of the White River Health System family since 1975, when she began her career in the White River Medical Center clinical laboratory. In 2002, she was named administrator of SCMC. Under her leadership, the hospital experienced substantial growth in admissions and clinical services, according to a news release.

Go Red for Women event well attended

February 16, 2009 Valentine’s Day usually brings to mind heart-shaped boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers, but last Thursday some 280 people had a different kind of heart on their minds at the Go Red for Women luncheon.The event is an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, which reports that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.The luncheon has raised about $40,000 for the heart association, but it was a first for Betty Harper of Batesville who was there with her sister, Joann Cothrine.

Local governments seek aid from storm

February 16, 2009 FEMA has promised aid money for damages caused by a recent ice storm, but it won’t be right away and there’s lots of paperwork to be done first.That was the message heard by dozens of city and county government representatives who packed the juvenile courtroom in Batesville Friday afternoon.The “good news, bad news” scenario regarding response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency came from Sylvia Hardy, the public assistance coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Student’s purse, $1,484 cash stolen

February 16, 2009 An hour of fun and games at a local game room Monday night ended on a bad note for a local college student when she discovered her wallet, along with $1,484 in cash, had been stolen from her car.Twenty-year-old Rachael Ann Burris of Batesville, a student at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, said she stopped at Riverside Conoco around 8:45 p.m. and bought a few items before driving to Bald Man Games at 1543 Harrison St.

Former resident’s book wins award

February 16, 2009 NATCHEZ, Miss. — James F. Barnett Jr.’s 2007 book “The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735,” published by University Press of Mississippi, has been selected by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2008, according to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.Choice Magazine is a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Sharp Co. judge puts road damage at $2M

February 16, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County, still dealing with the aftermath of the recent ice storm, probably has more than $2 million in damage — not counting damages to individuals’ homes, property and timber, County Judge Larry Brown told the quorum court last week.“What made it so bad, it was so widespread,” he said.“That’s a conservative estimate.”

Power restored to NAEC customers

February 16, 2009 SALEM — North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem announced today that power had been restored, where possible, to all of its customers. In a news release, Mel Coleman, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative chief executive officer, said January’s icy weather was unlike any other the cooperative had experienced.“While it was a trying time for both our employees and members, I feel like we did an outstanding job rebuilding a system that took 70 years to build.”