Lucero concert rescheduled

February 4, 2010 The Lucero concert has been rescheduled for Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall.Doors open at 9:30 p.m., which is later than previously scheduled, but another event has the venue the same evening, according to Batesville Promotions.Cory Branan goes on at 9:45, and Lucero will take the stage at approximately 10:20. Purchased tickets for the original date are still good. For more information, call (870) 698-2288.

Once-silent bells ring again at Lyon College

February 4, 2010 As students walk on the picturesque 136-acre Lyon College campus in Batesville, the distinct chime of bells usher them to class. The college’s once-silent carillon is again ringing.The Tower Campbell Carillon, a musical instrument atop the Lyon Business and Economics Building, was silenced several years ago after a lightning strike that damaged the system. Cost prohibited the electric-keyboard carillon from being immediately repaired.In December, the 24-bell carillon came to life again, playing Christmas music and chiming on the hour and half-hour.

Account established

February 4, 2010 A benefit account has been established at two banks for a woman who was seriously burned in a house fire last week.Molly Tunstall, 42, suffered burns on more than half of her body in a fire at 20 Macedonia Road last Thursday afternoon. She was home alone at the time of the fire, which was reported around 5 p.m.She is now in stable condition in the burn unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, according to her brother, Layman “Boddy” Tunstall.“If that man hadn’t pulled her from the window, she would have died,” he said. “We’re all just in shock.”

County may be featured on CNN, Fox networks

February 4, 2010 A national film crew wants to come to Independence County and do a TV feature clip on the county’s economic growth and the opportunities available to businesses looking for places to expand or establish home offices.Economic Development Commission Director Ed Mabry said his office first learned of the interest by the film crew about three weeks ago. “I don’t know where they heard about us, but they called and said they wanted to do a promotional TV clip to use on CNN and Fox networks,” Mabry said.

Principal touts accomplishments

February 3, 2010 Batesville Junior High School has been a happening place this past semester. We started the academic year with a pool party to welcome incoming seventh-graders. Our newly formed organization, Pioneers in Action, was also there to welcome them.Other honors and happenings at BJHS:Our Quiz Bowl Team won first place in the North Arkansas Educational Service Center tournament.The Archery Club has been expanded to BJHS.

Record deal snuck up on Teddy Riedel, others

February 3, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about Vaden Records performing artists in the 1950s and ’60s. Mark Randall is a journalist who is seeking his master’s degree in history at Arkansas State University.

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.