35 new members inducted into UACCB’s PTK chapter

April 20, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, an honor society for students of two-year colleges, inducted 35 new members April 10 during an induction ceremony and installation of officers.

Colleges Briefs

April 20, 2009 Blakley presented award at WBCWalnut Ridge — Chris Blakley of Jonesboro has been presented the 2009 H.L. Waters Christian Ministries Award at Williams Baptist College. Blakley was selected for the award by the Christian ministries faculty at WBC based on his academic achievement in the field.The honor was presented at WBC’s Academic Awards Banquet on April 9.Blakley is a senior at WBC, majoring in Christian ministries. He is married to Rashan Blakley. He is the son of Larry Blakley of Batesville and Diane Meador of Clarksville, Ind.

Four-wheeler reported stolen from Thida

April 20, 2009 When Chad Crabtree of Thida heard what he thought was a four-wheeler starting around 3 a.m. April 13, he didn’t get up and investigate but went back to sleep.Police are now trying to find his 2004 Polaris Sportsman valued at $5,000.Crabtree told Deputy Colby Markum that when he awoke he found the all-terrain vehicle missing.The machine is camouflage in color and has a front wench, according to Crabtree.No suspects were listed in Markum’s report.

Sheriff: Response to traffic cop positive

April 20, 2009 The city of Batesville has a new traffic officer, but so far there haven’t been too many complaints from citizens.The Interlocal Law Enforcement Committee, made up of representatives of the city of Batesville and Independence County, met in regular session Thursday at Batesville City Hall.The main topic of the meeting was the city’s new traffic enforcement officer, Darin Brewer.

Man accused of driving through people’s yards

April 20, 2009 An early Saturday morning report of a car driving on a flat tire through yards in Spring Valley led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Batesville man on multiple traffic charges, according to Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens.When he arrived in Spring Valley around 3:20 a.m. to check out the report, Stephens said he could see a maroon Toyota car going south on Mallory Street with the right front tire flat and running on the rim.The driver of the car was later identified as Josh Landis of 115 Hilly Village.

Area schools get EAST grant funds

April 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Cedar Ridge and Mountain View high schools are among 13 in Arkansas that received the 2009 Arkansas Department of Education EAST Grant, according to a news release. EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology. The other receipients are Stem Middle School, Greenwood High School, Jacksonville Middle School, MacArthur Junior High School (Jonesboro), Magazine (JD Leftwhich High School), Nettleton Junior High, Paragould Junior High, Prairie Grove High School, Trumann High School, Waldron High School and West Fork Middle School.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 20, 2009 Workers sought for cemetery cleaningMARCELLA — Cemetery cleaning at the Evetts Cemetery in Marcella is set for Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.The cemetery is located between Reed’s Chapel Church and Marcella Post Office.For more information call (870) 698-2959. Church supper to raise money for flooring in fellowship hall

Area Briefs

April 20, 2009 Intersection to be closedOn Wednesday, the Independence County Road Department will have the intersection at PepsiCola Road and Allen Chapel Road in Southside closed due to replacing a culvert. The concrete culvert will require the intersection to be closed through Thursday. The Road Department will reopen the intersection when the culvert is properly prepared for traffic use.For more information concerning the project, call the County Road Department at (870) 793-8862. Plant sale set for Saturday

Man proposes at festival

April 20, 2009 A Little Rock man proposed to his girlfriend in front of hundreds of people at the Arkansas Scottish Festival Saturday on the Lyon College campus, and it was in a traditional Scottish way.“I’d thought about it for a long time, but the decision to actually do it today has come very, very recently,” Charles Cheatham said. “It was tough to get everything in place as best I could and I thank the Lord he spared us the rain.”

Letter carriers plan charity food drive

April 20, 2009 When an elderly man struggled to make his way into the Pleasant Plains Post Office last May, Doug Davis just figured he was coming in to check his mail. Davis, who was serving as the temporary postmaster there, said he was surprised when the man handed him a check for $200 to go toward the annual food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.The 2008 food drive was a success, as the carriers collected about 5,200 pounds of food. All donations go to Batesville Help and Hope, a nonprofit organization.