Batesville native named to Who’s Who

December 24, 2009 ARKADELPHIA — Thirty-eight Ouachita Baptist University students were recently selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.The students were chosen for Who’s Who by OBU’s faculty, staff and senior class based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.Among the Ouachita students to be included in Who’s Who is Philip Williamson, 20, a philosophy, political science and Christian studies triple major from Batesville.

Essay contest announced

December 24, 2009 The Batesville Optimist Club will once again be sponsoring its annual Essay Contest, open to all area youth under the age of 19 as of Dec. 31. This years’s topic is “The Internet; Today’s Evolution or Tomorrow’s Menace.” Batesville Physical Therapy will offer cash prizes in the contest. First prize at the club level will receive $100, second place $50; and third place $25.

Kappa Sigs receive scholarships

December 24, 2009 The national office of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity has announced scholarship awards totally $12,500 made to seven members of Lyon College’s chapter.Receiving awards of $2,500 were Nate Pyle, a senior history major from Jonesboro; Michael McQueen, a senior biology major also from Jonesboro; Bradley Biggers, a senior biology major from Hampton; and Beau Palmer, a senior biology and business administration major from Dallas, Texas.

Bailey gets feet wet at UACCB, earns master’s from ASU

December 24, 2009 Leaving a job field after 23 years is difficult but it paid off for a 2003 University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville graduate who graduated with honors from Arkansas State University Saturday with a master’s degree in physical therapy.Bill Bailey started taking classes at the encouragement of his wife, Kathy. He said at 42 he was faced with the realization that he had made some bad choices in his life like most people do; however, his home and land were paid for so when his wife told him to go back to school, he filled out the application and enrolled in classes.

Greers Ferry mayor resigns

December 24, 2009 GREERS FERRY (AP) — The mayor of Greers Ferry has resigned after pleading guilty to charges of taking money meant of tornado victims.Prosecutors say Michelle Davis pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony theft of property and second-degree forgery for taking the tornado-relief money. Greers Ferry Recorder/Treasurer Treva James says Davis resigned Tuesday night.James will serve as interim mayor until a new mayor is appointed to serve the remaining year in office or until a special election is held.

Contest winners announced

December 24, 2009 CAVE CITY — Winners of the Cave City Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and Home/Business Decorating Contest have been announced.Harry Eckard of Laman Street earned first place along with a check for $400 in the decorating contest, according to a news release. Johnson Day Care won second place and a check for $200.The winners in the parade were Maxville Baptist Church, first place, $400 prize; and Cave City Middle School Drama Club, second place, $200 prize.

LRAFB airmen coming back

December 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The families of more than 150 airmen are getting a special Christmas gift — the return of the Air Force members from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.Meanwhile, 200 Arkansas National Guard soldiers training in Wisconsin for deployment to Afghanistan have returned home to Jonesboro for a 10-day furlough that allows them to spend Christmas with their families before leaving the country.

Democratic filing fees announced

December 24, 2009 Democratic candidates for local offices in Independence County pay a 5 percent filing fee based on the salary of the position for which they are seeking. Those fees will amount as follows: • County judge — salary of approximately $56,458, filing fee of $2,933;• County clerk, circuit clerk, tax collector, tax assessor, and treasurer — salary of approximately $45,196, filing fee of $2,260; • Sheriff — $52,250, filing fee of $2,613;• Justice of the peace — $2,760; filing fee of $138;• Coroner — filing fee of $750;

Man arrested for night hunting; car, gun confiscated

December 24, 2009 By Tony McGuffeyGuard Staff WriterIt was around 5 p.m. and getting dark outside when residents on Cedar Grove Road north of Batesville heard a gunshot. Knowing there were no legal hunting seasons open on Dec. 16, a call was made to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission requesting someone to investigate.“I got the call from Little Rock that a violation was in progress on Cedar Grove Road,” Wildlife Officer Sgt. Shad Pearce said. “They told me that someone was road hunting.”

Family, friends welcome Cossey

December 24, 2009 CEDAR GROVE — Alex Cossey’s first words to the crowd of family, friends and classmates greeting him at his home shows his sense of humor.“Don’t take my picture, my hair’s messed up,” he said, smiling, as a couple of family members snapped photos.Then, with his left hand on the controls of an electric wheelchair, he spun the chair around to face the dozens of people holding balloons and welcome home signs — with many of them wearing Alex Cossey T-shirts.“Boy, there’s a lot of people here,” he said.