Firm acquires Ranger plant

February 3, 2010 FLIPPIN (AP) — A private equity firm closed Tuesday on the purchase of Wood Manufacturing Inc., the maker of Ranger Boats, whose factory in Flippin is the largest employer in Marion County.The purchase of Minneapolis-based Genmar Holdings Inc. was approved last month in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, clearing the way for Platinum Equity of Beverly Hills, Calif., to buy Wood and other boat lines owned by Genmar.The companies did not disclose a purchase price.Genmar earlier said that before the recession sales had been at between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion annually.

Grant applications due March 15; WRPDD to host training session

February 3, 2010 The Delta Regional Authority has announced the timeline for the 2010 Federal Grant Program.Applications are due to the local Planning and Development District offices by noon on March 15.White River Planning and Development District will host a training session concerning the applications at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 in the district office conference room, located at 1652 White Drive in Batesville.

Chamber has new chairman

February 3, 2010 Gary Bebow, CEO of White River Health System, will serve as chairman of the board of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce for 2010-11. He has been a chamber board member for the past three years and replaces prior chairwoman Stacy Gunderman, who held the post for the previous 18 months.

Optimists to honor teens

February 3, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Western Sizzlin.All members are encouraged to attend as the club honors essay contest winners, Caitlyn Robillard, Haylie Hoffman and Cecily Freeman, all from the Cedar Ridge School District. The club will also discuss an upcoming chili lunch.Anyone interested in learning more about what the club does in the community is welcome to attend.

Republicans to meet

February 3, 2010 The Independence County Republican Party will have a Dutch treat meal at 6 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville with a business meeting to follow at 7.Special guest speaker will be Josh Manning from Lyon College. The event is open to the public.For more information or questions, call Darrell Hays (870) 612-2627.

Auxiliary to award scholarship

February 3, 2010 American Legion Auxiliary Department and National Scholarship applications are now available.Scholarship applicants must be in their senior year of high school and must be descendants of people who served or are now serving in the military during a wartime period.Applications may be obtained by calling (870) 698-0492.Applications must be completed and returned to the American Legion Auxiliary No. 114, Attention: Scholarships, P.O. Box 3224, Batesville, AR 72503 no later than March 1.

Chester Jetton to perform

February 3, 2010 HARDY — AfterWords in Hardy will host acoustic music by artist Chester Jetton of Paragould from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.The cafe will also be serving “all-you-can-eat” East Texas Beef Brisket and fixings for $9.95. Food is served until 8:30.Words Bookstore and AfterWords Gourmet Café are located at 201 Spring St. Business hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (870) 856-5579.

Church to present prophecy series

February 3, 2010 The Rev. James Merrick will present a Bible prophecy series at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at First Church, United Pentecostal Church International, located at 240 White Drive in Batesville, across from the fairgrounds. The event is open to the public.Merrick is a national teacher and the vice president of the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minn.For more information call (870) 612-3656 or (870) 793-8276. The church’s Web site address is

Herb Society club meets

February 3, 2010 FRANKLIN — The local Herb Society of America met Jan. 23 at member Laura McNernery’s home in Franklin.Members present included Dot Sanders, Trish Nelson, Pat French, Phyllis Williams, Laura McNerney, Tina Wilcox, Kathleen Connole, Beth Peck Cooper, Betty Burns Brunson and special guest Susan Belsinger of Maryland.

Naval Academy seeks applicants

February 3, 2010 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Applications are being accepted now through March 31 for the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) 2010. NASS is designed for students who will have just completed their junior year of high school in the summer of 2010. This program is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high-achievers who may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation’s service academies and serving as a military officer after graduation. NASS is held in three sessions: June 5-10, June 12-17 and June 19-24.