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February 17, 2009 A Valentine’s Day break-up with his girlfriend apparently led to the suicide death of a 30-year-old Independence County man, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Kirk Green said the body of Phillip R. Prickett was found just before noon Saturday in the garage of a residence at 2710 Camp Tahkodah Road that he had been sharing with 24-year-old Amanda C. Stark.Green said upon his arrival at the residence, Stark told him that she and Prickett had decided to end their relationship and he had been packing his belongings to leave.

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February 17, 2009 There were no signs of forced entry into the bookstore at Lyon College where $415 turned up missing from a cash register over the weekend, according to Independence County authorities.Deputy Randy Jones said he spoke with college security officer Wally Hightower around 8 a.m. Monday and learned that someone had gotten into the bookstore and taken money from a locked cash register.According to Hightower, a door to a loading dock that leads into a bookstore workroom was found open and showed no signs of forced entry.

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February 17, 2009 ZION — The Zion Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house and appreciation chili supper at 3 p.m. Saturday. The buildings that were destroyed in the February 2008 tornado have been rebuilt, and this event has been planned to show appreciation to the community and to all who had any part in the rebuilding efforts, according to a news release. Several people donated time, money and equipment; many of those volunteers were from other fire departments, the release sates. For more information, call (870) 368-7509 or 368-7653.

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February 17, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Independence County residents living in the Pleasant Plains Fire District will pay their fire dues with their 2009 property taxes, Fire Chief Stacey Caplener said.White County and Jackson County residents living in the Pleasant Plains Fire District will receive notices of their dues in mailouts like in previous years, he said.Fire dues for 2009 are $35.

Thornton announces retirement at FNBC

February 17, 2009 ASH FLAT — After 20 years of leading First National Banking Company’s lending division, John Thornton recently announced his retirement as a full-time employee, said Clark Sanders, director of marketing.Thornton plans to work part-time for FNBC this year, said FNBC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Martin Carpenter. “We’re excited for John. He will be relocating to be close to his family in Northwest Arkansas. He will continue to work for FNBC on a part-time basis during 2009 to help transition to his successor.”

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February 17, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary Library for expulsion hearings for three middle school students, Superintendent Steven Green said.The students are boys. Two are in the seventh grade and one is an eighth-grader.The situation is drug-related.After the hearings, the board will discuss a certified employee’s position and administrative contracts during a personnel session.The directors will also consider a proposed 2009-10 school calendar.A monthly financial report completes the agenda.

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.