Cave student recognized

May 19, 2009 The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that Kristin Keller of Cave City has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in foreign language.The academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.Keller, who attends Cave City High School, was nominated for this honor by Nikki Baker, a Spanish teacher at the school.Keller will appear in the USAA’s Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

Book collaborators encourage cleanup

May 19, 2009 Two writers with area connections  have collaborated together to produce a children’s book, according to a news release.Scott Wolford, formerly of Evening Shade, and Jody Hughes of Batesville are authors of “Gino the Minnow.”Wolford “was raised in the Indiana Dunes National Park with an appreciation for the beaches that are close by,” he said. He worked as a lifeguard on Lake Michigan and spent numerous hours on the beach with friends and family.

Chaplain recognized

May 19, 2009 “Doc” Spurlin, White River Medical Center chaplain, has been awarded the prestigious Academy Certified Master Chaplain, ACMC-III, designation by the Academy of Certified Chaplains, according to a news release. Earning an appointment to the Academy of Certified Chaplain demonstrates true dedication to chaplaincy and a willingness to devote time and energy to advancing the field. The academy was established by the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) as a means to promote and support the area of chaplaincy.

Hooper hired as secretary

May 19, 2009 Jerrie Hooper has been hired as secretary for the Division of Nursing and Allied Health at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, according to a new release.She earned her associate of arts from UACCB and has more than 20 years experience working in secretarial and administrative assistant positions.

Constitution Party to meet

May 19, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — The Constitution Party District #1 will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Don’s Steakhouse in Walnut Ridge, according to Mark West.The meeting is open to the public.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 19, 2009 Plowing to be demonstratedBIRDELL — The 22nd annual Good Earth Association’s Old Fashioned Plowing Demonstration will be held in Birdell (near Pocahontas) on May 23. The day features plowing demonstrations, live music, old farming equipment, games for kids and horse demonstrations. For more information, call Donald Waterworth at (870) 378-0285. Folk group to perform

Caverns announce summer schedules

May 19, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Memorial Day weekend will soon be here, and it marks the opening of Blanchard Springs Caverns’ summer schedule, according to a news release.The caverns will open at 9:30 a.m. and stay open until 6 p.m. All three tours will be offered throughout the day. All tours begin at the Visitor Information Center.

Area Briefs

May 19, 2009 Two cyclists die in accident

25th annual Trolley day features music, parade

May 19, 2009 SULPHUR ROCK — Perhaps the only festival in America that started from a special postage stamp, Trolley Car Day at Sulphur Rock became an annual event in 1984, a few months after the town’s historic old trolley car was pictured in a commemorative stamp series.A pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the local fire station will get the celebration under way Saturday, followed by a parade down Main Street at 10.

Sulphur Rock’s famous trolley delivered passengers, more

May 19, 2009 SULPHUR ROCK — When the U.S. Postal Service issued an official commemorative stamp in 1983 to honor the last mule-drawn trolley in the nation, it could have also been a last “thank you” for a mutual partnership more than a century ago.The Sulphur Rock Post Office relied on the trolley to transfer mail and parcels to and from the rail depot, about one-half mile from town. And, the trolley was heavily dependent on the mail contract and business freight to stay in business.