Dear Santa

December 22, 2009 Dear Santa Claus:I want a dinosaur. I have been a good boy. My name is Xander. I love you.Dear Santa Claus:My name is Braydin. I want a trycycle for Christmas. I have been a good boy. I love you.Dear Santa:I have been a really good boy this year, and I have been making good grades. Are the reindeer practicing real good? I can’t wait until you come on Christmas Eve. Ross is really into Star Wars now, so you might need to bring him something Star Wars.

Ozarka selects architect for expansion

December 22, 2009 Mountain View — Ozarka College officials have announced the selection of Polk, Stanley & Wilcox to provide architectural services for the new education, nursing and student center facility in Mountain View.The Ozarka Board of Trustees initially approved a resolution to provide for construction funds through institutional bond restructure on Sept. 17.  The new facility will house additional classrooms, office space for faculty and counselors, a designated nursing skills lab, a student center area and possibly a fitness center and a Small Business Development Center.

Officers respond to gunshot death

December 22, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — On Monday, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 911 call from 808 Bear Bluff in the Hand Cove area from a man stating that his wife had shot herself. Sheriff’s deputies and emergency first responder personnel were dispatched to the location.

State rep appointed

December 22, 2009 Rep. James McLean of Batesville has been appointed vice chairman of the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission Oversight Committee by Speaker of the House Robbie Wills.The Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission Oversight Committee has the authority to conduct an interim study into the long-term funding needs and potential long-term financial sources for the Game and Fish.

Man dies in Cleburne Co. crash

December 22, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — A Casa man died Monday as the result of a one-vehicle accident on state Highway 124 in Cleburne County west of Quitman, State Trooper Sean Riegle said.James Andrew Rushin, 54, was driving a 2004 Dodge west on 124 negotiating a left-hand curve about 3:41 p.m. when the vehicle left the right-hand side of the roadway and overturned, Riegle said.A passenger, 37-year-old Michael R. Barnard of Swifton, was injured and taken to Conway Regional Medical Center.

Neurologist joins local staff

December 22, 2009 Dr. Ikram Khan, neurologist, has joined the staff at White River Medical Center and Batesville Neurology. Khan received his medical degree from the Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan and completed internal medicine residency training at Southern Illinois University. He completed neurology residency training at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida and a fellowship in neurophysiology/epilepsy at the University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Teenager injured after falling from bluff

December 22, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — A Norfork area teenager was injured Monday afternoon after he fell from a bluff near Riverview Drive and Baxter County Road 106 near the White River at Norfork, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.“A 911 call was relayed to the sheriff’s office at 1:35 p.m. reporting that a person had fallen approximately 20 feet down a bluff and was injured. The teenager was located and rescue personnel were able to reach him and bring him to a waiting ambulance. The victim was identified as 13-year-old Sam Carriere of Norfork.”

Church sets special service

December 22, 2009 Central Avenue United Methodist Church will celebrate Christmas Eve with a service of lessons and carols and Holy Communion at 6 p.m. Thursday. The church is located at 1205 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.The service is open to the public.

L.A.M.B. scholarship arrives at Christmas

December 22, 2009 CAVE CITY — It didn’t happen in a manger, but right here at Christmas when the coming of the Lamb of God is celebrated, the Cave City School District received a large gift — a $50,000 L.A.M.B. scholarship fund — from the estate of former student Laura Ann Miller Belcher.The scholarship’s unique name is taken from Belcher’s initials.“We’ve never had anybody set aside that much money for a scholarship,” Superintendent Steven Green said.

Woman escapes live wires

December 22, 2009 With live wires throwing sparks and burning the paint on the rear of her car, a Batesville woman fled to safety following an accident involving two power poles and a truckload of building trusses Monday morning.Police said that around 11, Jamie Lee Younger, 18, of Batesville, was sitting in a Ford Crown Victoria beside the building at TmarT #9 (formerly Godwin’s) at the intersection of White Drive and East Main Street when a truck and trailer loaded with large building trusses pulled into the parking lot.